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NEW ON THE MARKET

In this Edition • • • • • • •

For Sale by Auction on 15th October

ELHAM, CANTERBURY, KENT By John Butler FRICS

Auction Revival Maidstone Poultry Sales Auction News & Results Building Design Commercial Property Growth of Lettings New on Market

Autumn Preview 2009

More Buyers means more Deals! “It has been a busy Summer and the market looks robust going into the Autumn period” Quality Buildings and 27 Acres of Pasture and Vineyards in super location Guide Price: £300,000 - £350,000

For Sale by Private Treaty

ASH, CANTERBURY, KENT

STAPLEHURST, KENT

That is the view of Lambert & Foster’s Associate Partner Alec Cox as we leave a busy Summer period behind. Alec goes on to say, “We are fortunate to be based in a popular residential area and the Weald of Kent has continuing appeal to a wide range of potential buyers”.

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Deals have been put together across the whole spectrum of value but if anything there has been increased activity amongst the higher value properties which has been most welcome. A good example is Great Ivy Mill House in Loose Valley close to Maidstone, a sale which has been handled by Paddock Wood based Claire Burns. Claire picks up the story. “These vendor clients have been frustrated in their efforts to sell this quality property during the Spring marketing period and I was asked to give sound market

LD O S Pretty 4 Bedroom Grade II Listed Farmhouse in a lovely rural setting with an adaptable range of Farm Buildings. Land extending to 12.1 Acres Guide Price: £740,000

orientated advice. We remarketed the property at an asking price of £1.6 million and quickly arranged a sale following a flurry of interest at the end of July. Contracts have just exchanged and we have delighted vendors”. The Lambert & Foster touch in preparing good quality sales particulars, together with a well planned marketing campaign again reaped dividends for one of its vendor clients.

Detached Period Cottage with a Retail Plant Nursery in an excellent location on the A229 in the Weald of Kent. Land extending to some 4.45 Acres

Hawden Farmhouse, Hildenborough Another good market indicator of increased activity is the sale of Hawden Farm at Hildenborough which was actively marketed during the Spring with most lots finding buyers in late June. The buyer of the main house, guided at £850,000, withdrew in early July and the property was remarketed via the Lambert & Foster website which led to half a dozen viewings and offers and the property found a buyer at a very acceptable price. Solicitors are now working away towards an exchange of contracts in the early Autumn. Alec offered a general view ahead of the Autumn marketing period.

Guide Price: £675,000 Great Ivy Mill, Loose Valley

“It has been a great relief to have a very hectic Summer period with sales being concluded but also new

instructions finding good enquiry from well placed purchasers. It would be foolish to say that there had been a full market recovery but the bespoke service we are able to offer for rural property shows signs of real improvement in terms of turnover and enquiries”

It would be foolish to say that there had been a full market recovery but the bespoke service we are able to offer for rural property shows signs of real improvement in terms of turnover and enquiries Alec went on to say “with the number of new properties coming to the market in September, we are hopeful that this increased momentum within the market can carry through the traditionally busy Autumn market period”. The first port of call for serious buyers should be the Lambert & Foster website at www.lambertandfoster.co.uk which is refreshed on a daily basis with new instructions. The firm also carry active mailing lists and prospective buyers can register either via the website or contact Alec at the Weald Office at Cranbrook on 01580 712888 and Claire based at our Paddock Wood Office on 01892 832325.


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Lettings Department Grows

Auction Revival It has been a hectic Summer for Colin Stearn and the Lambert & Foster Auction Team based at the firm’s Paddock Wood Office. Auction Manager Colin Stearn comments “After a successful Annual Rural Bygones Sale in the Spring, we had another successful Collective Sale at the Keylands Salefield site in Paddock Wood in July. Auction enquiries certainly seem to have increased and I am pleased to report an expanded programme for the Autumn”. Apart from the seasonal Collective Sales held at Maidstone Market on the 3rd September and the Paddock Wood Autumn Collective due to take place on the Keylands site on the 1st October, Lambert & Foster also has a major Dispersal Sale of the fixtures and fittings of Stoke Brunswick School, near East Grinstead on Tuesday 13th

October. This auction will be held in conjunction with Tunbridge Wells based Agents, Batcheller Thacker. Further details will be available on the firm’s website shortly. Another new venture for the firm is a series of regular poultry auctions based at the firm’s Detling Aerodrome Market site. Colin Stearn explains. “We have identified a demand for poultry sales with increased interest in keeping poultry and fancy fowl on smallholdings. The plan is to have two Autumn sales

and monthly sales in 2010 from March and we are hopeful of receiving plenty of entries”.

We are delighted to welcome back to Lambert & Foster Stephanie Stirman who previously worked for the firm in residential sales. Stephanie joins the existing team of Gill Harris and Anna Duke with the specific responsibility of establishing a new Lettings presence in our Paddock Wood branch. Partner Tim Duncan commented - “We are delighted to welcome Stephanie back. Since leaving Lambert & Foster’s residential sales team Stephanie has been involved specifically with residential Lettings in the area so brings a wealth of experience with her in rejoining the Lambert & Foster team”. Tim goes onto say “We have had an excellent year in our residential Lettings department, the numbers of property we are now dealing with made it more than worthwhile having a dedicated presence at Paddock Wood”.

Colin goes on to say “We are delighted to be working with the Kent Poultry Club with these sales and they bring with them considerable experience to help us to put together accurate catalogues with good Auction Manager quality assurance on Colin Stearn the day”. The 2010 dates will be set out in more detail when next year’s Sales Calendar is confirmed. If you have specific auction related enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact either Colin Stearn or Alan Mummery at Lambert & Foster’s Paddock Wood Office on 01892 832325.

