A beautifully situated mixed residential, sporting, forestry and farming estate within an accessible yet unspoilt position within the North York Moors National Park
The sale provides an extremely rare opportunity to acquire a manageable sized mixed residential, agricultural, sporting and amenity Estate in an accessible yet unspoilt situation in the Cleveland Hills on the western edge of the North York Moors National Park. The Estate lies nearly 14 miles north of the market town of Helmsley close to some of the most highly regarded and renowned shoots in the North of England. The Estate which now extends to approximately 1,345 acres including sporting rights over neighbouring land has been enhanced by a number of acquisitions by the Benson family since the commercial woodlands were first bought in the late 1990's.
Ewe Hill is the principal house centrally located within the Estate which has been modernised and refurbished to provide attractive high quality accommodation with five bedrooms and potential for further expansion if required into the adjoining traditional stone ranges. Ewe Hill lies within approximately 150 acres of attractive farming and amenity grassland currently farmed on short term licences. Investment farms include West Cote Farm a 164 acre livestock farm with traditional farmhouse and buildings let on an AHA Tenancy together with Staindale Farm which extends to a further 84 acres let on a 13 year FBT in addition to which there is a bare land AHA letting of land at Cockflatt and an FBT on land at Low Crossletts.
A particular feature is the Estate woodlands extending to approximately 358 acres which have been commercially managed and contain significant commercial timber resources with felling licences in place until 2026. There is access to the three main woods known as Raisdale Mill, Crossletts and Roundhill Plantations accessed from a high quality forest track for commercial timber buyers.
Ewe Hill lies an in glorious unspoilt location within the heart of the Estate with access from a good quality private internal Estate track. The house itself has been fully refurbished and modernised providing well-proportioned family accommodation with five bedrooms extending to approximately 2,822 sqft. Stone flag floors, beamed ceilings, log burners and an electric Aga with Aims add to the character and warmth and specific features include the underfloor heating downstairs, hand built oak units in the kitchen, the oak staircase, doors and double glazed windows.
The sporting activities on the Estate has been designed to take advantage of the commercial woodland which lies along the western boundary of the Estate up to 300-400 metres above sea level from where the land falls to the Raisdale beck which runs north south through the centre of the Estate between 160 and 250 metres above sea level from where the land again gently rises towards Raisdale road on the eastern boundary between 200 and 280 metres above sea level. The natural contours of the land together with smaller woodland blocks adjacent to the beck, wooded valleys and hill sides, form a perfect back drop for a mixed low ground shoot.
The woodlands are a valuable asset to the Estate containing an interesting mix of commercial woodlands of varying size and character. Ranging in size from 5 to 89 hectares totalling 144 hectares these have been professionally managed since acquisition by the current owners and are in the process of being restructured and replanted with both commercial species and broadleaf trees thus creating new areas of conservation interest.