Heathfield, Aspatria, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 3SR
Guide In Excess Of £3,900,000
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A PRODUCTIVE ARABLE AND LIVESTOCK FARM COMPRISING A WELL PRESENTED FARMHOUSE, TWO COTTAGES, RANGES OF BUILDINGS, AMENITY WOODLAND & LAND EXTENDING TO APPROXIMATELY 172.42 HECTARES (426.05 ACRES).
Available As A Whole, Or In Lots
Lot 1 – Heathfield Farmhouse, Farm Buildings & Land Approximately – 89.92 Hectares (222.19 Acres)
Lot 2 – Arable / Mowing Land Approximately – 38.94 Hectares (96.22 Acres)
Lot 3 – Arable / Mowing Land Approximately – 18.83 Hectares (46.53 Acres)
Lot 4 – Arable / Mowing & Amenity Woodland Approximately – 14.51 Hectares (35.95 Acres)
Lot 5 – Arable / Mowing & Amenity Woodland Approximately – 10.22 Hectares (25.25 Acres)
The sale of Heathfield Farm provides a rare opportunity to purchase an attractive, productive and well positioned arable and livestock farm comprising a five bedroomed period Farmhouse, two semi detached cottages, useful ranges of buildings, woodland and farmland of sound quality in all extending to approximately 174.19 hectares (430.42 acres). The property has been in the vendors family ownership since 1862 and comes to the market for the first time in over 150 years. It has also been the home of the Cumberland point-to-point for many years.
The property lies within a favoured farming district on the fertile Solway Plain of North West Cumbria in close proximity to Aspatria where arable, livestock and dairy farming form the predominant agricultural enterprises. The land at Heathfield Farm is all of a gently undulating topography at approximately the 60m contour and presents a ringfenced unit divided only by the A596 and Carlisle to Aspatria railway line.
The steading is centrally positioned and includes a useful and well laid out range of both traditional and modern farm buildings designed for livestock housing, stabling and loose boxes. There are a number of high quality cattle and sheep handling pens, well located at the farm steading.
Current cropping includes an arable rotation and grassland with soils ranging from fertile light loams to more clay based loams typical of the district with a range of good sized agricultural enclosures suited to modern farming practice.
Heathfield Farm is offered to the market as a whole or in five Lots.
The property is located on the east side of Aspatria in the rural district of Allerdale. Aspatria itself rests on the north side of the Ellen Valley overlooking open countryside with Skiddaw and the Lake District National Park to the south and the Solway Firth to the north.
The settlement offers a full range of shops, services, medical facilities and schooling. The historic market town of Wigton is located some 5.5 miles to the east.
The city of Carlisle, adjacent to the M6 motorway and on the main west coast rail line, is located some 16 miles to the East. The city is regarded as the principle shopping location for the county as well as the administrative centre.
The area is well served by nationally important Livestock markets including Wigton (5.5 miles), Cockermouth (10 miles), Carlisle (16 miles), Longtown (25 miles) & Penrith (28 miles).
The property is accessed off the A596, via a private treelined tarmacadam drive which leads to the farm steading.
LOT 1 – HEATHFIELD FARMHOUSE, COTTAGES , BUILDINGS, PHONE MAST SITE AND LAND APPROXIMATELY 108.75 HECTARES (268.72 ACRES)
Heathfield House, is situate to the west of the modern farm buildings and comprises an attractive period farmhouse of stone construction beneath a slate roof. The property is substantial in size extending to about 3,780 sq ft (351.1 sq m), with rear entrance porch, kitchen / breakfast room, three reception rooms, office / cloakroom and cellar at ground floor level and five main bedrooms, with two bathrooms at first floor level, with part boarded attic above.
The property provides well proportioned accommodation with attractive period features, is partly double glazed and provides excellent family accommodation with open views to the north.
Externally the property benefits from a tree lined drive with large mature lawned garden areas to the front. Parking is to the rear within the traditional cobbled court yard.
Heathfield House is centrally heated by a modern 85kw wood pellet boiler with associated RHI payments.
Heathfield cottages are situate at the farm entrance fronting the A596 and adjacent to the tarmacadem surfaced driveway leading to the steading.
The cottages are semi-detached and formed on two floors in stone under pitched slate roofs and extended with more modern additions.
Internally each property provides a kitchen, bathroom and one reception room at ground floor level and two bedrooms at first floor level. The drive side cottage has the benefit of an additional single bedroom/box room at first floor level. Both properties have modern PVC double glazing and heating is a combination of electric storage heaters with hot water provided by off-peak electric immersion. Externally there are parking and garden areas to the rear and side.
All of the farm buildings are situate at the farm steading and occupy a relatively even graded site and comprises a range of traditional and modern buildings. The buildings are designed and adapted for the accommodation of farm livestock, general storage and a number for equestrian use. The following description should be read in conjunction with the block plan.