Stephanie can be contacted on 01892 832325 or email Stephanie@lambertandfoster.co.uk. The Weald office team would also be pleased to hear from you on 01580 712234 or Lettings@lambertandfoster.co.uk.

New Lettings Properties …. West Farleigh Immaculately presented 3 Bedroom EOT Cottage with far reaching views over the adjoining countryside. Unfurnished £895 pcm

SALE BY AUCTION The entire contents of STOKE BRUNSWICK SCHOOL, ASHURST WOOD, EAST GRINSTEAD

TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2009 Musical instruments including C. Bechstein grand piano, various upright pianos & stools, electric keyboards, violins, guitars, flutes, clarinets, trumpets, drum set, amplifiers & microphones. Vast quantity of desks, tables, chairs, beds, wooden pews, lecterns, dry wipe boards & other furniture, pictures, prints & books. Kity bandsaw, Draper sander, Delta scroll saw, Clarke bench drill, Ferm bench grinder & various other woodworking tools, microscopes, gym & sports equipment, climbing frames & outdoor play equipment Memorabilia to include silver trophies, photographs, books, signs & Honours Boards

Paddock Wood Spacious 4 bedroom semi detached house situated on a corner plot within walking distance of Paddock Wood shops & mainline station. Unfurnished. £1,000 pcm

LET

Ulcombe, Kent £1600 pcm

LET

Collier Street £775 pcm

Brenchley, Kent £895 pcm

In conjunction with

More always needed ………... Cranbrook 01580 712234

Paddock Wood 01892 832325


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Family Fowl Fun at Maidstone Poultry Auction

Commercial Property By John Butler FRICS

The Commercial Property Department has been busy this summer and amongst other lettings has just completed on a letting of 2,500 sq ft to an Insurance Underwriters at Orchard House pictured opposite. The type of eco efficiency offered by this property is becoming more in demand by tenants as awareness of Green issues and the savings in costs associated with these is increased. Jacqueline Tolhurst our Commercial Surveyor says “The market remains difficult but requirements are coming through as firms start to Commercial Surveyor consider the economy Jacqueline Tolhurst stabilizing”. She adds “If firms feel they are paying 01892 832325 j.tolhurst@lambertandfoster.couk

Gold laced pullets or a pair of swans were just two of the varieties of birds to go under the hammer at Lambert & Foster’s inaugural Poultry Auction held at their Maidstone Auction Market venue on Saturday 5th September.

Poultry enthusiasts Martin Symonds and Nick Lewis teamed up with Auctioneers Lambert & Foster to get the initiative off the ground and all hope that the sales will become a regular event in 2010.

too much rent, now is the time for them to review and renegotiate their rent on their leases if they have breaks or renewals coming up”. Call her for an initial chat to see if she can help you save some money.

Available Commercial Properties

Attended by chicken fanciers aged 4 - 84, upwards of 400 people attended the sale which was the first auction to be held in the region since Avian Flu in 2005. Over 52 different varieties of chickens, as well as 20 varieties of water fowl in all shapes, ages, sizes and colours were sold, as well as poultry equipment and eggs for hatching in the 600 lots catalogued. It was a family affair for Isobel, aged 4, Callum, aged 9, and Elish Burney, aged 12, from Faversham who came with their Dad to buy Isobel her birthday present although they left with several other purchases. Elish said “It’s been

LENHAM HEATH For Sale Fruit Packing Factory Site - £550,000

LANGLEY Office to Let Approx 1,190 sq ft £12,000 pa

great fun, Dad brought us here to get out of Mum’s hair as she is studying but we all love birds and it has been so exciting”. Elish plans to do her own bidding at the next Auction to be held at Maidstone Auction Market on Saturday 3rd October.

Alan Mummery of the Auctioneers Lambert & Foster commented “We were delighted to be approached by Martin and Nick who we have worked with for many years. We have a professional Auction Team at Lambert & Foster and an excellent premises at Detling which we hope in time will become the regional centre for poultry sales”. Alan went on to say “The Kent Poultry Club were quick to come on board and we will be acting as Official Auctioneers to the Club in 2010 which is great news”. Martin Symonds, who helped the Lambert & Foster Team get the project off the ground, commented “Although I didn’t mind travelling to Salisbury to

take my birds to Auction, it did seem that there was so much local enthusiasm with this growing hobby that a local sale should be established. For the first sale to have been such a success is fantastic”.

The next sale at Maidstone is due to take place on Saturday 3rd October with entries closing on Friday 18th September. Further details available from Lambert & Foster’s Auction Office at Paddock Wood on 01892 832325 or via their website at www.lambertandfoster.co.uk

Selection of Prices: Appenzellar Spizhauben Pairs of Light Brahmas Trios of Cornish Indian Game Trios of Legbar Pullets Buff Orpington Pullets Trios of Rhode Island Reds Pairs of Old English Silver Game Pekin Pullets Grey Toulouse Female Ducks Single White Rhea Pair of Nene Geese

£70 (for 2) £40 £75 £45 £60 (for 2) £70 £55 £55 (for 2) £80 (for 2) £90 £100

PADDOCK WOOD Second crop brown Lohmans ex free range sold to £5 each. Lease for Sale Retail Premises Approx 661 sq ft £17,150 pa

For further details contact Colin Stearn at Lambert & Foster 01892 832325 or colin@lambertandfoster.co.uk SIDCUP Farmshop to Let. Approx 1,273 sq ft. £18,000 pa

HORSMONDEN Self Contained Office Building to Let. Approx 1,590 sq ft £19,000 pa


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Southdown Sheep Show and Sale Now established as a regular fixture on the Southdown Sheep Society’s Calendar, the Maidstone Early Show and Sale was well supported with 90 sheep entered for sale. Jonathan Long’s Chailey Brook Flock from Brook in Kent led the way in both the Show and Sale with a brisk demand for virtually all the Chailey Brook breeding stock on offer. Male Champion and Overall Sale Champion was the Shearling Ram Chailey Brook 08/0010, son of Long’s imported sire TC4028 of France. The ram sold for 420 guineas to Mr A Coulter who made the long journey to Maidstone from the Scottish Borders. The Reserve Overall Champion and Female Champion was Wakeham Dawson & Harmer’s Shearling Ewe Ridings 08/1049 which later sold for 240 guineas to Mo Williams, High Peak, Derbyshire. The standard of the Show Classes were as high as they have been for many years with quality and depth in both the Shearling Ewe and Shearling Ram Classes.

