Offers Over £399,9505 Bedrooms 3 Reception Rooms
Lanehead Farmhouse, Lanehead
Spacious five bedroomed family home • Idyllic location with superb views • Private off road parking • Stables block with electric and water which lead directly to attached land • Beautiful south facing cottage garden • Retained character throughout • Full site extending to 1.90Ha (4.71Ac) of land planted with indigenous trees leading to a small beck
Lanehead is a small village situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the head of Weardale, surrounded by open moorland countryside and commanding spectacular, panoramic views. It is ideally situated for those who wish to take advantage of the numerous walks and cycles routes, or those who wish to travel further a field. A popular traditional public house and restaurant lies just 1 mile along the road in the village of Cowshill where there is a village hall hosting many events contributing to the community feel. Wearhead, just 2 miles drive is serviced by a village shop together with a primary school. A regular bus service runs the length of the dale from Cowshill, and is understood to extend to Lanehead and Killhope Wheel upon request. This service links the villages of Weardale and provides transport to the one of the local secondary schools found at Wolsingham.
Barnard Castle, Hexham, Penrith and Bishop Auckland can be found within a 40 minutes drive and have a more comprehensive range of day to day facilities including hospitals, large supermarkets and further professional and leisure services. For the commuter, the cities of Durham, Darlington and Newcastle can all be accessed in approximately one hour by road and benefit from mainline railway stations. There are international airports at Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle.
Lanehead Farmhouse is a beautifully presented detached family home with stunning views over surrounding moorland. The property is full of character and offers extensive gardens, with the full site extending to 1.90Ha (4.71Ac) which includes a cottage garden, a willow lined ‘wigloo’ and also an upland hay meadow. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the property would be ideally suited to a variety of purchasers.
The main entrance to the property is to the front via double glazed French doors into the conservatory, this provides striking south facing and panoramic views over the properties garden, land and far reaching moorland beyond.
The well presented and spacious living room boasts many character features and has south facing views to the front over the land and stables. There are exposed wood beams to the ceiling, stone windowsills and wooden effect flooring which all add to the traditional feel of the room. A multi-fuel stove set within a stone inglenook with stone hearth and surround and a useful wood store to the side provides a focal point to the room, whilst stairs rise to the first floor accommodation from here.
From the living room stairs rise to the breakfasting kitchen which has ample wall and base mounted storage units along with further display cabinets. The base units are topped with a mixture of laminate and real wood work surfaces which incorporate a composite sink with water filtration system. A central island provides a convenient breakfast bar for informal dining and is finished with a handmade wooden beech worktop, while an inglenook with wooden mantel over houses the built in ceramic hob and electric oven as well as a further eye level oven. The room enjoys views to the front and has a further two windows to the rear allowing the room to be flooded with natural light. There are exposed wood beams to the ceiling, slate windowsills and wooden effect laminate flooring which completes the room.
The utility room can be accessed from the kitchen which houses the air source heat pump boiler and has a further range of base units topped with contrasting working surfaces which incorporate a Belfast sink and mixer tap. Views to the side of the property can be enjoyed from here whilst there is also an external door providing access to the rear of the property. There is a downstairs cloakroom with low level WC and wood cladding to the walls.
The dining room has ample space for dining furniture and enjoys dual aspect views to the front and side elevations via traditional style sliding sash windows with stone windowsills below, the wooden effect laminate flooring continues from the living room to complete the space.
Returning to living room stairs rise to the first floor landing which is currently used as a study, this offers a generous and flexible space which could be utilised for a number of purposes. The first floor landing enjoys open views through a front facing window.
The master bedroom was originally a hayloft to the Farmhouse and is situated at the end of the hallway. This large double bedroom has dual aspect views to the front and side with a beautiful, exposed wooden beam to the ceiling and a skylight allowing further natural light. There is wood panelling to one wall which was sourced from a local church, as well as an airing cupboard providing useful storage. A small loft can be accessed from the master bedroom which is partially boarded for storage and is fully insulated.
