Orchard Farm could appeal to any of the following dynamics.
A generous family home with work and leisure space in a separate block (the office and workshop), along with a separate block with a ready-made, access friendly ‘granny annexe’, and a holiday gites to generate a simple ‘AirBnB’ type income on site without disturbance to the family house.
A generous home to any dynamic with two self-contained letting properties for long or short term lets to derive an income.
Or, as the site has been previously used, a fully functioning B&B and S/C operation operating seasonally or 24/7, with three letting rooms for B&B as a minimum, or four if the proprietors used a gites to live in.
it is 90 minutes from Calais, and 90 minutes from Paris.
Sat on a plot of about a half an acre, the former functioning farm comprises a modernised four-bedroom, four-bathroom house, a converted stable block that comprises of two, two bedroom apartments, a garage, an office and workshop and a vast traditional entrance barn.
Between 2005 and 2016 its first British owners operated a B&B business on site, which was then bought by the current owner, renovated, extended and continued to run as a B&B and self-catering ‘Gites’ business for two years.
The extension that was completed for the 2018 season added two luxurious ensuite bathrooms, and to the proprietor’s bedroom a cavernous walk-in wardrobe, as well as a huge free space below that which could be adapted to further living space, recreational space, studio, or simply generous utility purposes. This work was completed to a high spec with quality fixtures and fittings from the UK and Europe.
Sitting above a large cellar, entrance steps lead to a full length traditionally and originally floor-tiled hall. The lighting in the hall was updated during the renovation which makes it great area to serve as a gallery as well as its access function. Doors from the hall lead to the kitchen, the lounge, the dining room, and at its end the garden, as well as access to the cellar. A lower half feature of tongue and groove wood provides a rustic feel but has a functional purpose; it protects the plaster of the walls from damage from luggage when it was a busy hospitality venue over the previous two years.
The lounge is smartly decorated in modern colours with a white glossed dado rail dividing the two colours. It has original floorboards exposed, a log burner fitted into the fireplace, and benefits from generous natural light from a huge window that looks out to the entry apron of the site and the barn beyond. Its space allows three sofas to sit in a comfortable square, coffee table, as well tv tucked into a wall recess, and space for bookcases and a telephone table.
4.48 x 4.26m
The lounge opens up into the dining room which is a similar sized space, that holds a bookcase, a sideboard and display cabinet, also has a fireplace and has space for a table that can seat ten. Like the lounge, it has a large window providing natural light and overlooks the rear garden and the farmland and woods beyond to the south west. The dining room is finished in a single block colour as it has no dado rail.
3.17 x 4.48m
The stairs are constructed of English oak and are an original feature, as much of the house remains, and lead to a small landing from which there are four bedrooms, three of which are ensuite, and one with a private bathroom.
Bedroom one has the walk-in wardrobe, comfortably fits a double bed and additional furniture. It overlooks the garden and the south west. The window is equipped with an electric roller shutter. The fireplace remains, and exposed wood within the walls, part of the original house construction. Two doors off this room lead to the bathroom and the dressing room respectively.
3.36m x 4.46m
The bathroom is decorated in a Victorian/Edwardian style finished with white metro tiles, twin Edwardian sinks, a walk-in shower (1m x 1.5m), toilet, and a deep roll top bath. The floor is covered with a ‘click-clack’ waterproof flooring with a traditional old fashioned French black a white imitation tile pattern. There are two Victorian style combined radiators and towel rails. The opposing colour to the white tiles is a mid-blue. It has a vaulted ceiling with an exposed beam. It is lit by LED downlighters.
4.13 x 2.7m
The dressing room. This is lit by LED spotlights, the ceiling is vaulted and it has one power socket.
4.13 x 1.66m
Bedroom two has a matching bathroom to the above, although the bathroom is fitted similarly to a high standard it is not the same style. This bedroom overlooks the front of the property across the gravelled apron, stable block and barn, and also has an electric roller shutter. The room is currently a twin guest room again with original fireplace, it has a French armoire in it with cavernous hanging space, and the room is finished in a movie theme. Two walls have a feature wallpaper with a 50s movie theme, then the prints and other decoration enhance the theme.
4.46 x 3.2m
The bathroom has twin Edwardian sinks, again a deep roll top bath, toilet, same size shower, but is finished in white tiles in the shower corner, and waist height tongue and groove around the rest of the room. The tongue and groove is painted grey with the walls finished in a rich purple colour. The ceiling is again vaulted and the room is again lit by LED downlights.
4.13 x 3.2m
The third bedroom is a twin and is finished with a New York theme, It doesn’t have a radiator supplied from the gas central heating, but is fitted with a wall mounted electric radiator. Its dormer window overlooks the front of the building over the gravel apron, the stable block and the barn. It is serviced by a private bathroom on the opposite side of the hall.
3.91 x 3.05m
The private bathroom is finished in blue and white with a UK seaside theme, with a toilet, generous basin mounted on a storage unit, and bath with a shower facility, curtain and frame. Its dormer window overlooks the garden.
3.85 x 3.28m
Bedroom four is another ensuite developed by the previous owners. It has space for a standard double bed under a Velux window, the room is vaulted with exposed beams contrasted by white walls.
Its bathroom is heated with an electric radiator, and contains a curved corner shower, a Sani flow toilet, and generous wash basin with storage underneath. Again, it has exposed beams and contrasting white walls.
The combined size of this Ensuite area is 8.44m x 2.5m.
Back downstairs and there is the newly re-vamped kitchen. The cupboards have been finished in grey gloss paint and fitted with new handles and provide vast storage capacity on three sides of the room. The kitchen additionally has a twin stainless steel sink, a range style gas oven and hob, a microwave, a table top electric fan oven, a dishwasher, two fridges, and both LED and neon lighting to compliment the ceiling light. The floor is finished with colourful original tiles. The kitchen has a large window that overlooks the front apron with roller blinds.
