Beautifully situated small farm.
The sale of Breckon Hill Farm represents an extremely rare opportunity to purchase a beautifully situated compact residential farm in an unspoilt yet accessible location. For buyers seeking a lifestyle property Breckon Hill offers enormous potential due to the mix of productive farmland and a delightful, private wooded valley through which the Cockshaw Burn flows. For buyers with livestock or equestrian interests there is an excellent range of modern farm buildings which services the land.
The attractive, modern four bedroom farmhouse designed with split level accommodation takes full advantage of this wonderful setting providing a flexible layout designed to incorporate energy saving features.
Purchasers seeking diversified income or additional accommodation will be interested in Lot 2 which is a traditional, two bedroom stone cottage subject to a lifetime tenancy. The cottage is offered with the benefit of a three acre paddock which, so close to town, offers a rare investment opportunity. The land is divided into good sized fields for modern farming and at the western end adjoins the former farm steading now developed into a number of houses which for purchasers not requiring the full acreage may provide opportunities to sell land at premium prices.
Small farms with modern houses and buildings so close to the services available in a market town are extremely few and far between.
Location and Situation
The farm lies in open countryside approximately 2.5 miles west of the centre of Hexham which is an attractive and historic market town benefitting from a full range of services as well as access to the A69 trunk road and the east west railway line. The A69 provides good access east to Newcastle upon Tyne which lies 25 miles away and the A1 , Carlisle lies 36 miles to the west providing access to the M6. Newcastle International Airport is only 22 miles away. The farm is accessible to the Northumberland National Park, Hexham Racecourse and a number of golf courses.
The farmhouse which appears to be a bungalow from the front is actually a deceptively spacious, four bedroom family house with accommodation on three floors extending in total to approximately 2,208 square feet (205 square metres) plus a large raised veranda to the north. The house which is mainly stone faced under a slate roof has been designed to provide contemporary modern accommodation whilst maximising the eco credentials and minimise running costs.
The accommodation is shown on the floorplan and briefly includes:
Ground Floor large open plan lounge with kitchen and dining area from which there is access onto the large veranda to the rear. There is a separate utility room and passage off which lies the master double bedroom with ensuite shower room, double bedroom 2, single bedroom 3 and the house bathroom. Stairs lead to a first floor double bedroom with ensuite shower room. The basement level is a great asset to the property currently providing one large games room which could be subdivided. There is direct access to the rear garden.
The Cottage is a single storey, traditional stone built detached property under a slate roof with part rendered walls and gardens to the front and rear. The accommodation includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, dining room, living room and kitchen. The property is occupied under a lifetime tenancy by a retired gentleman and offers enormous potential in the medium term whilst generating income in the short term. A three acre paddock to the north of the cottage is included in Lot 2 and which has the benefit of vacant possession.
The farm buildings lie to the east of the house and provide excellent livestock housing and storage with a two bay Workshop/Machinery Store and a large hard standing area. The two main buildings are of steel portal frame construction with partial concrete panel retaining walls, steel cladding panels and fibre cement roof.
One building is 120 ft x 50 ft and the second 100 ft x 50 ft and both would provide versatile accommodation for a variety of cattle, sheep, equestrian or storage purposes. In addition there is a large polytunnel approximately 135 ft x 33 ft, ideal again for sheep or other small livestock.
The land which lies within a ring fence in total extends to 66.35 acres of which 63. 14 acres lies within Lot 1. This land mainly comprises well farmed productive, permanent grassland in good heart the majority of which can be mown. The grass totals 55.6 acres. Well established mature woodland with high amenity and wildlife value extends to a further 6.43 acres. The land which benefits from a Spring water supply to the majority gently slopes and lies between 170 and 200 metres above sea level and is not currently within any stewardship schemes leaving the purchaser with opportunities to manage the land in accordance with their own wishes.
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