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For Sale: £1,275,000


Former quarry with permission for holiday accommodation, Suffolk

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A former sand quarry with planning permission to be developed with lodges for holiday accommodation with the benefit of existing infrastructure and three lakes.

The property lies within the River Blyth Valley between the town of Halesworth (2 miles) and the village of Wenhaston to the east (1 mile).

The property is well located with good access on to the A12 and the well-known Suffolk coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh.

Mells Hamlet Retreat extends to approximately 29 acres (11.8 ha) and has the benefit of planning permission for 39 holiday lodges and associated leisure activities. The property has the benefit of three established areas of water extending to approximately 6 acres (2.4 ha) with the main lake being stocked with carp up to 20lbs.
The property benefits from existing infrastructure and commencement of a landscaping scheme.

Services and Infrastructure
3-phase electricity is connected to the property. A mains water supply is located approximately 600m from the property. The current owners have quotes for the various outstanding infrastructure works.

Planning permission reference DC/18/2995/FUL dated 31st July 2018 was granted for full planning for change of use for the site to provide holiday lodge accommodation and associated leisure activities.
The approved plans include:
Five holiday lodge designs;
Reception/office building;
Site store building;
Tennis courts;
Boules court;
Fishing lakes;

The lodges shall be used for holiday letting accommodation and for no other purpose. The duration of the occupation by one person or persons of any of the holiday units shall not exceed a period of 56 days in total in any one calendar year unless the Local Planning Authority agrees in writing to any variation.

Further details including plans and computer generated imagery can be viewed on the Mells Hamlet website:

Agents' Notes
Tenure & Possession
The property is offered for sale freehold as a whole with vacant possession on completion.

Fixtures, Fittings & Stock
The sale includes fixtures and fittings and fish stocks within the lakes. Fenn Wright/Fox Leisure are not liable in any way for the quality or quantity of the fish stocks, nor any death or disease that may affect such stocks. Purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the quality and quantity of the fish stocks prior to purchase.

Rights of Way & Easements
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing Rights of Way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplied in other rights obligations, easements, quasi-easements and restrictive covenants or all existing proposed wayleaves for masts, staves, cables, drains, water and gas and other pipes, whether referred to in these particulars or not.

Consumer Protection Regulations
Under the regulations, what we say or publish about a property must not be false or misleading and we must provide certain material information to enable a potential viewer or purchaser to take an informed transactional decision.

Any areas, measurements or distances referred to as approximate are given as a guide and are not precise. If such details are fundamental to a purchase, purchasers must rely on their own enquiries.

Japanese Knotweed
Prospective purchasers should be aware that there is Japanese Knotweed growing on the property, which is being treated as part of an invasive species management plan. As a result, approximately 90% has been eradicated.

Important Notice
Fenn Wright/Fox Leisure for themselves and the Vendor of this property whose Agents they are, give notice that:
The particulars are intended to give a fair and substantially correct overall description for the guidance of intending purchasers and do not constitute part of an offer or contract. Prospective purchaser/s and lessees should seek their own professional advice. All descriptions, dimensions, areas, reference to condition and if necessary permissions for use and occupation and their details are given in good faith and believed to be correct. Any intending purchaser/s should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them.

No person in the employment of Fenn Wright/Fox Leisure has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty, whether in relation to this property or these particulars, nor to enter into any contract relating to the property on behalf of the Vendors. No responsibility can be accepted for any expenses incurred by any intending purchaser/s in inspecting properties that have been sold, let or withdrawn.

Local Authority
Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils
East Suffolk House
Station Road
IP12 1RT
Telephone: 01394 383789

Photographs taken: 2019
Particulars prepared: September 2019

Guide Price


  • Former sand and gravel quarry
  • Planning permission for 39 lodges
  • Existing infrastructure
  • 3 established lakes


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