Harwood, Barnard Castle, County Durham
Bowes Close Farm, Harwood, DL12 0XU
Upland Livestock Farm
Approx. 117.64 Acres
55 Stints on Harwood Fell
4 Bedroom Farmhouse
ON BEHALF OF RABY ESTATESAn upland livestock farm with a traditional four bedroom farmhouse, modern and traditional buildings and approximately 117.64 acres (47.61 ha) of predominately pasture land, together with 55 stinted sheep gaits on Harwood Fell.AVAILABLE ON A FARM BUSINESS TENANCY FROM 1ST MAY 2019 FOR A PERIOD OF TEN YEARS.Formal Tender documents are available from the Letting Agents; tenders to be submitted no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 27th March 2019.
Location – Bowes Close Farm is on The Raby, Upper Teesdale Estate and is situated on the B6277 about 1 mile south of Harwood and approximately 5 miles south west of St Johns Chapel and 10 miles north west of Middleton-in-Teesdale. Middleton-in-Teesdale provides a range of good local shops and services including Middleton-in-Teesdale Auction Mart. Other principal livestock auction markets in Northern England lie within reasonably easy reach, Barnard Castle about 18 miles, Kirkby Stephen 27 miles, Darlington 33 miles, Hexham 30 miles and Carlisle 43 miles.
Description – Bowes Close Farm comprises approximately 117.64 acres (47.61hectares) of meadow and pasture land which lies either side of the public road, a range of modern livestock housing and storage buildings and additional traditional stone buildings. The farm includes an attractive stone-built, four bedroom farmhouse with garden and adjoining outbuildings. The farm is available to let as a whole.
The Farmhouse – An attractive, traditional, stone-built, four bedroom farmhouse under a pitched tile roof, with single storey extension to the northwest elevation. The property lies back from the main road and is situated in the heart of the farmyard.
The accommodation is over two floors and comprises:
WC – 0.87m x 1.50m
Kitchen 2.68m x 7.30m
Dining Room 2.71m x 3.57m
Store room/utility 2.10m x 2.69m
Reception Room1 4.06m x 5.26m with stove and under stairs cupboard
Reception Room 2 3.50m x 3.77m
Reception Room 3 3.53m x 3.84m
Reception Room 4 3.22m x 3.863m
Front Porch – 1.67m x 2.46m
Bathroom 1.59m x 1.73m with bath and wash hand basin
Separate WC 0.80m x 1.58m
Stairs to first floor leading to;
Bedroom 1 3.68m x 4.13m
Ensuite 2.34m x 2.50m (max) with bath and shower above and wash hand basin
Bedroom 2 2.98m x 3.71m
Bedroom 3 2.86m x 3.15m
Bedroom 4 3.63m x 3.84m
Please note that one of the bedrooms will be converted into a first floor family bathroom. The groundfloor bathroom will be altered to a shower room and one of the ground floor WC’s will be removed. This work will be undertaken by Raby Estate as part of the refurbishment works.
The Farmhouse – Improvement Works – Bowes Close Farmhouse requires some refurbishment. Raby Estate will undertake works including the installation of double glazing, central heating, an additional log burning stove, electrical rewiring, loft insulation, damp proofing, energy improvement works, fitting of a utility room and creation and fitting of first floor family bathroom and a ground floor shower room, which will be completed prior to the start of the tenancy. Raby Estates are investing significantly on the property improvements. The incoming tenant will be responsible for installing a new kitchen, en-suite bathroom, redecorating and replacing floor coverings.
Services – The farmhouse is connected to mains electricity, drainage to a private sewerage disposal system and will have oil fired central heating as part of the farmhouse refurbishment works. There is a private estate water supply to the house and buildings.
The Land – The land, which is Grade 5, extends to approximately 117.64 acres (47.61 hectares) and is divided in two by the B6277. The land comprises meadow and pasture close to the farm steading and rough pasture land to the north of the B6277 and to the south west of the holding.
Bowes Close Farm also benefits from 55 stinted sheep gaits on Harwood Fell. The successful tenderer is to comply with the requirements under the current Higher Level and Upper Entry Level Stewardship Scheme Agreement on Harwood Fell.
Bowes Close Farm benefits from two separate off road accesses to the farm steading. The farm buildings lie to the east and west of the farmhouse and comprise a range of both modern sheds and traditional stone outbuildings. The buildings at Bowes Close Farm are identified on the layout block plan.
Farm Buildings – The buildings are identified as follows:
1. Bowes Close Farmhouse
2. Stone built general store 4.22m x 10.15m
3. Stone built former byre, with two separate stores incorporated 4.45m x 5.38m
Store – 1.74m x 2.13m
Store – 1.81m x 2.22m
4. Pole barn (feed passage) 4 bay, timber framed, earth floor, corrugated iron sheet walls and roof 4.71m x 11.10m
Adjoining lean-to’s (north and south) 4 bay, timber framed, concrete floor, stone walls clad corrugated iron sheeting, corrugated iron sheet roof 5.21m x 10.14m (north) 5.08m x 10.16m (south).
