About this property
Kingscote Estate Vineyard
Across the estate about 60 acres (24 hectares) as above of vines have been planted, with varieties including Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Bacchus, Pinot Blanc and Regent.
The initial vines were planted in 2010, 2011, 2013 and more lately extensive planting in 2018, which will be bearing significant fruit from 2023 onwards. The vineyards have been planted on southerly slopes and have been established to produce more than 100,000 bottles of still and sparkling wine per annum.
There is also a two acre apple orchard which lies to the east of the farmstead and was planted in 2011, the fruit from which has been used in the past and present to produce Original method Cyder.
The winery contains all the latest technology for producing premium sparkling and still wine using stainless steel and temperature control. All the stages of wine production from vine to the shop can be undertaken on site
Tithe Barn / Visitor Centre
Timber framed under a tiled roof, this magnificently resorted barn originates from the 15th century and occupies a prominent position with a courtyard to the front and garden behind with views over the vineyard and towards the Bluebell Railway.
Inside, the barn is open plan and full of character, with a wealth of exposed original timbers and offers potential for a variety of uses. The ground floor is home to an impressive kitchen and bar area, with utility room beyond. At one end, a mezzanine gallery overlooks the main entertainment space, which has been used in the past as a smaller meeting area and as a stage for the band at functions. There are ladies, gents and disabled WCs.
The current owners have created a highly popular venue for buyers of wine (and many of the other products on offer), vineyard tourists and locals.
The Coach House
The Coach House is currently used as a holiday let and comprises an open plan living space and kitchen on the ground floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom to the first floor.
Within the yard is a substantial (c.7,750 sq.ft) barn, which has previously been used in part for stabling liveries and storage. The stables have been removed opening opportunities for a variety of alternative uses. There remains a produce shop, office and bonded area.
The estate also benefits from a newly constructed Shufflebottom farm building which extends to about 4,000 sq.ft and serves as a machinery store and workshop.
Farmland and Fishing Lakes
The remaining land extends to approximately 80 acres and is predominantly pasture with around 22 acres of woodland. The land is extremely attractive, stretching out over opposing sides of the Medway Valley lending itself to grazing or sporting and leisure activities. A hard track leads to the top of the farm and from there are some stunning views across the Weir Wood Reservoir and undulating countryside beyond, towards the Ashdown Forest.
There are two picturesque and popular fishing lakes on the estate extending to about 2.7 acres. The lakes are well stocked with Carp, Perch, Bream and Rudd.
- Location (distances approximate)
- Central London 52 miles
- Gatwick Airport / Gatwick Express 11 miles
- East Grinstead Station (Victoria) 3.6 miles
- M25 12 miles
- Leisure and Tourism
- Situated in the High Weald AONB and close to Ashdown Forest, this is a popular tourism destination. The famous Bluebell Railway runs through the estate.
- There are a number of gastro-pubs, country house hotels and independent shops in the vicinity.
- Local Authorities
- Mid Sussex District Council (01444 458166) and West Sussex County Council (01243 777100).
- Grapes – Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Bacchus, Pinot Blanc, Solaris and Regent grapes. The initial 15 acres of vines were planted by the original owner in 2010, 2011 and 2013 to the north of the lakes, with more extensive planting by the current owner in 2017. There is also a two acre apple orchard planted in 2011 with 14 different varieties of classic English apples including Bramley, Jonagold, Cox and Spartan.
- Wines – A range of still and sparkling wines. See the Kingscote Estate website for further details.
- Mill Place Farmhouse
- Mill Place Farmhouse is a Grade II Listed 5 bedroom farmhouse and is available by separate negotiation.
- General Remarks
- The barn has a wood chip boiler and the Coach House LPG heating. There is mains water and electricity. Drainage is to a shared private system.
- Basic Payment Scheme
- BPS Entitlements are included in the sale, the vendor will retain the current year’s payment. There are no environmental schemes running over the estate.
- Rights of Way
- The property is being sold subject to, and with the benefit of, all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way whether public or private, specifically mentioned herein or not.
- There are public footpaths and a bridleway over the land, and a private right of way access to the residential dwellings beyond the yard.
- EPC Exempt