1. The Archway
Traditional range in stone under slate on two levels, comprising three boxes and former byer and original boiler house
2. Traditional Stables – 5.44m x 6.77m
With two boxes all in stone under slate and lofted over.
3. Boiler House & Welfare Room
Traditional building converted on the ground floor with the hopper feed above, and housing an ‘E-Compact’ 85kw biomass wood pellet boiler (installed 2013). Delivering RHI payments of c. £8,000 per annum, linked to a rate of c. 8.70p and secured for 20 years from installation.
4. Traditional Barns
Large range formed in four spans in stone under a mix of slate and metal sheet roof coverings and divided into the following occupational areas; Storage Barn – 7.3m x 6.68m, Barn – 14.2m x 5.24m, Three Boxes and Passage – 16.00m x 8.24m, Open Barn – 17.49m x 6.68m, Open Barn – 17.49m x 8.87m
5. Stables – 13.87m x 5.86m
Constructed in stone under slate including three internal horse boxes formed from concrete panels with metal work above.
6. Workshop – 3.83m x 6.73m
Traditional construction in stone under slate and tin
7. Washhouse – 6.15m x 5.6m (plus rear lean-to)
Traditional construction in stone under tin and part lofted
8. Lean-to – 4.8m x 5.23m
Constructed in stone under slate and providing general storage
9. Traditional Cart Shed – 12.13m x 4.58m
Constructed in stone under slate, open fronted and with dog kennels.
10. Store – 11.13m x 4.25m
Traditional construction in stone under slate
11. Livestock Handling Pens
12. Sheep Pens & Covered Yard – 13.58m x 3.76m
13. General Purpose / Livestock Building – 54.86m x 15.24m
Formed in 9 bays with a steel portal frame under a fibre cement sheet roof in 2006 & 2011 providing a combination of livestock loose housing and general storage
14. Livestock Building – 30.00m x 18m
Formed in 5 bays with a steel portal frame under a cement sheet roof in 1984 and providing penned loose housing and feed faces
15. Concrete Yards & Open Silage Pit – 30.00m x 14.50m
THE LAND, APPROXIMATELY 89.92 hectares (222.19 acres)
The land forming Lot 1 is arranged around and to the south of the farm steading and extends to approximately 89.92 ha (222.19 ac) in 11 principle enclosures. Soils generally comprise medium loams over clay with the fields managed in an arable / grassland rotation and includes 9.86 hectares (24.36 acres) of woodland. There is a farm track through the middle of the holding which joins an occupational track to the south and together these tracks provide good access to the land. The land lies at around the 60m contour above sea level.
The land is classified GB lowland, within Grade 3, has an even gradient and is watered from a mix of natural sources and borehole water trough supply. The boundaries comprise a mix of post and wire fences and thorn hedges. *** Included within Lot 1 is a Phone Mast
LOT 2 – LAND EXTENDING TO APPROXIMATELY 38.94 hectares (96.22 acres)
Lot 2 represents a useful block of sound quality cropping and accommodation land situate to the north of the A596. The land is divided into nine enclosures the majority of which are suitable for cropping purposes. Field numbers 0513, 1816 (dismantled railway line), and 2109 are considered permanent grassland and provide grazing. The land is watered by both a mains and natural supply.
Lot 2 lies at around the 57m contour above sea level, the land is of medium loam over clay and classified as GB lowland, within Grade 3. Boundaries are a mix of post and wire fences and hedgerows, with access direct from the public highway system.
LOT 3 – LAND EXTENDING TO APPROXIMATELY 18.83 hectares (46.53 acres)
Lot 3 comprises three regularly shaped and gently graded enclosures arranged in a block with frontage direct to the minor public road running between Heathfield Farm on the A596 and Baggrow on the eastern side of Aspatria. All of the land is suitable for arable cropping and is currently managed within the overall farm arable and grassland rotation.
The block rises to approximately the 75m contour above sea level at its most southern point and is classified as GB lowland, within Grade 3. Boundaries are a mix of post and wire fences and hedgerows and a borehole water supply provided from the farm if sold as a separate Lot.
LOT 4 – LAND EXTENDING TO APPROXIMATELY 14.51 hectares (35.95 acres)
The land forming Lot 4 represents a useful block of sound quality accommodation land situate towards the southern boundary of the farm. The land is accessed and separated from Lot 1 by the occupational track running between the minor public road and Goosegreen farm past Scalegill Wood.
Lot 4 extends to c 14.51 hectares (35.95 acres) and is divided into four enclosures including approximately 1.55 hectares (3.83 acres) of mixed woodland within enclosure 5261. The land is naturally watered and located at approximately the 80 m contour above sea level.
LOT 5 – LAND EXTENDING TO APPROXIMATELY 10.22 hectares (25.25 acres)
A single enclosure of arable land fronting onto the A596 and bordered to the south by the Carlisle to Aspatria railway line. The enclosure extends to 9.33 ha (23.05 ac) of arable land together with 0.89 ha (2.20 ac) of mixed woodland in the north eastern corner.
