Outstanding Livestock Smallholding to be Sold at Auction

29th November 2018

We have recently announced to the market Well Head; an exceptional smallholding with associated land extending to 88-acres, stone barn, extensive outbuildings and a stone-built farmhouse, near Wigton in Cumbria.

Being sold by Mrs Luckett, who was very successful in breeding and showing Longhorn Cattle, this independent smallholding offers an ideal opportunity for someone looking to create their own livestock venture or expand on their current farm business.

Situated near Mealsgate, Well Head is to be sold as a whole or in five lots by public auction at 1.30pm on Wednesday 16th January 2019, in Ring 1 at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, with an overall guide price of £1,045,000.

Lot 1 comprises of the main farmhouse, steading, separate farm buildings and 3 acres of grazing land, split into two paddocks, with a guide price of £500,000.

Lot 2, is 8.5 acres of grazing land, being offered with a guide price of £70,000.

Lot 3, with a guide price of £110,000, includes 16 acres of grazing land, split across two fields.

Lot 4 is 29 acres of quality mowing and grazing land, split into two field enclosures, with a guide price of £195,000.

Lot 5, for sale with a guide price of £170,000, offers 23 acres of good quality grazing land and a small section of wooded area, split across five field enclosures.

Tracey Jackson, Associate & Chartered Surveyor for H&H Land and Property, commented ahead of the sale:

“This is an exciting proposition, with a traditional house, and buildings offering the potential for conversion to residential or alternative use. Well Head includes a range of useful farm buildings, set half way along the access lane, with the benefit of two adjacent field parcels.

78.72 acres of land is offered across the five lots, allowing neighbouring landowners to add to their holdings or a purchaser of Well Head to acquire land to suit the extent of their proposed enterprise.”

Well Head features mostly agricultural land, suited for quality livestock grazing and production. The land is registered for Basic Payment Purposes, with Entitlements being included within the sale.

Nicky Luckett, owner of Well Head for over 30 years, is one of the most renowned Longhorn Cattle breeders in the UK, here she shares her cattle achievements and discusses her reasons behind selling the farm:

“We started the Well Head Longhorns herd in 1986, and in our heyday, we had 36 breeding cows and followers and a couple of bulls and since the inception of the herd, there have been over 50 Well Head breeding bulls registered.

At the time of Foot and Mouth Disease, to ensure its future, we were advised to talk to animal health and anyone who we could get to listen. Longhorns were a Rare Breed, and Wellhead herd was the 8th largest (in terms of breeding females) so it formed a significant part of the gene pool for the breed. Somehow, even with both neighbours taken out as positives, we escaped infection – and culling.

When my husband died in 2008, I had a reduction sale and halved the herd so that I could cope on my own, but by February 2016 health issues meant I was struggling to look after the cattle. I gave myself 2 years to disperse the herd, retaining just a small show team for 2018 – one last bit of fun with my Longhorns.

Just for once things went to plan, and after a successful show season (ending with Championships at Garstang and Westmorland shows) the last two went in September. I love the place dearly, however, now that the cattle have gone, it is too big for me, it is time to move on to new challenges and opportunities.”

The Well Head smallholding includes a diverse range of traditional agriculture buildings including a stone barn that adjoins the house with potential to extend the living accommodation, range of stores, pig shed, Dutch barn, a 19.30m x 4.55m long barn, an 8.90m x 4.55m Heifer barn and four separate sheds.

Both the Heifer Barn and Long Barn have the added potential to be converted for either residential or alternative use, subject to planning consents. The Cumbrian stone-built farmhouse, with rendered elevation to the rear, has four bedrooms and a well-stocked orchard, all surrounded by dry stone walls.

Well Head is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession and viewings are strictly by appointment through H&H Land and Property. For further information on the smallholding for sale, please call 01228 406274.