Knight Frank's Perfect Partnership with Sandridge Barton Estate, South Devon
PUBLISHED: 14:51 05 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:51 20 February 2013
When Jane Moon first fell in love with the Sandridge Barton Estate it was already a wonderful property. Since then, with Knight Frank's help, she has made it even better.
When Jane Moon first fell in love with the Sandridge Barton Estate it was already a wonderful property. Since then, with Knight Franks help, she has made it even better.
As Jane Moon shows me around the 405-acre Sandridge Barton Estate, along with Knight Franks Edward Dixon, it is easy to see why it was love at first sight. Nestling in a picturesque hollow, the main house sits picture perfect, framed by rows of meticulously tended vines, mature woodlands, meadows and a stunning view over the River Dart.
Jane and husband Andrew were looking for a small country estate about 10 years ago when she stumbled across an advert for Sandridge Barton in a yachting magazine.
I knew immediately then that it was the property for us, she recalls. We both love sailing and the location near Dartmouth was perfect.
Apart from the lifestyle aspect, being able to invest in agricultural land was part of the attraction, adds Jane. Andrew had worked on farms when he was younger and was keen to get involved again. We also both liked the idea of investing in something tangible that would hopefully increase in value, but would also be something that we could really enjoy owning and where we could try out new ideas.
The couple, however, were disappointed to discover that Sandridge Bartons then owner had already promised to sell it to somebody else. Fortuitously, the Moons were handed a second chance when the purchaser decided to put it back on the market after just a few years. And they werent going to miss out again, says Jane. There was no messing about, this time it was ours.
Once a deal was struck, Knight Frank was involved right from the start, explains Jane.
We had a strong vision of what we wanted to achieve, but always knew we were going to need help. The estate wasnt going to be our main home and we are involved with a number of other businesses that require our time.
Part of Knight Franks appeal for the Moons was its wide range of property services, says Jane.
Although the firms Estate Management Department oversees any strategic planning needed and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the estate, it can call on a wide selection of in-house specialists when required. This has included the Building Consultancy and Architecture team, which was involved with a sensitive remodelling of the front of the estates six-bedroom main house, as well as the total renovation of a secluded boat house that is now an award-winning two-bedroom holiday let.
It is a very exciting estate to be involved with, says Edward, who looks after Sandridge Barton for the Moons.
Jane and Andrew have very clear objectives and are always looking at developing new opportunities, which will improve the overall environment of the estate, create new income streams or, in many cases, both.
A lot of effort has gone into improving the estates woodland and an old cider orchard, grubbed up 50 years ago, has been replanted. But one of the most significant and noticeable changes to the estate, making it in some ways more reminiscent of the Loire Valley than Devon, has been the creation of a new vineyard on its slopes. By the time the third stage of planting is completed in 2012, Sandridge Barton will boast 25 acres of vines including Pinot Noir, Bacchus, Madelaine Angevine and Chardonnay varieties.
All the grapes are currently sold to a local wine maker, but eventually the estate could bottle its own vintages, says Jane.
English wine is really on the up and now stands on its own two feet, its no longer seen as just a novelty. We have a really good micro climate here for growing vines.
Viticultural advice is provided by local expert Ian ACourt, but Knight Frank has project managed the scheme and looks after ongoing operations. We provide help on a number of levels, points out Edward. Even when clients are passionate about a particular idea, they appreciate the objective view that we can provide, it gives them confidence that what they are doing makes sense. They can then relax knowing that we will deal with any third parties or contractors needed to bring their ideas to life.
Many of our clients are very busy people who spend long periods away from their rural estates and need a total, utterly reliable and discrete management service, Edward adds. When the Moons are not staying at Sandridge Barton themselves, for example, they rent out the main house as well as the boat house, which is always available, through a holiday lettings agency specialising in the south west (helpfulholidays.com). Knight Frank manages that relationship.
Sandridge Barton is such a wonderful place, it will always be a joy to own and share with others, says Jane as we finish our tour.
But working with Knight Frank has meant we have been able to enjoy and appreciate it even more. Edward and everybody else involved have all shared our passion for the estate and our vision for its future.
The Sandridge Barton Estate
Total acreage 405 acres
Let farmland 185 acres
In-hand pasture / arable 149 acres
Woodland 57 acres
Vineyard 10 acres
Cider orchard 4 acres
Photo: Jane Moon, the owner of Sandridge Barton, and Knight Franks Edward Dixon discuss this years grape crop.
Edward Dixon can be contacted at email@example.com or on 01179 452 633. Edward is a member of Knight Franks Estate Management team which helps clients achieve the aspirations they have for their estates, whether financial, lifestyle or strategic.
Words Andrew Shirley
Photo: Peter Dean
Contact William Morrison, Partner and Head Knight Frank's Exeter Office
01392-848823 07771-886010 firstname.lastname@example.org
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