One-off Opportunity Comes to the Market

Shirley Dodd

During 2019, the opportunities to buy complete farms have been very scarce, and as such H&H Land & Estates are understandably delighted to bring to the market a 277-acre livestock farm near Longtown in Cumbria.

Thorny Knowe Farm, located near Penton, is one of very few ring-fenced farms to come onto the north Cumbrian land market this year. The farm is very well-maintained farm in terms of both the land and infrastructure with very high-quality land and has most recently been run as a sheep farming enterprise.  Included in the sale is a central farmyard with a range of traditional and modern farm buildings, stables and a three-bedroom farmhouse.

Thorny Knowe is being offered for sales through the Carlisle office of H&H Land & Estates with a guide price of £2,375,000.

All of the land is good quality mowing and grazing land and in recent years most fields have been re-fenced, with new gates and ditches cleaned out.  Providing stock housing and crop storage, there is a good range of buildings. It is easily accessible, with road-side access. The three-bedroom farmhouse has planning consent for the erection of a two-story extension.

Commenting, Thomas Armstrong Assistant Director for H&H Land & Estates said:

“There is nothing similar on the market at all, so this really is a one-off for this year, as we have seen no farms of this calibre and size coming to the market in this area of Cumbria”.

In terms of the farm itself, it is a traditional Cumbrian mixed livestock farm. The land, infrastructure and buildings have been well cared for and it provides someone with a tremendous opportunity.

“Being in such a renowned grass-producing area with buildings suitable for establishing both a sheep and or cattle farming enterprise we are expecting a lot of interest.”

The land, which split into 12 field enclosures is in good heart, is well-suited to productive grassland and is registered for Basic Payment purposes. There are 108.96 non-SDA entitlements included in the sale and will be transferred to the successful Buyer(s). Although the land is not currently registered for any Environmental schemes, a parcel of about 22.5 acres has been managed for the benefit of wildlife and the environment. With ongoing management, this land has the potential for inclusion into Countryside Stewardship Schemes and for additional income sources. In addition, as there are wooded areas, becks and streams, the lie of the land also lends itself to setting up a small-scale shoot.

The farm buildings have been very well maintained and include traditional stone barns along with steel portal frame buildings, silage pit, slurry tower and stabling.

Thorny Knowe is offered for sale, Freehold, with Vacant Possession being given on completion. Viewings are strictly by appointment and should be arranged through the Carlisle office of H&H Land & Estates 01228 406260.

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