Vacant day nursery with five-bed farmhouse accommodation offered for £1.295m

The former nursery business

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has brought to market a vacant day nursery, formerly operating as a Fisherfield Childcare business, in Norden, Rochdale, for an asking price of £1.295m.

The vacant day nursery site comprises a two-storey detached annexe property which was recently used to operate a 45-place children’s day nursery, and a Grade II-listed five-bedroom detached farmhouse barn conversion which is currently used as a residential dwelling.

The nursery greatly benefits from a semi-rural location and a beautifully landscaped plot ideal for outdoor learning activities.

The site comes with planning consent for E use – formerly Use Class D1.

The property is located on Hargate Avenue in Norden, a suburban village of Rochdale, North East Greater Manchester.

It lies adjacent to farmland, encouraging unique opportunities for outdoor pursuits and walks through the countryside.

The site also boasts great accessibility and sits nearby to a contemporary residential development which was beneficial to the nursery business, attracting children from the immediate locality and commuting parents on their way to work.

This sale offers the fantastic opportunity for a day nursery operator seeking unique premises to accommodate a new start-up business or the relocation of an existing one.

The property would also lend itself well to alternative commercial child-centric uses, such as a specialist childcare facility or foster home, subject to obtaining the required planning permissions.

Other commercial offerings falling under the current planning use Class E are retail, hospitality, financial and professional services, offices.

The site is currently owned by Fisherfield Childcare, a highly successful local operating group with a portfolio of seven day nurseries in Greater Manchester.

The group’s very first nursery, this Hargate Avenue nursery setting, opened in 1996 and was relocated to an alternative site in August 2019.

The main farmhouse building has been the owner’s family home for 31 years and, as most of the owners’ children have grown up and moved out, they decided to sell the home in order to downsize.

Sofia Beck, associate director at Christie & Co, who is handling the sale, said: “This really is a rare opportunity which we are pleased to present to the market and excited to gauge the response.

“We anticipate that the property will appeal mainly to day nursery operators looking in the Greater Manchester area, who would either look to set up a new nursery business or to relocate an existing business to the annexe property within the plot.

“The main building could be used as owner’s accommodation or would work exceptionally well as either a head office or training facility for an expanding local group operator, in particular. The garden and surrounding views are truly unique and offer something very different to your everyday childcare setting.

“That said, the property would work well for a number of alternative uses, which is why we are keen to push this out to our entire database of commercial buyers.”

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