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26.17 acres, Basco Dyke - SOLD STC, Ainstable, Carlisle, Cumbria
For Sale - £690,000

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  • Tenure: Freehold

3 bedroom, Grade II Listed Farmhouse
Guide Price:
Lot 1: £550,000
Lot 2: £140,000


Basco Dyke is located in an elevated position close to the village of Ainstable overlooking the Eden Valley.

The property is located equidistant between the city of Carlisle and the market town of Penrith. Carlisle offers all the facilities you would expect from a small UK city and both locations offer access to the West Coast Mainline railway, the M6 motorway and a livestock auction market.

The property is located in a secluded corner of Northern Cumbria and yet within 10 minutes you can be on the main A6 and junctions 41 and 42 of the motorway are located 9 miles to the north and 11 miles to the south of the property respectively.

Additional Property Information
The sale of Basco Dyke Farm affords a rare opportunity to purchase an unspoilt, secluded property within the Eden Valley. The farm has been in the ownership of the Vendor for 52 years and up until 2008 was run by the Vendor as a dairy farm. Since this time, the land has been let out on a summer grazing agreement and the land looked after to a high standard.

Local Amenities
The hamlet of Basco Dyke is located approximately ¾ of a mile from the east Fellside Village of Ainstable. The village boasts a Church and the renowned Heather Glen Country House Hotel.

A further 1¾ miles to the west is the larger village of Armathwaite which boasts two public houses, a village shop and post office, a Church, Primary School and station on the Settle to Carlisle railway line.

The property is located within a quiet corner of the Eden Valley and yet boasts good access to public transport and the M6 motorway, together with being within easy striking distance of the Lake District National Park, and also the quieter Northern Pennines.

Lot 1 - Basco Dyke Farmhouse, Buildings and 10.59 ha (26.17 acres) of Mowing Land

The Farmhouse is a Grade II Listed traditionally constructed, rendered walls underneath a slate roofed three bedroom farmhouse dating from 1747. This large house sits on the edge of the farmyard and enjoys extensive views over the large garden to the front of the property. The house is unmodernised and has many original features.
The accommodation comprises:
Ground Floor:
Rear door from the farmyard leads in to:
Dining room (7.33m (24’1”) max x 3.65m (12’) max) - which houses a solid fuel Rayburn which provides central heating and hot water to the property. In addition, there is an open coal fire and the room has the original wooden ceiling beams.
Kitchen (4.28m (14’1”) x 2.42m (7’11”)) – with wall and base units, single sink and drainer. In the corner of the kitchen is a traditional spice cupboard.
Pantry (2.44m (8’) x 1.66m (5’5”))
Hallway giving access to front door of the property and the sitting room.
Sitting Room (4.91m (16’1”) x 4.43m (14’3”) max) - fireplace currently bricked up and housing an electric fire, radiator, windows to the front garden and wooden ceiling beams.
Stairs off the Hallway up to the landing:
Bedroom 1 (4.92m (16’2”) max x 4.45m (14’7” max) - double bedroom with radiator and wooden sash windows looking out to the front of the property.
Bedroom 2 (4.07m (13’ 4”) max x 3.65m (12’) max)- double bedroom with radiator and wooden sash windows looking out to the front of the property.
Bedroom 3 (4.08m (13’5”) max x 3.11m (10’2”) max) - double bedroom with wood beams, radiator and wooden sash windows looking out to the rear of the property.
Bathroom (5.11m (16’9”) max x 2.49m (8’2”) max) - with wash hand basin, w.c and bath, airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder which benefits from electric immersion. Double glazed window.

To the rear of the house is the yard area with farm buildings opposite. To the front of the property is a large mature garden extending in all to approximately ¾ acre. There is currently a large portion of the garden laid down to lawn area with the remainder in flower beds and a vegetable garden. The garden has within it a small pond, small well and at the furthest end of the garden, built into the boundary wall is a stone archway with a wooden seat.

Within the yard area are two small garage buildings; one being a pitched fibre cement sheet roof and rendered block work wall structure with concrete floor and wooden doors.
The other is a larger mono pitch garage attached to the farmhouse. This is constructed of block work walls, a concrete floor and fibre cement sheet roof and benefits from an electricity supply.

Farm Buildings
On the opposite side of the farmyard to the farmhouse are located the farm buildings which comprise the following:
Mono-pitched building comprises block work walls, fibre cement sheet roof which has previously been the cooling house when the farm was a dairy farm.
Former milking parlour still fitted with cubicles and milking machine.
Cubicle shed with 31 cubicles and a scrape passage.
Attached to the northern end of the cubicle shed is a covered feed yard.
Adjoining here is a covered silage pit.
Next to the silage pit is a further cubicle building with 10 cubicles and an area for loose housing.
Adjacent to the modern farm buildings abutting up to the public highway is a large, traditional sandstone lofted barn which has a slate roof comprising a mix of slates which are both sandstone and slate. The building comprises on ground floor level of 4 small hulls with there being a large lofted barn above with access taken directly off the public highway and a further smaller store adjacent to this, again access taken off the public highway. This building benefits from an electricity supply.

Located to the rear of the farmyard is a 70,000 gallon slurry tower.

The Land
The land in Lot 1 is located in a ring-fence immediately to the west of the farm steading.
The land is all in excellent heart and has been well managed over many years.
The land is boundered by a mix of dry stone walls, fences and hedgerows.
The land comprises 10.59ha (26.17 acres) of mowing land which falls within the non-Severely Disadvantaged Area for Basic Payment purposes and is classified as Grade 3 under the former MAFF Land Classification System.
The land is undulating in nature and lies between 140 - 150 metres above mean sea level.

Lot 2 - Meadow and Pasture Land
Lot 2 comprises 6.88ha (17.00 acres) of good grassland located immediately to the east of the farmhouse and farm steading. The land can be accessed either via the minor road leading to Basco Dyke or alternatively the road from Ainstable to Ruckcroft. The land is boundered by a mix of dry stone walls, mature hedgerows and fences with field parcel 1734 being a parcel of meadow land and 0926 being a pasture field.

The land benefits from having a mains water supply and is classified as non-Severely Disadvantaged for Basic Payment purposes. The land is classified as Grade 3 under the former MAFF Land Classification System and rises up from approximately 150 metres above mean sea level to 180 metres at the highest point.

Schedule of Acreages
Field Parcel No. Hectares Acres Use
Lot 1
NY5245 9122 1.26 3.11 Meadow Land
NY5245 7119 3.44 8.50 Meadow Land
NY5245 4717 1.63 4.03 Meadow Land
NY5245 2620 2.01 4.97 Meadow Land
NY5245 0326 2.25 5.56 Meadow Land
Track 0.26 est. 0.64 est. Track
Farmyard 0.17 est. 0.42 est. Farmyard
Garden 0.19 est. 0.47 est. Garden
Total 11.21 est. 27.70 est

Lot 2
NY5345 1734 1.74 4.30 Meadow Land
NY5345 0926 5.14 12.70 Pasture Land
Total 6.88 17.00

Sale Details - Method of Sale
Basco Dyke is offered for sale by Private Treaty.

The Vendor and sole selling Agents reserve the right to alter, divide or amalgamate the property or to withdraw or exclude any of the property at any time.
The Vendor reserves the right to alter any of the terms and conditions of sale or to change the method of sale without notice. For this reason, we recommend that potential Purchasers should register their interest with the Selling Agents as soon as possible in order that they are kept abreast of any changes to the marketing of the land.

The property is offered for sale Freehold with Vacant Possession upon completion.

Wayleaves, Easements, Covenants & Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to all rights including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drai


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