Skeet Hill Lane, Orpington, Kent BR5

£1,500,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
Cookham Farm is located on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Chelsfield. It is a smallholding on the southern side of Skeet Hill Lane and occupies a south-facing site of close to 24 acres.

The smallholding lies within the Green Belt. The main dwelling is a charming three bedroom cottage which was built shortly after World War 1.

To the east of the Farmhouse is the Annexe. This houses a home gym/multi-use space, ancillary accommodation including shower room and kitchenette plus two storage sections.

Additional outbuildings include a large Open Barn, a Pole Barn, a double garage and the footings and structure of large greenhouses previously forming a market gardening business.

All the buildings enjoy views across open countryside.

The nearest rail station is Chelsfield, which is in Zone 6 and offers a fast route of just 18mins to London Bridge, then on to Waterloo East and Charing Cross.

Chelsfield rail station and Orpington town centre are both 6 mins away, with an array of amenities including a superstore, Walnuts Leisure Centre, Odeon cinema and the mainline Orpington rail station also with links to London. There is also ready access to Junction 4 of the M25, less than 3 miles away, accessing major road networks plus Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

Accommodation in the Farmhouse comprises the main hallway leading to a galley kitchen with fitted units. The kitchen has views to the front of the property with a door and back porch leading to the extensive grounds.

Off the hallway is the main reception room which the current owners use as an open plan dining room through to a lounge. The room is triple aspect with views out to the open countryside.

The wood burning stove was fitted by the current owners, which together with the wood flooring makes a real feature of this room. Also on the ground floor is a fitted bathroom which comprises a fitted bath suite with shower over. There is a separate WC on the stairway landing.

To the first floor are three bedrooms, all with views out to the open countryside which engulfs the farmhouse.

The Annexe/Outbuilding has been converted to provide additional ancillary accommodation and a versatile, open plan space which the current owners use for fitness, social gatherings and music/drama practice. The Annexe also has a fitted shower room and kitchenette, a large storage area, a loft and another multi-use room which is occasionally used by guests. A large deck on the east of the Annexe looks out over open country and is a perfect spot to relax in the evening.

The property is serviced by mains electricity and water and cesspit drainage. Both the Farmhouse and the Annexe benefit from solar panels which feed back to the electricity grid generating a Feed-in Tariff income of around £3,000 revenue per annum.

The current owners of Cookham Farm have lived at the property for nearly ten years and have spent that time undertaking numerous improvements to the smallholding.

In the more formal gardens, they have established and maintained extensive raised vegetable beds, a greenhouse, an orchard with a variety of fruit trees – all with irrigation systems. They produce all their eggs, most of their vegetables and a variety of home-made preserves and craft items from the land.

The current owners manage a herd of Alpacas in 9 fenced fields with 2 field shelters all with piped water backed-up by extensive rainwater harvesting through a pumped system. The paddocks would suit equestrian use or offer grazing for a variety of livestock. Further to the South of the property is a large, partly fenced, field which is currently managed by a local farmer for grain crops.

During their time at Cookham Farm the owners have looked to improve the formal accommodation on the smallholding and have been working with Bromley Council and specialist planning consultants to develop a scheme which is sympathetic to the site while at the same time providing contemporary accommodation that meets the demands of the 21st century and incorporates solar heat generation and storage, solar electricity generation and battery storage to offer a carbon negative house with no fossil fuel burning, reducing emissions and in future energy bills. The zero carbon proposal would provide a sustainable future for this smallholding.

The current scheme has been refused but is being appealed with the support of planning consultants.

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