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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Healey Farm, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65

Sold STC £1,550,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Lovely Georgian Farmhouse
  • 4 bedrooms and 2 reception rooms
  • Separate 2 bedroom cottage
  • Modern and traditional farm buildings suitable for conversion
  • 267.41 acres (108.22 ha) eligible arable and pasture
  • 105.26 acres (42.60 ha) rough grazing
  • 22.91 acres (9.27 ha) mature woods
  • 110 acres (44.52 ha) new woodland plantation (on a 999 year leasehold)
  • Fiirst class small shoot
  • EPC Rating = E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Mixed farm of high amenity and sporting value


Healey Farm occupies a wonderful position on the northern side of the Coquet Valley about 3 miles south west of Rothbury and 29 miles north of Newcastle with a beautiful southerly aspect and superb views over the valley towards the Simonside Hills.

This wonderful position is in the prime stock rearing area of Northumberland, famous for both its finished cattle and lambs. It is both private and accessible and occupies one of the most delightful and totally unspoilt locations in Northumberland.

The nearest town is Rothbury which provides an excellent and wide range of shops including a local supermarket, butcher, bakers, delicatessen, doctor's surgery, dentist, veterinary practice as well as good pubs, hotels and restaurants. Newcastle, with its International Airport and Mainline Railway Station is about 45 minutes' drive away and provides all the culture of a University City with, numerous theatres and cinemas, art galleries and two of the most well-known shopping centres in the UK.

Northumberland has a huge amount of interest with the magnificent East coast beaches, plus the impressive coastal castles of Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Holy Island and many other historical features. In addition there are world renowned Nature Reserves at Budle Bay and the Bird Sanctuary of the Farne Islands. There are endless opportunities for walking or trekking in the Cheviots or along the coastal routes, along with sailing and rowing clubs in Berwick and Blyth. For the sportsman there are abundant opportunities with several links and inland golf courses including Rothbury, Goswick (Berwick), Bamburgh, Seahouses, Slaley Hall, Linden Hall along with the two Championship Courses at Roxburghe and Muirfield over the border into Scotland. There are opportunities for grouse shooting in the Lammermuirs, Cheviots and the South of the County plus numerous low ground syndicate shoots or individual days that are available locally.

Hunting is available with the West Percy, Morpeth, Tynedale, Border, College Valley/North Northumberland and Percy, all being within easy reach. Horse racing is available at Hexham, Kelso and Newcastle. There is excellent fishing on the Coquet, Tyne, Tweed and all its tributaries for both salmon and sea trout and there are plenty of opportunities for brown trout fishing on all these rivers plus a number of lakes in the vicinity.

There are four good local Preparatory Schools, Mowden near Hexham, St Mary's in Melrose, Belhaven Hill in Dunbar and Aysgarth in Yorkshire and a wide range of Public Schools in Edinburgh plus Durham and several in Yorkshire.

The state schools are highly rated with first and middle schools in Rothbury, and then on to Morpeth to finish.

The nearest livestock marts are at Hexham and Wooler, both of which are within 30 minutes of Healey.


Healey Farm is a high amenity mixed farm within a ring fence; there is an ideal balance of arable, grass ley, permanent pastures with parkland trees, rough grazing and mixed woodlands providing shelter, sport and amenity. The land is gently sloping with a southerly aspect and is classified with a mixture of Grade 3 and 4 of the Brickfield Series. The farm rises from 60m to approximately 184m above sea level and the average annual rainfall for the area is around 900mm.

Healey has been farmed in a traditional rotation with the emphasis on amenity and sporting having been let in recent times on FBT arrangements and separate sporting leases and will be vacant on completion.

The Farmhouse

A typical Northumbrian mid Georgian farmhouse, built in the early 1800's of sandstone under a slate roof. The property has oil central heating and double glazing. It lies in a glorious position with breathtaking, open views south over the mid Coquet Valley to the Simonside Hills beyond. It has small garden to the front and a range of adjacent outbuildings and former stables with cart sheds alongside.

