Greenfield Farm is situated within the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The nature of the property offers the perfect rural idyll with breathtaking views and scenery, all of which can be enjoyed with the benefit of an easy commute from the major regional centres and their associated transport networks.
The property is within 2 miles of the A68 ensuring it is highly accessible. Durham and Newcastle are within 15 and 31 miles respectively whilst Consett is within 7 miles. Consett offers a range of local shops as well as national supermarkets, a full range of professional and health services and schooling for all ages.
The property and the current holiday lets are ideally located to capitalise on the local tourist market. Derwent Water, Durham City and Weardale offer immediate local attractions whilst the Tyne Valley (19 miles), Kielder, Hadrian´s Wall and the Scottish Borders are also highly accessible.
Greenfield Farm is located in a stunning rural location and, whether as a whole or in individual lots, it would suit a variety a purchasers. It is currently a productive commercial farm which benefits from an existing diversified income. Alternatively, with the option of smaller individual Lots, it offers potential for lifestyle, equine and/or smallholder purchasers, whilst Lot 2 offers the potential for existing agricultural businesses to add productive land to their existing holdings.
As a whole Greenfield Farm is a ring fenced grassland farm which currently supports up to 150 head of cattle, the majority of which are outwintered; the ability to do so is testament to its dry and sheltered nature. Historically it has also supported a commercial flock of circa 300 ewes.
The land has been well maintained and is an ideal grassland farm. Currently circa 43.19 acres are cropped for silage although in thepast the majority of the land has been cropped. The productive capacity of the land is highlighted by the surrounding arable land and the fact that the farm is currently performing with minimal artificial inputs.
The farm is well fenced and there is water available to all of the individual fields. Shelter is provided by stone walls, surrounding woodland and the presence of the natural valley which also adds hugely to amenity attraction of the property.
The land is complemented by a useful farm steading, central to which is a large multi purpose agricultural building (approx. 6.330 ft²). Currently the shed is used for cattle housing however its size and nature would suggest multiple uses, such as storage and/or stabling. The steading is well located on the property with easy access from the main road and the surrounding land.
The property benefits from three residential properties, one of which is a modern three bedroom farmhouse with the other two currently being holiday cottages. These cottages do have an open planning consent thus not limiting their use and indeed one has until recently been occupied by a family member.
The properties are finished to an immaculate standard and testament to this is the immediate popularity of the holiday lets; from 1st January to September there have been 27 weeks filled. These bookings are for one cottage alone and have been made within the first 12 months of the cottage being marketed as a holiday let.
The Old Farmhouse
The first of three conversions, it is well presented throughout. The conversion, as with all three, has been well thought out, with restorations and extensions carried out with modern family living at the forefront of the renovators´ mind.
On the ground floor the primary entrance leads to a reception hall with stairs to the first floor immediately in front. From the hall and to the left is a spacious and light living room which benefits from a mix of modern and traditional design; features such as reclaimed stone and a multi fuel stove set within an inglenook fireplace add hugely to the character of the property whilst windows seats upon stone sills allow the full benefit of the southern facing views to be enjoyed.
Adjacent to the hall lies the dining room which benefits from a dual aspect and oak effect laminate flooring. From the dining room there is a recently added sun room. The sun room faces east, yet has a triple aspect and as a result benefits from spectacular views over the surrounding areas. French doors from the sun room lead onto a terrace and lawned garden, all of which are ideal for entertaining and/or enjoying the peace and quiet of the area.
Situated in the middle of the three residential properties, The Byre is currently a successful holiday let albeit not restricted to such a use. There is spacious living accommodation throughout the property with three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs, one of which is en-suite, whilst on the ground floor there is a kitchen, utility room and living/dining room.
The property benefits from an open plan living/dining area within which is a wooden staircase, the living room features an exposed stone inglenook fireplace with an electric log effect burner within.
The kitchen is located to the rear of the property, it is fitted with a range of cream farmhouse style floor and wall mounted units finished with contrasting laminated worktops which house a stainless steel sink and drainer unit. There is an electric cooker and space for another freestanding unit if so wished.
Accessible from the kitchen is a utility room, similar to that of the farmhouse it is fitted with units and includes a sink. Access is also available to the rear of the property from the utility room whilst it is also adjacent to a downstairs WC.
The first floor comprises three bedrooms, one of which is en-suite. Like the farmhouse, all of the bedrooms are doubles, are light and well-proportioned and include fitted wardrobes. The bathrooms have been tastefully done, with an excellent finish. The main bathroom includes a WC, basin, double ended bath and double shower cubicle, whilst the en-suite has a WC, basin and shower cubicle.
Curlew Cottage is a well apportioned one bedroom cottage, recently utilised as accommodation for a family member it is currently advertised as a holiday let, for which it is ideally suited.