Lot 5 is accessed direct off the A596 and the private occupational track running from the A596 to Goosegreen Farm to the east. The land is served by a metered water supply.
RIGHTS, EASEMENTS AND OUTGOINGS
The land is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, whether public or private and any existing proposed wayleaves, easements, rights of servitude restrictions and burdens of whatever kind whether referred to in these particulars or not. The buyer(s) will be held to satisfy him or herself on all such matters. Should the property be sold in Lots the appropriate rights of access, servitude and wayleave will be granted and reserved as appropriate.
The property identified as Beech Garth on the sale plan has rights for access and services over Lot 1. Lots 1, 3 and 4 take access via the private occupational road from the Baggrow road to Goosegreen Farm. Lot 2 is crossed by a water main in an east west direction. An electric line mounted on poles runs west to east across the northern point of Lot 1.
A lease in favour of a Vodafone mast is in place over Lot 1 at a passing rent of £4,750.
The holding is subject to an ELS/HLS management agreement with Natural England, which provides annual ELS payments of approximately £5,075 for the farm as a whole. Payments for the current scheme year at the time of purchase will be retained by the vendor.
A copy of the ELS/HLS agreement is available upon request via the selling agents. Should the property be sold in separate Lots, the successful purchaser(s) will be required to continue the agreement in so far as this is possible within the rules, regulations and management prescriptions set by Natural England.
BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME ENTITLEMENTS
All of the farmland is registered with the Rural Land Register. The payment for the current scheme year in which the property is sold, will be retained by the vendor. The Basic Payment Scheme entitlements are specifically excluded from the sale. The Basic Payment Scheme entitlements may be available via separate negotiation.
The land and property is available to view strictly by prior appointment with Edwin Thompson, TEL: 01228 548 385 – Mr C Slinger dealing.
Allerdale Borough Council – Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3YJ. TEL: 0303 123 1702 United Utilities – Parkside Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7DU. TEL: 01539 796 243
METHOD OF SALE
The property is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole or in Lots. Offers should be submitted to EDWIN THOMPSON, FIFTEEN Rosehill, Montgomery Way, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2RW. A closing date for offers may be fixed, and prospective purchasers are advised to register their interest with the selling agents following an inspection. The vendor and there agents reserves the right to amalgamate, withdraw or exclude any of the land shown at any time or to generally amend the Particulars of sale. The agents also reserve the right to conclude negotiations by any other means at their discretion and a degree of flexibility is available to prospective purchasers.
A borehole has been installed serving the property and residential houses. A mains water supply is also available at the steading, acting now as a backup supply. Electric is via a mains supply of up to three phase with two separate meters. Foul drainage is to private tanks. A wood pellet boiler provides central heating to Heathfield Farmhouse, with electric storage heaters and electric immersion heaters providing heating and hot water in each of the Cottages. All telephone connections are subject to BT regulations. Please note we have not been able to test the services or make judgement on their current condition. Prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries.
TENURE & POSSESSION
We understand the property is held freehold and offered for sale with vacant possession.
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Fitted carpets, where present in any of the residential properties, are included in the sale.
The successful purchaser(s) will be responsible for purchasing any crop both standing and in store at the date of completion. This valuation will be carried out by the selling agent and their decision will be final. Early entry for crop establishment may be open to negotiation.
SPORTING AND MINERAL RIGHTS
Sporting rights are included in the sale so far as the sellers have title to them. The mines and minerals are understood to be in third party ownership.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE & COUNCIL TAX
Heathfield Farmhouse EPC is E42, 1 Heathfield Cottage EPC is E39 & 2 Heathfield Cottage EPC is E39. The EPC documents are available from the selling agents on request. It is understood No. 1 & 2 Heathfield Cottages are both Council Tax Band A with a annual payment of £1,113 respectively. It is understood that Heathfield Farmhouse is listed as Council Tax Band E with an annual payment of £2,040.
The responsibility for boundaries where known is shown on the sale plan by inward facing T marks. Should Lot 1 and Lot 3 be sold separately maintenance liability will be as indicated.
Edwin Thompson for themselves and for the Vendor of this land and property, whose agents they are, give notice that; 1) The particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of intending purchasers and do not constitute, nor constitute part of, any offer or contract. 2)All descriptions, dimensions, plans, reference to condition and necessary conditions for use and occupation and other details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct, but any intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact, but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their correctness. 3)No person in the employment of Edwin Thompson has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property or these particulars, nor to enter into any contract relating to the property on behalf of the Agents, nor into any contract on behalf of the Vendor 4)No responsibility can be accepted for loss or expense incurred in viewing the property or in any other way in the property being sold or withdrawn. 5) These particulars were prepared in March 2017. Photographs taken October 2016 & March 2017
A productive arable and livestock farm comprising a well presented farmhouse, two cottages, ranges of buildings, amenity woodland & land extending to approximately 172.42 hectares (426.05 acres).
For sale by private treaty as a whole or in lots.