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3 bedroom semi-detached house for sale
Blenkinsopp Castle House, Greenhead, Northumberland, Cumbria
Lot 2: Listed house and associated offices | Licensed free house and 3 bedroom flat | Scheduled ancient monument
Blenkinsopp Castle House
Blenkinsopp Castle House is a handsome grade II listed stone house with castellated roof and impressive stone mullion windows. The accommodation is arranged on two floors to provide a comfortable and free flowing house which compliments Blenkinsopp Home Park and the business.
The ground floor accommodation comprises an entrance hall and dining kitchen with modern fitted kitchen units.
The living room has fine views across the valley and into the courtyard. It is a useful room, part of which is probably the oldest part of the house (c1339 ceiling) which could be useful as a cellar. The Home Park office, or possibly a fourth bedroom, also has terrific view and there is a convenient door into the courtyard to enable use of the office without disturbance to the house.
There is a convenient utility room and former pantry with slate cold shelves.
Integral to the house and off the reception hall is a room which has been used as a shop, there is a boot room and a lavatory.
On the first floor is a spacious landing off which is a magnificent first floor drawing room which over-looks the well preserved ruins of Blenkinsopp Castle and the home park to the south with the rhododendrons covered bank side to the south. There is an impressive fireplace in the drawing room with beautiful tiled slips.
There are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathroom facilities (1 en-suite) on the first floor, all arranged off a landing from which there are excellent views of the castle.
Blenkinsopp Castle Inn
Constructed of stone beneath a slate roof with crow hop gables this former stable and coach house now forms the Blenkinsopp Castle Inn. There is a commercial kitchen, beer cellar with beer lines. The stable bar has an open fire, traditional bar, exposed beams and wainscoting giving a good degree of character and atmosphere. There is an impressive ballroom with semi-sprung maple floor, carvary unit, bar and stage area.
There is a staff flat on the first floor comprising 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchenette and sitting room.
Blenkinsopp Castle Ruin
A scheduled ancient monument, Blenkinsopp Castle was thought to have been built in 1880 on the site of a 13th Century castle for William Lyle Blenkinsop Coulson. In the early 20th Century it was owned by The Joicey family and in the 1930's was home to Edward Joicey and his wife Violet Lorraine, the Forces sweetheart who sang, along with George Robbey, the1916 hit "If you were the only girl in the world".
Before it was gentrified into the mansion house the house was used as the coal mine agents house. It was burned down in 1954. The current owners have owned the property since 1955.
Blenkinsopp Castle Home Park
The park home estate is located in an idyllic rural setting and is surrounding by a variety of attractive woodland and notable bank of colourful rhododendrons. The park is beautifully landscaped and has been especially well maintained by the owners.
The park has 69 park home pitches, is licensed for a total of 74 homes and has been awarded the much coveted David Bellamy Gold Award - unusual for a Park Home Estate.
All 69 pitches are occupied by privately owned park homes, 62 are twin units and 7 are single. All private owners have a mobile home agreement under the Mobile Home Act.
This quality of landscaping and appearance undoubtedly assists with the high sale and resale prices. For example, in 2011, two owner to owner sales were conducted on the park for sale prices of £115,000 and £130,000.
Planning for 11 Holiday Chalet Pitches
Planning consent exists to develop 11 holiday lodges (40' x 20') to the north of the castle (hatched green on the Site Plan). The holiday lodges may be occupied for 50 weeks of the year. These pitches have an independent access on to the A69 to the north.
Blenkinsopp Castle Home Park is licensed for 74 residential caravans. They can be occupied for 52 weeks of the year.
Park Home Owner's Agreements
All private owners have the benefit of an agreement under the Mobile Home Act 1983.
Over the last 3 years the vendor has conducted 8 owner to owner sales where a 10% + VAT commission has been levied. The average owner to owner sale price is c.£93,000. With regards to new unit sales, 3 new sales have occurred over the previous 3 years at prices of £110,000, £132,500 and £160,000. Each private owner pays a monthly rent of £109.47 including water charges. Electricity charges are paid in addition to rent. Council Tax is paid directly to the Local Authority.
A copy of trading accounts can be provided by the joint selling agents following a viewing.
A disk with a video tour about Blenkinsopp Castle Home Park is available upon request.
Blenkinsopp Castle Home Park is equidistant between Hexham and Carlisle in the heart of "Roman Wall Country" and in the area known as the "Heart of All England" given it is central between the Lake District and Northumberland Heritage Coastline and from tip to toe of the UK.
Facilities in the area are plenty with Haltwhistle being the closest local centre (about 3 miles) offering a petrol station, post office, primary school and a few pubs.