From Witton le Wear take the A68 north towards Tow Law. Westholme Farm is half way up the hill just outside of Witton le Wear on the right hand side of the road, almost opposite the garage.
Witton le Wear is a sought after village approximately 5 miles north west of Bishop Auckland, 13 miles from Durham and 27 miles from Newcastle Upon Tyne. The village offers a primary school and two public houses. The village of Crook is only 4 miles away and has a large range of services and shops.
Westholme Farm is an exciting opportunity to acquire a smallholding with approximately 26.29 acres of grassland and a 4 bedroom house with views over the village and open countryside. The range of buildings could be used for a variety of purposes subject to the necessary consents. The house would benefit from modernisation. There is a mix of UPVC windows and steel framed double glazed windows throughout the property.
The front entrance to the property leads into a hallway with an under stair storage cupboard.
Living Room (3.33m x 3.48m)/Dining room(3.06m x 3.05m)
The spacious dual aspect living room provides stunning views over the open countryside and views of the garden to the front of the property. This bright and airy room is heated by a gas fire and back boiler which also runs the central heating system. There is sufficient room to use this area as a dining and living area.
Bedroom 1 (3.32m x 3.94m)
Large double with bay window overlooking the garden.
Bedroom 2 (3.18m x 3.52m)
Double room with window overlooking the rear courtyard.
Family bathroom & shower room
Fully tiled bathroom with coloured suite comprising WC, bath and hand basin. Adjacent to this is a tiled shower room with mains fed shower.
Kitchen (4.80m x 3.05m)
The dual aspect kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and floor units, an Esse range cooker which provides hot water and integral LPG gas hob.
Utility room (2.48m x 3.05m)
Beyond the kitchen is a utility room with electricity points and plumbing for appliances and a separate WC.
The utility room leads to a rear porch with two doors to the garden.
Bedroom 3 (3.70m x 3.61m)
Double room with large window overlooking the garden.
Bedroom 4 (3.70m x 2.37m)
Single room with window overlooking the garden.
EPC and Council Tax
Westholme Farm is in Council Tax band F and has an EPC rating of G14.
The whole site extends to 26.93 acres (10.89ha) including the farm steading, land, house and garden areas.
A private drive from the main road provides access to a hard standing area with ample car parking space. The garden is mix of flowering borders, gravel areas and vegetable beds. A rear courtyard with flower beds houses the LPG tank.
Description of Land
The land extends to approximately 26.29 acres (10.63ha) of permanent pasture all in a ring fence, which is suitable for mowing and grazing. The land has not been opencast mined and historically has grown combinable crops and potatoes. The boundaries are stockproof and consist of a mixture of post and wire fencing, and dry stone walling. A public footpath crosses the land on the north side, with a gated footpath entrance from the A68, then exiting the property via a stile onto neighbouring land.
The house benefits from direct access from the Public Highway, the A68 and a tarmac driveway from the road to the property, which offers parking space for a number of vehicles. The buildings are also accessed from this entrance.
There are two points of access onto the land. The land can be accessed via the tarmac driveway from which the house and buildings are accessed and also via a gated entrance from a lay-by off the A68.
The house benefits from mains water, electric and drainage, with a LPG fired central heating system. The kitchen range is fired by oil and provides hot water. LPG also serves the gas hob. The buildings are served by mains water and mains electric. The land also benefits from a mains water supply, and there are a number of livestock troughs on the land.
The buildings are situated to the east of the house, and can be accessed using the same entrance and driveway.
Building 1 (approx 41m2)
Part brick building with uPVC double glazed windows and concrete floor. Electric and water supply and timber roof with uPVC roof windows.
Building 2 (approx 15 m2)
Side room to building 1 currently used as office space.
Building 3 (approx 88m2)
Old cow byre with concrete floor, brick built with a sliding door. There is an electricity and water supply and this building is attached to Building 4, with a dividing wall partially open to the top.
Building 4 (approx 375m2)
Part concrete block, part brick, part corrugated fibre cement cladding with a steel portal frame. There are sliding doors to both ends, and access through to building 5. The building has a number of feed troughs and a concrete floor. There are some single glazed windows and a water and electric supply.
Building 5 (approx 177m2)
To rear of building 4, this is part concrete block and part corrugated fibre cement. There is a hardcore floor with a steel portal frame and an electric and water supply. It is separated into two areas by a concrete wall and there is a double door to both ends.
Building 6 (approx 50m²)
Telecommunication service building and mast.
The property is offered for sale Freehold.
Sporting & Mineral Rights
These are included insofar as we are aware.
There is a telecommunications mast numbered building 6 on the building plan, for which there is a lease in place. We understand the annual rent is approximately £3,500.
Basic Payment Scheme
The land has been registered for 10.64 hectares of non SDA entitlement under the Basic Payment Scheme. These are available to purchase separately by negotiation. The buyer will be expected to pay H&H Land and Estates a fee of £250 plus VAT to transfer the entitlements.
Viewing is strictly by appointment via the sole selling agents H&H Land and Estates .
Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale as a whole, by Private Treaty. The Sellers reserve the right to amalgamate, withdraw or exclude any of the property shown at any time or to generally amend the particulars. Please register your interest with H&H Land and Estates to be kept informed of how we intend to conclude the sale.
The property is sold subject to all rights including rights of way, whether public or private, rights of light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplies and other rights, obligations and easements, quasi easements and restrictive covenants and all existing and proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains and water, gas and other pipes, whether or not constituted in the title deeds or referred to in these particulars. The Buyers will be held to have satisfied themselves as to the nature of such burdens.
In the event that the Buyer or their successors in title obtain planning consent to carry out any form of development or change of use (other than for agricultural, equestrian or woodland purposes) they will pay 15% of the net uplift in value to the Seller or their successors. The trigger for this payment will be the granting of planning permission. This provision will run for 25 years from the date of purchase.
Money Laundering Regulations
Prospective Buyers should be aware that in the event that they are successful, they will be required to provide us with documents in relation to Money Laundering Regulations. The extent of the required documentation will be confirmed to the Buyer after acceptance of an offer.
Health and Safety
Prospective Buyers are reminded that the property makes up part of a working holding and that they should be aware of livestock on the property. The Sellers and Selling agents accept no responsibility for any loss as a result of an accident whilst on the property.
Exchange of Contracts and Completion
It is expected that Exchange of Contracts will take place within four weeks of an offer being accepted. Completion will take place within four weeks of the Exchange of Contracts or earlier by arrangement.