158 guineas. Leading the way was another Chailey Brook entry, Chailey Brook 08/0008, a second prize winner and she joins the Bulmers in Yorkshire. Other notable consignments included Wakeham Dawson & Harmer’s 5 prepared shearlings which all sold to level at 217 guineas a piece.

Ewe Lambs A great selection of ewe lambs with strong well grown lamb from P A & R A H Whitcombe Southern Cross flock winning the pre-Show Class, selling for 150 guineas to Judge Jim Cresswell. Highest price, however, was reserved for another Southern Cross entry that sold for 180 guineas, again to Mr Coulter. The 11 ewe lambs forward averaged 111 guineas.

Rural Property Auction

Shearling Rams

15th October 2009

The best shown for some years and the best trade to match. 13 rams sold to average 413 guineas and setting the standard was Jonathan Long’s Chailey Brook 08/0016 which had previously been Reserve Male Champion at the Royal Show 2009 which sold for 590 guineas to Kevin Hawes, Hartfield, East Sussex. P A & R A H Whitcombe’s 3 shearlings sold to a top of 580 guineas to average 570 guineas. Commercial quality tups were in demand selling in the range of 280—350 guineas.

CUXTON, ROCHESTER, KENT 331 Acres of Arable, Pasture and Woodland with range of Traditional and Modern Farm Buildings in glorious location. As a Whole or in 8 Lots

Ram Lambs A handful forward led by the impeccably bred Chailey Brook 09/0002, a well bred cocktail of New Zealand and French breeding which was snapped up by Society Secretary Gail Sprake at 300 guineas.

COLTS HILL, FIVE OAK GREEN, KENT Period Farmhouse for Renovation and Unconverted Oast House with 14.25 Acres

ELHAM, CANTERBURY, KENT Range of High Quality Farm Buildings in exceptional rural location with 27 Acres Pasture and Vineyards

The post Show Sale saw quality sheep meeting demand with individual sections yielding the following results.

Older Ewes A handful of older ewes sold to variable demand topping 170 guineas for Jonathan Long’s 2006 born ewe Chailey Brook 06/0021. The buyer was Mr A Coulter.

Shearling Ewes

ROCHESTER, KENT 8.30 Acres Pasture Land

STOCKBURY, KENT Bungalow for Renovation

TICEHURST, EAST SUSSEX 7.25 Acres Paddock with PP for Stabling

Catalogues available on request 01892 832325 or online

Setting the Standard Jonathan Long’s Shearling Ram Chailey Brook 08/0016 Sold for the top price of 590 guineas

www.lambertandfoster.co.uk Keen demand throughout with 18 changing hands to average

Entries now being accepted for our next Property Auction HORSMONDEN, KENT 14.38 Acres Pasture and Woodland

EAST PECKHAM, KENT 11.6 Acres of Land

Contact Alan Mummery 01892 832325


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Property Auction Update By Alan Mummery

Partner Alan Mummery

“We are proud to be leading this particular sector of the market with our Auction activities”

Lambert & Foster’s Auctions continue to attract plenty of enquiry and we are pleased to report a very successful July Sale. Comprising an interesting basket of properties, several good sales were achieved for vendors. Most notably 25 acres of pasture parkland at Merrington Park, Rolvenden sold way ahead of the preauction guide of £130,000 £150,000 with the hammer finally falling at £215,000. A great result for the vendor. Other significant deals were concluded prior to auction including the sale of Horse Pasture Wood at Pembury which saw the sale of 38.5 acres of mixed woodland concluded at the upper end of the pre-auction guide price of £120,000 - £140,000 and in record time a sale of Rhode Fruit Farm at Doddington was achieved with the 28 acres of fruit and farm buildings coming in as a late entry into the auction and selling prior to the sale towards the top end of the pre-auction guide price of £260,000.

into the sale is Upper Bush Farm at Cuxton, being offered for sale on behalf of an institutional client. The farm extends to some 331 acres of mainly arable, pasture and woodland which is to be sold with a range of traditional and modern buildings, including some 800 tons of grain storage. The farm, which has previously been for sale as a whole, is now offered in 8 Lots, ranging in size from Lot 14, 1.88 acres of woodland, to the more significant arable blocks, Lot 7 - 33.15 acres of pasture and woodland with buildings, Lot 8 52.59 acres of arable land and Lot 9 - 69.79 acres with a grain store.

Land at Egg Pie Lane, Weald

The most significant entry

Looking ahead to the October Sale, Alan was excited by what is on offer. “It is certainly our best sale of the year and there really is something for everyone in the

Located not too far away from Cuxton on the other side of the Medway, are a pair of thatched 300 and 302 Pratling Street, cottages, Nos 300 and 302 Pratling Street, Aylesford which sale”. The Lambert & Foster provide an interesting Team have chosen to restoration project. The pair specialize in the auction of of thatched cottages are in rural property and this has need of complete renovation served us very well for a and are attractively guided at number of years and we are £180,000 - £220,000. proud to be leading this Another opportunity for buyers particular sector of the market in the region. to buy woodland and pasture close to Sevenoaks arises with the sale of the land between Scabharbour Lane and Eggpie Lane, Weald. This 36 acre block of pasture and woodland has been divided into 3 handy sized lots and is sure to create good enquiry.

