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3 bedroom smallholding for sale

Brick Kilns, Waverton, Wigton

Offers in Region of £275,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Registered Smallholding
  • "Off-Grid" Living
  • Approximately 11 Acres
  • Lake extending to 1.5 Acres
  • Paddocks, Orchard and Wildlife Areas
  • No Chain
  • New Central Heating System

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Brick Kilns is an extraordinary three or four bedroom property that offers the chance to enjoy space and tranquillity in a beautiful and natural setting, for the price of an average home.

Please be aware that there are no mains services to this property, providing a unique, off-grid living experience. Water is provided by the properties own deep well and rainwater recovery system; 240 volt electricity and supplementary 12 volt lighting comes from one of two generators; gas for cooking is LPG and hot water from a multi-fuel stove. A brand new, oil-fired central heating system was professionally installed in December 2016 and comes with a full, transferable warranty.

With no bills from the utility companies and Council Tax Band B, living costs are kept to a minimum. Modern double glazing throughout, with FENSA certification and guarantees, helps to further reduce heating costs.

Set in more than 12 acres of land, the property is a registered smallholding and comes complete with a lake extending to 1.5 acres. The property is located between the market town of Wigton and the village of Waverton. It's history dates to the 1800's when it was the Wigton Brick and Tile Works and the present house was developed on the site of the works office. The lake was created from the clay quarry that provided much of the raw materials required by the brick making process.

Accessed by a 1/2 mile private lane off the A596 Wigton to Aspatria road, the property boundary runs alongside the Cumbrian Coastal Railway line that travels from Carlisle to Barrow in Furness. Carrying local trains only, the proximity to Wigton station means that relatively slow trains provide only minimal disturbance. The property has it's own manual crossing, (fully maintained by Network Rail), and providing additional privacy.

As expected for a property on such a large plot, off-road parking for vehicles is more than adequately covered.

Entering the property into the large, country-style kitchen, there is plenty of storage space and includes a range-style cooker with six burner hob. An adjacent utility room is equally spacious and offers flexibility for a variety of additional uses.

The living room is light and spacious and benefits from windows on two elevations and a multi-fuel stove that can operate on either wood or solid fuel. A large adjoining room is presently utilised as a double bedroom but could easily be utilised as a dining room, office, play room or similar. A good-sized family bathroom completes the ground floor accommodation.

Upstairs, all the rooms are large and spacious with fully vaulted ceilings adding to the feeling of space. A large, second reception room offers even further flexibility of use. A simple and relatively inexpensive conversion could quite easily provide a fourth double bedroom in this space.

The impressive, super-sized master bedroom has exposed beams that complement the high ceiling. Windows on three elevations offer glimpses of the land that accompanies the property. The first floor accommodation is completed by a third double bedroom.

The land adjoining the property has been split into a number of linked paddocks of varying sizes offering straight-forward pasture management. The largest paddock extends to several acres and could be further sub-divided, if required. As a registered smallholding, the property is eligible for EU Rural Payments, guaranteed until 2020 and estimated at £800 per annum.

At the centre of the site is the lake, extending to approximately 1.5 acres and more than 4 metres deep in parts, it is large enough to contain an island that can be sailed around. Although heavily stocked with carp and other species, the lake has never been fished and has been maintained primarily for wildlife.

A haven for wildlife, otters, deer, geese, herons and hares are all common visitors to the site. The present owners have worked with a local wildlife rescue centre to offer safe release for recovered birds and animals.

Areas of land close to the lake have been given over to wildlife and an overgrown orchard is planted with apples, pears, cherries and numerous soft fruits. There are a number of sheds and structures at various places around the site including some old byers, that offer potential for re-development as stables, and a useful, large barn for storage.

With great views of the Caldbeck fells over open countryside, families will love the freedom and space that this property offers. A rare degree of privacy combines with easy access to the facilities of nearby Wigton, including the highly rated schools that are less than two miles away.

This unique property offers an escape from the mundane. A chance to own your own smallholding, complete with a lake, to raise animals, grow vegetables, mess about in boats or simply enjoy the space, tranquility and wildlife.

Early viewing is highly recommended.

Kitchen 5.40m (17' 9") x 4.50m (14' 9")
Living Room 4.30m (14' 1") x 4.20m (13' 9")
Master Bedroom 5.40m (17' 9") x 4.50m (14' 9")
Bedroom 2 4.30m (14' 1") x 3.50m (11' 6")
Bedroom 3 4.20m (13' 9") x 3.60m (11' 10")
Second Reception Room 4.30m (14' 1") x 4.40m (14' 5")
Bathroom 3.30m (10' 10") x 2.10m (6' 11")

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
11 November 2016


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