The house retains many of its original features including wood panelling, deep skirtings and fireplaces and the spacious accommodation is on two floors including:

Porch, hall, study/playroom, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, 4 bedrooms (one en suite) and family bathroom. There is a large attic.

Detached from main house and partly renovated is a traditional stone building used previously as both an office and gym. A range of outhouses provides additional storage space.

To the west of the house is a 4-bay traditional, stone built cartshed currently used for storage but could easily be converted into a "granny flat", studio space or stables subject to the appropriate planning consent.

Healey Cottage

A delightful, stone built detached cottage situated west of the farmhouse with the same fabulous views. The accommodation is on a single floor and includes a sitting room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and utility room. The property benefits from double glazing and oil fired central heating.

There is a small south facing garden to the front.

The Farm Buildings

The farm steading comprises a range of predominantly traditional buildings with more modern enclosed cattle courts providing stock handling and rearing facilities. There is a Grade II listed Gin-Gang and hen house both of which are excellent examples of their kind and quite rare to be found in such good condition in Northumberland. The steading is well served by electricity, water and drainage. These buildings, along with the granary and cart sheds have enormous potential for development into residential units or holiday let development in an area increasing in popularity with tourists (subject to the necessary consents).

1. Gin Gang (65m²) - stone and slate
2. Traditional Buildings - stone and slate
3. Cattle Court (18m x 20m) - steel frame and corrugated roof sheeting
4. Dutch Barn (30m x 6m) - steel frame and corrugated cladding
5. Sheep Handling Pens

The Land

Healey farm is a good mixed farm with a range of soil types and vegetation. The arable land at the top of the farm is capable of producing a wide range good quality crops from Winter Wheat to Spring Oats. In the last few seasons the arable land has been sown to temporary grass.

The land is registered under IACS and is currently scheduled as below.

Type Hectares Acres
Temporary Grass 41.23 101.88
Permanent Pasture 66.99 165.53
Rough 42.60 105.26
Woodland 22.91 9.27
Others (inc. ponds) 44.52 110.00
Total 218.25 509.47

Countryside Stewardship Schemes

There is a 5 Year Entry Level Stewardship Agreement (Reference AG00425423) on 193.98 ha of the land which commenced on 01/11/2012 and is ending on 31/10/2017. The annual payment is £10,537.00.

The agreement includes managing upland grass and arable land; managing permanent grassland, in-bye pasture and meadows with very low inputs; management of archaeological features on grassland as well as cattle grazing on upland grassland and moorland. Further details are available for the Selling Agent.

The Woodland

Woodland forms a significant part of the charm of Healey Farm. The woodland is well established with several mixed conifer plantations for both commercial use and to provide shelter. Hags Wood is a commercial stand of Sitka Spruce, which is currently reaching maturity and could provide commercial opportunities and significant taxation advantages.

Pauperhaugh Wood is predominantly mixed conifer but also has a proportion of hardwoods. The larger of the two duck ponds is situated in this woodland and has great potential.

There are numerous parkland oaks and beech throughout the property, providing amenity to the farm.

In addition the sale includes a 999 year lease of the Hope Wood which extends to about 110 acres and has recently been replanted with a mixture of native broadleaves following a clear fell operation in 2009. Under the terms of the planting grant there will be a requirement of the new owner to replant where some young trees have failed. Further details are available from the selling agents.

The Black Burn provides a wonderful amenity corridor along the western boundary.


Shooting has in recent years been let to a local syndicate who manage and run a very entertaining shoot with mixed bags of both wild and reared birds. Typically they have been rearing and releasing 500 pheasants and 200 duck as well as careful management of a healthy wild stock. Conservation has been a high priority. There are two high quality flight ponds. Great use has been made of the existing woods, hedges and rough ground as well as the options for cover provided by the Countryside Stewardship Scheme

Acreage: 509.46 Acres

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29 October 2016

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