A unique opportunity to acquire a PD consented barn set within a 10 acre site with a 2.7 acre vineyard located on the edge of the village of Brixworth in Northamptonshire. The property offers extensive views over open countryside and adjacent Pitsford Reservoir.
Brixworth is a village in the Daventry district of Northamptonshire located next to the A508. Brixworth is a thriving village popular with commuters due to its location as well as an excellent range of amenities including a doctors surgery, a nursery and primary schooling, a variety of shops, three public houses and restaurants. Close proximity to the Brixworth Country Park and Pitsford Reservoir presents excellent opportunities for a large number of outdoor activities including sailing, wind surfing, cycling, fishing and walking. Renowned Pitsford Cycles bike shop is only half a mile away. The property is located on the eastern side of the A508 and is accessed via a gate directly off the road.
The property consists of an agricultural steel portal frame barn with a footprint of approximately 2,601 sqft (241.7sqm) and is set within 10 acres of land. Approximately 2.7 acres of the property is occupied by a vineyard consisting of 20 rows of vines, each row being approximately 245 metres long. The remaining 5.8 acres consists of a paddock with an area of hardstanding in the north-western corner. A public footpath runs along the western boundary of the property towards the Brixworth Country Park and Pitsford Reservoir, providing excellent access to a wide network of footpaths and cycling routes. On the eastern side of the main yard there is a smaller barn of wooden construction currently converted into a tasting barn with a window opening to the south providing attractive views of the vineyard and wider countryside.
The vineyard has nearly 4000 vines which cover 2.72 acres, these include varieties of Seyval (2500 vines producing sparkling and still white wine), Solaris (700 vines producing still white wine), Triomphe (600 vines producing sparkling and still rose) and Phoenix (200 vines producing sparkling and still white wine) which have been carefully selected to suit the ground and location. The current owners have produced excellent wines; the most celebrated being the 2015 Solaris which was commended in the Mercian Vineyard Association annual competition 2016.
The vines are spaced at roughly 1 metre in rows approximately 2 metres apart. In total there are 20 rows with a combined length, from the first vine to the last, of approximately 2.5 miles. They are supported by 30,000 metres of wire, around 700 posts, wire tensioners and post anchors to ensure the rows are kept stable.
The vines are pruned on the well-known Double Guyot trellising system, which is widely used in the distinguished wine regions of Bordeaux and California. The system trains the vines to adopt an M shape. During February and March the vines require pruning ready for summer growth and from June onwards they need thinning and tucking in. The grape harvest usually starts in late September and can continue until November.
The soil is classified as being of sandstone, however being south facing with a gentle slope it doesn’t stay wet for long which means the soil is excellent for the vines to grow in.
The vineyard has a newly refurbished tasting barn, from which it is licenced to sell alcohol.
Outside, there is ample parking for visitors. Roughly 2.72 acres of the site is planted with vines and there is also a large grassed area ideal for weddings, camping or other uses, or expansion of the vineyard.
The current owners have embarked on a full program of events including tours, tastings, afternoon teas, courses and weddings. The mailing list, Facebook and Instagram pages have more than 600 followers.
The vines were planted in 2008 and the current owners have spent the last few years developing the site and the business into a most attractive, productive and interesting vineyard to visit. The new owners will be able to step into a successful business and take the site forward into its next chapter.
A prior approval consent has been granted by Daventry District Council on 13 May 2016 for conversion of the larger agricultural barn into a four bedroom dwelling. The application can be found under ref:PD/2016/0023. The consented dwelling has accommodation extending to approximately 3,918.8 sqft (364.07 sqm) inclusive of garage and wine room and is arrange over two floors. The ground floor accommodation comprises a wine room, a large garage, an entrance hall with a staircase to the first floor, a utility room, a cloak room, four bedrooms with an ensuite to the master bedroom, and a family bathroom. The upstairs accommodation comprises a WC and a very large open plan kitchen/dining area on one side of the staircase and an equally large sitting area towards the south of the property leading to a balcony opening on the southern gable of the property and offering extensive views of over the vineyard and Pitsford Reservoir.
PROPERTY INFORMATION PACK
An extensive property information pack is available on request from the agent.
WAYLEAVES, EASEMENTS, COVENANTS AND RIGHTS OF WAY
The property will be sold subject to and with the benefit of all wayleaves, covenants and rights of way, whether or not disclosed.
METHOD OF SALE
The freehold of the property is offered for sale by Private Treaty with vacant possession on completion.
There are no services connected to the property. The consented property is planned to be ‘off grid’ with power to the property provided by a solar PV installation with battery storage and a backup diesel generator. Water to the property would be provided via a borehole, although no enquiries have been made in this respect. Alternative options can be considered by the purchaser subject to their own enquiries.
Strictly by appointment only – 01536 632376.
Daventry District Council
Tel: 01327 871100
- PD Consented four bedroom barn
- 10 acres site
- 2.7 acres vineyard
- Close Proximity to Pitsford Reservoir