Bakers Copse, near Staplecross, East Sussex. 4.57 acres of peaceful woodland, meadows and ponds in a rural location, 7 miles from the A21. £59,000 (freehold) [#S1398]
Superb mature oak and hornbeam woodland with grassy glades and two ponds 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 794 216
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.
Bakers Copse is an excellent woodland with a meadow that lies a short distance from the village of Staplecross in the southeast corner of a peaceful wider gated woodland. Whilst being part of a larger forest, it certainly does not feel like that, being surrounded by picturesque farmland.
Situated on gentle slopes that gradually undulate further south, the woodland sits among fertile loamy clay soil with a largely mature canopy comprising majestic oak, hornbeam (a strong white timber that finishes very smoothly, often used for billiard cues or flooring), sweet chestnut, sycamore and occasional ash. Towards the northern end of the copse is a maturing canopy of young oak and ash planted approximately 25 years ago. A new owner could set up a simple plan for this area to yield a fuel stock for years to come, making use of the Forestry Commission thinning licence currently in place. The shrub layer below includes bushy holly, hawthorn and thickets of regenerating ash, hornbeam and oak. In spring the ground layer becomes a colourful delight, awash with bluebells, wood anemone and primrose.
A wonderful broad grassy meadow spans west to east, maybe a great place to install beehives, also providing convenient access to one of two seasonal ponds that occupy the north eastern corner. This area offers vast scope for woodland recreation, as well as enjoying far reaching rural views. Having its own gated access, the woodland has a lovely sense of privacy.
Visiting wildlife is enticed by the serenity of the area; deer (muntjac and roe), fox, badger, woodpecker, skylark, long-tailed tit, buzzard and many harmonious songsters are abundant in number.
Benefiting from good vehicular access along a hard-surfaced track navigable with a 2WD vehicle, Bakers Copse is one of few places in the southeast of England out of earshot of the drone of traffic and offers blissful tranquility.
If It Were Mine
What a perfect woodland environment; I would begin by sewing wildflowers around the meadow in preparation for the beehives I would install. The young oak would certainly be earmarked for a firewood stock at home. I can’t think of a more tranquil place to overnight either, taking in some star gazing, perhaps after a BBQ in a spot between the ponds. One could also hang a swing from one of the oaks. The possibilities are endless!
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 165 metres and turn left (point B).
- Continue up the track for 150 metres and turn left at the top of the track to point C.
- Climb the gate to enter the woodland.
- The north boundary CD is the stock fence with fields beyond.
- The west boundary HJ the dilapidated wire fence on the occasional earth bund, JC is the fence and steel gate.
- The east boundary DE is the fence, EF is indicated by blue paint on occasional wooden posts and trees on the outside edge of the pond, FG is the earth bund with hedge on top and fields beyond.
- The short south boundary GH is indicated by red paint on a tree, wooden post and 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 at all times and for all purposes over the route XABC on the plan below.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
- There is a short section of public footpath near the gated entrance.
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 (please ensure you are in a position to fund the purchase before doing this):
- 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
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.