Moorhouse is an excellent ring-fenced farm in the Ribble Valley with a substantial farmhouse and additional cottage centrally located in a ring-fenced block of over 437 acres. The land comprises predominantly productive grassland interspersed with attractive woodlands and hedgerows. The farm has been owned and run by the vendors' family for over 70 years, initially as a 250 head dairy herd but latterly carrying the renowned and award winning Ribble Aberdeen-Angus pedigree herd with 500 head together with a 400 head commercial mule based sheep flock. The property has also given great enjoyment with both shooting and fishing well catered for.
Moorhouse sits to the east of the main farmstead in an elevated position which together with the southerly aspect gives specular views over the farmland and surrounding walled gardens and mature trees. There is a private parking area, garage and workshop to the rear, accessed from the farmyard. The property was refurbished in 2004 and comprises a traditional stone built farmhouse with slate roof and mullioned windows. Internally the accommodation extends to 2,440 sq ft set over three floors. Ground floor includes; kitchen with Rayburn range, sitting room, dining room and cloakroom. The first and second floors include 5 bedrooms (1 en-suite), bathroom and two ancillary store rooms. The renovation has kept and enhanced many of the attractive period features. The property has oil fired central heating and double glazed windows in part.
Moorhouse Cottage is a typical detached brick built rendered cottage with composite slate roof. The property sits on the western fringe of the farmstead, adjacent to the farm access. Accommodation extends to 1,058 sq ft set over two floors and includes porch, kitchen-dining room, sitting room, utility, 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property has double glazing and a wood burning stove with back-boiler for central heating. Outside there is a small garden and lean-to garage. The property is subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Condition.
Windam Cottage is a single storey rendered property located adjacent to the southern farm access south of Windy Pike. The property enjoys wonderful views south across the Ribble Valley. Accommodation extends to 1,228 sq ft, which includes kitchen-dining room, sitting room, utility, 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property has been recently redecorated and benefits from double glazing and biomass fired central heating installed in 2014, which is also registered for the Renewable Heat Incentive. Outside there is a large garden and outbuilding. The property is subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Condition.
There is an extensive range of both modern and traditional farm buildings at Moorhouse Farm, set around concrete and stone yards. These were originally focused on a dairy herd run over the farm, but latterly have been adapted to suit the suckler herd and sheep flock successfully developed by the vendors. There are also three traditional field barns within the farm, some of these have been recently renovated with assistance from the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme.
The farm sits centrally within the ring-fenced farmland, with a private tarmac drive for easy movement of vehicles and livestock. In addition there is a stone track which
runs from Moorhouse Farm to Paythorne Bridge, providing excellent access to many of the grass pastures and meadows. The land is predominantly flat or gently undulating, peaking at 170 metres above sea level with sloping pastures and woodland adjoining River Ribble down at 100 metres above sea level. The land is classified as Grade 4 under the MAFF Provisional Agricultural Land Classification. Soils are predominantly from the Brickfield 3 series, common to the locality and described as a fine loamy soil over clayey and clayey soils. The soil type is described as suitable for grassland and winter cereals. The vendors have worked hard to maximise productivity from the grassland with a programme of sward management, balancing this with establishment of many miles of hedgerows to further enhance conservation on the farm. The land is also interspersed with various mature woodlands which together with additional newly planted areas and infield trees give a parkland feel, all making for a very attractive setting.
The sale of Moorhouse Farm forms one lot of the wider sale of Rowntree Farms.View payable Stamp Duty for this property