Staffield, Penrith CA10

Staffield, Penrith CA10


Asking price £2,250,000
Lazonby & Kirkoswald 1.8 miles
Armathwaite 3.3 miles
old Station 4.7 miles

Mixed agricultural investment (secure Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancy), sporting and forestry Estate situated in the heart of the Eden Valley extending in all to approximately 495 acres (200 hectares).

The Staffield Estate has been retained in the same family ownership since the early 1900’s and the sale offers a rare opportunity to acquire the freehold ownership of an un-spoiled area of the Eden Valley.

Extending in all to approximately 495 acres (200 hectares), the Estate comprises an equipped mixed farm let subject to a secure first succession Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancy, further grazing land let subject to an annual periodic FBT, in-hand woodland, an established low ground shoot let on licence and in-hand fishing on the River Eden.

At the heart of the Estate is Staffield Old Hall Farm which is let on a first succession Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancy agreement extending in all to approximately 408.64 acres. This is supplemented by a further 19.40 acres of grazing land let by virtue of an annual periodic Farm Business Tenancy (FBT).

The Estate benefits from mature broadleaf woodland extending in all to approximately 67.74 acres, the majority of which borders the River Eden and River Croglin.

The Estate provides excellent sporting and has been developed into a challenging shoot taking advantage of the undulating topography and established woodlands with strategic cover crops planted to supplement the drives.

The River Eden borders the Estate to the south-west which provides approximately 1.15 miles of single bank Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout and Grayling fishing with the River Croglin which runs through the Estate providing double bank trout fishing.

The Staffield Estate is situated in the heart of the Eden Valley with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of the Lake District being situated just 30 minutes to the west.

The historic market town of Penrith is located approximately 11 miles to the south-west of the Estate which offers a wide range of amenities, shops, restaurants and professional services.

Access to the A66 trans-Pennine trunk road and the M6 motorway is available at Penrith.

The West Coast mainline railway station at Penrith provides direct connections to London Euston.

The area benefits from an excellent choice of independent schools including Hunter Hall School, at Penrith, Windemere School and Sedbergh.

Staffield Old Hall Farm comprises an equipped farm complete with a secondary farm stead (Field Garth) extending in all to approximately 408.64 acres all let subject to a first succession Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 Tenancy Agreement.

The tenancy agreement for Staffield Old Hall Farm is dated 10th April 1973 with the current tenant having succeeded his late father as a first successor on a written agreement dated 1st July 1997.

The principal farmstead which is centrally situated within the hamlet of Staffield comprises a detached farmhouse of stone construction which is partially rendered under a blue slate roof covering. The farmhouse provides approximately 3,025ft2 (281m2) of living accommodation.

The farm buildings at Staffield Hall Farm predominantly reflect the former use as a dairy farm which ceased shortly after Foot and Mouth. The landlord’s buildings are predominantly limited to the traditional structures including a courtyard range of sandstone buildings situated to the rear of the farmhouse together with two off-lying isolated stone field barns. The tenant operates a butchery business (Staffield Farm Meats) from a landlord’s building with landlord’s consent as a tenant’s improvement. The modern structures are classed as tenant’s buildings.

Field Garth is a secondary farmstead which comprises a detached Grade II Listed dwelling of sandstone construction providing living accommodation extending in all to approximately 2,518ft2 (234 m2).

The landlord’s buildings are predominantly limited to the traditional structures situated to the north-west of the dwelling which are also Grade II Listed plus a 2-bay Dutch barn and 3-bay steel portal frame loose building.

The land extends in all to approximately 408.64 acres which comprises a mixture of grass parkland and arable cropping land.

The land is undulating in nature enjoying predominantly a southerly aspect and rising from approximately 70 metres above sea level on the southern boundary to approximately 170 metres above sea level on the northern boundary.

In addition to the area let by virtue of the AHA, there is a further 19.40 acres of grazing land made up of three land parcels let to the same tenant by virtue of an Annual Periodic FBT.

The natural terrain and varying land use on the Estate have been utilised to develop a challenging shoot. The shooting rights across the whole Estate have been let to the same party by virtue of a sporting licence.