Following this success, the autumn catalogue has been released which includes a diverse range of some 21 properties throughout Kent.

explain “Auction gives certainty to both buyer and seller. In what has been a difficult year for the property market, it has been my experience that the certainty of the auction process galvanizes action for sellers and buyers alike. Buyers like the certainty of purchase and some excellent prices have been achieved”.

Auctioneer Alan Mummery sets out his thoughts “It is a really interesting catalogue to bring to the market at a time when buyers and sellers are finding the auction process appealing”. Alan went on to

Catalogues can be downloaded from the Lambert & Foster website or are available from the firm’s Weald Office at Cranbrook 01580 712888 or the firm’s Auction Office at Paddock Wood 01892 832325.

Centenary Fruit Sale £2800 per acre for Queen Cox £1768 per acre for Bramley £2400 per acre for Pears Sale Averages:

£2.80 per bushel for Queen Cox £2.33 per bushel for Bramley £4.00 per bushel for Conference Pears Culinary £1076 per acre and £1.76 per bushel Dessert £1335 per acre and £2.60 per bushel Pears £2400 per acre and £4.00 per bushel

A good number of vendors and buyers celebrated with the presale bubbly marking this firm’s 100th Centenary Hard Fruit Sale on 31st July – believed to be the sole surviving fruit sale worldwide! The investment in bubbles failed to generate feverish bidding from the assembled company of discerning buyers!

topped the Sale at £2800 per acre and £2.80 per bushel – and took home the ‘real’ bottle of champagne for top grower, with the other bottle going home to Hoo with the purchaser – Clive Goatham. Overall good quality dessert apples and pears met a discerning demand – but the Centenary Sale produced no

The pendulum for the Bramley trade swung viciously reflecting the past season’s trading and overhang of 2008 Bramley still in store awaiting a market. Just 7 Bramley orchards changed hands to average a whisker better than the 1999 sale prices enclosed with this report. On a much brighter note, Mike and Rosie Butcher’s well grown Queen Cox orchard at Linton

world record prices! Generally full well grown crops of apples and pears failed to effect a total clearance with just 28 lots of 65 catalogued selling under the hammer and during the following week. At the time of writing some ‘foot of ladder’ deals are being done for unsold Bramley crops destined for Ireland. It is to be hoped that demand for the finest cooking apple will improve as the season progresses and the well grown unsold crops of Bramley meet a fair price and demand.

Auctioneer: John Butler

OUR OFFICES 39 High Street Cranbrook Kent TN17 3DN

77 Commercial Road Paddock Wood Kent TN12 6DS Phone: 01892 832325. Fax: 01892 834700

Phone: 01580 712888

paddockwood@lambertandfoster.co.uk

Fax: 01580 715630

www.lambertandfoster.co.uk

cranbrook@lambertandfoster.co.uk


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PROPERTIES RECENTLY SOLD

Sustainable Building Design By Tim Duncan

It is estimated that more than a quarter of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the energy we use to heat, light and run our homes. It is becoming more vital to ensure that homes are built in a way that minimises the use of energy and reduces these harmful emissions. Construction and use of our homes has a range of other environmental impacts, created for example through water use, waste generation and use of polluting materials, which can be significantly reduced through the integration of higher sustainability performance standards within the design of a home. More sustainable homes can also provide us with improved overall wellbeing and quality of life. The Building Regulations and the Code for Sustainable

Homes have been introduced to drive a change in sustainable home building practice. It is a standard for key elements of design and construction which affect the sustainability of a new home. It will form the basis for future developments in relation to carbon emissions and energy use in homes. It will ultimately be used by home buyers to assist in their choice of home and we are already beginning to see this with the introduction of energy performance certificates.

Sustainable Homes sets a higher standard than the Building Regulations. We are beginning to see increasingly more clients and projects embracing new technology and becoming more environmentally conscious and are welcoming more Partner Tim Duncan sustainable products and services. We are becoming more and more involved with more contemporary style design and we provide the full architectural design service. If you have already obtained your planning permission and require input with regard to the technical element and require advice and guidance on Building Regulations and sustainability issues, then please contact Tim Duncan at the Paddock Wood Office. 01892 832325.

Here at Lambert & Foster we are ever mindful of the changing needs and regulations and this all has to be taken into account from the initial architectural design stage prior to any planning permissions being granted. Following on from this is the Building Regulation technical stage. The Building Regulations set a minimum building standard required by law and the Code for

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West Farleigh Individual Detached single storey property, located in rural position

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Kippings Cross, Pembury Oast/Barn with partially completed Barn with PP for conversion to Annex. 3.75 Acres with Stable block.

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East Peckham Modern semi detached home with 3 good bedrooms

Matfield Detached three bed bungalow requiring some modernisation

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Chart Sutton Detached bungalow offering spacious accommodation with Yard, Outbuildings and a Paddock

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Sandhurst, Kent A fine detached single storey residence

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An Open Window to the Whole Firm

Regularly Updated

Easily Navigable

24 hour a day access to Lambert & Foster

www.lambertandfoster.co.uk

Cranbrook, Kent A pretty detached Grade II listed period cottage.

