Traditional Lakeland farm with a spectacular valley setting in the Lake District National Park
Dowthwaite Head is an excellent traditional Lakeland farm in a most beautiful and quiet part of the Lake District National Park, yet is very accessible. Much of the property has been in the same family ownership for over sixty years, the setting is simply wonderful with the majority of the valley held within the ownership of the farm, framed by the imposing Dowthwaite Crag and Watermillock Common to the south.
The farm includes two farmhouses, a dilapidated cottage and huge range of traditional farm buildings, beyond which the farmland rises from meadow to fell, interspersed with mature trees, about 292 acres in all.
Dowthwaite Head Farmhouse
Dowthwaite Head Farmhouse is a typical Lakeland property nestled into the farmstead at the entrance to the farmyard, The property is approached via a single track public highway with no through road. The property sits at the centre of a range of traditional farm buildings with a sheltered small garden to the south.
The property consists of a traditional stone built farmhouse, under a slate roof extending to over 1,800 sq ft. Ground floor accommodation includes porch, farmhouse kitchen with Rayburn cooker, dining room and sitting room with log burning stove. The first floor accommodation includes two double bedrooms, eaves storage rooms and family bathroom. The property requires some improvement and renovation, there is also potential to extend into the connected traditional farm buildings and created a wonderful home. Throughout the property are exposed beams, stone steps and many other attractive period features which could be further enhanced when renovating the property. The property has central heating in part.
Aira Farmhouse sits in the heart of the farm, beyond Dowthwaite Head and is another typical Lakeland property with traditional farm buildings attached, sheltered by mature trees. The property consists of a traditional stone built farmhouse, under a slate roof extending to over 1,550 sq ft. Ground floor accommodation includes entrance hall, large living space with log burning stove, kitchen, pantry and WC. The first floor accommodation includes two double bedrooms and family bathroom. The property requires improvement and renovation, there is potential to extend into the connected traditional farm buildings. Throughout the property are exposed beams and many attractive period features which could be further enhanced when renovating the property.
Connected to Aira Farmhouse is a dilapidated cottage with planning (granted 1998) for renovation and re-occupation subject to local occupancy conditions. The property extends to about 1,000 sq ft and whilst requires complete overhaul has some wonderful historic features, such as fireplaces, beams and what remains of a traditional range. The property offers enormous potential to create a beautiful holiday cottage (subject to the necessary consents).
Traditional Farm Buildings
Dowthwaite Head includes a extensive range of traditional farm buildings located both within the farmstead and interspersed field barns and former farm steadings within the valley. Lunthwaite is one such former farmhouse and traditional buildings, all include a wealth of period features. The setting and views from some of the barns are simply astonishing. These buildings are in part well suited to conversion, renovation or re-development, subject to the necessary consents. The farmstead also includes a modest number of additional modern farm buildings and sheep handling pens.
The farmland surrounds Dowthwaite Head, divided by Aira Beck. The freehold land extends to about 292 acres, comprising productive meadow, pasture, crag and small woodlands. The land rises from the meadows at 360 metres above sea level to a peak of 550m at Dowthwaite Crag. The land is classified as Grade 5 under the MAFF Provisional Agricultural Land Classification. The land is interspersed with various mature trees, small deciduous woodland shelter belts and stone walls, all of which making for a very attractive setting.
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