The 146± acre farm, located in Kerr County just five minutes from downtown Comfort and 30 minutes from the amenities of La Cantera and The Rim in northwest San Antonio, got its name from the mix of fields, mature woods and live water that remind the current owners of their childhood home in Sussex County, England.
The aquamarine waters of Cypress Creek, which eventually feed into the Guadalupe River, meander through the farm for about 3/4 of a mile. Towering cypress trees line the banks, crystalline water ripples over moss-covered rocks and pools beckon passersby to stop and splash.
Live water is a magnet for wildlife. Sussex Farm is home to white-tailed deer, axis deer, blackbuck antelope and wild turkey. Located on the Central Flyway, Sussex Farm is also a popular rest stop for an astounding number of migratory birds during their annual spring and fall flights. The farm is low-fenced with the exception of its northern boundary.
The landscape features the changes in elevation—bluffs, meadows and creek bottoms— that make the Hill Country spectacular. Rising about 30 feet over Cypress Creek, flat-topped bluffs are home to 85± acres of productive Coastal hay meadows irrigated by a pivot system; the hay operation is the basis of the farm’s agriculture tax valuation. Sussex Farms has water rights out of Cypress Creek, which is outfitted with a submersible pump to feed the irrigation system. The infrastructure is in place to support another pivot system if desired.
The farm also has two water wells, one to supply the house and one to supply the corrals.
Sussex Farm, once used as a purebred Longhorn farm, could easily accommodate cattle again or be converted to a superior equestrian estate. The farm’s infrastructure includes a set of metal working pens as well as a chute and scale. The original red wooden barn lends a touch of the past, and a 60’ x 40’ metal barn that is enclosed on three sides provides plentiful storage.
The paved road follows Cypress Creek from the entrance on Gaddis Bluff Road to the 3,000± square-foot farmhouse. The three-bedroom, three-bath limestone and stucco house with porches is reminiscent of the area’s German farmhouses and is as perfectly suited to the landscape as the heritage live oak trees that shade it. The porches invite sitting with family and friends to enjoy the early morning and late afternoon breeze.
The home’s interior is Hill Country comfortable with touches such as limestone walls, a limestone fireplace and mesquite floors in the main body of house that make it a Texas original. Huge windows throughout ensure the space is light-drenched and welcoming.
The backyard and garden are enclosed by a six-foot fence to keep wildlife from partaking in a landscape buffet. Multiple gates provide easy access for necessary maintenance equipment.
Sussex Farm is an opportunity to experience the beauty and natural magic that comes with live water, ancient trees and superlative country living with easy access to everywhere.
To experience Sussex Farm for yourself, contact Howard W. Hood (830) 739-3815. Listed for $3.8 million.
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