As part of the Minsteracres Estate, the sale of Bridges Farm offers the unique opportunity to purchase the property for the very first time.
Bridges Farm comprises an attractive 19th century stone farmhouse with substantial traditional buildings extending to over 4 acres of land, including pasture, woodland and a secluded burn. The property is steeped in character and offers significant development potential, in a sought after and accessible area of the Tyne Valley.
Bridges Farm lies close to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Derwent Reservoir, with all the amenities this provides including fishing, sailing and stunning walks. It sits at the eastern end of a park-like landscape laid out by the Minsteracres Estate in the 19th century.
The property is near to the sought after market towns of Corbridge and Hexham, and a short distance to the small village of Whittonstall and the well visited Wheelbirks Parlour. The property is well placed to take advantage of the spectacular landscapes and historic towns and villages of Durham and Northumberland. The B6309 and A68 give wider connectivity to Stocksfield, Corbridge, Hexham and Newcastle and to Carlisle via the A69. The property also has good access to Stocksfield Station and Corbridge Station on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line.
The area is well served by schools with first schools in the neighbouring villages of Whittonstall, Riding Mill and Stocksfield. For older children there are excellent middle schools in Prudhoe and Corbridge and Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham.
The buildings sit within 4.1 acres in an enviable position with views over open fields and woodlands to the west, north and east. Access to the property is taken directly off the Lead Road public highway from the south, leading into a courtyard of farm buildings with the main farmhouse on the eastern side, along with extensive outbuildings including a byre/ stable stone building, large pole barn and a further stone outbuilding. The paddock extends to 2.9 acres with a further 0.76 acres of woodland along the burn.
The land extends to woodlands to the north, which fall away to the Stocksfield Burn running the extent of the northern boundary. From the paddock, a path leads through the woodland to an enchanting hidden area by the burn, including a historic stone pillar landmark at the water's edge.
The farmhouse is a wonderful traditional property with a southerly aspect and symmetric frontage. The two-storey property is constructed in stone with a slate roof. It sits to the east of the wider farmyard and has an L-shaped garden on the front and side and a small patio/courtyard at the back. The accommodation currently comprises of two bedrooms and shower room on the first floor, with the ground floor arranged as a kitchen, utility room/porch, bathroom, dining room and sitting room. In all, the internal accommodation extends to 1,283 sq ft. The property provides the opportunity to renovate and extend to the purchaser's requirements and tastes, taking advantage of the many traditional features and proximity to the outbuildings.
The property benefits from oil-fired central heating, a solid fuel stove and traditional sliding sash windows are fitted throughout.
To the west and the north of the farmhouse is a range of traditional farm buildings totalling over 1,372 sq. ft. To the north of the farmyard is a stable/byre in the form of a large linear traditional stone, single storey building, which benefits from numerous dual aspect windows. To the west of the farmyard is a large open pole barn and, finally, a further traditional stone outbuilding is in close proximity to the north of the farmhouse. These buildings incorporate original features and details.
Notwithstanding the current building uses, the property provides significant development potential. The existing buildings could be renovated and extended, with the potential to physically link them to create an extensive, large modern family home.
The farmhouse could be extended to the side and/or rear and the traditional buildings could be converted to either form a linked extension or ancillary accommodation to the main farmhouse or to create an extensive and unique additional residential dwelling(s), holiday cottages, office space, storage, equestrian facilities or other amenity use.
The Vendor has prepared illustrative architectural concept plans to demonstrate how the farmhouse and traditional buildings could be extended and linked to create an extensive 4+ bedroom modern family home, along with two 1-bedroom holiday lets, subject to the necessary consents.
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