Significant Scope For Development - Subject To Planning
Excellent Lifestyle Opportunity
Listed Farmhouse & Impressive Barn Conversion
Birkhill Farm is a truly remarkable seven-bedroom, listed detached residence with numerous outbuildings, a substantial barn, superb views, a horse manège and nearly 8 acres of land. For those looking to shape their next chapter, this unique home offers significant scope to create the lifestyle you have always dreamed of. Sitting proudly on a fabulous elevated site you will fall in love with the far-reaching views over the glorious Cumbrian countryside, north to the Scottish hills and east to the Pennines and Castle Carrock Fell. The house itself is significant and offers tremendous potential for further development and improvement - subject to planning. Currently utilised as two separate dwellings (the property is on one title deed) this house is perfectly set up for that much sought after multi-generational family living. The makeup of the property is a listed farmhouse, mainly dating from the mid-eighteenth century, with an attractive front elevation facing north, with the main residence being an adjoining brick and sandstone large barn conversion (converted circa 1994). QUOTE AP0121
Great Corby is notable for Corby Castle, a historic home of the Howard family on the south-western edge of the village, overlooking the river. The village itself is picturesque and has a great community feel, a large play park, football pitches, a village hall and a primary school. Great Corby also has it's own cricket club. Village life is centred around a pretty green & the delightful local pub, The Queen Inn - perfect for a thirst quencher and a meal. A few minutes drive, with the River Eden meandering beautifully to your left, brings you to Warwick Bridge with all the amenities you need: Doctors surgery, Co-op, highly regarded local butchers, Sally's Tea Room...the list goes on! From Great Corby, you can cross the stunning viaduct into Wetheral, another beautiful village to explore and with a wealth of amenities and a train station. One of the brilliant features about life at Birkhill Farm is, despite feeling that you are away from it all, tucked away and private, you are so accessible being only five miles or so from J43 of the M6 and the Great Border City of Carlisle.
The entrance to Birkhill farm is seriously impressive, with the house, barn and some of the outbuildings wrapped around a delightful cobbled courtyard with its own Victorian well!. As you enter the courtyard your eyes will be drawn right to the sizable main barn with a mezzanine floor. This offers significant scope for development (subject to planning). Adjoining this barn, over two floors, is a particularly useful studio/workshop area (currently used as a games/hobby room & home gym). To the front of the courtyard is the main residence, the brick and sandstone barn conversion, which offers fantastic living accommodation to the ground floor, including a gorgeous main living space featuring panelled walls with wood-burning stove, creating a warm & cosy place to escape from it all. There’s a bespoke kitchen/diner, flooded with natural light, which leads to a good sized utility room, which is the perfect place for muddy boots and wellies after spending time outside. There’s also a conservatory and a home office/study, discretely tucked away through a hidden door, and a ground floor shower room. On the first floor, there are three bedrooms, all benefitting from being en-suite, and another bedroom which is currently used as a study/library. To the left of the courtyard is the listed farmhouse. This area does require a degree of modernisation, however, it is filled with its own charm and features including the striking Georgian facade to the front. Currently used as its own separate dwelling for multi-generational family living, this part of the house includes a cosy main living area/kitchen with a Rayburn stove, two reception rooms, a utility, three bedrooms and a bathroom. Adjoining this part of the house is another barn and outbuildings.
Birkhill Farm is a seriously impressive property and offers a rare opportunity to acquire a lovely family home together with development potential for a variety of uses. The traditional barns are in excellent condition for conversion, subject to the appropriate planning consents, and will provide stunning views of the wider landscape. Initial discussions with Carlisle City Council have confirmed that favourable policies would apply. The original building, Grade II listed, has an abundance of interesting features including a small plaque above the main back door in the courtyard. This depicts the Howard Family crest marking it as part of the Howard Estate. Birkhill was bought from the Howard Family in 1993 and and has only sold once in the last 350 years!
Note from the vendor..."We have lived in this wonderful place for 27 years with at some point three generations sharing its two cosy homes, fabulous views and amazing wildlife with regular visitors including hares, deer and a vast selection of wild birds including our resident Barn owls are at your fingertips. We have reared our children, grown our own veg, planted trees and tended our livestock (sheep, goats, ponies, hens, duck, geese, golden pheasants, pigeons and dogs and cats galore!) against the backdrop of the Northern Pennines on one side and Scotland to the other.
If you want somewhere for your family to grow up, where your children can run free, build dens, grow things, or if you just want somewhere to watch/listen to the world go by then you will love this place, just like we have, We will most definitely miss it."
Main residence/Barn Conversion:
Perfectly set up for outdoor living with plenty of room for boots, coats and wellies. Leads to entrance hall.
Featuring herringbone wooden block flooring and panelling.
Living Room - 23' 4" x 16' 9"
Escape from it all in this fabulous room. The wood-burning stove will keep you cosy and the period style panelled walls add warmth and period class.
Kitchen/Diner - 16' 6" x 16' 4"
The heart of the home - fitted with a bespoke range of units, flooded with light. A great place to entertain and spend time with family.
Utility Space - 9' 5" x 6' 10"
Fitted with bespoke units incorporating a double bowl sink and drainer. Built-in larder cupboard. Sliding door to rear hall/dog room/utility.
