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Mealsgate, Wigton, CA7

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Added on 26/10/2020
PFK, Cockermouth
Character Property

Key features

  • 4 bed farmhouse with Pele Tower
  • 3/4 acre garden and woodland
  • Two reception rooms & study
  • Idyllic location
  • Grade I listed & Ancient Monument
  • EPC rating F

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

Harby Brow Tower is a substantial four bedroom Grade 1 listed farmhouse with an attached 15th century Pele Tower, sitting within a delightful 3/4 acres of mature gardens. An exceptionally rare opportunity to own a piece of Cumbrian history; the Pele Tower dates back to the reign of King Edward IV, and was built as one of approximately 200 fortified towers across the English-Scottish border designed to provide protection from the Border Reiver clans. 

The original farmhouse was built in the 1500's but has since been demolished and the current farmhouse was added in the 1800's and provides spacious family accommodation with multiple reception rooms and study area providing the work from home environment. Rich in character with stone detailing dating back to the original 1500's farmhouse, exposed beams and cockloft, the accommodation comprises; lounge with open fire, sitting room, dining kitchen, study and utility area to the ground floor, with four double bedrooms, family bathroom, study/dressing room/play room, and cockloft with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, to the first floor. 

The Tower is four storeys in height, with a barrel vaulted cellar area, open courtyard to the first floor with a wide variety of original features including sandstone fireplace, whilst the fourth storey consists of the battlements, and enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding countryside as far as Criffel in Dumfries and Galloway. 

Externally, the property enjoys approx 3/4 of an acre of lawned gardens, and a wide variety of shrubbery and perennials. The gardens are immensely private and bounded by a mill race and original stone Ha-ha.

Harby Brow is a true once in a lifetime opportunity to own a wonderful home, having been owned by the current family for over half a century and providing immense enjoyment for so many years.

Tucked away at the end of a secluded lane and surrounded by open fields, Harby Brow Tower sits within a small courtyard of farm buildings; an idyllic location approximately one mile south of the village of Mealsgate. Enjoying easy access to the Lake District National Park and within commuting distance to Carlisle and the west coast employment centres, the M6 motorway is some 40 minutes away and main line railway stations can be found at both Penrith and Carlisle. 

Mains electricity, private water supply and septic tank drainage. Oil fired central heating installed. Telephone line installed subject to BT regulations. Please note - the mention of any appliances and/or services within these particulars does not imply that they are in full and efficient working order.

Please refer to Cockermouth branch for further information.


Entrance Hallway

Accessed via wooden external door. With exposed feature stone with engraving, ceiling hooks, wood internal doors to all ground floor rooms.

Living Room

4.04m x 5.12m (13' 3" x 16' 10") High ceilinged, dual aspect room with timber framed sliding sash windows to front and rear, with shutters to the rear, open fire with tiled hearth and bread ovens, built in corner storage cupboard, original meat hooks, door to rear hallway.


5.27m x 3.14m (17' 3" x 10' 4") Dual aspect room with timber framed, sliding sash windows, exposed floorboards, feature tiled fireplace.

Rear Hallway

Stairs to first floor with built in understairs storage cupboard, doors to sitting room and front porch where there is an external door leading to the front garden.

Sitting Room

4.17m x 5.08m (13' 8" x 16' 8") Front aspect room, with timber framed sliding sash window with shutters, feature fireplace with tiled hearth and surround housing electric fire.

Dining Kitchen

3.67m x 4.25m (12' 0" x 13' 11") Rear aspect room with a range of original stone sconces, built in storage cupboards, exposed beams with meat hooks, wall mounted shelving.

Utility Room

1.36m x 4.32m (4' 6" x 14' 2") Fitted with a range of base units in a light wood effect finish with complementary light grey granite effect work surfacing, incorporating stainless steel sink unit with tiled splashbacks. Plumbing for under counter washing machine, corner storage cupboard, open access into dining kitchen.

Utility Room 2

3.25m x 4.48m (10' 8" x 14' 8") Rear aspect room with external door to front and rear, feature inglenook fireplace with central heating boiler, exposed stone flooring, further stairs to first floor, leading to the cockloft.


