Snaffle Wood, near Ashford, Kent. 9.44 acres of mature oak and hornbeam woodland in a rural location, 25 miles from Tunbridge Wells. £85,000 (freehold) [#S1377]
A lovely woodland comprising oak, sweet chestnut and hornbeam with a log store and good access, 10 miles from junction 10 of the M20.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 189
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 960 338
- Centre of wood: TQ 960 339
Nearest postcode: TN26 2LY
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.
Situated a short distance west from the village of Hamstreet, Snaffle Wood is part of a larger Ancient Woodland known as Hunt’s Wood in rural Kent.
Located on level loamy clay soils, the mature canopy predominately comprises majestic oak standards (many these stems are of superb quality!) and sweet chestnut coppice. Below, a lush shrub layer consists of birch, hazel and bushy holly along with mature hornbeam, which makes great firewood. Colourful patches of bluebell (a key Ancient Woodland indicator), primrose, blackberry and mosses embellish the ground layer, making the woodland particularly delightful during spring.
Leading to the centre of the woodland from its main access are two handy soft tracks that could be used for collecting a little hornbeam fuel. In addition, a small lean-to shelter nestled in the far northwest corner makes a perfect location to store and season some stacks of firewood.
Wildlife populations are abundant; birdlife and mammals include deer, fox, weasel, badger, shoveler, green woodpecker, and sparrowhawk. Many harmonious songsters can be heard throughout this tranquil area.
Snaffle Wood offers huge scope for woodland recreation and bush craft for a weekend woodsman, who could yield some fuel for the hearth. It benefits from good vehicular access navigable with a two-wheel drive vehicle.
If It Were Mine
I would clear a path to the northwest corner, then use the lean-to for an area to occasionally BBQ relaxing with friends, perhaps after a good day firewood collecting. I might also think about clearing an area or two for bush craft.
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
- From Ashford, continue south along the A2070 towards Hastings.
- After 4 miles turn right towards Tenterden, Hamstreet and B2067, turning left shortly after onto Ashford Road, following the signs to Tenterden and Hamstreet.
- After 0.5 miles, turn right from the centre of Hamstreet village just before the Dukes Head pub, continuing west along the B2067 towards Warehorne and the Rare Breeds Centre, passing the World’s Wonder pub on the right.
- After 2.8 miles, you will see a recently installed steel gate on the right with a steel security bar in front of it (point B).
- 65 metres beyond is a secondary access (point A) indicated by a chain across the access track between two posts.
- Please park in the layby opposite (take care crossing the road).
- Climb over the chain at point A (sorry we do not provide keys for viewing) and Snaffle Wood is on the left, indicated by the wooden name sign.
- The southeastern boundary AC is indicated by white paint on occasional trees on the inside edge of the track, CD is indicated by white paint on occasional wooden posts on the inside edge of the track that may be offset by a short distance.
- The northeast boundary DE is indicated by purple paint on occasional wooden posts on the inside edge of the track that may be offset by a short distance.
- The western boundary EX is indicated by purple paint on occasional trees on top of an earth bund on the inside edge of the track.
- The southwest boundary XA is the fence with the public highway beyond.
The sporting rights are owned and include 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 right of way granted at all times and for all purposes over the route ACDE and BC.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Third Party Rights
There is an easement in place for the maintenance of the water supply pipe (XY).
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.