9 bedroom farm house for sale

Mark Close Farmhouse, Alston


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Mark Close Farmhouse lies just to the north west of the market town of Alston. The property provides a magnificent nine bedroom farmhouse, a one bedroom cottage and a three/four bedroom converted barn.  The three dwellings create an excellent opportunity to acquire a family home, as well as a country business.

David Bellamy refers to the area as ‘England’s last wilderness’ and Alston is also said to be England’s highest market town.

It enjoys a magnificent setting, approximately 45 to 50 minutes from Newcastle upon Tyne, 35 minutes from Carlisle and 20 minutes from Penrith.  The market town is full of history and is very much sought after by holiday makers throughout the year.

Mark Close Farmhouse creates a superb opportunity for those seeking a different way of life.  The current owners purchased the property in 2001 and since that time have carried out two significant improvements.  One was the refurbishment of the old Milking Parlour to create a beautiful one bedroom cottage, which is well sought after by holiday makers.  The other was the building of a new stone constructed four car garage and workshop, which links to the barn at the rear.  

Mark Close Barn is the family home and it has a stunning garden which is principally west facing, with rolling lawned areas, beautiful trees, a small burn and fabulous terraces.  

The old original farmhouse which dates back to the 1700s has nine bedrooms and can be let out for 20 to 23 people.  Its rental income is around £1,000 per week.

In addition to this, the one bedroom cottage also has a strong rental income at around £350 per week.

The barn has the flexibility of being a family home, but could have its own self contained apartment at ground floor level.

This stunning range of buildings contrasts beautiful country stonework with period architecture.  The barn was converted in later years and has a magnificent double height arched window to its western elevation, with the principal sitting room being at first floor level.  It has an open archway through to the dining room, as well as a first floor kitchen with south facing bay window.  The timber deck that extends from this area is ideal for the afternoons and evenings. 

To the top floor the property has two bedrooms but could easily be three as originally planned.  There is also a shower room and useful storage space.  The first floor has a family bathroom and to the ground floor there is a guest bedroom, shower room, kitchenette, hobbies room and large hall.

The extension to the ground floor provides a lovely sitting room which is currently used as a studio and working office.

The farmhouse has nine bedrooms and five bathrooms or shower rooms.  It has two reception rooms, a large family kitchen and a small kitchen/utility room.

Each of the houses have their own private garden areas.

The farmhouse has night storage heating.  The barn has oil central heating and the Milking Parlour has night storage heating.  The property has its own drainage system.
The setting of Mark Close and its proximity to Alston is very enviable.  It is a most magnificent and picturesque part of the Cumbrian and Northumbrian border.  The market town  has excellent local restaurants, pubs, garaging and a hospital.

Occupancy of the farmhouse and the cottage has been particularly high, with strong demand for this location.

We strongly recommend viewing of this most attractive investment and residential dwelling.

The property comprises:
The original entrance to the farmhouse is from its eastern elevation, with a panelled and part glazed door leading to the entrance hall.

From the hall a door leads to the sitting room.

SITTING ROOM (front & south facing)
20’6 x 14’11 (6.24m x 4.56m) maximum measurements
A lovely principal sitting room which has an aspect to the north and east, with double glazed windows and double doors leading through to the gardens.  The room has two night storage heaters, a stone fireplace with exposed chimney breast and wood burning stove on a stone hearth, wall lighting, understairs store cupboard and an access door connecting to the kitchen.

Connecting from the sitting room a door leads on to the kitchen/breakfasting room.

22’5 x 12’0 (6.84m x 3.65m)
A large family kitchen with stainless steel double sink unit, open storage shelving, base, wall and drawer storage cupboards and stone surround to chimney breast with Jotul wood burning fuel stove.  The kitchen has free standing appliances, a beamed ceiling, night storage heating to the breakfasting area, windows overlooking the courtyard and a door leading off to the lobby.

A second door leads from the hall to the family room.

