Bodiam Wood, near Staplecross, East Sussex. 1.56 acres of attractive woodland in a rural location, 7 miles from the A21. £23,500 (freehold) [#S1308]
A superb broadleaf woodland containing young oak and ash in a tranquil location in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 11 miles from Hastings.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 199
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 796 218
- Centre of wood: TQ 789 220
Nearest postcode: TN32 5QL
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.
Bodiam Wood is a delightful young broadleaf wood located a short distance south east of the small village of Staplecross and forms part of a wider gated woodland.
This peaceful copse is situated on fertile loam over clay soils that slope gently towards the northwest boundary. The maturing canopy planted approximately 25 years ago predominantly comprises oak, occasional ash and hornbeam (known for its good firewood properties). Flanking the southwest and northwest boundaries is an attractive mixture of crab apple, damson (great for a keen forager), hawthorn and field maple. Patches of primrose, saw-wort, foxglove, orchid and blackberry provide splashes of colour to the ground layer during the warmer months. A secluded triangular area of open grass at the far west corner of the copse would make a superb location for occasional summer overnighting.
Populations of wildlife are attracted by the serenity of the woodland; deer (muntjac and roe), fox, badger, buzzard, woodpecker, long-tailed tit, sparrow hawk and numerous songsters are abundant.
The copse benefits from a Forestry Commission thinning licence, giving a new owner scope to yield some useful firewood for a log burner at home.
Bodiam Wood is one of very few locations in the south of England out of earshot of the drone of traffic and offers complete tranquillity. It benefits from good vehicular access along a soft track navigable with a 4WD vehicle.
If It Were Mine
I would certainly clear a space within the copse, creating a secluded area to hang a hammock for overnighting, perhaps also having evening barbeques in the open grassy area during the summer. I would also set up a simple plan to enhance the excellent oak stems for the future.
Please remember some management operations require approval and/or a licence.
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
- Take the A21 northwards from Hastings, after around five miles take the B2244 signposted Sedlescombe.
- Continue through the village of Sedlescombe and for around 4 miles passing Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard on the left.
- At the junction take the righthand turn B2165 signposted Staplecross, at the village follow the road round to the right after a mile you pass Chalk Down Lime builders supplies.
- Take the immediate right down Ellenwhorne Lane, continue down the lane for ½ a mile and take the right turn (point X on the plan below) down the track over a stream.
- Open the steel gate (please close it behind you) and continue along the track through the field to another locked gate (point A), park on the left being careful not to obstruct the track.
- Climb the gate, (sorry we do not supply keys for viewings) and follow the track for 240 metres passing a turn on the left (point B). Turn right (point C) and continue up the hill.
- Pass a shed on the right and take the right-hand track at the three-pronged junction (point D).
- Continue along the track for 155 metres and turn left onto the grass track (point E) keeping to the left of the powerlines.
- Continue along the grass track for 125 metres and you will arrive at the woodland on the left (point F), indicated by the wooden sign.
- The north boundary between FG is the centre of the power line indicated by white paint on a wooden post and power line pole.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by green paint on occasional wooden posts and fence post.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by blue paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The southwest boundary is indicated by white paint on occasional wooden posts and a fence post.
Whilst the land was copyhold land (which may mean certain sporting rights historically belonged to the lord of the manor) we believe the sporting rights do come with the land. No third parties currently exercise any such rights over the land.
Whilst the land was copyhold land (which may mean certain mineral rights historically belonged to the lord of the manor) we believe the mineral rights do come with the land. No third parties currently exercise any such rights over the land.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way granted for all times and all purposes over the rote XABCDEF on the plan below.
- A right of way is reserved over the route FG for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way within the woodland.
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.