Lower Gravenhurst, Gravenhurst, Bedford


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 3
***SOLD ~ Similar required for disappointed buyers ****

Superbly Presented Residential Equestrian Smallholding With Established Income From Kennels/ Cattery & Small Commercial Units In A Rural Setting - 5.9 Acres


Hitchin 6 miles, Flitwick 7 miles Ampthill 7.5 miles, M1/ J12 8 Miles,

Luton 10 miles , London 47 miles

Trains: Flitwick to London St Pancras (38mins)

International airports: Luton 12 miles, Stansted Airport 40 miles


Ion Bridge Farm is situated in a rural farming area of Central

Bedfordshire with a Post Office,shop and petrol station within 2

miles (centre of Shillington) plus two pubs also within 2 miles;

located southeast of Bedford with excellent road access whilst in a

rural village setting, yet benefits from excellent communication links

being midway between the A1 & M1, with the A6 within easy reach,

providing access to the Midlands, London and the North.


Primary school in Gravenhurst whilst there is a good selection

of private schools in the area including St Francis College & The Bedford

School. Grammar schools are available at Hitchin with state schools

nearby too. For more details see www.isc.co.uk for independents and

www.bedfordshire.gov.uk for state schools information.


Centrally located between Bedford,

Dunstable & Hitchin, with excellent access to the road network;

there is a good choice of shopping, sporting, cultural and educational

facilities including a number of popular tourist attractions such as

Woburn Abbey Safari Park and The National Memorial Arboretum.

Good walking, cycling and outriding opportunities abound from the

property into the surrounding countryside with good outriding onto

the John Bunyan Trail with dressage/ showjumping competition

centres at Keysoe Bury Farm and Addington. Horseracing is at

Towcester, Huntingdon & Newmarket. Local hunts include the

Oakley & Cambridgeshire. Sailing and water sports available at

Stewartby Water Sports Club and Priory Sailing Club. Fishing can

be enjoyed at How End Fisheries by licence. Golf can be enjoyed at

The Bedford, The Millbrook and Beadlow Manor.


Situated in an accessible rural location enjoying views over the

adjoining countryside, Ion Bridge Farm is a well-established mixed

use site comprising a former poultry farm, where the outbuildings &

barns have been adapted for use to create a sizeable kennels, cattery

& several smaller units let out to small commercial businesses,

providing a steady profitable income whilst there is considerable

scope to increase the turnover should a new buyer desire. In addition,

there are excellent equestrian facilities including an American Barn

for stabling and outdoor arena, within a compact 5.9 acre site plus

excellent outriding from the property.


Single Storey detached home having been considerably improved

by the current owners with permission to extend further, of brick

elevations under a tiled roof. Extending to some 1,551 ft2 (GIA), the

property offers spacious and well-presented accommodation, with

a pleasant south facing rear garden and ample newly resurfaced

driveway parking to the front with secure electric gates and recently

built triple garage [with scope to convert to an annexe STPP].


The accommodation comprises:

Large refitted Family Kitchen with oil fired Rayburn

Sitting room with woodburning stove

Boot room/ conservatory

Spacious master bedroom suite with large ensuite

overlooking garden

2 further bedrooms & adjoining bathroom

Planning consent to extend further


The land lies to the rear of the main equestrian buildings and

comprises level pasture within a ring fence sub-divided into

individual paddocks with each paddock having its own mains

water supply.

In all the land amounts to some 5.9 acres.


The current vendor has built up the existing business with an excellent

kennel building with runs & exercise area, plus separate cattery and

commercial letting units from former poultry sheds/ storage barns;

together with the erection of a modern steel span barn, approached

through a very well managed tidy yard accessed via separate secure

electric gates:-

Electric gated entrance leads to the main yard with a spur /

gate connecting to the residence s driveway central concreted

driveway leads through the yard :-

Kennels (42m x 10.7m) former poultry shed with license for 67

dogs in a mixture of single & double, well built spacious kennels

with enclosed runs.

Cattery (13.7m x 5.2m) with license for 10 cats in a mixture of

single & double, spacious pens with pleasant outlook.

Ample Parking area for customers vehicles

Commercially let units/ barns let to a number of long term small

business users

Modern steel clear span barn (20m x 12m) constructed in 2016 &

subdivided into two units with roller shutter doors

Workshop / storage barn (11.3m x 8.5m)

Double garage (7m x 5.7m)


American Barn with 3 off 12 x 12 loose boxes, 1 off 12 x 16 loose

box and 1 off 12 x 24 foaling box; all with automatic drinkers; plus

tie-up / wash down area with tack room & kitchen/ rest area

In addition there are 2 substantial indoor covered turnout yards

with direct access to the paddocks

Outdoor arena 40m x 20m with fibresand/ rubber surface and 3

High Spec, Fully Adjustable Professional Mirrors.

Three post & rail fenced pasture paddocks with automatic mains

water fed troughs and a high quality large field shelter: totalling

about 3 acres

Parking/ turning area for horsebox / trailers


The businesses onsite have been nurtured & developed by the

current owners over the last 12 years with a regular healthy

turnover & profit with the ability to transfer into new ownership

seamlessly whilst using minimal additional staff, if required; there is

significant potential to increase revenue should one require, more

information available from Agent

Audited accounts will be made available post viewing


ox Grant and their clients give notice that:

1. They have no authority to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to

the property.

2. These particulars have been prepared in good faith to give a fair overall view of the

property, do not form any part of an offer or contract and must not be relied upon as

statements or representations of fact.

3. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans

are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed

that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and

Fox Grant have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy

themselves by inspection or otherwise.

Health & Safety Given the potential hazards of a riding school we would

ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection for your

own personal safety, particularly around livestock, water and machinery.

Children must be supervised by their parents on site.

Plans, Areas and Schedules: These are based on the Ordnance Survey

and are for reference only. They have been carefully checked and

calculated by the vendor s agents, however the purchaser(s) shall be

deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the description of the property.

Any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale or entitle either party

to compensation in respect thereof.

Town and Country Planning: The property is sold subject to any

development plans, tree preservation orders, ancient monument orders,

town planning schedules and resolutions, which may or may not come into

force. Purchasers will be deemed to have full knowledge and have satisfied

themselves as to the provisions of any such matters affecting the estate.


The neighbouring property, has a vehicular, horse riding &

pedestrian right of access down the yard driveway to their barn [marked on

sale plan]


Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band E : full report available upon

request from Agent


Basic Farm Payments/Grants: Unregistered currently


Central Bedfordshire Borough Council Tel: 01234 718093


Band E : £2,172.70 for 2018/19


Mains water and electricity with private drainage to two septic

tanks. Oil fired central heating.


Ion Bridge Farm is sold freehold with vacant possession given

upon completion.


Unless mentioned specifically all fixture, fittings,

garden ornaments & Farm Machinery are excluded from the sale but may

be available by negotiation.


All viewings strictly by appointment throughthe agents on 01722 782727. For further information or to book a viewing please contact Phil Howard or email phil@foxgrant.com


Postcode: MK45 4HJ

From M1 Junction 11a, head northeast signposted A6 Bedford, after about

2 miles at the A6 roundabout in Barton-le-Clay take the second exit towards

Higham Gobion & Shillington. Pass through Higham Gobion and at the

T-junction turn left into Hanscombe End & immediately left again, follow the

road for about half a mile, where the property will be found on your left hand

side, signed Ion Bridge Farm.

Arrange viewing 01722 782727

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