The property is located in and idyllic rural setting just four miles South East of the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland and four miles north-west of Kirkby Stephen.
Mere Bank Farm is a productive former dairy farm in the Upper Eden Valley extending to 110.18 acres [44.59 hectares]. The farm steading is well equipped and includes stock cubicle buildings, loose housing, silage pit and slurry/manure store.
The steading sits central within the ring fenced boundary and enjoys exceptional views towards the Pennine mountain range.
The traditional farmhouse is of sandstone construction under a slate roof and has been extended to over the years. The extension is of modern construction under a Marley tile roof.
The land surrounds the farm steading as shown edged red on the sale plan and amounts to 108.90 acres [44.07 hectares]. The land is a mixture of good quality mowing and grazing land internally sub-divided. The land to the south of the holding is the more productive croppable land whilst the land to the north is more suited to grazing.
The land is registered for Basic Payment purposes. 43.45 Non-SDA entitlements are included in the sale, and will be transferred to the successful buyer[s]. The cost of transferring these entitlements will be £250 plus VAT, payable by the buyer[s]. Depending on completion date the seller may claim and retain the 2018 payment in full.
The land is currently subject to an Entry level Stewardship Scheme due to expire on 31st October 2018. The buyer[s] will be required to continue with the requirements of this scheme until it terminates at this time. Buyers will be required to indemnify the seller of all losses if the existing agri-environmental scheme is not continued in the correct format. Potential buyers are advised to discuss any queries with the scheme with Natural England and obtain their own advice. Full details of the Stewardship Scheme can be obtained from the Selling Agents. The transfer of the Stewardship Scheme [without any amendments or additional advice] will be made in accordance with the regulations of the schemes and will be carried out by H&H Land and Property Limited for which a fee of £250 plus VAT will be payable by the buyer[s].