Asking Price £875,000
Forge Mill Farm is a highly versatile and spacious equestrian family home and rural enterprise set within approximately 15 acres of Gower countryside with a range of generous out-buildings, stables, indoor manege with recreation room and paddocks.
Permission for the property and land was granted in 1975 (reference 74/0856) subject to an agricultural tie which limits the sale of the property and states: The occupancy of the dwelling shall be restricted to a person solely or mainly employed in the locality in agriculture as defined by Section 290 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, or in forestry (including any dependants of such a person residing with him, or a widow or widower of such person).
In 2016 (ref 2015/0968) permission was granted varying the above condition as follows:
1) The occupancy of the dwelling shall be restricted to:
i) a person solely or mainly working, or last working on a rural enterprise in the locality, or a widow, widower or surviving civil partner of such a person, and to any resident dependants; or if it can be demonstrated that there are no such eligible occupiers;
ii) a person or persons who would be eligible for consideration for affordable housing under the local authority’s housing policies, or a widow, widower or surviving civil partner of such a person, and to any resident dependants.
A rural enterprise is defined by TAN 6 (https://gov.wales/docs/desh/policy/100722tan6en.pdf)
4.3.2 For the purpose of this technical advice note qualifying rural enterprises comprise land related businesses including agriculture, forestry and other activities that obtain their primary inputs from the site, such as the processing of agricultural, forestry and mineral products together with land management activities and support services (including agricultural contracting), tourism and leisure enterprises. Development plans may include a broader definition of qualifying rural enterprises where this can be justified by specific local evidence.
Confirmation as to whether a use or activity is a rural enterprise should be sought from the Local Planning Authority.
The property is accessed via wrought iron gates with keypad/intercom entry system. The block paved driveway offers ample parking. There is a garden with the stables and out buildings to the left with the property ahead benefiting from a courtyard and an outdoor swimming pool to either side, the swimming pool is in need of repair.
The house itself is a very generous bungalow which is currently in need of attention with refurbishment required. The house is accessed via solid wood double doors with glazed side panels into the spacious hallway. There are double doors into the lounge which benefits from an inglenook fireplace and lead onto a recently added conservatory with external access to the swimming pool area. To the other side of the hallway there is a sitting room and a large kitchen/breakfast room which is fitted with a generous range of wall, base and display units with double sink units, Rangmaster cooker and a Rayburn. There is a door into a utility room which is plumed for laundry appliances with a separate W.C. The dining room is generous with beams and exposed stone walls. There is built in storage and two patio doors to the front of the house.
There are four double bedrooms, with three en-suites and a family shower room. The master bedroom is a good size with a full en-suite with corner, Jacuzzi bath. Patio doors open into the garden with a further door into a versatile space which leads back into the main hallway. Accessed externally there is a generous and versatile loft area which is boarded.
The acreage stretches out behind the property offering a stunning country outlook and an excellent degree of privacy. There is a generous garden area laid to the front of the property, with swimming pool and courtyard to either side. There are three stable blocks comprising of 7 stalls, 5 loose boxes and 3 extra-large loose boxes. There is an indoor arena with mezzanine and adjoining recreation room. As with the property the outbuildings and stables are in need of attention.
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