Property Summary

Guide Price £450,000

  • 3 Bedrooms

Branch Details

Barnard Castle

0333 920 2220

14c, Harmire Enterprise Park, DL12 8BN

Grassy Nook Farm, Darlington Back Lane


    Key Features

  • Adjointing 2 bedroom cottage
  • Agricultural buildings in need of full renovation
  • Grade II Listed 3 bedroom farmhouse
  • Grass paddock

For Sale by Public Auction. An exciting opportunity to acquire a Grade II Listed farmhouse and annexe with range of traditional, brick-built agricultural buildings in need of full program of renovation works, together with a general purpose outbuilding and grass paddock extending in all to approximately 0.41Ha (1.01 Ac).

The Property
This Grade II Listed property comprises a substantial 3 bedroom farmhouse, with adjoining 2 bedroom cottage, thought to have been constructed in the late 18th century.

The property is of light red brick construction under a pan-tiled roof. Attached to the main dwelling are an extensive range of attractive and interesting, agricultural buildings forming an historic farmstead. The buildings on site have fallen into a dilapidated condition.

Immediately adjoining the house and cottage a single storey range of byers and stores form a fully enclosed courtyard, whilst to the rear a two storey former hay barn is now sectioned to provide a series of small workshops. Across the yard to the rear a range of redundant stables provide another detached structure which is two storey in some parts and boasts numerous curious features to the brickwork such as a dovecote.

A former garage and stable block lies to the entrance of the property which is of brick construction under a slate roof and having an attached pig house and enclosure.

A further detached general purpose barn lies adjacent to the secondary access to the site which is of steel and timber frame construction with fibre-cement corrugated sheet side and roof.
Forming a triangular area of ground to the rear of the steading and flanking Redmarshall Road is a grassed paddock planted with mature trees to one end.

It is understood that the property is connected to mains electricity and water and that no drainage is currently connected.

Health & Safety
Access to the inside of the buildings is strictly prohibited due to the dilapidated nature of the structure and the risk of harm to the general public.

Historic England
The farmhouse and adjoining cottage are specifically referred to in the Historic England online listing. Whilst it is not considered that the remaining buildings form part of the listing, it would be prudent for any purchaser to seek independent advice from a heritage expert.

Tenure & Possession
The freehold is offered for sale with vacant possession upon completion.

Planning Permission
There is currently no planning consent in place for the conversion of the buildings on the site. Purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the extent of planning potential and the likelihood of achieving the same prior to bidding.
Subject to obtaining the necessary consents the main farmhouse and cottage would be suitable for renovation to create a substantial family home.

The traditional agricultural buildings are thought to have strong potential for conversion to a number of residential units or accommodation which is ancillary to the main dwelling, for example holiday let properties.

The general purpose building is also thought to have development potential subject to obtaining the necessary consents and would provide a standalone dwelling with private grounds and separate access if required.

Rights and Easments
It is understood that the mines and mineral rights are reserved to a third party.

Access is taken directly off the adopted highway. The main entrance is located to the West of the farm house and cottage whilst a secondary access exists approximately 50 metres west of the main entrance.

EPC Rating
This property has been certified with an EPC Rating TBC.

Local Authority
Stockton on Tees Borough Council.

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Viewings are strictly by prior appointment with George F. White. The farmhouse, cottage and buildings pose a significant Health and Safety risk due to the state of their repair, as such internal viewings are strictly prohibited. Designated viewing days will be held. If you would like to attend a viewing date, express an interest or require further information then please contact the Barnard Castle office.

Method of Sale
The property is being sold by public auction at 6:30pm on 10th November 2021 at Sedgefield Rugby and Cricket Club. The property is to be sold as seen and with vacant possession.

There is an Auction Pack which is available upon request. The Auction Pack includes:

- Special conditions of sale
- Draft contract, transfer and sale plan
- Land registry title information including register and title plan.
- The grant of probate.
- Property searches including Local Authority, drainage and water, desktop environmental, Chancel repair indemnity insurance and Chancel Report
- Summary letter stating a brief condition of the Farmhouse
- Copy of planning and listing information

The Auction Pack is available FOC electronically. If purchasers wish to have a hard copy there will be a surcharge of £20 plus the price of postage.

The successful purchaser will be required to exchange contracts immediately after the auction and pay a deposit of 10% of the purchase price by cheque drawn on a UK clearing bank or building society. Completion must then take place within 28 days thereafter.

The Property is to be sold by Executors of the deceased registered proprietor. The Property will be sold with limited title guarantee and is sold as seen. The Seller will not be providing any replies to standard pre-contract enquiries and the buyer should rely on their own enquiries and investigations in relation to the Property.

Money Laundering Regulations
We require any parties interesting in bidding to provide proof of identity and current address to George F White prior to the auction date. The successful purchaser(s) will also be required to provide copies to the Vendor’s Solicitor.

Proof of funding for the 10% deposit must be provided at the same time as proof of identification and current address. Thereafter, the Vendors Solicitor will require proof of funding for the remaining balance of the full purchase price prior to completion.

Preparation for the Auction
Before bidding at an auction a prudent buyer will:

•   Read the Sale Contract.
•    Inspect the property.
•   Inspect the legal documents (including the contract, searches etc).
• Check the accuracy of the sale particulars.
• Arrange any necessary finance for the deposit and purchase price.
•   Take professional advice.

Bidding at the Auction
Prospective purchasers are advised of the following:

•   We may refuse to accept a bid.
•   If there is a dispute over bidding, we are entitled to resolve it and our decision is final.
•  Where a guide price is given, it is not to be taken as an indication of the reserve price.
• Unfortunately we are unable to accept bids by telephone or bids by proxy.  If you are unable to attend the auction in person you and wish to bid, your solicitor can attend on your behalf having full undertaking and authority to exchange contracts on your behalf.

Important Notice
Every care has been taken with the preparation of these particulars, but they are for general guidance only and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. If there is any point, which is of particular importance  professional verification should be sought.  All dimensions/boundaries are approximate. The mention of fixtures, fittings &/or appliances does not imply they are in full efficient working order. Photographs are provided for general information and you may not republish, retransmit, redistribute or otherwise make the material available to any party or make the same available on any website. These particulars do not constitute a contract or part of a contract.