The second bedroom is located to the right of the main landing and is good sized double enjoying views to the front. There are wooden beams to the ceiling and an exposed stone wall contributing to the character of the room.
The third bedroom is a spacious double to the rear of the property, and offers dual aspect views to the side and rear. The bedroom also features a single wooden beam to the ceiling and wooden flooring. The fourth bedroom is also to the rear of the property and is a single bedroom which is currently used as a nursery. The fifth bedroom offers flexible accommodation as it has a external door the rear of the property and is currently utilised as a gym.
The first floor accommodation is completed by the large and modern family bathroom, which comprises of a low level WC, ‘his and hers’ wash hand basins set upon a vanity unit, a free standing bath and a further Jacuzzi shower pod. A clear glass window to the front absorbs the stunning views which the property offers.
4.88m x 4.40m (16' x 14' 5")
4.29m x 2.17m (14' 1" x 7' 1")
7.09m x 5.03m (23' 3" x 16' 6")
3.64m x 5.13m (11' 11" x 16' 10")
3.20m x 4.51m (10' 6" x 14' 10")
4.44m x 4.89m (14' 7" x 16' 1")
3.59m x 5.04m (11' 9" x 16' 6")
4.17m x 4.79m (13' 8" x 15' 9")
2.67m x 3.60m (8' 9" x 11' 10")
2.95m x 4.61m (9' 8" x 15' 1")
4.01m x 3.94m (13' 2" x 12' 11")
The property is approached by a small lane off the main road which leads to the rear of the property and has an area of hard standing for off road parking. There is also an additional gravelled area providing further private parking accessed from here. To the front, the vast, south facing gardens offer unique and appealing outside space and enjoys views of the moors up and down Weardale. A patio area surrounds the conservatory which continues onto a large decked area perfect for al-fresco dining and enjoying views of the properties land and stables. The decking incorporates a built in hot tub ideal for relaxing and appreciating the stunning views, as well as watching the surrounding wildlife. There is also a pond which attracts a variety of local wildlife. From here the garden leads down into a large and well maintained rockery with an array of plants and shrubs.
To the left hand side of the property there is a small and well maintained cottage garden which offers lawn, planted borders and a rockery. The cottage garden is completed by planted borders which include pollinator friendly flowers and plants, as well as a small and useful Log Cabin which benefits from an electric connection and is heated and can be used all year round. From here there is a willow hedge enclosed ‘wigloo’ which offers a sheltered seating area overlooking the properties upland hay meadow.
Within the grounds of the property is an orchard comprising of productive fruit trees to include pear, apple, plum and crab apple trees, whilst the hedgerow to the front of the property includes a combination of hawthorn and blackthorn.
The property also offers a stable block which is visible from the property and garden, and is bordered by flowering cherry trees. The stables have an area of hard standing to the front and are made up of three stables and a tack room and lead directly to the attached land below. The stables also benefit from a mains electric and water connection. There is also a useful greenhouse which provides the opportunity to increase self sufficiency further. The property also offers an upland hay meadow to the front which in turn leads to a further paddock which the current owners have filled with around 2500 trees, willow fencing and hedges over the last 6 years, which comprise of a mixture of broadleaf, oak, scotch pine, ash, goat willow, alder, aspen, silver birch and rowan trees. This leads down to a small river bank which has a stone and grass border, an ideal spot for a picnic.
(EPC) EEC next to EIR
This property is currently EPC rated ‘D’
1. The property is fitted with 16 solar panels which receive a feed in tariff of 21p providing 4kw.
2. The property has also been fitted with a Daiken Althema air source heat pump and has an RHI with 6 years remaining bringing £1375.76 per annum.
3. Drainage is to a private septic tank.
4. A public footpath exists over the land, however is understood to be no longer passable.
Travelling west on the A689 from Wolsingham travel for approximately 16 miles. On reaching Cowshill travel up the bank and take the left hand fork sign posted for Alston, travel for approximately 1 mile and proceed into the village of Lanehead. The property is located on the left hand side at the bottom of the bank identified by a George F White for sale board.