A first class productive farming estate in the Ribble Valley.
Rowntree Farms is an excellent ring-fenced farming estate in the Ribble Valley with two principal holdings being Windy Pike and Moorhouse Farm. Each has a substantial farmhouse and additional cottage all centrally located in a ring-fenced block of over 475 acres. The land comprises predominantly productive grassland interspersed with attractive woodlands and hedgerows. The farms have been owned and run by the vendors family for over 70 years, initially as a 250 head dairy herd but latterly carrying the renowned and award winning Ribble Aberdeen-Angus pedigree herd with 500 head together with a 400 head commercial mule based sheep flock. The property has also given great enjoyment with both shooting and fishing well catered for.
The principal house, like much of the estate, is accessed via a private drive and set within attractive mature gardens with spectacular views towards Pendle Hill. To the east is a small tarmac courtyard bound by stone walls, orchard and traditional farm buildings which make for an attractive everyday parking area. The gardens are divided by established borders and shrubs. The property is a traditional stone built farmhouse complete with mullioned windows and rich history having being mentioned in the Domesday Book. Extended over the years this now totals 3,820 sq ft. Ground floor accommodation includes a large family kitchen, dining room, sitting room, drawing room, various ancillary rooms and cloakroom. The first floor includes 5 bedrooms (2 en-suite) and family bathroom. Part of the ground floor is given over to a garage with office space and store above. The property has been excellently appointed and decorated throughout with log burning stoves, open fires and many attractive period features. The property has oil fired central heating and double glazed windows in part.
Moorhouse sits to the east of the main farmstead in an elevated position which together with the southerly aspect gives specular views over the farmland and surrounding walled gardens and mature trees. There is a private parking area, garage and workshop to the rear, accessed from the farmyard. The property was refurbished in 2004 and comprises a traditional stone built farmhouse with slate roof and mullioned windows. Internally the accommodation extends to 2,440 sq ft set over three floors. Ground floor includes; kitchen with Rayburn range, sitting room, dining room and cloakroom. The first and second floors include 5 bedrooms (1 en-suite), bathroom and two ancillary store rooms. The renovation has kept and enhanced many of the attractive period features. The property has oil fired central heating and double glazed windows in part.
Moorhouse Cottage is a typical detached brick built rendered cottage with composite slate roof. The property sits on the western fringe of the farmstead, adjacent to the farm access. Accommodation extends to 1,058 sq ft set over two floors and includes porch, kitchen-dining room, sitting room, utility, 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property has double glazing and a wood burning stove with back-boiler for central heating. Outside there is a small garden and lean-to garage. The property is subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Condition.
Windam Cottage is a single storey rendered property located adjacent to the southern farm access south of Windy Pike. The property enjoys wonderful views south across the Ribble Valley. Accommodation extends to 1,228 sq ft, which includes kitchen-dining room, sitting room, utility, 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property has been recently redecorated and benefits from double glazing and biomass fired central heating installed in 2014, which is also registered for the Renewable Heat Incentive. Outside there is a large garden and outbuilding. The property is subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Condition.
There is an extensive range of both modern and traditional farm buildings at both Windy Pike and Moorhouse Farm, set around concrete and stone yards. These were originally focused on two dairy herds run over the farms, but latterly have been adapted to suit the suckler herd and sheep flock successfully developed by the vendors. There are also three traditional field barns within the estate, some of these have been recently renovated with assistance from the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme.
Both farms sit centrally within the ring-fenced farmland, each with a private tarmac drive and link between for easy movement of vehicles and livestock. In addition there is a stone track which
runs from Moorhouse Farm to Paythorne Bridge, providing excellent access to many of the grass pastures and meadows. The land is predominantly flat or gently undulating, peaking at 170 metres above sea level with sloping pastures and woodland adjoining River Ribble down at 100 metres above sea level. The land is classified as Grade 4 under the MAFF Provisional Agricultural Land Classification. Soils are predominantly from the Brickfield 3 series, common to the locality and described as a fine loamy soil over clayey and clayey soils. The soil type is described as suitable for grassland and winter cereals. The vendors have worked hard to maximise productivity from the grassland with a programme of sward management, balancing this with establishment of many miles of hedgerows to further enhance conservation on the farms. The land is also interspersed with various mature woodlands which together with additional newly planted areas and infield trees give a parkland feel, all making for a very attractive setting.
Acreage: 477 Acres
From the A59 in Gisburn turn north past the cattle market onto Mill Lane, continue north crossing the River Ribble at Gisburn Bridge and take the next right turn onto Carters Lane. From here the turning to Windy Pike is signed and located on the right after approximately 300 yards. The second western entrance to
Moorhouse Farm can be found by continuing along Carters Lane for a further 300 yards, the turning is again on the right.