Hepburn Farm, Old Bewick, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 4EG | Property for sale | Savills
582.90 Ac(235.89 Ha)
Guide price £5,850,000(€6,670,234)

Hepburn FarmOld Bewick, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 4EG

  • Sale Agreed
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Attractive south facing principal farmhouse.
  • Four Bedroom stone built cottage.
  • Extensive range of traditional and modern farm buildings.
  • 433 acres of productive arable land
  • 110 acres of mowing and grazing land
  • Well established amenity woodland with sporting potential
  • Viewing days on the 12th, 15th and 26th September, please get in touch to book a slot.

A beautifully situated and highly productive mixed farm in north Northumberland.

About this property

  • Farmhouse - The farmhouse is of attractive local stone construction and lies in an elevated position away from the main farm buildings with far reaching views to the south across the farm. In 1997 the original farmhouse was refurbished and extended and now provides high quality family accommodation in well-proportioned rooms extending to approximately 4,480 square feet. The accommodation which is shown on the floorplan includes:

    Ground Floor: Reception Hall leading to farm office and inner hall from where the impressive feature circular staircase leads to the landing. There is a large 24-foot family kitchen with fitted range of floor and wall units and bay window with a seating area. Off the kitchen is the utility room, laundry room and separate walk-in pantry. The formal reception rooms are all south facing including the Dining room with wooden floor, shuttered windows and Victorian fireplace, the Sitting room with attractive carved fire surround, two display alcoves, shuttered windows, a wooden floor and a large Garden room with pine boarded full height beamed ceiling and french windows leading to the garden terrace. The ground floor extension also includes a rear entrance door and hallway off which lies a Study, double garage and further storeroom with potential to be incorporated into the accommodation if required.

    On the First Floor: The landing leads to the Principal Bedroom with built in wardrobes, feature bay window and en-suite shower room. Bedroom two is a large Bedroom with en-suite bathroom and Bedroom three is another large double Bedroom with separate dressing room, ensuite bathroom and built-in cupboards.

    A private driveway leads to a parking and turning area by the back door and garage. The formal gardens lie to the south and west of the house and are mainly down to lawns with a small vegetable garden and greenhouse.

    1/2 Hepburn Cottages - Formerly a row of three cottages, the sale includes numbers 1 and 2 Hepburn Farm cottages which were converted into one providing accommodation for a previous Farm Manager. The property was modernised approximately seven years ago and is also of attractive local stone construction with accommodation arranged on two floors. A private driveway and parking area leads up the side of the house to a modern garage. The gardens lie to the front and back and include kennel, store and coalhouse. Again the property benefits from far reaching views to the south. The accommodation extends to approximately 2,166 square feet as shown on the floorplan. A boot room leads to a staircase hall off which lies a south facing Study and Dining room, downstairs Shower room and the family Kitchen with modern range of fitted floor and wall units. A well proportioned Sitting room has a wood burning stove and leads to a back Hall, Utility room and secondary staircase. On the first floor there are four Bedrooms, house bathroom and secondary Shower room. The Cottage is currently occupied under an AST by the family who farm the land. It is well decorated and furnished.

    Farm Buildings - The farm buildings occupy a large site with plenty of space for vehicles to turn and potential for extension or erection of new buildings. The majority lie to the west of the
    road, nicely away from the farmhouse. Please see brochure for full descriptions.

    Land - The farm extends in all to approximately 582.96 acres (235.92 hectares). The land which gently undulates lies between 80 and 140 metres above sea level is divided into mainly good sized fields for modern farming practice with excellent access from internal farm tracks and the long frontage onto the council maintained road. Soils are of the Dunkeswick, Wick and Alun series with 433 acres under arable production. The rotation includes winter wheat, oats, OSR and spring beans although potatoes have been grown in the past on part of the farm. Yields over the farm over the last five years have averaged just under 4 tonnes per acre for winter wheat and over 1.7 tonnes per acre for OSR. Drainage improvement works have been carried out where deemed necessary and plans are available for inspection. There is approximately 110 acres of permanent grassland in good sized fields, supporting a mixed farming system with livestock in the buildings and FYM to spread back onto the land. For the last seven years the arable land has been contract farmed to a very high standard. For any purchaser not wanting to farm the land in hand the vendors would be pleased to recommend them to continue to farm. Through the Agents and Vendors communication can be had with relevant parties. The farm has had a simple management system including Cattle and Sheep on the property over the last 25 years.