Benenden, Kent Semi-detached house, circa 1950's, in semi-rural location

Hawkhurst, Kent An impressive detached twin square kiln Kentish oast,

There is plenty of demand for sensibly priced houses - if you are serious about selling, we need to hear from you. Alec Cox Weald Office at Cranbrook 01580 712888 alec@lambertandfoster.co.uk

Claire Burns Paddock Wood Office 01892 832325 claire.burns@lambertandfoster.co.uk


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PROPERTIES RECENTLY SOLD

Sustainable Building Design By Tim Duncan

It is estimated that more than a quarter of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the energy we use to heat, light and run our homes. It is becoming more vital to ensure that homes are built in a way that minimises the use of energy and reduces these harmful emissions. Construction and use of our homes has a range of other environmental impacts, created for example through water use, waste generation and use of polluting materials, which can be significantly reduced through the integration of higher sustainability performance standards within the design of a home. More sustainable homes can also provide us with improved overall wellbeing and quality of life. The Building Regulations and the Code for Sustainable

Homes have been introduced to drive a change in sustainable home building practice. It is a standard for key elements of design and construction which affect the sustainability of a new home. It will form the basis for future developments in relation to carbon emissions and energy use in homes. It will ultimately be used by home buyers to assist in their choice of home and we are already beginning to see this with the introduction of energy performance certificates.

Sustainable Homes sets a higher standard than the Building Regulations. We are beginning to see increasingly more clients and projects embracing new technology and becoming more environmentally conscious and are welcoming more Partner Tim Duncan sustainable products and services. We are becoming more and more involved with more contemporary style design and we provide the full architectural design service. If you have already obtained your planning permission and require input with regard to the technical element and require advice and guidance on Building Regulations and sustainability issues, then please contact Tim Duncan at the Paddock Wood Office. 01892 832325.

Here at Lambert & Foster we are ever mindful of the changing needs and regulations and this all has to be taken into account from the initial architectural design stage prior to any planning permissions being granted. Following on from this is the Building Regulation technical stage. The Building Regulations set a minimum building standard required by law and the Code for

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West Farleigh Individual Detached single storey property, located in rural position

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Kippings Cross, Pembury Oast/Barn with partially completed Barn with PP for conversion to Annex. 3.75 Acres with Stable block.

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East Peckham Modern semi detached home with 3 good bedrooms

Matfield Detached three bed bungalow requiring some modernisation

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Chart Sutton Detached bungalow offering spacious accommodation with Yard, Outbuildings and a Paddock

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Sandhurst, Kent A fine detached single storey residence

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An Open Window to the Whole Firm

Regularly Updated

Easily Navigable

24 hour a day access to Lambert & Foster

www.lambertandfoster.co.uk

Cranbrook, Kent A pretty detached Grade II listed period cottage.

Benenden, Kent Semi-detached house, circa 1950's, in semi-rural location

Hawkhurst, Kent An impressive detached twin square kiln Kentish oast,

There is plenty of demand for sensibly priced houses - if you are serious about selling, we need to hear from you. Alec Cox Weald Office at Cranbrook 01580 712888 alec@lambertandfoster.co.uk

Claire Burns Paddock Wood Office 01892 832325 claire.burns@lambertandfoster.co.uk


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Property Auction Update By Alan Mummery

Partner Alan Mummery

“We are proud to be leading this particular sector of the market with our Auction activities”

Lambert & Foster’s Auctions continue to attract plenty of enquiry and we are pleased to report a very successful July Sale. Comprising an interesting basket of properties, several good sales were achieved for vendors. Most notably 25 acres of pasture parkland at Merrington Park, Rolvenden sold way ahead of the preauction guide of £130,000 £150,000 with the hammer finally falling at £215,000. A great result for the vendor. Other significant deals were concluded prior to auction including the sale of Horse Pasture Wood at Pembury which saw the sale of 38.5 acres of mixed woodland concluded at the upper end of the pre-auction guide price of £120,000 - £140,000 and in record time a sale of Rhode Fruit Farm at Doddington was achieved with the 28 acres of fruit and farm buildings coming in as a late entry into the auction and selling prior to the sale towards the top end of the pre-auction guide price of £260,000.

into the sale is Upper Bush Farm at Cuxton, being offered for sale on behalf of an institutional client. The farm extends to some 331 acres of mainly arable, pasture and woodland which is to be sold with a range of traditional and modern buildings, including some 800 tons of grain storage. The farm, which has previously been for sale as a whole, is now offered in 8 Lots, ranging in size from Lot 14, 1.88 acres of woodland, to the more significant arable blocks, Lot 7 - 33.15 acres of pasture and woodland with buildings, Lot 8 52.59 acres of arable land and Lot 9 - 69.79 acres with a grain store.

Land at Egg Pie Lane, Weald

The most significant entry

Looking ahead to the October Sale, Alan was excited by what is on offer. “It is certainly our best sale of the year and there really is something for everyone in the

Located not too far away from Cuxton on the other side of the Medway, are a pair of thatched 300 and 302 Pratling Street, cottages, Nos 300 and 302 Pratling Street, Aylesford which sale”. The Lambert & Foster provide an interesting Team have chosen to restoration project. The pair specialize in the auction of of thatched cottages are in rural property and this has need of complete renovation served us very well for a and are attractively guided at number of years and we are £180,000 - £220,000. proud to be leading this Another opportunity for buyers particular sector of the market in the region. to buy woodland and pasture close to Sevenoaks arises with the sale of the land between Scabharbour Lane and Eggpie Lane, Weald. This 36 acre block of pasture and woodland has been divided into 3 handy sized lots and is sure to create good enquiry.

Following this success, the autumn catalogue has been released which includes a diverse range of some 21 properties throughout Kent.

explain “Auction gives certainty to both buyer and seller. In what has been a difficult year for the property market, it has been my experience that the certainty of the auction process galvanizes action for sellers and buyers alike. Buyers like the certainty of purchase and some excellent prices have been achieved”.