FAMILY ROOM (front facing)
12’7 x 14’11 (3.84m x 4.56m)
With double glazed window and door overlooking the gardens, stone fireplace surround with open grate and stone hearth, night storage heater and glazed door giving access to the rear lobby

Comprising low level, wc and wash hand basin.

Comprising bath with shower above, convector heater and Expelair unit.

From the rear lobby a door connects to the utility room.

UTILITY ROOM (rear facing)
10’2 x 12’8 (3.1m x 3.87m)
With stainless steel single drainer sink unit, fitted base and drawer units, plumbing for an automatic washing machine, night storage heater and a panelled and glazed door leading on to the rear courtyard.

The reception hall has a door connecting to the night passageway leading to the ground floor bedroom accommodation.

BEDROOM ONE (front facing)
14’8 x 8’4 (4.48m x 2.54m)
With stone recess and sill, double glazed window, night storage heater and corner wash basin.

BEDROOM TWO (front facing)
7’2 x 11’6 (2.18m x 3.51m)
With double glazed window overlooking the gardens and night storage heater.

Comprising wash hand basin, low level wc, separate shower cubicle with Mira shower unit, wet panelled walls and concealed hot water cylinder. 

Returning to the principal entrance hall of the farmhouse, the staircase leads up to the first floor landing.
With door connecting to bedroom three.

BEDROOM THREE (front facing)
11’8 x 9’6 narrowing to 5’10 (3.57m x 2.89m narrowing to 1.79m)
An L shaped bedroom which accommodates two single beds, windows overlooking the front gardens and countryside and night storage heating.

BEDROOM FOUR (front facing)
15’0 x 10’0 (4.57m x 3.05m)
With feature stone chimney breast and surround to the fireplace with open grate, sash window with operational shutters to the front of the house overlooking the gardens and surrounding valley and night storage heater.

With white three piece suite comprising low level wc, wash hand basin, panelled bath with Mira shower unit above, feature stonework to the chimney breast, Dimplex convector heater, built-in wardrobe and storage shelving.

The rear passageway leads on and connects to bedroom five.

BEDROOM FIVE (rear facing)
8’10 x 12’10 (2.69m x 3.92m)
With built-in airing cupboard with hot water tank and shelving and night storage heater.

With two piece suite comprising close coupled wc, pedestal wash hand basin and Expelair unit.

Comprising panelled bath with shower above, wash hand basin, low level wc and built-in airing cupboard with hot water tank.

A glazed door connects to a further night passageway and shower room.

Comprising a good quality Redring Plus Extra electric shower and tiled surrounds.

BEDROOM SIX (rear facing)
13’0 x 7’1 (3.97m x 2.16m)
With views to the rear of the house, night storage heater and built-in double wardrobe.

BEDROOM SEVEN (front facing)
15’0 x 12’7 (4.57m x 3.83m)
With superb views over the valley and towards Alston village, beautiful stone fireplace with hearth and night storage heater.

BEDROOM EIGHT (front facing)
11’8 x 7’11 (3.55m x 2.42m)
Enjoying a lovely aspect to the front of the property.

The night passageway continues with access into the roof void and to bedroom nine.

BEDROOM NINE (front facing)
10’7 x 7’10 (3.24m x 2.39m)
With pleasant views and a night storage heater.

The last door from the passageway connects to a lobby which leads to the rear steps connecting to the southern elevation of the farmhouse and overlooks the adjacent paddocks and fields.

The farmhouse has a particularly attractive garden which is set out to its front elevation to the east and has a slightly sloping lawned area with a stone boundary wall.  The mature trees frame the boundaries very well and the magnificent rhododendrons are highly impressive.  The views from the garden are very pleasant and overlook surrounding countryside and the valley.  There is a stone terrace and barbecue area to the side of the property and an adjacent hard standing for the parking of cars.

To the rear of Mark Close Farmhouse there is a hard standing and concrete courtyard.

Access to the Milking Parlour is from its rear northern elevation, with a UPVC double glazed door leading into the entrance hall.

With beamed ceiling, spotlighting, Velux double glazed window to the roof pitch and four doors off to accommodation.

