An ideal small holding, garden nursery or events venue. The Walled Garden occupies 1.6 acres with a fantastic collection of Victorian glass houses. In addition there is an attached two bedroom cottage along with a foot print for potential to build an additional house (spp). 3.5 acres in total including car park.
The Land - the whole site is on one registered title deed consisting of a mix of residential and commercial but with the option to be completely residential. Council tax is payable for the house and the business has always been zero rated for business rates as the business is classed as a micro - rural business, documentation is available if required. The 'use of land' for commercial purposes is retail plant nursery with ancillary café. The site would make the most amazing small holding ideal for those looking for the good life. The site is licensed to sell alcohol.
The Walled Nursery has never been on the open market since it was built in 1880. It was originally the kitchen garden that served Tongswood House, now St Ronans School which was the home to the Gunther family who owned the OXO empire. It is believed that the Walled Nursery has the third largest collection of Victorian/Edwardian glasshouses in the UK. The garden is totally unique, rich in history and just under 2 acres within the walls which is half laid to lawns and half glasshouses and polytunnel and extensive flower borders.
- 2 bedroom bothy - The garden wall is a feature in the house running through the middle. There is potential to build a third bedroom on the side of the kitchen. The kitchen was an addition in 1995 setting a precedence in terms of extending. There is also room to extend at the back of the house adding onto the bedrooms. The bothy has oil central heating and a clargester for drainage installed in 2009.
- Yard with barn, storage container with power, pig pens for up to 10 pigs.
- Footprint of the 3 additional barns that were originally in the yard - important for the potential to build a new property.
- Large lawned area overlooking orchards, parking for up to 5 cars with yard behind.
The Vinery - is split into 5 sections - has power, lights, woodburners to heat the space, fire alarm, heat detector. There is a temporary roof, a conservatory roof fitted on top of the Victorian structure - listed building consent was gained to have the roof fitted for five years, which runs out in April 21. An application has been sent to Tunbridge Wells Planning to have the consent renewed for another five years which is currently awaiting approval. *****See my point at the end concerning restoration works ****
- Commercial kitchen - 3 fridges, commercial oven, 2 freezers, commercial dishwashing unit, shelving, coffee bar - included in the sale price is all of the crockery, glasses, chefs equipment such as baking trays, utensils, cake tins, commercial food mixers, panini machine (brand new), basically you can move in and open up the café immediately if so desired.
- 1st Shop - with desk, original head gardeners ledger, various furniture for displays (some of the furniture is the current owners but all included items will be detailed on fixtures and fittings), till, phone
- Toilets - 2 toilets with two wash basins, private drainage system installed in 2016 future proofed for 4 x capacity of the café which had on an average 50 lunches a day so plenty of capacity if wanting to hold events such as weddings.
- Store room - power, shelving, boiler.
- 2nd Shop - original Muscat Vine in here is 140 years old, various furniture included as well as the original Head Gardeners seed cabinet we use for display.
- Café area - 2 sections of the vinery, chairs and tables included, various plants included, some not, woodburners, gas heaters all included, chest of drawers.
- 5th section previously used for delivering training courses and holding workshops.
- Ends in an L shaped Fernery - power, shelving, potting benches, we will leave basic gardening tools for the new owners.
Carnation House - rebuilt in 2017 - metal plant display benches, water
Cucumber House - rebuilt in 2017 - original tiled floors and water tanks- various garden props like apple crates
Pelargonium House - rebuilt in 2018, original tiled floors, recently used to do wreath workshops and also rented out to individuals who wanted to run workshops. Plants were also grown and sold plants from here.
Propagation House/Hot House - original tiled floors, original cast iron staging, water and power. There is a large propagation unit installed in 2017 with heat and mist for producing cuttings on a commercial scale.
Melon House - 33m long and sunk underground, water tanks and original metal frames. Very rare ferns in the water tanks! Unrestored.
Cold Frame - runs parallel to the house, this is where plants would be hardened off after coming out of the glasshouses. Unrestored.
Peach Case - 33 meters long, full of peaches and nectarines which fruit prolifically - unrestored
50 ft long with concrete floor, Water point, Power, metal plant benches, shelving, thousands of pots and plant trays, compost trolleys, all the sundries you would need to start growing immediately. Hoses and hose trolley and watering lances, full irrigation system within the polytunnel. Wheelbarrows. Plant trolleys. Ride on mower and push mower included in the price.
Lawned Area -
Hut on the lawn, great for seating area, was originally a self service café in early days of the cafe' opening. Power and water points.
Utility room with space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer, shelving and sink.
Toilet - outdoor WC
Dipping pond - large, stone flower bed with large Greek urn in the middle, once the dipping pond where the gardeners filled their watering cans, now a flower bed.
5 beehives managed by Wealden Beekeepers they produce approx. 150 pounds of honey per year. They do not pay for this but the owner is able to buy as much fresh honey as they want.
Estate Office - this is to the front of the property - lights and power - next to the commercial kitchen - original head gardeners ledger, desks, one filing cabinet, long store room - used to be the apple store. Has previously been rented out to a florist.
Workshop - once the mushroom growing room - lighting and power, brick floor and exposed brick walls (treated) which has also been rented out to a florist.
Included in the price is fire extinguishers, stationary such as till rolls, packaging for purchases, original artefacts such as the old garden tools on the walls and various vintage gardenalia on display or for use as props in styling areas.
There is a captive audience in St Ronans, if potential buyers are interested in opening a café, the site was very much loved locally. There is huge potential for holding events such as weddings, glamping (see walled gardens pods online), the site is currently being rented out for photoshoots which commands £1000 per day and is relatively hassle free, just open the doors! Corporate events such as the Jo Malone event that took place here can command £40k in rental fees so there are multiple revenue streams. The current owners have calculated that renting each area out separately ie, nursery, café, workshops, yard, could command £4k in monthly rental (excluding the house). To view further images of The Walled Nursery please view their Instagram page @thewallednursery especially if you are interested in running a business from the site. There is a shared driveway with St Ronans and our neighbours and the main St Ronans School electronic entrance gates are locked to the public at night so very secure.
The quotes to complete the restoration of the Vinery is £300,000.00 and a further £200,000 for the Peach Case, Melon House and Cold Frame. The council are happy for the Vinery to have the temporary roof as they appreciate it makes it useable and saves it from the elements. The glasshouses that have been restored have been built using Accoya wood which is guaranteed for 50 years.