Savills | Sewborwens Farm, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AG | Property for sale
529 Ac(214.08 Ha)
Guide price £5,500,000(2,918,141 BHD)

Sewborwens FarmPenrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AG

  • Freehold

Key features

  • Traditional farmhouse with four bedrooms
  • Adjoining annex with three bedrooms
  • Pair of two bedroom cottages
  • State of the art dairy unit including 30:30 QS Parallel Parlour,
  • 260 cow cubicle house, separate dry cow unit and roundhouse
  • Productive arable land, ploughable pasture, permanent grazing and woodland

A first class Dairy Farm with exceptional buildings

About this property


    Sewborwens farm lies to the west of Penrith and is a highly regarded dairy unit. The Farm has benefitted from considerable investment in recent years to create what is now a first class 300 cow dairy unit with potential for expansion. The farm totals approximately 529 acres (214 hectares) of which 261 acres around the dairy buildings lies to the west of Newton Road offered for sale as Lot 1, with the remaining 268 acres lying to the east of the road offered for sale as Lots 2 and 3. Lot 3 is strategically well located and may have potential for future development.

    The buildings provide state of the art facilities including the modern dairy and cubicle housing which was opened in March 2014, providing excellent year round accommodation for the dairy herd and dry cow unit including a 30:30QS Parallel Parlour with low lying milking equipment, Augermaster II feeders, Parlour Monitor together with a Fullwood SG 3 way segregation gate and a Fullwood WS walkover way system. The unit was designed to maximise animal health and welfare, water management and efficiency of operation. The herd is housed all year round and currently includes 264 pedigree holsteins yielding an average of 10,980 litres together with 183 followers. The Grade 3 farmland is versatile and high yielding over 300 acres of arable or ploughable grass. Cropping includes maize, winter wheat and grass leys in addition to the permanent grassland. Four cuts of silage are normally taken each season. There is a substantial principal farmhouse currently occupied as farmhouse and adjoining annex with a total of seven bedrooms. For those seeking additional accommodation Cow Pasture Cottages are a pair of semi-detached two bed cottages lying within Lot 2.

    Sewborwens Farmhouse and Annexe - A substantial two storey property of rendered stone construction under a slate roof with a date stone on the front door lintel of 1842. The house which could be occupied as a single dwelling extends to 2880 sq ft and is currently occupied as a three bed farmhouse with well-presented family accommodation together with an adjoining three bedroom annex plus adjoining workshops and stores.

    No. 1 and 2 Cow Pasture Cottages - A pair of cottages situated on the western edge of Lot 2. The cottages are of traditional stone construction under a grey slate roof. Each cottage has a kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and utility room on the ground floor together with two first floor bedrooms and have gross internal areas of 932 sq ft and 935 sq ft respectively. Photographs and floorplans are available upon request.

    Farm Buildings - The state of the art modern dairy complex opened in 2014 is what really sets this farm apart. The original dairy situated in the courtyard of buildings to the rear of the farm house now provides calf housing, meeting room and general livestock housing with the cubicle house now providing the dry cow accommodation beyond which are the triple span covered silage clamps. The new dairy parlour and cubicle housing together with offices and viewing gallery are located in the two new buildings specifically designed to maximise animal welfare, waste management and production efficiency. The unit is designed for approximately 300 milking cows and the acreage would support a larger commercial unit which could be accommodated where the dry cow unit is. The main buildings are numbered on the attached plan and summarised below.

    The Land - The land effectively lies within a ring fence bordered by the M6 to the east and Greystoke Road to the west and Newton Road through the middle. This provides excellent road frontage to much of the land and flexibility with regard to lotting and land use. The land itself is generally fairly level or gently undulating and lies approximately 170m above sea level. The land is classified as Grade 3 on the Agricultural Land Classification Map with soils of the Clifton series described as fine and coarse loamy scores suitable for cereals and grassland.

    Lot 1 which extends to approximately 261 acres (105.50 ha) includes over 170 acres of arable or ploughable grass together with permanent grassland.
    Lot 2 which extends to a further 201 acres (81.29 ha) includes just short of 100 acres of arable or ploughable grass.
    Lot 3 extending to 67 acres (27.27 ha) includes almost 13 acres of arable or ploughable grass.

