Strutt & Parker LLP of Exeter is seeking £11.5 million for the whole Bantham Estate in South Devon but will sell the property in six lots.
The Estate extends to approximately 728 acres and includes a portfolio of 21 residential properties, approximately 589 acres of agricultural land comprising arable land, pasture and woodland, Bantham Ham, the car park and Bantham Beach. Parts of the River Avon are leased from the Duchy of Cornwall. In addition a number of boathouses and the Lordship of the Manor of Bigbury are included within the sale.
Situated on the Bigbury side of the estuary over the water from Bantham, is Bigbury Golf Course, an 18-hole golf course (6,000 yards), car park and putting green arranged over 90 acres enjoying breath-taking panoramic views from each hole, with spectacular sea views from holes 12 – 18.
The Golf Course, which is let on a 50 year lease until 24 March 2030, was designed by J H Taylor who lived at Westward Ho!, and was founded in 1923, initially as a small concern.
The course is sheltered by a number of plantings of Monterey pine and in 2006 a sophisticated irrigation system was installed by the tenant comprising a computer controlled system to each hole and area. The water supply to the golf course is from three bore holes which feed a water tank and is circulated via a pump in a nearby pump house.
The original club house was destroyed by fire in 1964 and rebuilt in 1966. The Golf Club plan to refurbish the building in May 2014 following the grant of planning permission to insulate the building with new external cladding and for the construction of a new roof.
The building has a bar with seating area, a dining room and kitchen, ladies and gentlemen’s locker rooms, and a boardroom and office, as well as the Pro Shop near the first tee.
Accessed off the road running alongside the course are a range of general purpose outbuildings for storing and maintaining the Golf Club’s machinery. Adjacent to the club house is a well-appointed two bedroom bungalow currently used as a holiday cottage for those wishing to have on-the spot accommodation combined with daily golf.
Should the Estate be disposed of in Lots, the guide price for the Golf Course is £650,000.
Bigbury Golf Club www.bigburygolfclub.co.uk