Idyllic trout fishery and small holding for sale in the South Downs

05 Oct 23

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a fantastic lifestyle property, Moorhen Farm, which is set in stunning grounds of approximately 8.7 acres in the village of Warnford, in the heart of the Meon Valley.  Comprising an established trout fishery and small holding, the owner accommodation is a contemporary architect-designed three bedroom house.

The current owners purchased the original small holding in 2007, consisting of the trout fishery, facilities building and surrounding land.  The lake was created around 40 years ago and forms part of the Meon Valley water meadows, whilst the neighbouring parcel of woodland, extending to 4.91 acres, was acquired in 2019.

Moorhen is a popular trout fishery, with a mature lake extending to 1.7 acres, featuring a bridge which provides access to the central island.  The lake is spring fed with clear water from the chalk acquifer and has a number of bays and strategically placed swims from which to enjoy views of the surrounding countryside.  Sourced locally, Moorhen is stocked with rainbow trout and benefits from a borehole supply, with depths of up to around 7ft.

The River Meon flows south-west through the water meadows towards the Solent, supporting a rich ecology, including a population of wild brown trout.  Designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), Moorhen Farm offers around 0.25 miles of single and double bank fishing rights along the northern boundary.

In the centre of the woodland is Warnford Top Pond, which houses an impressive oak framed building with timber decking and a seating area.  Overlooking the Meon, it is an ideal spot to sit and enjoy the abundance of wildlife on offer, with kingfishers, coots, moorhens and little egrets regularly seen on the banks.  Fish stock includes brown trout, a variety of carp and coarse fish species.

Located between the woodland and lake, Wagtail House was built in 2012 and is based on the design of a traditional Scottish longhouse, featuring high ceilings, open-plan living accommodation and a galleried balcony.  The timber framed property, which is clad in oak, benefits from underfloor heating and an air source heat pump, with a jacuzzi and enclosed patio with covered shelter.

Moorhen is operated as a catch and keep trout fishery, based on a combination of day tickets, club days and corporate events.  Additional income streams include a well-stocked tackle shop and Meon Valley Honey, with the bees and hives included in the sale.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Tom Good MRICS at Fenn Wright Water & Leisure on 01206 216546 or find out more below:

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