Upon entering the cottage from the side of the property, you are met by an impressive open plan kitchen/living room. The kitchen includes a full range of grey farmhouse style base units which extend into a breakfast bar. The worktops are finished with a wooden effect laminate and incorporate a stainless steel sink complete with a mixer tap and drainage unit. Integral appliances include an electric oven and a two ring hob.
The open plan nature of the property is perfect for modern living which is a further complemented by the spotlights which ensure
the space is well lit and light.
Modern tastes are also evident in the bespoke staircase with an oak bannister and spotlights recessed within the plinths. The
stairs lead to the first floor where there is a well-proportioned bedroom which includes a Juliette balcony and an en-suite
bathroom benefiting from a WC, basin and double shower cubicle.
There is the potential to extend Curlew Cottage with planning permission granted for such an extension, however interested
parties are encouraged to make their own enquires into this.
The property is offered for sale as a whole or in two lots. Further lotting may be considered if appropriate. Enquires relating to
subdividing the lots are encouraged to be made early to the selling agent.
Lot 1 includes the three residential properties, the steading and approximately 55.52 acres of permanent grazing and is as edged
red on the sale plan.
Lot 1 is an ideal size for a smallholder/lifestyle purchaser whomay wish to acquire a stunning country property whereby
income can be generated from both the land and the availabilityof the holiday lets and/or separate rental properties. The location
of the property is ideal for a commuter who may work within the nearby urban centres and yet wants the peace and tranquillity of country living, likewise the location is ideal for the holiday let market, testament to which is the popularity of this new venture.
Lot 1 does include land which is capable of being cropped, ensuring that any agricultural/equine enterprise could be self-sufficient and commercial in nature.
Lot 2 comprises 54.50 acres of bare pasture land as edged blue on the sale plan. The land has been well farmed and includes all of the land which is currently cropped on the property. Lot 2 is ring fenced, with all the fields accessible via the main road or an unmade track, accordingly it represents an ideal opportunity for a purchaser wishing to acquire accessible bare land to complement their existing holding and/or expand their business.
It will be for the purchaser of Lot 2 to ensure the fence between points A and B on the sale plan is stockproof within six weeks of completion of the sale of Lot 2.
Freehold with vacant possession on completion.
The property is served by a private water supply and mains electricity. The residential properties share a private septic tank.
The Old Farmhouse and The Byre are heated via an oil-fired central heating system. Curlew Cottage is heated via a Farho intelligent heating system.
BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME
The farm has been registered for Basic Payment Scheme purposes and the appropriate entitlements shall be transferred to the successful purchaser following completion. For managing this transfer the purchaser shall pay to YoungsRPS £350 plus VAT.
The payment for the current scheme year shall be retained by the vendor in full and the purchaser will indemnify the vendor against any penalties imposed following completion until the end of the claimed scheme year.
The farm is not subject to Environmental Stewardship, Countryside Stewardship or similar schemes.
The kitchen is located to the rear of the property and is fitted with a range of wall and floor units complete with laminated worktops and composite sink with a mixer tap and drainer unit. Within the kitchen is a range of useful appliances including an electric Aga built into a tiled inglenook.
The kitchen is complemented by an adjacent utility room which boasts a porcelain Belfast sink and a further range of useful base units. Adjacent to the utility room is a downstairs toilet which includes a small hand basin, from the utility room there is access to the rear courtyard and if required the steading facilities.
On the first floor there are three double bedrooms, all of which are well proportioned, light and feature fitted wardrobes.
The master bedroom benefits from spectacular south facing views and an en-suite bathroom which includes a shower, WC and wash hand basin. Aside from the en-suite there is a family bathroom which boasts a modern white suite including WC, his and hers bowl sinks on an oak vanity unity with freestanding taps, a freestanding bath and a shower.
EASEMENTS & WAYLEAVES
The land is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, water, drainage, water courses, light and other easements, quasi or reputed easements and rights of adjoining owners (if any) affecting the same and all matters registerable by any competent authority pursuant to statute.
MINERAL & SPORTING RIGHTS
The mineral rights are reserved to a third party whilst the sporting rights are included within the sale.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE
The Old Farmhouse is rated ´D´.
Curlew Cottage is rated ´D´.
The Byre is rated ´C´.
The areas have been assessed in accordance with Rural Land Register and Ordnance Survey data and interested parties should satisfy themselves in this regard.
Each party is to bear their own costs.
MONEY LAUNDERING REGULATIONS
The purchaser(s) will be required to provide proof of identification to comply with Money Laundering Regulations.
Durham County Council.
Particulars prepared - September 2019
Viewing is strictly by appointment. Arrangements can be made by contacting the selling agent, Harry Morshead.
Tel: 01434 609000