Nigel Ward and Company

The Border Property Centre, Pontrilas, Hereford. HR2 0EH

Tel. 01981 240140

Modern Farm Building For Conversion,

LONGTOWN, Herefordshire.

SOLD subject to contract


Offers in the region of £250,000

This development opportunity is located just outside the ancient small village of Longtown under the backdrop of the surrounding hills and enjoys pleasant outlooks. The centre of the village is within easy reach with its Village Stores and Post Office, Village Inn, Primary School and a Village Hall.  The village itself is located within easy reach of main routes, both Abergavenny and Hereford are easily accessed, these two important local centres with their diverse range of amenities and facilities are approximately 10 miles and 17 miles distant respectively. The former has both a railway station and a dual-carriageway link with the national motorway system.

A Rarely occurring Opportunity to acquire a block of 4.34 acre (or thereabouts) of Agricultural Land with permission for the conversion of an existing Steel framed Building to a most interesting Family Home


to be sold including an Ancient Spring noted to have been producing approaching 1,000 gallons per hour.


Messrs. Nigel Ward & Co offer for sale by private treaty an excellent project for builders/developers/self-builders to help satisfy the unsatiated demand for landed rural properties.


The Building, which measures 45’ x 45’ approximately, is a General Purpose portal frame Building constructed with a steel frame, concrete block-work walls, the elevations being of dark green profiled sheeting and the roof covering of fibre cement sheeting.  The floor internally is concreted.


The plans, as prepared, will provide the following accommodation, however some internal re-arrangement may perhaps be feasible to suit the new owners, provided that the external appearance is not altered. The measurements provided are approximate and the precise dimensions of the various rooms will depend to an extent on the wall finishes.



provided for by the plans as currently drawn will comprise: On the Ground Floor: From the exterior, generously-glazed screen with double doors to Sitting/Living/Dining Room, 32’ x 26’6” av., open plan with ceiling to floor windows, room-divider/kitchen unit fitments separating the Kitchen/Breakfast Room, 19’ x 12’3”, exceptionally well lit by very substantial corner windows overlooking the grazing land, access through to Utility Room, 11’9” x 8’6” with fitments to one wall. From the principal reception room double doors lead to an Inner Hall/Lobby 8’2” x 3’3” giving access to the Master Bedroom 14’11” x 14’11” a double room with large window, En-Suite Bathroom 14’11” x 3’5”, Bedroom (2) 14’11” x 11’ 9” another double room, and the Family Bathroom 14’11” x 4’11”. With separate access directly from the reception room is to be Bedroom (3)/Office, a double room or spacious office 14’11” x 10’6”.


It will be noted that large expanses of window areas are to be incorporated in the conversion, virtually all of these stretch from close to floor level to eaves level and are specified on the drawings as “Velfac”.  Windows manufactured by Velfac are renowned for their slim frames; which are in this case to be finished in grey, and should create a flood of natural lighting into the building at the same time being thermally efficient with triple glazing also being available.



Prior to the commencement of any works, it will be necessary for Building Regulations plans and approvals to be prepared by a suitably qualified architect.



which extend in all to about 4.34 acres are accessed via wide double gates leading off the public highway to a large area of hard-standing for parking and turning immediately to the front of the Building to be converted. The land is mainly level or gently sloping, the principal enclosure providing a very pleasant outlook from the intended dwelling, stretching away into the distance but also with an area that extends along the roadside to a secondary gated entrance located close to the river bridge over the Olchon Brook. There are two other pasture enclosures and a small area of woodland with mainly Ash trees and some Oak providing both shade and shelter for livestock.



Notice was received from Hereford Council on the 29th August 2017, that Prior Approval is not required for “Proposed Change of Use of agricultural building to Dwelling”.  It is understood that there are no pre-commencement requirements or conditions, other than that the development must be carried out in accordance with the approved plans as submitted. There is also a standard condition on all Class Q approvals requiring that the development must be completed within 3 years.   A copy of the Determination (Application Code: 172653) is available from the Agent’s Offices.   Further enquiries may be made to Herefordshire Council, Blueschool House, Blueschool Street. Hereford.



The Plan preparation and application for the Determination were ably handled by the Chartered Building Surveyor, James Spreckley, Esq., M.R.I.C.S. of “Brinsop House”, Brinsop, Hereford.  HR4 7AS.  Tel. (01432) 761777.   It is with the kind permission of Mr. Spreckley that we have reproduced sections of the plans.



A mains power transmission line runs relatively closely to the land being sold.  There was formerly a telecommunications mast situated on the land; approximately 30 metres from the building to be converted, and mains electricity was connected to that site via an underground cable.   It may be feasible to utilise that cable to assist with the provision of a supply but the precise situation/logistics will require checking with the power distribution organisation. There is a productive spring situated at the furthermost end of the long field in which the building to be converted is located, this spring has been producing approaching 1,000 gallons of water per hour.  A concrete ring collecting tank was a few years ago installed and the water has been piped via an underground blue plastic pipe of over 3” diameter to a stainless steel tanker of about 5,000 gallons capacity located near to the roadside.  This tanker is filled by gravity and a pumped connection standpipe is located just outside the building.  The spring water could possibly have some commercial potential but otherwise should be more than adequate for a domestic supply, subject to any licensing or testing requirements. Prospective purchasers are advised to make enquiries with the respective service providers including the availability of telephone connections. Foul water drainage will need to be to a new private system.






The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of any rights of way, easements, way-leaves, etc. which exist.  In particular, it is known that a mains water connection supply pipe passes under the ground and leads to Penrhewy Farm. The usual rights exist for the presence of that pipe including the rights to maintain and; if necessary, to replace it. There is also a public footpath, which enters the land via a style adjacent to the gate near to the Olchon Brook bridge, this then travels a relatively short distance following the bank of the brook before crossing via another style into land in another’s ownership, about 80 metres from the barn.



The property is best approached from the A465 at Pontrilas by turning into the village of Ewyas Harold and taking the road through the village centre signposted “Longtown”.  Follow this road for approximately three miles passing the hamlet of Dulas and bearing right at the junction at the top of a hill, again signposted “Longtown”.  Proceed along this road and continue down the hill known as “The Bryn Pitch”.  At the bottom, turn left at the “T” junction, proceed for about 150 yards then turn right past the front of the “Crown Inn”, then immediately right, proceed for about 100 yards then turn left into Coldbrook Lane. Proceed down Coldbrook Lane for about 200 yards, over the Olchon Brook and after a further 200 yards the double-gated entrance into the land will be seen on one’s right hand side. (Please be sure to obey the country code and shut any gates that you may pass through, as there are livestock on the land).



By appointment through Nigel Ward & Company: (01981) 240140.



All measurements and distances are approximate.  The normal enquiries carried out by a purchaser’s Solicitor and the type of inspection undertaken by a purchaser’s Surveyor have not been carried out by the Selling Agents for the purpose of preparation of these sale particulars.




IMPORTANT NOTICE Nigel Ward & Co. give notice to anyone reading these Particulars as follows:

a. These Particulars are prepared for the guidance only of prospective purchasers and are intended to give a fair overall description of the property.

b. Any area measurements referred to are approximate only.

c. The descriptions contained herein are used in good faith as an opinion and not by way of statement of fact.

d. The Plan is based upon Ordnance Survey Maps, amended by the Auctioneers, and is produced for the

convenience of purchasers only.  It, the particulars of the property and the general remarks are believed to be correct but any error, omission or mis-statement shall not annul the sale nor entitle any party to compensation nor in any circumstances give grounds for an action at law.



For further details or to arrange a viewing please telephone our office on 01981 240140