3 bedroom farm for saleBridge House Farm, Ferryhill, County Durham
Sold STC £695,000
Full description• Deceptively spacious three bedroom bungalow with land and outbuildings • Range of buildings with potential for alternative uses subject to consent • Arable and grassland extending in all to approximately 23.78 Hectares (58.75 Acres) • Freehold land benefitting from being subject to long leases • Development potential (subject to consents) • Close proximity to towns, cities and the A1(M) • Available as a whole or in three lots
Bridge House Farm lies just to the North of Ferryhill, ideally placed for the region’s transportation networks. To the east is the A1(M) beyond which the A19 can be found, both of which provide excellent communications north and south. The east coast mainline railway complemented by international airports at Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley offer further communications for the rest of the country. As well as being perfectly located for commercial centres, Bridge House Farm is well placed for exploring the region’s attractions including the east coast itself, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Teesdale, Weardale and The Lake District. A broad range of shopping, educational and recreational facilities can be found within the surrounding centres of Newcastle, Durham, Middlesbrough and Sunderland as well as the more provincial market towns.
Bridge House Farm is a deceptively spacious brick built bungalow, in need of updating, which offers flexible and family sized accommodation. The adjoining land extends to approximately 2.78Ha (58.75Ac) in total and with the buildings the property offers an excellent opportunity to create a stunning family home. Situated in a secluded location off the A167 but in close proximity to the A1(M) the site offers excellent transport links and an opportunity to seek planning permission to develop the existing farm buildings into a superb development.
LOT 1— BRIDGE HOUSE FARM BUNGALOW, BUILDINGS AND 16.35 ACRES (SHOWN COLOURED PINK ON THE PLAN)
Bridge House Farm Bungalow
The bungalow can be accessed from the front via a solid oak door which leads into the spacious entrance hallway with parquet floor. To the left hand side is the living room also with parquet floor. A bay window overlooks the front garden and land, and there is a working open fire within a feature brick built surround.
The kitchen / dining room is situated to the rear of the property overlooking the rear garden and adjoining land. The kitchen is a small but functional space consisting of base and wall mounted units, the layout encourages use of the dining room and benefits from an open fire with back boiler.
There is also a useful utility area with WC, which offers space for white goods and could also be utilised as a boot room. There is also external access to the side of the property and there is an internal door leading into the single garage, which is complete with a covered inspection pit and an external wooden garage door.
The sleeping accommodation is all situated to the right hand side of the entrance hall and consists of three bedrooms and a family bathroom. With views over the farm and land, the master bedroom is a large double situated to the front of the property, providing ample space for freestanding wardrobes and drawers. The other two bedrooms are also both good sized doubles and situated to the rear of the property, again both with an open aspect. The family bathroom is situated to the rear and consists of a WC, hand basin and panelled bath. The floor and walls are tiled and there is a useful airing cupboard.
To the front of the bungalow is a driveway which leads to the single garage. The bungalow is bounded by stone and brick walls with two sides of fencing and hedges, offering additional privacy to the lawned front garden. This is easily maintained and has mature planted borders. To the rear of the bungalow the enclosed garden area is mainly laid to lawn.
LOT 2—42.40 Ac of Agricultural land (Shown coloured blue on the plan)
Lot 2 comprises of approximately 15.44 hectares (38.15 acres) of arable land and approximately 1.72 hectares (4.25 acres) of grass land. The land has the benefit of road frontage and separate access to Lot 1 from the A167.
LOT 3 — Freehold Long Leases (Shown on the plan for Lot 3
Lot 3 is various freehold long leases attached to approximately 5.83 acres of land. Covered by the long leases freehold is land known as Ferryhill Football ground and also a triangular area shown on the plan between the A167 and B6287, together with various property freeholds within the Bridge House Estate.
These assorted freeholds provide the opportunity to obtain peppercorn ground rents under a 999 year lease (with 869 years remaining). Further information is available on application to the office.
Property ref: 121_1601_4230106
Basic Payment Scheme
The land is sold with entitlements to receive payment under the Basic Payment Scheme. The vendor proposes to include 6.62 non-SDA entitlements with Lot 1 and 17.16 non-SDA entitlements with Lot 2. Lot 3 does not include entitlements. The vendor has claimed the 2016 Basic Payment but will undertake to transfer the above entitlements to the purchaser(s) in accordance with the regulations of the scheme following completion of the sale. The purchaser(s) will be required to sign an indemnification that they will maintain the land in good agricultural and environmental condition, and follow the Basic Payment Scheme cross-compliance regulations. Further to this the indemnification will also hold the purchaser(s) liable should the vendor be penalised for breach of cross-compliance. The transfer of the entitlements will be co-ordinated by George F White with fees of £400 plus VAT per lot being payable by the purchaser(s).
Each lot has its own direct access from the public highway.
Only Lot 1 has a water supply from the mains. The meter is located on the roadside to the south of Bridge House Estate. The water supply also serves two cottages at West Close to the immediate south of Bridge House Farm for which there is an implied easement. There is no sub meter installed on the supply. Drainage from Lot 1 is to a septic tank located within Lot 1.
Lot 1 includes approximately 6.62 hectares (16.35 acres) of grass land some of which would be capable of conversion to arable.
4.26m x 6.08m (14' x 19' 11")
3.64m x 3.68m (11' 11" x 12' 1")
2.69m x 3.40m (8' 10" x 11' 2")
3.94m x 4.83m (12' 11" x 15' 10")
3.95m x 3.32m (13' x 10' 11")
2.74m x 2.49m (9' x 8' 2")
4.96m x 3.36m (16' 3" x 11')
To the west of the bungalow are a range of brick and steel frame agricultural buildings. The buildings could have potential for change of use to a number of residential units subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
Third Party Rights & Covenants
The property is sold subject to and with the benefits of all rights of way, water, drainage, water courses and other easements, quasi or reputed easements and rights of adjoining owners, if any, affecting the same and all existing and proposed wayleaves or other matters registered by any competent authority subject to statute.
There is an overhead electric line on timber poles running across the property held on the basis of a Wayleave Agreement for which an annual payment is made by Northern Powergrid to the owner(s) of the property. There are various historic covenants on the title of the property.
If the property is sold in separate lots, the purchaser of Lot 1 will be responsible for erecting and thereafter maintaining a stock proof fence between the points A-B on the plan within these particulars. Each lot will be responsible for the boundaries marked by an inward “T” on the plan within these particulars.
The purchaser will enter into a clawback over the bare agricultural land as to exclude the land occupied by the house, buildings, yard and Lot 3. The clawback will be for a term of 25 years from the date of completion to the benefit of the vendor and their successors in title and based on 20% of any uplift in market value arising from planning permission. The clawback will be triggered by the granting of planning permission for a use other than agriculture, forestry or equestrian.
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1. There is no central heating in the bungalow.
2. There is a well on the entry road into the property.
3. The property is single glazed throughout.
4. Although the property is sold with potential to convert the existing farm buildings under a prior notification with Durham County Council, neither the vendor nor the agent have made enquiries regarding this matter and any buyer ought to make their own investigations to satisfy any queries they may have relating to this.
5. The subject property is within a nitrate vulnerable zone.
6. The bungalow was built in 1953 and was rewired in 2006.
7. There is a small disused underground petrol tank however the pumping tank has been removed. The petrol tank has not been filled in.
From the A1(M) leave at junction 60 and take the exit for Bishop Auckland along the A689. Continue along the A689 and at Rushyford roundabout take the third exit north along the A167 to Durham. Continue north along the A167 across the roundabout at Chilton and after approximately 2 miles the property is on the left hand side before reaching Ferryhill.
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