High Studdon Farm, a productive and beautifully maintained upland farm situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Comprising approximatley 109.96 ha (271.71 acres) of land, a five bedroom farmhouse and a range of traditional and modern buildings. The sale of High Studdon presents an opportunity to purchase a fully equipped and well managed livestock farm.
High Studdon is situated in the picturesque Allen Valley and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lying to the south of Allendale Town and adjacent to Allendale Golf Course, the farm enjoys a prominent position with far reaching views over the surrounding Allen Valley and beyond.
High Studdon is some 2.3 miles from Allendale, a town which benefits from numerous local amenities, including a post office/village shop, a butchers, a Co-op supermarket and several pubs. Further benefits include a doctor´s surgery, a primary school and a regular bus service to surrounding towns and villages.
The principal town of the area is Hexham which lies approximately 12.4 miles to north east of the property. Hexham boasts a plethora of shops and services, including professional and leisure services. Further benefits include a modern hospital, numerous primary and secondary schools and the noted Queen Elizabeth High School.
Hexham and the nearby village of Haydon Bridge (9.5 miles) both have train stations on the Newcastle to Carlisle main line and both lie adjacent to main A69 trunk road, ensuring the wider world is readily accessible.
High Studdon is a noted farm within the locality. The property has benefited from a history of good management and investment, with the land, buildings and farmhouse all extremely well presented. The result is a property which not only is productive in terms of its farming capabilities, but also offers a desirable farmhouse with added diversification potential.
The farm is accessible via a tarmac driveway which passes the main steading and leads into a traditional courtyard, central to which is the farmhouse. The division caused by the driveway ensures that the residential element of the property is split from the day to day activities of the working farm, a feature which adds to the desirability of the property.
Within the courtyard are a range of traditional buildings. The buildings have been well maintained, with regular repairs/improvements carried out. The potential for conversion and diversification is obvious, subject to the necessary consents being obtained.
High Studdon farmhouse is a traditional stone built Northumbrian farmhouse. On the ground floor there is a well- proportioned and recently installed kitchen complete with modern units and an oil fired AGA. There are two reception rooms, a study and a conservatory, in addition there is a panty, a utility room and a downstairs W.C. On the first floor there are five bedrooms, a family bathroom, a toilet and a further store room. Attached to the farmhouse is a traditional building. Accessible from the main house, the building offers further storage whilst also offering scope for further living accommodation, subject to necessary consents.
There is a garden to the front of the house, accessible externally and from the house via the conservatory. The garden comprises a large lawned area, well maintained beds and an array of mature hardwood trees and manicured hedges which provide both character and shelter.
The main steading comprises a variety of modern buildings which are essentially split into three separate ranges. All of the buildings benefit from having concrete floors and surround a concrete yard.
In terms of housing, there is an Atcost cubicle shed with 54 cubicles and a central feed passage with two lean-to´s. This building provides ideal and economical cattle housing.
In addition there are two further steel framed and sheet roofed buildings. These buildings again provide further stock housing and general storage space. There is a central feed passage present in one, whilst the other opens out onto a cattle yard, both of which enable efficient feeding and management.
Further benefits include the addition of a mezzanine floor which provides viewing and extra storage facilities.
The steading also benefits from a covered muck store and the availability of concrete surfaces ensures that all manure can be readily scraped to the store, highlighting efficiency and ease of management.
The steading is central to and easily accessible from the land. The land as a whole totals 271.11 acres, of which there are 81.37 acres of meadow land, 173.69 acres of grazing land and 15.54 acres being woodland.
The land has been well maintained and managed, with regular applications of fertiliser and farmyard manure ensuring that it is productive and fertile. The regular practice of spraying and topping has also helped to maximise the farm´s grazing potential.
The farm has in recent years comfortably carried 230 mule ewes and 130 swale ewes. A feature of the farm has being high scanning percentages, with the majority of lambs sold fat off grass. In addition to the sheep the farm has carried 65-70 suckler cows.
The land´s internal and external boundaries are stock proof, further benefits include ready access to water in all fields and shelter breaks provided by well-maintained stone walls and handy pockets of woodland.