SITTING ROOM (south facing)
11’8 x 11’2 (3.56m x 3.41m)
With beamed ceiling, spotlighting, Velux window to the rear roof pitch double glazed patio doors onto the adjacent terrace and night storage heater.

7’7 x 7’3 (2.31m x 2.2m)
Well equipped and fitted with medium oak base, wall and drawer cabinets with wood veneer worktop surfaces.  Appliances include an electric four ring stainless steel hob with extractor hood above and single oven beneath, built-in refrigerator and a recess accommodating a stainless steel single drainer sink unit with spacing beneath for a washing machine.  The kitchen has a beamed ceiling, spotlighting and a double glazed window.

Comprising close coupled wc, wash hand basin by Roca with mirror and shaver strip light above, separate shower cubicle with d Mira Sports shower unit, wet panelled walls and folding screen doors and heated towel rail.

BEDROOM ONE (side south facing)
8’3 x 11’2 (2.53m x 3.41m)
Enjoying superb views from its double glazed windows, spotlighting, beams to the ceiling and night storage heater.

The Milking Parlour is a converted stone building which has its own garden area to the south overlooking adjacent fields.  It is very popular for rentals.

Further hard standing and parking areas are available to the front of Mark Close Farmhouse.

This enjoys its own private access through a stone wall boundary that leads off the A689 Alston to Brampton Road.

The driveway curves through the lawned gardens and connects to the northern and western elevations of the house and leads to the garage.

The entrance to the property leads both from this elevation at west, as well as from the rear on the eastern side.  A glazed door leads from the principal western elevation of the house into the barn were there is a utility entrance with storage shelving, spacing for a washing machine and tumble dryer and access into the garage.

A stable door connects through to the principal hall of the barn.

With cloak storage space, wall storage cupboards and an internal pine door connecting through into the inner hallway.

With windows overlooking the rear courtyard, 
stone lintel and hearth to the recess fireplace, double panelled radiator, wall lighting and a stable door connecting to the family lounge.

FAMILY LOUNGE (north & west facing)
18’11 x 9’10 plus 8’11 x 9’6 (5.78m x 2.99m plus 2.71m x 2.91m)
A lovely L shaped reception room which has a stable door connecting onto the gardens and the adjacent terrace.  It is currently used as a working office and studio.  It enjoys good natural light, with windows overlooking the gardens, as well as Velux windows into the roof pitch.  Further features include a pointed stone wall and corner fireplace with open fire and raised stone hearth, wall shelving, study desk and door to a cloaks store cupboard.

7’6 x 6’5 (2.29m x 1.96m)
With single drainer sink unit, fitted base and drawer units with light wood veneer worktop surfaces and spacing for a refrigerator and cooker.

15’11 x 10’9 (4.85m x 3.28m)
A door also connects through a lobby to the rear courtyard on the eastern elevation, which would have originally been the principal hall for the whole building.  It has a glazed door onto the western elevation, wall lighting and built-in store cupboards.

BEDROOM TWO (rear & side facing)
16’1 x 13’7 (4.91m x 4.15m) maximum measurements
With two windows to the southern elevation and one to the western elevation, single panelled radiator and built-in shelf storage cupboard.

With white three piece suite comprising close coupled wc, wash hand basin set into a window recess with cupboards beneath, Mira shower, tiled walls, single panelled radiator, wall lighting and shaver socket.

The ground floor of Mark Close Barn could be independently let as a single dwelling with one bedroom.

The main staircase leads from the inner hall of the barn and connects to the first floor above.
SITTING ROOM (west facing)
15’11 x 14’10 (4.85m x 4.52m)
A fabulous room and very much the focal point of the barn.  It has a double height void with exposed roofing timbers from the ceiling above which has spotlights, stone fireplace surround with wood burning stove, reclaimed pine wood flooring and two double panelled radiators.  A feature of the room is the double height arched window with doors leading out onto the rear terrace and balcony.  An open archway leads through to the dining room.

