Ruin Copse, 0.94 acres of woodland with an old forester's cottage and 1.84 acres of grazing field with water, near Banwell, North Somerset for £68,000 (freehold) [#F1733]
Old ruin, set in a broadleaf woodland and a fenced agricultural field with water supply, situated in the heart of the historic Banwell Woods, a few miles from the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare.
BS29 6PQ (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 182
- Roadside gate: ST 407 593
- Centre of wood: ST407588
This unique piece of woodland has a lot to offer, a parcel of ash and oak woodland, a beautiful dilapidated old stone cottage and almost two acres of field with a water source which is perfect for a horse or pony or two.
Access is off the A368 Banwell to Sandford road, through a private gate and along a hard stone track which is suitable for year-round use. Adjacent to the ruin is a stoned area perfect to park a car or horse box trailer.
The ruin is believed to be the old foresters/game keeper’s cottage that has sadly fallen into disrepair, The walls are mostly intact and retain some unique architectural features (notably the arched doorway). There is no roof remaining, but it would not be difficult to rig up a tarpaulin and provide a bit of a shelter from any wet weather.
A fence surrounds the field to the north of the ruin and is accessed by a timber gate, there is an unsurfaced track leading up to the stone track to the north or go around to the south of the ruin. In recent years this field has been used for rough cattle grazing and benefits from a water trough and a mains water supply in the south east corner. It slopes down to the north, there are some grand views out towards Banwell village and the countryside beyond.
There is a beautiful and ancient oak tree growing on the slope above the ruin, with far reaching branches. Underneath these branches is a myriad of plants, including celandine, cowslip, bluebells and wild garlic. The wooded area of the property is secondary woodland, which is defined as land that has been left to the wild and a woodland has established, The majority of the trees will have self-seeded, likely from seed blown in from the Ancient Woodland to the east. Hazel and sycamore can also be found in this part of the property, the hazel has been coppiced at some stage in its life so you will find lots of multi stemmed stools on your exploration of the site.
In summary, with the field, woodland and stone structure, Ruin Copse has quite a lot to offer, be that conservation, woodland management, equine or wild camping.
If It Were Mine
I would almost certainly look to do some renovation works to the old ruin, perhaps rig up a temporary roof and use as a poor weather shelter or store some tools or feed for a pony or two in the field. The field is ready and waiting to be used for equine use or similar, other than perhaps upgrading the fence to make it more secure.
The woodland would benefit from a very light thin throughout by removing a small percentage of the trees to provide more space to the remaining trees. This will improve the amount of light that reaches the woodland floor (think more wildflowers!) as well as providing a small amount of firewood.
Please remember some management operations/renovation works may 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.
This video is of the larger woodland as a whole and is not representative of any specific part of the woodland.
Directions & Access
- From Banwell village, head east on the A368 towards Sandford.
- After approximately half a mile, you will see a layby on the right-hand side with a double wooden gate set back and Wood4Sale signs (point A on the plan below).
- Please park safely in front of one of the gates, ensuring there is clear vehicular access through the other for key holders (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings).
- Climb the gate and turn immediately right, continue along the track until you reach a T junction (point B) with the ruins of a cottage set back to the right.
- Turn right and then again almost immediately (point C), this is the start of the property.
- The southwest boundary is in part the fenceline adjacent to the field and extends into the wooded area as indicated by blue paint on trees and posts.
- The south boundary is the northern edge of the track as indicated by yellow paint on trees and posts which may be offset by a short distance.
- The northeast boundary is in part the western edge of the track as indicated by yellow paint on wooden posts and trees and the fenceline.
- The northwest boundary is the fenceline.
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 right of way granted at all times and for purposes over the route ABCE on the plan below.
- There is a right of way reserved for over the route CD for the benefit of the land beyond.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Tree Preservation Order
The woodland is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). This does not prevent appropriate tree felling. However, the agreement of the local Tree Officer must be obtained in advance.
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 have funds in place 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
- Confirmation of how you will fund the purchase
- The full contact details of your instructed solicitor (including name of company, contact name, email address, telephone number and full address)
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. We cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of the land.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.