    The cropping schedule is attached but typically around 65 acres of maize are grown annually together with a smaller area of winter wheat. There are two areas of short rotation coppice willow in lots set 2 and 3 together with well-established woodland blocks adding to the sporting and amenity interest.

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Local information

  • Sewborwens Farm is superbly situated to the west side of the M6 Motorway in a renowned dairy producing area. The farm lies only two miles outside the town of Penrith, being only three miles from junction 40 of the M6 motorway and only 19 miles south of Carlisle. Lying just to the north of the A66 trunk road the farm effectively lies at the northern entrance to the Lake District National Park.

Additional information

  • Tenure and Possession - The farm is offered for sale as a whole or in 3 lots freehold with vacant possession upon completion.
  • Lot 1 - Farmhouse, Dairy Unit + Land, 260.70 acres (105.50 ha)
  • Lot 2 - Cottage + Land, 200.87 acres (81.29 ha)
  • Lot 3 - Land 67.38 acres (27.27 ha)
  • Services -We have been advised that the dwellings are connected to mains electricity and water with private drainage via a shared septic tank and benefit from oil fired heating. The farm buildings are connected to a Three Phase electricity supply and mains water in addition to which there is a private borehole permitting water abstraction licence number NW/076/0004/017
  • Planning and Development - The land around Newton Rigg Campus is strategically well placed for development in the medium term according to planning policy in the Adopted Local Plans. Policy PEN3 acknowledges the contribution that the college makes to the economy and educational attainment and will encourage the development of the Campus including the use of sites for expansion or employment use and states that the Campus is ideally placed to potentially be a new long term strategic area for employment growth for the district. Part of Lot 3 was previously identified within a draft Local Development Order for employment related uses in connection with food and farming. The farm also adjoins the Moss Thorn Solar Farm.
  • Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) - BPS Entitlements based on the net eligible areas are included in the sale and will be transferred to the purchasers following completion. The claim for the 2021 year will be submitted by the vendors who will also retain the payment.
  • Ingoing Valuation - In addition to the purchase price, the purchaser will be required to take over and pay for those items of tenant right including: • All clamped silage will be charged at £30 per tonne for grass silage, £35 per tonne for maize silage and £65 per tonne for whole crop wheat • Hay and straw at market value • All purchased stores including fertilisers, seeds, sprays, feeding stuffs, fuel and oils etc to be charged at cost • Growing crops and other tillages, post-harvest sprays and other acts of husbandry to include costs of all cultivations, chemicals and fertilisers in accordance with CAAV costings.
  • Milk Contract - The milk is currently sold under contract to ARLA however the contract is not transferrable. Purchasers will have to make their own arrangements.
  • Overage Clause - Lot 3 will be sold subject to an overage clause reserving 30% of any uplift in value as a result of gaining planning consent for change of use. The overage clause will last for 25 years and will be triggered upon implementation of a planning consent.
  • Fixtures and Fittings - All fixtures, fittings, furniture and personal items owned by the occupiers of the dwellings are specifically excluded from the sale. However any landlord items such as fitted carpets are included in the sale.
  • Renewables - There is a roof mounted 18 kilowatt solar panel which do not attract an FIT payment but contribute towards the cost of electricity.
  • Rights of Way, Easements & Wayleaves - The property is sold subject to, and with the benefit of all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way, public and private whether specifically mentioned or not. There are no public rights of way affecting Lot 1. In Lot 2 a bridleway runs north south parallel with the M6 along the track as well as in an east west direction along the drive into the College. Two public paths head east west from the bridleway onto Newton Road.
  • In Lot 3 there is one public footpath leading from Newton Road across to the M6. A private footpath used to gain access to the Campus has been created to the east side of Newton Road leading from the Campus to the Substation. It is fenced off and floodlit but included in the sale. Overhead powerlines cross Lots 2 and 3.
  • The purchaser of Lot 2 will be granted a right of way for agricultural purposes through the existing Campus along the routes as coloured brown on the sale plan. Should suitable alternative access be provided as result of widening and improving the access track off Newton Road at the northern end of Lot 2 then the rights of way through the Campus will be extinguished.
  • Sporting Rights and Mineral Rights - The sporting and mineral rights are included in the sale, insofar as they are owned.
  • Directions: Nearest Postcode - CA11 0AG (see location plan)
  • EPC Rating = E