SituationLow Farm is well situated in the heart of the Vale of York offering the benefits of a rural situation together with good access to the A1 at Boroughbridge and the A168 at Asenby. The main East Coast railway line is very convenient with stations at Thirsk (9 miles) and at York, from which some services to London Kings Cross take less than two hours. Cundall Manor Independent School is almost on the doorstep and there are primary and secondary schools available in Boroughbridge and Easingwold. Racing can be enjoyed at York, Thirsk, Wetherby and Ripon all within half an hours drive. There are golf courses at Easingwold and Aldwark Manor where there are also private leisure facilities and swimming pool.
The sale of Low Farm provides a rare opportunity in this area to buy a 400 acre mixed farm with centrally placed range of farm buildings and two houses. The farm is naturally split by the council road providing an opportunity for lotting to suit individual purchasers' requirements. Low Farmhouse is an attractive traditional brick built farmhouse in a private position within the heart of the holding, whereas High Farmhouse has the benefit of planning consent for an extension and is also subject to a current planning application seeking permission to replace with a new four bedroom house on the site in a traditional style.
The farmland is generally level and well suited to arable and grass production. The property benefits from frontage and fishing rights on the River Swale however the land adjacent to the river is prone to seasonal flooding. There is good road frontage to part of the farm together with internal farm access tracks to other fields. Amenity and sporting value is enhanced by a number of well established woodlands and shelter belts across the holding.
The property is being offered for sale as a whole or in three lots. Lot 1 includes Low Farmhouse together with approximately 221 acres of primarily arable land. Lot 2 is High Farmhouse together with the farm buildings and a grass paddock which have been separately lotted to appeal to purchasers with residential development or equestrian interests. Lot 3 comprises the land to the east leading down to the River Swale being mixed arable and grassland extending to around 182 acres.
In summary this is a farm offering potential for those seeking a commercial farm with two houses or as a smaller farm with fewer houses and the option to buy bare land for those within travelling distance.
An attractive brick built detached farmhouse under a slate roof lying in a private position within the heart of the farm. The accommodation is arranged on two floors and extends to approximately 2,109 sq ft including living room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility, cloakroom and conservatory on the ground floor with three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor. To the rear of the house is a range of buildings including two traditional brick built stores together with a modern steel framed general purpose storage shed with timber cladding.
High Farmhouse lies close to the entrance to the farm adjacent to the farm buildings. A detached brick built house with part painted and rendered external walls under a tile roof. The house currently provides three bedroom accommodation but does have the benefit of Planning Permission Ref. 16/05601/FUL granted on 6 February 2017 for a two storey and single storey extension together with erection of a porch which would provide a new kitchen, garden room and fourth bedroom. More recently an application has been submitted seeking consent to demolish the house and replace it with a new four bedroom farmhouse with a floor area of approximately 2,287 sq ft in a traditional style, brick built under a pantile roof with timber sliding sash windows. Further information together with plans are available upon request.
There is an extensive range of farm buildings mainly of modern construction together with a brick barn in an accessible roadside position providing general purpose and livestock housing. The modern buildings are of portal frame construction with fixed cement roof, concrete floors and part block walls. The barn may have potential for development subject to consent.
East Range: Double Span Foldsheds approx 308m2
North Range: General Purpose Store approx 322m2
West Range: General Purpose Store approx 441m2
Brick Barn: Double Height Brick and Tile approx 122m2
The land lies in two blocks east and west of the council road. Lot 1, being the land to the west of the road, extends to approximately 221 acres including 189 acres of arable land, 10 acres of grass and 20 acres of woodland in full blocks providing shelter and amenity. The soils are of the Foggathorpe 2 series and are Grade 3 soils described as slowly permeable, seasonally waterlogged, stoneless clayey and fine loam over clay best suited for cereal and grass production. There is good access to the land from the council road together with the internal farm access track.
Lot 3 being the land to the east lying between the council road and the River Swale extends to approximately 182 acres including 114 acres currently in arable production together with 61 acres of grass and 6 acres of woodland in three main shelter belts. There is a grass flood bank adjacent to the river and whilst the soils are of the Fladbury 3 series being deep, stoneless, alluvial soils, the land closest to the river is prone to seasonal flooding.
The woodlands across the estate are well placed to provide shelter, amenity and sporting potential across the holding.
GENERAL REMARKS AND STIPULATIONS
Rights of Way, Easements & Wayleaves
The property is sold subject to, and with the benefit of all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way, public and private whether specifically mentioned or not. There are no known public rights of way crossing the holding although there will be a right of way along the track to the north side of field numbers 8216 and 1639 in Lot 3 in favour of the adjoining land owner. If Lot 2 is sold separately rights of way will be reserved for access to Low Farmhouse and land in Lot 1.
Mains electricity, mains water supply and private drainage. Oil central heating to High farmhouse and both Calor gas and a Biomass Boiler serve Low farmhouse.
Harrogate Borough Council
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Subsidies & Grants
The land is registered on the Rural Land Registry and sold with the benefit of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Entitlements. The number of Entitlements will be based on the net claimable area and will be transferred to the purchaser by the tenant following the end of the FBT.
The farm, together with additional land lies within an HLS scheme, Reference No. AG00436058 which runs to 31 October 2022. The purchasers will agree to comply with the terms of the HLS until termination or a replacement scheme has been agreed.
The land is currently let under a Farm Business Tenancy until 30 September 2018. An annual rent of £47,500 is payable half yearly in advance.
Low Farmhouse is Grade II Listed.
The shooting rights are included in the sale insofar as they are owned and will be available from 1 February 2018. Fishing is let currently on a day ticket basis.
Mineral rights are included in the sale insofar as they are owned.
The freehold of the farm is offered for sale with vacant possession of the two houses, but with the land and buildings subject to the Farm Business Tenancy referred to above.
High Farmhouse ? Council Tax Band E
Low Farmhouse ? Council Tax Band E
Method of sale
The property is offered for sale as a whole or in lots by private treaty. All prospective purchasers are encouraged to register their interest with Savills as soon