Livestock farm for sale in Lake District ‘hidden valley’

In the heart of England’s Lake District, Carter Jonas is selling a beautiful livestock farm with a three-bedroom, Grade 2 listed farmhouse.

Alfred (“AW”) Wainwright, who painstakingly documented 214 of the Lakeland fells in his series of handwritten guides, described Borrowdale as “one of the Lake District’s last hidden valleys”.

Low Borrowdale Farm, a 336-acre pasture and fell farm, was acquired relatively recently by an exclusive holiday property company called Natural Retreats. But failure to gain planning consent for development has brought the farm to the market.

Natural Retreats’ Ewan Kearney said: “Planners wanted it left totally untouched so we’ve decided to concentrate on other locations we have acquired.”

The agricultural operation has been run by former owner John Clark and this arrangement could be continued if the new owner wants, Mr Kearney said.

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The sale includes the two hefted sheep flocks – the high and low Borrowdale hefts, each comprising 180 Dalesbred ewes and 70 hoggs. Single Farm Payment entitlements are included in the sale, worth about £22,000 a year. There is also a Lake District Environmentally Sensitive Area management agreement, which expires in 2012, attracting a payment of about £5000 a year.

Low Borrowdale Farm is close to Junction 38 of the M6 at Tebay – not to be confused with Borrowdale near Keswick – and includes Common Rights over 100 acres of Roundthwaite Fell. There are nearly 200 acres of in-hand pasture and a small five-acre woodland.

Carter Jonas’ agent Guy Streeter said: “This is a large farm for this part of the world and its magnificent setting means it is likely to appeal to a wide range of potential purchasers. Lifestylers will undoubtedly be attracted by the lure of the Cumbrian wilderness and the opportunity to take over a manageable farm, livestock and all.”

Low Borrowdale Farm is guided at £750,000.

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