Sundown Wood, near Maidstone, Kent. 0.53 acres of Ancient Broadleaf Woodland. £12,000 (freehold) [#S1301]
A lovely mature woodland with a pond and its own private gated access containing large oak, beech and sweet chestnut, 2 miles from junction 8 of the M20.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 188
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 843 538
- Centre of wood: TQ 843 538
Nearest postcode: ME17 1QG
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Sundown Wood is situated a short distance southeast of Maidstone in semi-rural Kent and forms part of a wider wooded area known as Warren Wood, previously part of the Leeds Castle Estate.
Located on loam over clay soils that slope gently northwest, the mature canopy predominantly consists of majestic oak standards, beech and birch. The lush shrub layer below is made up of hazel coppice, sweet chestnut, sycamore, holly and hawthorn. An area of establishing oak, birch and cherry towards the southeast of the copse offers a new owner the opportunity to begin a simple plan to extract some fuel from this part of the wood, making use of the existing Forestry Commission thinning licence. An area next to the seasonal pond which lies towards the east boundary could be a delightful spot to overnight if cleared. Patches of bluebells, primrose and wood anemone make Sundown Wood a delightful place to be during spring.
Feathered visitors include many harmonious songsters as well as buzzards, owls, willow tits, and lesser spotted woodpeckers. Visiting mammal and reptile populations include badger, fox, fallow deer, wood frog and adder.
This manageable copse has superb potential for a new owner keen to learn about woodland life and recreation with the prospect to also yield some quality firewood. It benefits from direct access off a country lane through a secure gate, with a hard-surfaced track leading part way into the wood suitable for a two-wheel drive vehicle.
If It Were Mine
I would clear an open space near the pond for bushcraft activities and a camp fire. Some coppiced hazel would make excellent walking canes! I would consider hanging a swing from a one of the larger trees and just pass the time absorbing my surroundings.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- From junction 8 of the M20, head southeast on the A20 towards Lenham and Leeds Castle.
- Passing the Mercure Hotel on the right, take the second exit off the roundabout and continue on the A20 towards Lenham and Herrietsham.
- Shortly after, take the first exit off the roundabout and continue along the A20.
- After half a mile, turn left just after the Park Gate Inn pub on the right, onto Hospital Road.
- Continue along the lane passing under the motorway and bear left, crossing a railway bridge after 90 metres.
- Bear right and continue along Hospital Road for 200 metres and you will see our Woods4Sale sign, after 30 metres on the right you will see a black security bar gate, 55 metres beyond is a second black security bar gate on the right (point A on the plan below), this is the entrance to the woodland.
- Please park in a suitable safe place off the road not obstructing through traffic. Sorry we do not provide keys for viewings.
- Climb under the security bar and you will be in the woodland, indicated by the wooden name sign on a tree.
- The northwest boundary is the edge of the public road indicated by white paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The southwest boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts.
- The east boundary BC is the fence, CDE is indicated by blue paint on occasional trees and wooden posts.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
There is a public footpath between A and D.
There are no known fencing obligations.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market:
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.