5. Stone built byre 4.21m x 11.64m
6. Stone built workshop 2.75m x 7.60m
7. General Purpose Shed 4 bay, timber framed, concrete and stone floor, block walls clad corrugated iron sheeting, corrugated iron sheet roof 4.93m x 11.10m.
Adjoining lean to 4 bay, timber framed, concrete floor, stone walls clad corrugated iron sheeting, corrugated iron sheet roof 5.22m x 10.18m
8. Stone built byre -adjoins building 7 – 4.54m x 7.57m
Adjacent lean to – 2.45m x 5.32m
9. General Purpose Shed 5 bays, steel portal frame, concrete floor, internal block built walls (stone faced external walls) clad with corrugated sheeting, under a profile sheet roof, with feed passage and external concrete yard area – 13.25m x 24.00m
Sheep Handling Pens with 275 gallon sheep dip.
Tenancy – Available on a Farm Business Tenancy from 1st May 2019 for a term of 10 years,
Ingoing Valuation – The incoming tenant will purchase the hefted flock of 55 Swaledale Ewes and 14 Swaledale Hoggs. Further details are available from the Letting Agents. The spring born lambs will be available to purchase by separate negotiation.
The ewe flock will be available to inspect by the shortlisted parties only and by appointment with the Letting Agent.
Possession – Possession of the farm will be provided on the 1st May 2019.
Term – Applicants should tender an annual rent for a term of 10 years
Repairs – The agreement will include normal repairing and insuring terms as detailed within the Farm Business Tenancy, which is available for inspection on the viewing days and at the Raby Estate Office.
Rent – Rent will be paid monthly in advance from the 1st May 2019 and will be reviewed every three years.
Uses – The use of the holding is restricted to agricultural use only, although consideration may be given to compatible subsidiary activities. There shall be an absolute covenant prohibiting assignment or subletting on the whole or any part of the farm.
Boundaries – The boundaries on the plan are for identification purposes only and liability for boundary fences are with the tenant or as otherwise stated and should any dispute arise, neither the landlord or the Agent can be held liable for any inaccuracies or loss arising.
Mineral Rights – All mineral rights are reserved.
Timber – All growing timber is reserved for the Landlord.
Sporting Rights – The sporting rights are reserved in favour of the landlord.
Rights And Easements – The tenancy will be subject to all rights of way, easements and wayleaves.
Basic Payment Scheme – Basic Payment Scheme
The successful tenderer will undertake to purchase 51 SDA Entitlements at a cost of 200 + VAT per Entitlement and 62 Moorland Entitlements at a cost of 55 + VAT per Entitlement from Raby Estates.
Countryside Stewardship Schemes – Raby Estates have requested the Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme Application Pack and will submit an application before the 3rd May 2019 deadline. The terms of the scheme will be negotiated between the successful tenderer, Raby Estate and Natural England during Summer 2019 with the intention for the scheme to start on 1st January 2020.
The Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme will be transferred to the successful tenderer once possible, when the scheme becomes live.
Raby Estates are the agreement holder of a Higher Level and Upper Entry Level Stewardship Scheme Agreement on Harwood Fell. The successful tenderer is to adhere to the management obligations under this active agreement. It is Raby Estates intention to extend this Stewardship Agreement until 31st December 2020. Further details will be available from the Letting Agents.
Aonb And Sssi – Bowes Close Farm is designated within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the majority of the land is also designated within the Upper Teesdale Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is expected for the successful tenderer to agree an interim management plan with Natural England.
Viewing And Directions – Viewings are strictly by appointment on the pre-arranged open days with the letting agents, GSC Grays. Please contact GSC Grays on 01748 897602 for further information. Dates for viewing the holding will be between 12 noon and 4pm on Friday 8th March and Wednesday 20th March 2019. Please note it will not be possible to inspect the farmhouse internally or the ewe flock until interested parties are shortlisted.
The location of Bowes Close Farm is shown on the location map, further details and directions can be obtained from the agent’s office. The postcode of the property is DL12 0XU.
Raby Estate Vision Statement – The Raby Estate seeks a tenant who shares its environmental, financial and social values.
Conservation of the natural environment is critical to the long-term sustainability of the Estate, and as such, the Estate seeks a High Nature Value Farmer to continue the stewardship of Bowes Close Farm. The Raby Estate operates a robust and dynamic business that optimizes returns on our assets without compromising our ethical values and ensures that the Estate is able to meet its current and future financial obligations. We will always operate with due care, common sense and efficiency.
We believe Government policy will financially support landowners and occupiers who can demonstrate positive environmental outcomes through the sustainable management of their land and property. We therefore prioritise the enhancement of our natural assets to increase our natural capital and support measures to address climate change.
Alongside financial and environmental attributes, we seek a tenant who will support our aim to support rural communities through the use of local facilities.