In addition to the buildings at the steading there is an outlying timber poled, tin sheet clad and roofed shed. This building is accessible from the main road and provides useful additional storage/livestock housing.
LOT 1 - High Studdon
Lot 1 includes High Studdon Farmhouse, the traditional buildings, the main farm steading and approximately 79.23 Ha (195.78 Ac) of land. Included in this is 27.91 Ha (68.97 Ac) of meadow land, 44.95 Ha (111.05 Ac) of permanent pasture and 6.38 Ha (15.76 Ac) of woodland.
The land within Lot 1 immediately surrounds the farmhouse and the steading. The separate Lot provides an ideal opportunity for a purchaser to acquire a ring fenced productive farm which is of a useful size. Its nature would lend itself to a farmer wishing to add another equipped holding to their business. Alternatively the separation of the house and farming enterprise offers the opportunity for an investor and/or lifestyle purchaser to capitalise on the agricultural element of the property separate to that of the house and enjoy the benefits of both.
The water to High Studdon is served by two separate supplies. One supply serves the farmhouse and buildings with the source located on High Studdon. Part of the land is however served by a private supply, the source being located off High Studdon. An existing agreement is already in place detailing this supply and the maintenance of it. Any purchaser would be expected to carry this agreement forward.
LOT 2 - Studdon Pastures
Lot 2 offers a purchaser the opportunity to purchase a useful block of productive upland grazing totalling 30.73 Ha (75.93 Ac) of bare land which includes 5.02 Ha (12.40 Ac) of meadow land, 25.35 Ha (62.64 Ac) of permanent pasture and 0.36 Ha (0.89 Ac) of woodland. In addition to the land as detailed, included are 4 and 3/5th stints on Allendale Common.
The land benefits from roadside access and good internal access thereafter. As is typical of the land included in this sale, it has been well maintained and is productive of its type with management undertaken to ensure that it performs to its optimum.
Situated on the land is a useful set of sheep handling pens. The pens are in good repair and centrally located ensuring that management of livestock on the land is well catered for. A small stone building which adjoins the penning system provides storage and limited livestock housing opportunities and adds to the self-sufficient nature of the land.
The land is serviced by a natural water supply. The source of this supply is not on Studdon Pastures. Again an existing agreement is already in place detailing the supply and its maintenance. Any purchaser would be expected to carry this forward.
High Studdon is directly accessible from a minor country road which adjoins the B6295. From Allendale Town head south on the B6295 towards Allenheads, after 2.3 miles turn left signposted Allendale Golf Club, at the top of the hill turn right and High Studdon drive is situated on the right after approximately 0.5 miles.
BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME
The land is registered on the Land Parcel Identification System. We understand the entitlements held to be as follows : 108.3 SDA Ha and 12 Moorland Ha, these are included in the sale. They have been claimed for the 2018 scheme year and any purchaser(s) will be required to give an undertaking to comply with the scheme requirements for the remainder of the scheme year. YoungsRPS fees of £300 plus expenses and VAT (per transfer) for the transfer of the entitlements will be required to be met by the purchaser(s).
The land is currently entered into a Higher Level Stewardship agreement which expires on 28 February 2020. The agreement is part of a wider agreement however in principle it can be split to be individual to include High Studdon and/or Studdon Pastures. Any splits and transfers will be managed by YoungsRPS with their fees of £300 plus expenses and VAT (per transfer) to be paid by the purchaser(s). The successful purchaser(s) will be expected to abide by the requirements of this scheme and/or indemnify the current scheme holder. Details of the HLS scheme are available on request from the selling agents.
Freehold with vacant possession on completion.
Included in the sale.
Oil fired central heating to farmhouse.
Included in so far as they are owned.
The property in its entirety is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The land is classified as being Severely Disadvantaged.
WAYLEAVES AND EASEMENTS
The land is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, water, drainage, watercourses, light and other easements, quasi or reputed easements and other rights of adjoining owners (if any) affecting the same and all matters registerable by any competent authority subject to statute.
High Studdon Farmhouse - Band F
High Studdon Farmhouse - Band F
Northumberland County Council.
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