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66.52 acres, Coves House, Wolsingham, County Durham
For Sale - Guide Price £1,500,000

  • Compact Estate in Glorious Setting
  • Substantial Grade II* Listed Farmhouse
  • Two Bedroom Cottage
  • Bunkhouse & Campsite
  • Agricultural Buildings
  • Woodland & Pheasant Shoot
  • Around 66 Acres In All

The Estate
Coves House offers an extremely rare opportunity to purchase a compact estate with a diverse income stream and is ideal for those with a passion for country sports. The property benefits from a range of income streams with potential for further expansion and development. There are stunning views across Weardale with the property nestled within easy reach of Durham and Newcastle. The current owners operate as a compact estate together with a range of tourism-based activities and country sports.

Coves House
Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Vestibule | Hallway | Long Room | Kitchen | Laundry Room | Boot Room | Library | House Bathroom | Principal Bedroom with En-suite | Five Further Bedrooms | Playroom | Bathroom | Two WCs | Cellar | Boiler Room | Gun Store

The farmhouse offers extensive accommodation across two floors with potential to convert the second-floor attic rooms to further accommodation. The property is Grade II* Listed and has been sensitively restored and improved over the last 14 years by the current owners. The house boasts a range of historic features with an iconic inglenook fireplace housing the Aga. The guest wing of the house offers spacious self-contained accommodation and has recently been restored to operate as a Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast.

The gardens have been restored over the last 14 years to offer a vast amount of outside entertaining space for all ages.

Stables Cottage
The vacant cottage offers secondary accommodation with a potential income of £585 per calendar month. The property contains an expansive open plan living space and two bedrooms, each with its own en-suite shower room. Externally the property enjoys elevated views across the paddocks and open countryside.

Farm Office/Cottage Annexe
The farm currently operates from a newly converted stable block with an open plan office, kitchen, bathroom and mezzanine. The area has been converted to a high residential specification, giving it significant potential to be used as further accommodation, subject to the necessary consents.

Stabling & Modern Buildings
The property has a large agricultural shed for general purpose storage or winter housing. The building also contains four loose boxes, plus a foaling box and a pony box.

The yard has a large concrete area for storage of silage and farm machinery away from the main residence. There is also a traditional range of garages and a workshop adjacent to the main residence.

The property has several permanent and portable cross-country jumps that may be included in the sale if requested. Further information can be provided by the Vendors.

The Event Venue & Bunkhouse
The Event Venue & Bunkhouse was converted in 2010 from a redundant cattle building. Parts of the property were re-assigned in 2015 to offer accommodation for 12-14 persons across the two office rooms. In addition to this, the building now hosts a number of small local events, church groups and friends’ gatherings. Further information can be provided by the Vendors with regards to specific details. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the building ceased operating and has no bookings in place due to the impending marketing.

The building benefits from modern renewable energy systems for heating and hot water, making it a very cost-effective building to operate. The building is suitable for a variety of further uses, subject to the necessary consents.

The building will be sold including all the relevant business assets such as beds, mattresses, furniture and other items. Any offers received will be in addition to a separate negotiable figure for the business assets. The website hosting and email addresses are also available for

The Camp Site
In addition to the Bunkhouse, the farm benefits from a small private campsite which is consented for private groups for 150 days of the year. The site regularly houses school groups and youth organisations and can accommodate up to 50 people at any one time. Further information can be provided by the Vendors.

The Farm & Woodland
The farm includes approximately 45 acres of meadow and permanent pasture with the remaining areas as amenity woodland. The property includes a range of wooded copses and ponds, offering diverse shooting including driven Pheasants, Wildfowl and Roe Deer Stalking. Currently the shoot hosts two driven days achieving 50 birds with ease.

The land is currently let on a short-term grazing licence until the 31st October 2021. The farm benefits from 18.71Ha of Non-SDA Basic Payment Entitlements claimed on an annual basis. The entitlements will be included in the sale and transferred to the buyer upon completion. The buyer will be required to pay the Vendor’s Agents Fees for the transfer of £250 plus VAT.

The property benefits from mains electricity, private spring water and private sewage disposal. The source of water is located on land outside of the title area. Full rights are retained to access and maintain the water supply. Further information can be made available from the Selling Agents. The water is filtered and cleaned in three different locations to satisfy the Private Water Regulations. A secondary emergency supply is still present on the farm but requires re-connecting.

There is one sewage disposal systems on the property that complies with the General Binding Rules. Further information can be provided by the Selling Agents.

The property benefits from a previous wind turbine that was destroyed in a storm. Any buyer wishing to restore the turbine should seek further information from the Selling Agents. No Feed-in-Tariffs have been received since the turbine was de-commissioned.

The event venue benefits from four solar thermal panels for hot water and a wood pellet boiler for central heating. Neither of these systems receive government payments or support.

The property is crossed by a number of Northern Power Grid assets. These are subject to an easement with no annual payments.

Mineral Rights & Sporting Rights
The mineral rights are excluded and reserved to a third party. The sporting rights, insofar as they are owned, are included in the sale.

Council Tax
The property is located in Durham County Council and the current council tax bands are as follows:
Coves House Farm – Band D
Stables Cottage – Band B

Rateable Value
The Event Venue – £5,000.00

Energy Performance Certificate
The Energy Performance Ratings for each property are provided below. Full copies of the certificates can be provided by the Selling Agents:
Coves House: Exempt
The Stables Cottage: Rating E
The Event Venue: Rating F

Burdens and Covenants
The property is sold subject to all existing burdens, covenants, rights of way, easements, quasi-easements, rights and wayleaves, whether mentioned in these Particulars or not. Prospective Purchasers are expected to satisfy themselves of such rights prior to purchase through their own enquiries.

The property is subject to a right of way to neighbouring landowners. The property is also crossed by two public footpaths. Further information may be provided by the Selling Agents.

These sale particulars have been prepared in accordance with the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations and Business Protections from Misleading Marketing Regulations to give a fair overall description of the property.

All measurements are approximate. Any services commented upon have not been tested by the Agents and Prospective Purchasers are expected to satisfy themselves of their condition prior to purchase.

Agents Note
In accordance with and under obligations in the Estates Agents Act 1979, please note that a Director of Merit Estates is directly related to the legal owners of the property offered for sale.

Local Information
Wolsingham is a charming dales village situated by the River Wear on the edge of the unspoilt North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surrounding rural area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and the stunning surrounding scenery is linked by a network of public footpaths, ideal for walking and cycling. The small market town remains much as it did hundreds of years ago and the annual Wolsingham Agricultural Show on the first weekend in September, which was established in 1763, is one of the oldest shows in the country. Wolsingham provides a good range of everyday facilities including doctors and dentist surgeries, chemist, independent grocers and other local businesses.

For schooling the village offers Wolsingham Primary School and Wolsingham School & Community College. Further private schools are available in nearby Barnard Castle, Durham and Newcastle. The local senior school has an excellent range of sports and fitness facilities available for the local community. Durham and Newcastle city centres are within easy reach and provide comprehensive cultural, educational and shopping facilities.

For the commuter Wolsingham is conveniently located for access to the major regional centres of Durham and Newcastle, and from here links to all areas of the UK can be found by rail. Newcastle International Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are both within easy reach.

Approximate Mileages
Wolsingham Village Centre 1.9 miles | Durham City Centre 17.4 miles | Newcastle City Centre 25.2 miles | Newcastle International Airport 28.9 miles


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