4.46 x 4.26m
Behind the kitchen is a former bathroom that currently serves as a laundry room and office. It also contains a large storage unit and fitted storage cupboards that have proved ideal for such things as shoes, coats and bed linen. A washing machine is still fitted in here but the new extension has plumbing and power points for the fitment of a washing machine and tumble dryer. This room has been recommissioned and could suit being a private snug/lounge/office for new owners directly off the kitchen.
3.34 x 3.34m
The extension is full length of the house. It has a rear door to the garden fitted with a pet flap for small dogs and cats, and a side door, both of which sport outside lighting. The room has a large radiator and in one corner at the rear is a small cloak room with toilet and basin. Next to this in the main room is an up-cycled Belfast sink with a multi-directional tap. This room is vast! Being the modern extension, it was built in cellular concrete and faced with briquettes, it is always warm and could be used as a lounge, dining room, utility room, workshop, almost anything! It has a very large window at the front matching the others on the building allowing in natural light, and for reduced light conditions the ceiling is fitted with nine LED spot lights. It is currently used as a Pilates studio.
8.44 x 4.13m
Finally, regarding the house is the cellar. It sits below the footprint of the kitchen and the back room. It is dry and could be turned into a multitude of uses. It is partially lit, and has a beaten earth floor.
Orchard Farm sits on a site that is between a third to half an acre. To the front of the house and the stable block is a gravelled apron for parking multiple vehicles. It is bordered on one side by the stable block, another side the barn and motorcycle park, then grass on the other two sides. Facing the stable block adjacent to the grass are two concrete built sheds that are ideal for storing outdoor furniture and garden tools. They have a history at some point as kennels. The grass extends along the side of the house on one side and also fronts the house with two flower beds. The rear garden is mainly grass with a full width flower bed at the top, several other random flower beds, five fruit trees, and a house width stone patio between the grass and the house with a low wall. A stone-slab footpath also connects the gravel parking area with the house, and on two sides of the house is a gravel pathway.
The Stable block
The converted stable block consists of three elements; a workshop with an office area above it, an upstairs two bedroom self catering apartment (the Hayloft), and a downstairs two bedroom self catering apartment (Stable Cottage).
Mimics the size of the workshop below it, and is accessed by farm-loft style steps, it is lit, heated, has power, two Velux windows and is a space that could be used for any purpose.
Used to garage four motorcycles with space to work on all them. It is fitted with work surfaces on two sides and there is still then storage space below the stairs, it is a generous facility. Under one of the work surfaces still sits the original cattle troughs. Again, it is lit, though not generously, has numerous power sockets and a radiator.
Access from a porch which provides space for boots and coats, up a set of stairs into an open plan living/dining/kitchen area. The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, fridge, freezer, table top fan oven, electric hob, kettle, toaster and coffee maker. The kitchen also comes supplied with all other self-catering equipment. Adjacent to it is the dining area with a six-person table, and the whole space is finished in white emulsion with exposed natural wood beams, a vaulted ceiling, except for the lounge which is wallpapered in a bookshelf patterned paper. This apartment was redecorated in 2019. The lounge has two sofa beds, a reading chair, two coffee tables, throws and scatter cushions, TV, DVD and satellite TV box. The room is fitted with carpet tiles with a rug centrally in the lounge. From the lounge are two twin bedrooms, and at the top of the stairs on entry is the bathroom which is fitted with a shower, a toilet, a wash basin and benefits from a washing machine. On sale this apartment will be sold as it is, furnished and ready for occupancy. It is centrally heated, and benefits from numerous light fittings and power sockets.
Accessed also through a generous porch, it is perfect accommodation for those with accessibility needs. Inside, all on one level, it is finished in a cottage style. No exposed beams, but sympathetic colours, it comprises of lounge diner, separate fitted kitchen, a bathroom with easy access shower, a double bedroom, a bunk bedroom and a utility room. The lounge has a dresser unit, a dining table, a sofa bed, two accent chairs, coffee table, tv stand, and a rug sitting again on top of carpet. The kitchen is fitted on three sides and includes an electric induction hob, a twin high-level Bosch oven, and the same accessories as the kitchen in the Hayloft, with the exception of having a dishwasher. A corridor leads to the utility room where the water softener for the site is fitted, and there is the plumbing for a washing machine. Next to this is the bunk room with a bright mural on one wall of a VW camper which provided a theme to the rest of the room. There is a decalage wardrobe, themed side cabinet, and bunk beds with themed linen and cushions. The double bedroom has a king-size bed, an armchair, and a triple wardrobe. The bathroom has the accessible shower, a sink, toilet and heated towel rail. TV and satellite unit will not remain, unlike upstairs, although the stand will. The cookware will be taken, but much of the other kitchen ware will remain.
Both gites have their own individual terraces.
Has the ability to open doors on both sides of a car, just to give an idea of its length and width, but also houses storage units and shelves along one side, so it is a very generous covered storage space. The old roller/folding door was recommissioned to make it accessible for vehicle storage and more weatherproof. From the garage is access to a utility cellar bellow the barn.
This enormous structure allows parking for up to six cars, and still voluminous storage for wood and whatever the occupier wishes to keep in a covered area. On one side is a platform where wood is currently stored, but below that platform is an abandoned cellar that is accessed from the garage. The barn benefits from a new roof at some point in the last ten years. Attached to the barn is a concrete based, covered motorcycle park, which along with being able to lock the gates and being in a quiet location, has always been one of the many positive selling points of Orchard Farm for visiting bikers.
On the public side of the barn are two grassed areas each with a central fauna feature.