Property Summary

Guide Price £425,000

4 Bedrooms 2 Reception Rooms

Branch Details


01388 529579

8 Front Street, Wolsingham, County Durham, DL13 3AA

Fairhills, St Johns Chapel

Traditional stone built Farmhouse • Four bedrooms • Two reception rooms • Pleasant lawned gardens • Range of useful outbuildings, ripe for development subject to the necessary consents • Land extending to approximately 7.3 Ha (18.2Ac) • Panoramic views • Ideal investment opportunity

The Area
St Johns Chapel is a traditional dales village nestling in upper Weardale which benefits from a doctors surgery, primary school, local Co-operative and two traditionally run public houses. Comprehensive schooling and a community college can be found in Wolsingham for children aged 11-18.

There is a regular bus link through Weardale which provides a connection at Durham City to access the region’s main business centres such as Newcastle and Darlington. These main centres can for all be accessed within 1 hour by car.

International airports at Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle provide both domestic and international flights and again are easily reached within 1 hour by car.

The Property
Fairhills is a traditional stone built Farmhouse, offering generous accommodation throughout which would ideally be suited to family living. It is sold with a range of useful outbuildings and land extending to approximately 7.3 Ha (18.2Ac). The property offers huge potential to update or extend (subject to consents) meaning that Fairhills would make an ideal investment opportunity. It also offers the option to of a small holding for those who enjoy rural, equestrian or agricultural pursuits.

The main entrance leads into a UPVC constructed porch which provides an ideal seating area, absorbing views overlooking the gardens and countryside beyond. This in turn leads into the reception vestibule with stairs to the first floor landing directly ahead. To the right hand side lies the living room, which is of generous proportions enjoying a front aspect view. This room includes a brick feature fireplace with tiled hearth and electric fire inset, whilst fitted shelving units and an under stair cupboard provide useful storage.

The kitchen can be accessed from the living room and is fitted with a range of base units topped with contrasting work surfaces which incorporate a stainless steel sink and double drainer unit. Tiled to splashback level, there is a Rayburn which is currently out of service as well as ample space for a freestanding electric cooker. The oil boiler is located within the kitchen, whilst access to the rear of the property can be granted from here. The kitchen is completed by a useful walk in pantry cupboard, as well as access to the ground floor WC.

The dining room is accessed from the reception vestibule, and is a versatile room situated to the front of the property. Offering generously proportioned accommodation, the room benefits from an ornate tiled fireplace with open grate.

Returning to the reception, stairs rise to the first floor landing. The master bedroom is situated to the right hand side and is a double of generous proportions benefitting from fitted storage cupboards. The second bedroom is also a generous double situated to the front of the property, whilst the third bedroom is located to the rear of the property and is also a double benefitting from fitted wardrobes. The fourth bedroom is a good sized single and would be ideally suited to an office or nursery.

The family bathroom is fitted with a white suite comprising of low level WC, wash hand basin set upon a pedestal, panel enclosed bath and separate shower cubicle with electric shower. Tiled to splashback areas, the bathroom benefits from a useful storage within an airing cupboard.

Living Room
4.44m x 4.94m (14' 7" x 16' 2")
Dining Room
4.44m x 3.33m (14' 7" x 10' 11")
3.68m x 3.75m (12' 1" x 12' 4")
Master Bedroom
4.51m x 3.38m (14' 10" x 11' 1")
Bedroom Two
4.46m x 3.28m (14' 8" x 10' 9")
Bedroom Three
3.71m x 2.71m (12' 2" x 8' 11")
Bedroom Four
3.24m x 2.55m (10' 8" x 8' 4")
To the front of the property are pleasant lawned gardens, bordered by stone walling and planted with a variety of mature shrubbery and flower beds. The gardens extend over the lane to the front of the property, and incorporates a variety of mature shrubbery and productive fruit trees which include apples and plums.

Land and Buildings
Adjacent to the property are a range of useful outbuildings which include two detached stone built garages, a workshop attached to the property, a stone built byre as well as a further outbuilding constructed from corrugated iron. The range of outbuildings provide a potential development opportunity, subject to the necessary consents, whilst the grazing land which is separated into three lots extends to approximately 7.3 Ha (18.2Ac). There is also a further stone built byre and former cottage situated on the nearby land, which could provide an opportunity for redevelopment subject to the relevant consents.

1. The property benefits from a private septic tank drainage system, as well as oil fired central heating and a spring water supply.

2. There is a public footpath which runs through a part of the land.

(EPC) EEC next to EIR
This property is currently rated ‘F’.
From Wolsingham, continue on the A689 for approximately 12 miles until reaching Westgate. Continue through Westgate before proceeding into Daddry Shield and turn right before the bridge, sign posted for Sidehead. Continue towards Sidehead and the subject property is located on the right hand side halfway up the hill.
The property is offered for sale freehold upon completion.

It is understood however that the agricultural land is occupied on grazing licence basis which is due to expire in Spring 2018.
Basic Payment Scheme
The agricultural land at Fairhills is not presently registered with the Rural Payments Agency for the purposes of the Basic Payment Scheme.

The purchaser of the property would therefore be responsible for any such registration and for purchasing the entitlements necessary in order to claim the Basic Payment Scheme on the land.
Environmental Stewardship
The land at Fairhills is not currently entered into any Environmental Stewardship or Countryside Stewardship schemes.
Statutory Designations
Fairhills is situated within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The boundaries of the property are shown edged red on the plan enclosed within these particulars, for illustrative purposes only.
Wayleaves, Easements & Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, water, drainage, watercourses and other easements, quasi- or reported easements and other rights of adjoining owners, if any, affecting the same and all existing or proposed wayleaves or other matters registered by a competent authority subject to statute.

Notwithstanding the above, it is understood that a series of public footpaths run across the agricultural land at Fairhills. The exact routes of these public rights of way can be found using the Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way for County Durham, which is held by Durham County Council. 

Furthermore, the residents of High Fairhills are understood to have a full right of access and egress along the internal access tracks which run across the land at Fairhills.
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