DINING ROOM (west facing)
14’7 x 7’10 (4.45m x 2.39m)
With reclaimed pine flooring, window overlooking the gardens, raised up stone hearth with open fire and stone lintel, spotlighting, single panelled radiator a return door leading to the first floor landing.

The sitting room also has an archway through to the rear entrance which leads out onto the external deck via an external door and connecting to the kitchen/breakfasting room.

KITCHEN/BREAKFASTING ROOM (south & west facing)
16’2 x 14’4 (4.94m x 4.38m) excluding rectangular bay window
Enjoying views over the southern elevation from its bay window.  The kitchen is well equipped with a range of wood base, wall and drawer cabinets with worktop surfaces incorporating a single drainer sink unit.  The recess to the chimney breast accommodates a cooking range with five gas hobs, two ovens and an extractor hood and there is a built-in dishwasher.  Further features include a double and a single panelled radiator.

With four piece suite comprising panelled bath with handheld shower unit, close coupled wc, bidet unit, pedestal wash hand basin, half wall height tiling, shaver strip light, spotlighting and central heating radiator.

The stairs continue to the second floor of the property which enjoys great natural light from the Velux window, single panelled radiator, and an airing cupboard housing the hot water tank.

Overlooking the sitting room beneath, with beamed ceiling, Velux double glazed window and wall lighting.

MASTER BEDROOM (side & rear facing)
14’7 x 13’8 (4.45m x 4.18m)
Enjoying a superb aspect and view from its high level window overlooking the gardens and grounds, two double panelled radiators, built-in wardrobe and fireplace with open fire.

Comprising good quality shower, wash hand basin, bidet unit, close coupled wc, central heating radiator and Velux window.
BEDROOM THREE (side & rear facing)
18’11 x 7’10 plus 6’10m x 6’10 (5.76m x 2.4m plus 2.09m x 2.08m)
A pleasant L shaped bedroom which enjoys window views to the west overlooking the gardens, exposed ceiling beams, spotlighting, excellent wall storage cupboards, pedestal wash hand basin and single and double panelled radiators.  We understand this bedroom was originally two bedrooms and it could be re-divided if required to give four bedrooms to the house.

The driveway curves through the lawned gardens and connects to the garage.

36’1 x 17’10 (11m x 5.45m)
Built in more recent years with four up and over single access doors, storage into the roofing timbers, fluorescent tube lighting, power supply and wall shelving.

The principal gardens to Mark Close Barn lie to the western elevation of the property.  To the foreground there is a terrace and stone flagged patio which lie adjacent to a stone recess and barbecue.  The lawned gardens are ideal for families and they roll down to a very pleasant small burn.  To each corner of the western boundary there is a small coppice of trees, as well as a productive kitchen and vegetable garden.   Stone slabs act as bridges over the small burn.

The pebbled terrace leads around the side to the southern elevation and connects on to the private garden of the Milking Parlour.

The gardens and grounds that surround Mark Close Farmhouse and Barn extend to just over two acres.

In addition to this the property has the benefit of a grazing paddock which extends to 1.3 acres.  This lies to the south eastern boundary of the site.  This area is not included with the sale of the Farmhouse.

The property has mains electricity and water services.

From Gosforth take the A191 signposted Kenton.  At roundabout take first exit onto the A191.  Continue on A191 signposted Jebburgh A696, Morpeth A1.  At Kenton Bar roundabout take the third exit ontot he A167 signposted Morpeth A1.  At roundabout take the first exit then merge onto the A1 signposted The South A1(M), Sunderland, City (West).  Branch left than at roundabout take the third exit onto the A69 signposted Hexham.  At Styford roundabout take the third exit onto the A69 signposted Hexham A6079, Carlisle.  At Bridge End roundabout take the second exit onto the A69 signposted Carlisle.  Turn left onto the A686 signposted Alston.  Turn right onto the A689 signposted Brampton.  Arrive on the A689.

10'7 x 7'10

12'7 x 14'11

22'5 x 12'0

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To view this property or request more details, contact:

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30 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 1LX

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