Auctioneer Alan Mummery sets out his thoughts “It is a really interesting catalogue to bring to the market at a time when buyers and sellers are finding the auction process appealing”. Alan went on to

Catalogues can be downloaded from the Lambert & Foster website or are available from the firm’s Weald Office at Cranbrook 01580 712888 or the firm’s Auction Office at Paddock Wood 01892 832325.

Centenary Fruit Sale £2800 per acre for Queen Cox £1768 per acre for Bramley ��2400 per acre for Pears Sale Averages:

£2.80 per bushel for Queen Cox £2.33 per bushel for Bramley £4.00 per bushel for Conference Pears Culinary £1076 per acre and £1.76 per bushel Dessert £1335 per acre and £2.60 per bushel Pears £2400 per acre and £4.00 per bushel

A good number of vendors and buyers celebrated with the presale bubbly marking this firm’s 100th Centenary Hard Fruit Sale on 31st July – believed to be the sole surviving fruit sale worldwide! The investment in bubbles failed to generate feverish bidding from the assembled company of discerning buyers!

topped the Sale at £2800 per acre and £2.80 per bushel – and took home the ‘real’ bottle of champagne for top grower, with the other bottle going home to Hoo with the purchaser – Clive Goatham. Overall good quality dessert apples and pears met a discerning demand – but the Centenary Sale produced no

The pendulum for the Bramley trade swung viciously reflecting the past season’s trading and overhang of 2008 Bramley still in store awaiting a market. Just 7 Bramley orchards changed hands to average a whisker better than the 1999 sale prices enclosed with this report. On a much brighter note, Mike and Rosie Butcher’s well grown Queen Cox orchard at Linton

world record prices! Generally full well grown crops of apples and pears failed to effect a total clearance with just 28 lots of 65 catalogued selling under the hammer and during the following week. At the time of writing some ‘foot of ladder’ deals are being done for unsold Bramley crops destined for Ireland. It is to be hoped that demand for the finest cooking apple will improve as the season progresses and the well grown unsold crops of Bramley meet a fair price and demand.

Auctioneer: John Butler

OUR OFFICES 39 High Street Cranbrook Kent TN17 3DN

77 Commercial Road Paddock Wood Kent TN12 6DS Phone: 01892 832325. Fax: 01892 834700

Phone: 01580 712888

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Southdown Sheep Show and Sale Now established as a regular fixture on the Southdown Sheep Society’s Calendar, the Maidstone Early Show and Sale was well supported with 90 sheep entered for sale. Jonathan Long’s Chailey Brook Flock from Brook in Kent led the way in both the Show and Sale with a brisk demand for virtually all the Chailey Brook breeding stock on offer. Male Champion and Overall Sale Champion was the Shearling Ram Chailey Brook 08/0010, son of Long’s imported sire TC4028 of France. The ram sold for 420 guineas to Mr A Coulter who made the long journey to Maidstone from the Scottish Borders. The Reserve Overall Champion and Female Champion was Wakeham Dawson & Harmer’s Shearling Ewe Ridings 08/1049 which later sold for 240 guineas to Mo Williams, High Peak, Derbyshire. The standard of the Show Classes were as high as they have been for many years with quality and depth in both the Shearling Ewe and Shearling Ram Classes.

158 guineas. Leading the way was another Chailey Brook entry, Chailey Brook 08/0008, a second prize winner and she joins the Bulmers in Yorkshire. Other notable consignments included Wakeham Dawson & Harmer’s 5 prepared shearlings which all sold to level at 217 guineas a piece.

Ewe Lambs A great selection of ewe lambs with strong well grown lamb from P A & R A H Whitcombe Southern Cross flock winning the pre-Show Class, selling for 150 guineas to Judge Jim Cresswell. Highest price, however, was reserved for another Southern Cross entry that sold for 180 guineas, again to Mr Coulter. The 11 ewe lambs forward averaged 111 guineas.

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Shearling Rams

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The best shown for some years and the best trade to match. 13 rams sold to average 413 guineas and setting the standard was Jonathan Long’s Chailey Brook 08/0016 which had previously been Reserve Male Champion at the Royal Show 2009 which sold for 590 guineas to Kevin Hawes, Hartfield, East Sussex. P A & R A H Whitcombe’s 3 shearlings sold to a top of 580 guineas to average 570 guineas. Commercial quality tups were in demand selling in the range of 280—350 guineas.

CUXTON, ROCHESTER, KENT 331 Acres of Arable, Pasture and Woodland with range of Traditional and Modern Farm Buildings in glorious location. As a Whole or in 8 Lots

Ram Lambs A handful forward led by the impeccably bred Chailey Brook 09/0002, a well bred cocktail of New Zealand and French breeding which was snapped up by Society Secretary Gail Sprake at 300 guineas.

COLTS HILL, FIVE OAK GREEN, KENT Period Farmhouse for Renovation and Unconverted Oast House with 14.25 Acres

ELHAM, CANTERBURY, KENT Range of High Quality Farm Buildings in exceptional rural location with 27 Acres Pasture and Vineyards

The post Show Sale saw quality sheep meeting demand with individual sections yielding the following results.

Older Ewes A handful of older ewes sold to variable demand topping 170 guineas for Jonathan Long’s 2006 born ewe Chailey Brook 06/0021. The buyer was Mr A Coulter.

