FOR those that have ever thought about owning their own farm and keeping livestock in County Durham – the dream could be very much alive after a farmhouse character with 270 acres has recently appeared on the market in Tow Law.
For many years, Low Houselop farm has been a highly productive and well managed upland livestock farm lying to the west of the A68 trunk road.
Boasting 270 acres, the character has just dropped onto the market from Savills York with an equally impressive price tag of £2m.
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For your money, the buyer can look forward to a three-bedroom farmhouse with possible to extend, a large range of livestock buildings and an abundance of well fenced land.
Much of the pasture has been reseeded and currently includes about 100 acres of mowing land for silage or hay.
Part of the farm benefits from deer fencing following the recent introduction of 75 Hinds as an different enterprise.
The current farming system also includes approximately 500 ewes together with up to 90 Suckler cows. Grazing rights on the adjoining Sandedge shared for 250 ewes together with single lambs is an additional advantage for anyone who wants to take on the venture.
There may be possible for the purchaser to rent additional lowland grazing and a moorland allotment by separate negotiation.
According to Savills York, farms of this size and quality rarely come onto the open market, with any buyer lucky to have this character and adjoining land.
The A68 trunk road which leads from the A1 and Darlington to the south up to Corbridge and the A69 trunk road to the north provides excellent accessibility to the farm and whilst part of the land fronts onto the A68, the house and buildings lie within a private valley not visible from the road.
Here’s some of the stand-out features of Low Houselop farm (Photos: Savills York):
The settlement of Tow Law only 1.5 miles from the farm provides a useful range of shops and sets. The farm is well placed for accessibility to Darlington, Durham or Newcastle to the east in addition as close closeness to Teesdale and the North Pennines and Durham Dales.
Not content with becoming a ‘standard’ character, already the way the farm is powered makes it rare. The farm steading is powered by a replaceable energy system, which includes a wind turbine backed up by solar panels. The 2.5 kilowatt turbine feeds into a 48 volt, eight battery system which provides the strength supported by six solar panels on the house roof.
There are more details for the farm here.
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