An excellent opportunity to acquire a nursery with 3 bed aoc dwelling, glasshouses, storage buildings, pp for 7,000sq ft office/packing/storage facility and established successful online plant retail business with significant potential for further growth.
An exceptional opportunity to acquire an established nursery along with its thriving online retail business. The site covers approximately 4.2 acres and incorporates a substantial barn style residence providing 2,125sq ft of accommodation, finished to a very high standard and set in large landscaped gardens. Beyond the residential element are a range of nursery buildings including 12 glass houses, polytunnel, packing shed, potting shed and office and beyond a small pasture field extending to about an acre.
The nursery operates a highly successful online only plant retail business, targeting both the individual consumer and corporate client. The business sells a vast variety of plants, some of which are grown on the nursery, as well as garden furniture and a wide range of gifts for the home and garden. The majority of sales are via the online marketplace platforms of Ebay and Amazon. The present owners purchased the property in 2007 and initially operated a wholesale nursery business from the site. In wanting to capitalise on the rapid growth of the UK houseplant sector and recognising a demand for direct selling, the owners subsequently established the online plant retail business in 2012. The business has enjoyed excellent year on year growth advised as being between 30-40% per annum and presently employs 5 full time and 5 part time employees excluding the owners. The advised projected turnover for the year ending 31st December 2016 is £950,000 with an advised projected net profit of approximately £80,000. The property and internet retail business are now offered for sale due to retirement.
The business has grown organically with very little advertising or promotion and it is therefore considered that there is tremendous potential for further growth through marketing and advertising. Further financial information is available upon request.
The residence was designed and constructed by the present owners in 2008. Planning consent for a dwelling on site was granted by Wealden District Council in 2007 and is subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Condition. The barn style accommodation offers a spacious and stylish modern 3 bedroom home of 2,125sq ft set out over two floors and finished to an extremely high standard throughout with solid timber doors and windows. Externally the residence presents elevations of dark stained weather boarding under a pitched slate tiled roof which is fitted with solar panels on the south facing roof.
The property is accessed through a set of attractive brick pillars with brick walls and iron railings to the sides onto a drive leading into the property. The main drive leads to a pair of metal gates opening into a large tarmac parking area adjoining the nursery buildings. Almost immediately off the road entrance is a second and separate private gravelled drive set though woodland leading to the residence and opening into a gravelled parking area. The large domestic gardens are set to the rear of the residence and are a most attractive feature of the property interspersed with a diverse array of plants, shrubs, trees and ornamental features including ponds and sitting out areas with a covered terrace skirting the rear of the residence. The residence is well screened from the road and adjacent nursery buildings by mature tree screens.
The property is presently serviced by a number of buildings set off a tarmac yard and parking/turning area including 12 glass houses covering approximately 55,000sq ft, polytunnel, warehouse, packing shed, pot filling shed, cold store and office. Planning consent has been granted for a substantial new packing/storage building to service the business.
To support future business expansion, the owners have obtained planning consent for a proposed new packing and storage facility. The scheme allows for a two storey building offering 7,000sq ft of space and incorporating storage and packing areas, staff rest room and office. Further documentation is available upon request.
Set at the foot of the glasshouses on the northern boundary is a small pasture field extending to about an acre and enjoying superb views to the north west over open countryside.
The sale does not include stock. Stock is available by separate negotiation. A full stock inventory is available upon request.
Mains water and electricity. Oil fired central heating and hot water. Septic Tank drainage.
Wealden District Council
Council Tax Band E
Residence sap: C
The property is offered freehold with vacant possession on completion.
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