Shearling Ewes

ROCHESTER, KENT 8.30 Acres Pasture Land

STOCKBURY, KENT Bungalow for Renovation

TICEHURST, EAST SUSSEX 7.25 Acres Paddock with PP for Stabling

Catalogues available on request 01892 832325 or online

Setting the Standard Jonathan Long’s Shearling Ram Chailey Brook 08/0016 Sold for the top price of 590 guineas

www.lambertandfoster.co.uk Keen demand throughout with 18 changing hands to average

Entries now being accepted for our next Property Auction HORSMONDEN, KENT 14.38 Acres Pasture and Woodland

EAST PECKHAM, KENT 11.6 Acres of Land

Contact Alan Mummery 01892 832325


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Family Fowl Fun at Maidstone Poultry Auction

Commercial Property By John Butler FRICS

The Commercial Property Department has been busy this summer and amongst other lettings has just completed on a letting of 2,500 sq ft to an Insurance Underwriters at Orchard House pictured opposite. The type of eco efficiency offered by this property is becoming more in demand by tenants as awareness of Green issues and the savings in costs associated with these is increased. Jacqueline Tolhurst our Commercial Surveyor says “The market remains difficult but requirements are coming through as firms start to Commercial Surveyor consider the economy Jacqueline Tolhurst stabilizing”. She adds “If firms feel they are paying 01892 832325 j.tolhurst@lambertandfoster.couk

Gold laced pullets or a pair of swans were just two of the varieties of birds to go under the hammer at Lambert & Foster’s inaugural Poultry Auction held at their Maidstone Auction Market venue on Saturday 5th September.

Poultry enthusiasts Martin Symonds and Nick Lewis teamed up with Auctioneers Lambert & Foster to get the initiative off the ground and all hope that the sales will become a regular event in 2010.

too much rent, now is the time for them to review and renegotiate their rent on their leases if they have breaks or renewals coming up”. Call her for an initial chat to see if she can help you save some money.

Available Commercial Properties

Attended by chicken fanciers aged 4 - 84, upwards of 400 people attended the sale which was the first auction to be held in the region since Avian Flu in 2005. Over 52 different varieties of chickens, as well as 20 varieties of water fowl in all shapes, ages, sizes and colours were sold, as well as poultry equipment and eggs for hatching in the 600 lots catalogued. It was a family affair for Isobel, aged 4, Callum, aged 9, and Elish Burney, aged 12, from Faversham who came with their Dad to buy Isobel her birthday present although they left with several other purchases. Elish said “It’s been

LENHAM HEATH For Sale Fruit Packing Factory Site - £550,000

LANGLEY Office to Let Approx 1,190 sq ft £12,000 pa

great fun, Dad brought us here to get out of Mum’s hair as she is studying but we all love birds and it has been so exciting”. Elish plans to do her own bidding at the next Auction to be held at Maidstone Auction Market on Saturday 3rd October.

Alan Mummery of the Auctioneers Lambert & Foster commented “We were delighted to be approached by Martin and Nick who we have worked with for many years. We have a professional Auction Team at Lambert & Foster and an excellent premises at Detling which we hope in time will become the regional centre for poultry sales”. Alan went on to say “The Kent Poultry Club were quick to come on board and we will be acting as Official Auctioneers to the Club in 2010 which is great news”. Martin Symonds, who helped the Lambert & Foster Team get the project off the ground, commented “Although I didn’t mind travelling to Salisbury to

take my birds to Auction, it did seem that there was so much local enthusiasm with this growing hobby that a local sale should be established. For the first sale to have been such a success is fantastic”.

The next sale at Maidstone is due to take place on Saturday 3rd October with entries closing on Friday 18th September. Further details available from Lambert & Foster’s Auction Office at Paddock Wood on 01892 832325 or via their website at www.lambertandfoster.co.uk

Selection of Prices: Appenzellar Spizhauben Pairs of Light Brahmas Trios of Cornish Indian Game Trios of Legbar Pullets Buff Orpington Pullets Trios of Rhode Island Reds Pairs of Old English Silver Game Pekin Pullets Grey Toulouse Female Ducks Single White Rhea Pair of Nene Geese

£70 (for 2) £40 £75 £45 £60 (for 2) £70 £55 £55 (for 2) £80 (for 2) £90 £100

PADDOCK WOOD Second crop brown Lohmans ex free range sold to £5 each. Lease for Sale Retail Premises Approx 661 sq ft £17,150 pa

For further details contact Colin Stearn at Lambert & Foster 01892 832325 or colin@lambertandfoster.co.uk SIDCUP Farmshop to Let. Approx 1,273 sq ft. £18,000 pa

HORSMONDEN Self Contained Office Building to Let. Approx 1,590 sq ft £19,000 pa


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Lettings Department Grows

Auction Revival It has been a hectic Summer for Colin Stearn and the Lambert & Foster Auction Team based at the firm’s Paddock Wood Office. Auction Manager Colin Stearn comments “After a successful Annual Rural Bygones Sale in the Spring, we had another successful Collective Sale at the Keylands Salefield site in Paddock Wood in July. Auction enquiries certainly seem to have increased and I am pleased to report an expanded programme for the Autumn”. Apart from the seasonal Collective Sales held at Maidstone Market on the 3rd September and the Paddock Wood Autumn Collective due to take place on the Keylands site on the 1st October, Lambert & Foster also has a major Dispersal Sale of the fixtures and fittings of Stoke Brunswick School, near East Grinstead on Tuesday 13th

October. This auction will be held in conjunction with Tunbridge Wells based Agents, Batcheller Thacker. Further details will be available on the firm’s website shortly. Another new venture for the firm is a series of regular poultry auctions based at the firm’s Detling Aerodrome Market site. Colin Stearn explains. “We have identified a demand for poultry sales with increased interest in keeping poultry and fancy fowl on smallholdings. The plan is to have two Autumn sales

and monthly sales in 2010 from March and we are hopeful of receiving plenty of entries”.