Conservatory - 9' 11" x 9' 3"
A fabulous outlook from this room. Exposed brickwork to rear wall with sandstone mullions and lintel over the doorway.
Rear Hall/Dog Room/Utility - 12' 10" x 11' 6"
Such a practical space, perfect for muddy boots and wellies - features a Herringbone-pattern wooden block flooring.
Home Office - 14' 4" x 11' 3"
Accessed from the kitchen through a hidden door.
Doors to the courtyard and ground floor shower room and access to the listed farmhouse.
Master Bedroom - 17' 11" x 15' 2"
A double aspect double bedroom with fine views and exposed beams. Hidden doors to an en-suite bathroom and dressing room.
Comprises a well-appointed four piece suite.
Dressing room - 8' 3" x 7' 7"
Sliding door into the laundry room.
Laundry Room - 17' 4" x 6' 0"
Shelved units and plumbing for washing machine. Hidden hatch to the ground floor.
Bedroom Two 13' 7" x 13'11"
A rear-facing double bedroom with exposed beams. Enjoys use of an en-suite shower room.
En-Suite Shower Room:
Fitted with a three-piece suite.
Bedroom Three - 13' 7" x 12' 11" (currently used as a study)
A rear-facing double bedroom with exposed beams.
Bedroom Four - 13' 7" x 12' 11"
A rear-facing double bedroom with exposed beam. Hidden door leading to the "Jack & Jill" bathroom.
Jack & Jill Bathroom
Fitted with a three-piece suite with doors from bedroom four and the landing.
Listed Farmhouse Accommodation - Requiring some modernisation
Stable-style front door and coffin door leading from the hall to the staircase. Flagged floor.
Kitchen -19' 6" x 11' 9"
Featuring a Rayburn oven set within a period surround and an exposed flagged floor creating a timeless Cumbrian farmhouse feel.
Fitted with wall and base units and door to the garden.
Rear Scullery - 22' 8" x 6' 4"
Large area with sandstone cold store with shelving.
Living Room/Reception One - 12'10" x 12' 8"
Great north-facing open views towards Scotland from this room. Woodburning stove with tiled fireplace.
Doors to the rear garden and to the second reception room/dining room.
Dining Room/Reception Two 12'10" x 13' 8"
Excellent second reception room.
Flagged floor and door to cloakroom.
WC and wash hand basin.
First Floor Landing:
Leads to bedrooms and bathroom.
Bedroom One - 19' 9" x 12' 2"
Three-piece suite and period cast iron fireplace.
Bedroom Two - 13' 4" x 13' 4"
A double bedroom with open countryside views.
Bed Three - 13' 4" x 10' 1"
Access Room/Bedroom - 10' 3 x 6' 6"
Overlooks the rear garden to the main residence. Access door to the main property.
Gardens & Outbuildings:
Both properties wrap around a pretty cobbled courtyard which features its own Victorian well. The gardens to both properties are very well established. The back yard has a large area of hardstanding, two large agricultural buildings, one with hayloft and security fenced yard under cover, which previously had planning permission for a bus depot (in 1993, now expired).
Manège 40 metres x 20 metres (approx). The surface is silica sand with chopped carpet topping.
Dog-proofed Paddock - 2 x Stables - Tack Room - Small Store Room - Additional Loose Box (currently used for storage)
Cow Byre with front and rear access
Additional store with fusebox and back-up generator (runs Barn Conversion only).
Further Barn with storeroom attached with power, sink facilities, plumbing for washing machine.
Utility Room fitted with units and a 1.5 bowl sink and drainer, power and housing the boiler.
Barn with further tack room, 2 haylofts and 3 additional stables.
The property benefits from two adjoining paddocks, ideal for horses/ponies or a smallholding amounting to circa 5.48 acres. It is understood that the land was previously registered with the RPA under the Basic Payment Scheme but that no entitlement claims have been made in recent years.
Which has been converted into stabling and having two double access doors to the front.
The main barn adjoins the Barn Conversion and has a mezzanine level. The smaller adjoining barn is a workshop currently used as a gym on the first floor with a games room below. It has its own oil central heating system.
Mains electricity and water. Septic tank and Bio-Sprite water treatment system. Oil-fired central heating. The heating for the farmhouse is controlled by the solid fuel Rayburn. A backup generator runs the Barn Conversion only. Please note the mention of any appliances/services within these particulars does not imply that they are in full and efficient working order. We have been informed that the property has a septic tank and would advise any prospective purchaser to check it complies with current standards and rules introduced on 1st January 2020.
Sporting Rights over the property are included in the sale.
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I'm Andrew Pearson, husband to Melanie and dad to Sadie & Charlie. Cumbrian born and bred, I currently live in Carlisle and have done for the last 23 years but have connections and links throughout the county. I have extensive estate agency experience gained over the last 15 years and have helped customers buy and sell houses in most areas of the county, including Carlisle, Penrith, The Lake District and West Cumbria. I have a true passion for all things property and with that in mind, I aim to offer something very different for estate agency in the area, with a truly customer-centric focus. Instead of dealing with multiple people within an office, I'll be there as your personal property consultant to guide you through the process from the initial valuation right up to the key handover. I'll be there when you need me, seven days a week, outside of the typical 9-5. By focusing on quality rather than quantity, sellers will no longer be just another instruction. We'll work together to create a bespoke service that's as unique as your property.