Wooden internal doors to all rooms, skylight and timber framed sliding sash window to rear.

Bedroom 1

4.95m x 4.04m (16' 3" x 13' 3") Front aspect, large light and airy double bedroom with views towards the lake District fells, window seat, exposed wood floorboards.

Walk in storage cupboard 1.59m x 1.58m (5' 3" x 5' 2") with storage shelf, hanging rail, wash hand basin, exposed floorboards - this could be be a small ensuite.

Bedroom 2

5.76m x 3.24m (18' 11" x 10' 8") (approx) Large, light and airy double bedroom, with twin sliding sash windows to rear aspect.

Bedroom 3

3.93m x 3.33m (12' 11" x 10' 11") Front aspect double bedroom with feature fireplace.

Shower Room

3.96m x 2.34m (13' 0" x 7' 8") Fitted with three piece suite comprising double walk in shower cubicle with electric shower, wash hand basin and concealed cistern WC in built in vanity unit, spotlighting, built in shelved airing cupboard.

Bedroom 4

5.16m x 2.92m (16' 11" x 9' 7") Rear aspect, large double bedroom with internal door to playroom/dressing room/study/storage room (5.17m x 1.74m (17' 0" x 5' 9"), door to cockloft.


4.52m x 3.11m (14' 10" x 10' 2") Front aspect room with skylight, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, floorboards, feature chimney breast and sandstone lintel, stairs leading down to the ground floor and utility room 2.


Gardens and Parking

The property is accessed via a shared driveway and is situated in a plot of approximately 0.75 acres, bounded by sandstone wall to one side and a large farm courtyard to the rear. The courtyard has several outbuildings which belong to a neighbouring farm, with Harby Brow Tower owning the piece of land immediately in front of the rear door of the property, where parking can be found for three cars. To the front of the property, and wrapping around to the side, is a fantastic large lawned garden area with a wide variety of mature trees, perennials, shrubbery, hedging, patio seating area, outside WC, paved walkways, seating areas and millrace - the property boundary sits within the middle of the millrace.

The original stone ha-ha is a hidden retaining wall which forms part of the property boundary


The attached Pele Tower was built in the 15th century and has Ancient Monument Status, enjoying a wide variety of preserved original features. Of sandstone construction, there is a ground floor vault, (5.05m x 7.98m (16' 7" x 26' 2") (approx) with stone flagged flooring, mullioned stone windows and stone sconces. The main entrance to the tower is from the front garden, where there is a sandstone arched doorway and wooden door leading to a spiral stone staircase. This leads to the first floor level, where a sandstone arched doorway opens into the main atrium which has a large sandstone fireplace, feature recesses, mullioned stone windows, and is open to three storeys. The spiral staircase continues up another three flights leading to the ramparts of the tower where there is a paved walkway leading right round the upper level with iron balustrade, and enjoys far reaching views over open countryside with Criffel and the Galloway hills of Scotland visible in the dist...


Referral & Other Payments

PFK work with preferred providers for the delivery of certain services necessary for a house sale or purchase. Our providers price their products competitively, however you are under no obligation to use their services and may wish to compare them against other providers. Should you choose to utilise them PFK will receive a referral fee: Napthens, Bendles LLP, Scott Duff & Co Property Lawyers/Conveyancing Service - completion of a sale or purchase, PFK will receive a referral fee of £120 to £180 per transaction; Pollard & Scott/Independent Mortgage Advisors – arrangement of mortgage & other products/insurances, PFK will receive a referral fee - the average fee earned in 2019 was £212.71; Patrick James Solutions - PFK will receive a fee of £150 per mortgage referral; ETSOS/EPC and Floorplan Providers - EPC and floorplan £66.00, EPC only £24.00, floorplan only £6.00. Mitchells Co Ltd will pay PFK £50 for each property contents referral successfully processed (wort...


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Mealsgate, Wigton, CA7


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  • Aspatria Station3.0 miles
  • Wigton Station5.9 miles
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