A rare opportunity to acquire a traditional Lakeland farmstead, Heathwaite Farm is currently used as holiday accommodation. It sits in an elevated and picturesque position to the south west of Coniston Village, with views sweeping across Coniston Water.
Property With the property being offered as a whole, the farm comprises:
Traditional stone built four bedroom farmhouse with attached two bedroom cottage
Large barn conversion split into two properties of two bedrooms each
Two traditional stone barns
Modern open fronted portal frame building
37.7 hectares (85.7 acres) of pasture land
Commons Rights to graze 1100 sheep
Location Located on the southern fringes of the popular Lakeland village of Coniston, the property is accessed via a gated single track drive. The popular town of Ambleside is 8 miles to the north-east with larger towns of Ulverston and Kendal 15 and 21 miles from the property respectively. The West Coast Mainline can be accessed from Oxenholme Station (under 3 hours to London).
Amenities Coniston provides local amenities including shops, doctor’s surgery, schools and pubs, cafes and restaurants. Wider services are available in the towns of Kendal and Barrow-in-Furness.
Sporting The sporting rights are included in this sale so far as they are owned.
Farmhouse Of traditional Lakeland stone under slate, the farmhouse has the following accommodation: Kitchen, utility and downstairs shower room. Separate Living and Dining rooms with open fireplaces. Study/fifth bedroom with views over the lake. Four large double or twin bedrooms to the first floor along with a family bathroom. Garden to front with lake views.
Cottage Traditional cottage attached to the Farmhouse and comprising: Open plan kitchen/living/dining room with open fireplace. Bathroom with cubicle shower. Two double/twin bedrooms to the first floor and a third room providing scope for conversion to an upstairs bathroom. Adjoining laundry room, accessed externally, equipped with washing and drying facilities.
Further Dwellings Large stone barn conversion comprising two dwellings, both containing: Two double bedrooms and bathroom to ground floor. Open plan living room/kitchen and separate dining room to first floor. Hay Barn also has a WC to the first floor. Bracken Barn would benefit from some cosmetic improvement.
The Farmhouse, The Old Cottage and Hay Barn produced an income of £81,353 for the tax year 2018/19.
Buildings Two traditional Lakeland stone barns, a four bay open fronted modern portal framed building and a small parlour are also located within the farmstead.
Land The land extends to 34.4 hectares (85.1 acres) of upland grazing pasture and is listed on the Rural Land Register.
The farm is being sold with the benefit of 1100 Commons sheep grazing rights on CL0029 – Land known as Coniston Fell, Dunnerdale Fell, Seathwaite Fell and Torver High Common. The land is subject to an annual Farm Business Tenancy. Notice has been served to expire 31.10.2020, when vacant possession will be available. The passing rent is £4,500 per annum.
Method of sale Heathwaite Farm is for sale by private treaty as a whole.
Tenure & Possession Heathwaite Farm is offered for sale freehold, with vacant possession of the buildings available on completion and the land on 1st November 2020. The Farmhouse, Old Cottage and Hay Barn are currently let as holiday accommodation, with bookings extending into the future, therefore the sale is subject to any existing holiday bookings at the time of completion being honoured by the Purchaser.
Basic Payment Scheme The Basic Payment Entitlements are excluded from the sale, and BPS will be claimed by the tenant until and including 2020. The Tenant currently shares £3,555 of the Basic Payment he receives with the current owners upon receipt.
Environmental Schemes There are no Stewardship Schemes on the land at present.
Designations Lake District National Park and World Heritage Site.
Fixtures & Fittings All fixtures and fittings are to be included in the sale.
Services Mains electricity Mains gas Mains water Private drainage via two separate septic tanks All dwellings have gas central heating
Wayleaves Easements & Rights of Way The property is being sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights including; rights of way, whether public or private, light, sport, drainage, water and electricity supplies and other rights and obligations, easements and quasi-easements and restrictive covenants and all existing proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains, water and gas and other pipes whether referred to in these particulars or not.
Health & Safety Potential purchasers are requested to take particular care when inspecting the property. Viewers should bear in mind the risk associated with sudden movements from livestock and machinery which may be present in and around the farm buildings, and on the land at the time of inspection. Potential purchasers are requested to wear supportive footwear for viewing of land and buildings and are advised to be conscious of potentially uneven, steep and slippery ground surfaces. Ticks are present in the area, which can cause Lyme’s Disease, therefore please wear suitable clothing when viewing the land.
VAT VAT is not chargeable on the purchase price.
EPC Ratings Heathwaite Farm house – F The Old Cottage – D Bracken Barn – E Hay Barn - E
Local Authorities South Lakeland District Council, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4QD Telephone: 01539 733 333
The Farmhouse, Cottage and Hay Barn are registered for business rates with a combined current rateable value of £15,000. Bracken Barn is charged Council Tax under Band D.
Lake District National Park Authority, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7RL Telephone: 01539 724555
Viewings Strictly by appointment only through Carter Jonas on 01539 722 592, but please note that slots are only available on Saturdays (changeover day), due to holiday bookings. Please note that the houses may have cleaners working in them.
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