We are delighted to welcome back to Lambert & Foster Stephanie Stirman who previously worked for the firm in residential sales. Stephanie joins the existing team of Gill Harris and Anna Duke with the specific responsibility of establishing a new Lettings presence in our Paddock Wood branch. Partner Tim Duncan commented - “We are delighted to welcome Stephanie back. Since leaving Lambert & Foster’s residential sales team Stephanie has been involved specifically with residential Lettings in the area so brings a wealth of experience with her in rejoining the Lambert & Foster team”. Tim goes onto say “We have had an excellent year in our residential Lettings department, the numbers of property we are now dealing with made it more than worthwhile having a dedicated presence at Paddock Wood”.

Colin goes on to say “We are delighted to be working with the Kent Poultry Club with these sales and they bring with them considerable experience to help us to put together accurate catalogues with good Auction Manager quality assurance on Colin Stearn the day”. The 2010 dates will be set out in more detail when next year’s Sales Calendar is confirmed. If you have specific auction related enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact either Colin Stearn or Alan Mummery at Lambert & Foster’s Paddock Wood Office on 01892 832325.

Stephanie can be contacted on 01892 832325 or email Stephanie@lambertandfoster.co.uk. The Weald office team would also be pleased to hear from you on 01580 712234 or Lettings@lambertandfoster.co.uk.

New Lettings Properties …. West Farleigh Immaculately presented 3 Bedroom EOT Cottage with far reaching views over the adjoining countryside. Unfurnished £895 pcm

SALE BY AUCTION The entire contents of STOKE BRUNSWICK SCHOOL, ASHURST WOOD, EAST GRINSTEAD

TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2009 Musical instruments including C. Bechstein grand piano, various upright pianos & stools, electric keyboards, violins, guitars, flutes, clarinets, trumpets, drum set, amplifiers & microphones. Vast quantity of desks, tables, chairs, beds, wooden pews, lecterns, dry wipe boards & other furniture, pictures, prints & books. Kity bandsaw, Draper sander, Delta scroll saw, Clarke bench drill, Ferm bench grinder & various other woodworking tools, microscopes, gym & sports equipment, climbing frames & outdoor play equipment Memorabilia to include silver trophies, photographs, books, signs & Honours Boards

Paddock Wood Spacious 4 bedroom semi detached house situated on a corner plot within walking distance of Paddock Wood shops & mainline station. Unfurnished. £1,000 pcm

LET

Ulcombe, Kent £1600 pcm

LET

Collier Street £775 pcm

Brenchley, Kent £895 pcm

In conjunction with

More always needed ………... Cranbrook 01580 712234

Paddock Wood 01892 832325


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NEW ON THE MARKET

In this Edition • • • • • • •

For Sale by Auction on 15th October

ELHAM, CANTERBURY, KENT By John Butler FRICS

Auction Revival Maidstone Poultry Sales Auction News & Results Building Design Commercial Property Growth of Lettings New on Market

Autumn Preview 2009

More Buyers means more Deals! “It has been a busy Summer and the market looks robust going into the Autumn period” Quality Buildings and 27 Acres of Pasture and Vineyards in super location Guide Price: £300,000 - £350,000

For Sale by Private Treaty

ASH, CANTERBURY, KENT

STAPLEHURST, KENT

That is the view of Lambert & Foster’s Associate Partner Alec Cox as we leave a busy Summer period behind. Alec goes on to say, “We are fortunate to be based in a popular residential area and the Weald of Kent has continuing appeal to a wide range of potential buyers”.

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Deals have been put together across the whole spectrum of value but if anything there has been increased activity amongst the higher value properties which has been most welcome. A good example is Great Ivy Mill House in Loose Valley close to Maidstone, a sale which has been handled by Paddock Wood based Claire Burns. Claire picks up the story. “These vendor clients have been frustrated in their efforts to sell this quality property during the Spring marketing period and I was asked to give sound market

LD O S Pretty 4 Bedroom Grade II Listed Farmhouse in a lovely rural setting with an adaptable range of Farm Buildings. Land extending to 12.1 Acres Guide Price: £740,000

orientated advice. We remarketed the property at an asking price of £1.6 million and quickly arranged a sale following a flurry of interest at the end of July. Contracts have just exchanged and we have delighted vendors”. The Lambert & Foster touch in preparing good quality sales particulars, together with a well planned marketing campaign again reaped dividends for one of its vendor clients.

Detached Period Cottage with a Retail Plant Nursery in an excellent location on the A229 in the Weald of Kent. Land extending to some 4.45 Acres

Hawden Farmhouse, Hildenborough Another good market indicator of increased activity is the sale of Hawden Farm at Hildenborough which was actively marketed during the Spring with most lots finding buyers in late June. The buyer of the main house, guided at £850,000, withdrew in early July and the property was remarketed via the Lambert & Foster website which led to half a dozen viewings and offers and the property found a buyer at a very acceptable price. Solicitors are now working away towards an exchange of contracts in the early Autumn. Alec offered a general view ahead of the Autumn marketing period.

Guide Price: £675,000 Great Ivy Mill, Loose Valley

“It has been a great relief to have a very hectic Summer period with sales being concluded but also new

instructions finding good enquiry from well placed purchasers. It would be foolish to say that there had been a full market recovery but the bespoke service we are able to offer for rural property shows signs of real improvement in terms of turnover and enquiries”

It would be foolish to say that there had been a full market recovery but the bespoke service we are able to offer for rural property shows signs of real improvement in terms of turnover and enquiries Alec went on to say “with the number of new properties coming to the market in September, we are hopeful that this increased momentum within the market can carry through the traditionally busy Autumn market period”. The first port of call for serious buyers should be the Lambert & Foster website at www.lambertandfoster.co.uk which is refreshed on a daily basis with new instructions. The firm also carry active mailing lists and prospective buyers can register either via the website or contact Alec at the Weald Office at Cranbrook on 01580 712888 and Claire based at our Paddock Wood Office on 01892 832325.


Lambert & Foster Autumn Preview 2009