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Local information

  • The farm lies in unspoilt open countryside between the A697 and A1 trunk roads approximately 12 miles north of Alnwick and 7 miles south east from Wooler. Chatton village lies 3 miles to the north and offers a range of services and Chillingham with it's historic castle and internationally renowned herd of white cattle lies just to the north of the farm. The farm is well placed for access to the beautiful Northumberland beaches and coastline to the east and the Northumberland National Park to the West. One of the joys of Hepburn is the outlook on to the Cheviot Hills. The main east coast railway line can be joined at Alnmouth (17 miles). Newcastle-upon-Tyne lies 46 miles to the south, whilst Edinburgh 70 miles to the north.

Additional information

  • Nearest Postcode - NE66 4EG
  • Viewing - Strictly by appointment through the sole selling agents Savills 01904 617 800. Viewing days on the 12th, 15th and 26th September, please get in touch to book a slot. Given the potential hazards on the farm, we request you take care when viewing the property especially around the farmyard.
  • Directions - The farm lies between the A697 and A1 trunk roads with land directly fronting the Alnwick to Chatton road. Hepburn Farmhouse lies to the east on the road leading to North Charlton and the A1 and the postcode leads directly to the farm steading.
  • Tenure - The property is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession upon completion although the cottage is currently subject to an AST and the grassland together with livestock buildings occupied by the contractor.
  • Method of sale - Hepburn Farm is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole. The selling agents reserve the right to conclude negotiations by any other means and all prospective purchasers are encouraged to register their interest with Savills as soon as possible.
  • The Total farm property is held within a limited company. The Vendors have a clear preference to sell the total share capital en bloc. Whilst this is not a pre-requisite, prospective purchasers are asked to talk directly with the sole agents representatives Andrew Black (York). and Charles Dudgeon (Edinburgh) who will provide the necessary guidance and data room information.
  • Council Tax - Farmhouse = Band G / Cottage = Band D
  • Energy Property Certificate - Farmhouse = Rating F / Cottage = Rating F
  • 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 believed to be no public rights of way crossing the farm with the exception of the public right of way from the council highway to the settlement within field 0636. There is an easement for a gas pipeline which passes through the land west of the council road.
  • Sporting and Mineral Rights- The sporting and mineral rights are included in the sale, insofar as they are owned. The farm is sold with the benefit of one rod on the River Till which lies adjacent to the south western boundary of the farm.
  • Environmental and Woodland Stewardship Schemes - The farm is not entered into any scheme although a grant was recently received for concreting works in the farm yard.
  • Basic Payment Scheme - 214 non SDA Entitlements are registered with the limited company. They will be transferred to the purchaser as soon as possible following completion. The total maximum area eligible for BPS is 220.1386 hectares. All payments relating to the 2022 claim year and earlier are to be retained by the vendors.
  • 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 cultivations, chemicals, fertilisers and manure relating to establishment of the 2023 harvest crops at cost, assuming competition prior to 31st December 2022. Enhancement will be charged as appropriate if completion takes place later. Domestic and farm fuel oils to be taken over at cost. Hay silage and feed stuffs relating to livestock enterprises are the property of the farm contractors.
  • Depending upon the completion date 200 square bales will be within the Barns for conversion into farmyard manure. Organic material has been an important backbone to the business.
  • Services - Mains electricity supply. Oil central heating. Wood burning stove in the cottage. Private drainage for the house, cottage and the neighbouring cottage. The property benefits from a burglar alarm and CCTV. There is a private water supply serving the farm, adjoining cottages and Hepburn Bell, further details available upon request but please note a new header tank and pipework has been recently installed.
  • Fixtures and Fittings - All fixtures, fittings, furniture and personal items including curtains, carpets, light fittings, garden furniture and troughs are specifically excluded from the sale. The YARA liquid fertiliser tank is not owned nor is the mobile sheep handling system.
  • Grain Storage - Whilst there is no specialist grain storage facilities on the farm the limited company is a member of Coastal Farm Cooperative entitling them to store 300 tonnes of grain annually. A purchaser should make their own enquiries in this respect.
  • EPC Rating: F