The shoot is operated by the licensee as part of a syndicate. Strategically placed game and cover crops have been planted on the Estate to maximise the potential.

There are two release pens with six drives and the syndicate tend to shoot 10 days throughout the season, with typical bags in the region of 100 birds per day.

The Estate woodlands extend in all to approximately 67.74 acres and comprise a mixture of mature and semi-mature mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland with amenity and sporting value.

Species comprise a mixture of oak, beech, ash, birch and sycamore with some small areas of larch, scots pine and sitka spruce.

The woodland is registered on the Rural Land Registry and included within a woodland management plan.

The Staffield Walks Wood is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) (Eden Gorge SSSI).

The Estate benefits from approximately 1.15 miles of single bank fishing on the River Eden and 0.95 miles of double bank fishing on the River Croglin.

Whilst catch records have not been retained by the Estate, the River Eden is well renowned for producing Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout and Grayling.

Physical limitations on the Lower Croglin mean catches are limited to brown trout.

Access to the River Eden is taken over an established track and woodland ride which connects with the private road at Field Garth whilst the River Croglin can be accessed from the main Staffield road.

The vendor will retain the right to fish 2 no. rods on the River Eden and River Croglin together with a private vehicular right of way over the track as shaded brown on the sale plan.

The Staffield Estate is offered for sale by private treaty.

If you have downloaded these particulars, please register your interest with the Harrogate office so that you can be kept fully informed as to how we propose to conclude the sale.

Staffield Old Hall Farm has been registered with the Rural Land Registry. The Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements are vested with the Tenant and are not included with the sale.

Staffield Old Hall Farm has been entered into a Countryside Stewardship Scheme (ref: 480141) with the Agreement Holder being the tenant.

The Staffield Estate is offered for sale freehold subject to the prevailing tenancy agreements

Field Garth and the barns situated to the
north-west of Field Garth are Grade II Listed
as buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

The River Eden is designated a Special Area of
Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific
Interest (SSSI). The Gorge surrounding the river is also a designated SSSI.

An additional information pack including a copy of the tenancy agreement, EPC and title information is available from the selling agents.

Any tenants fixtures or improvements, whether expressly mentioned within these particulars or not, are excluded from the sale and may be liable to compensation at the end of the tenancy term.

There will be no claim for tenant right matters or counter claim from the landlord for dilapidations, nor is there any ingoing valuation in respect of growing crops.

The Vendor will retain the right to fish 2 no. rods on the River Eden and River Croglin together with a private vehicular right of way over the access track as shaded brown on the sale plan.

The land is sold subject to and with the benefits of all rights of way, water drainage, water courses and other easements quasi or reputed easements and rights of adjoining owners (if any) affecting the same and all existing and proposed wayleaves and other matters registered by any competent
authority subject to statute.

A public footpath transects the Parkland with a second public footpath transecting Broad Wood.
An easement exists in favour of a Northern Gas pipeline which transects the Estate.

Given the potential hazards of a working farm, we ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection for your own personal safety, particularly around the farm buildings and machinery.

Any guide prices quoted are exclusive of VAT. In the event that the sale of the property or any part of it or any right attached to it becomes chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition to the purchase price.

The sporting rights are included with the sale
subject to the terms of an annual licence.

The mineral rights are included with the sale in so far as they are owned.

Staffield Old Hall Farmhouse
Current: G(17)
Potential: D(64)

Field Garth
Current: G(17)
Potential: D(64)

Cumbria County Council

Eden District Council

Viewings are strictly by prior appointment.

We would ask you to respect the privacy of the tenants and not to approach them directly.

From Penrith: travel north out of Penrith on the A6 towards Carlisle. At the Stoneybeck Inn roundabout continue north on the A6 towards Carlisle. At Plumpton, turn right signposted Lazonby and Kirkoswald. Continue on the B6413 through the village of Lazonby and having travelled through the village of Kirkoswald turn left. Continue for approximately 1.5 miles and you will enter the hamlet of Staffield.

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