Nethergill Farm offers a unique opportunity to acquire a diversified upland farm that has been part of a rewilding project and recipient of a Green Tourism, Gold award, once owned by Mr Woodd, a cousin by marriage to Charles Darwin.
Situated at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in Langstrothdale, the property is located approximately 6 miles to the south of the popular market town of Hawes and 20 miles to the north-west of Grassington.
Nethergill Farm was purchased by the vendors in 2005 to fulfil a lifelong ambition of creating a wildlife haven and long term conservation project where farming, conservation and food work in harmony to create a virtuous circle.
Since 2005, the farmhouse has been completely refurbished throughout and two self-catering holiday units together with the Nature Barn have been converted from traditional farm buildings. The refurbishment and conversion works have been sympathetically completed to a high standard which compliments the wider environment. The layout of the accommodation has been designed with flexibility in mind and Nethergill can be operated as a B&B complimenting the self-catering holiday lets or alternatively as one large family home.
Ancient hay meadows support a host of wildlife to create a magical environment where you can experience regular sightings of indicator species including red squirrels, black grouse, barn, tawny, long and short eared owls and red grouse.
The farm is operated with a view to tourism, capitalising on the farms location on the popular Dales Way public footpath. Wildlife enhancement has also become a focal part of how the Farm operates which has included the planting of approximately 30,000 trees comprising a mixture of species on moorland and ghyll sides in conjunction with schemes overseen by the National Park and Forestry Commission.
The vendors have worked with various organisations including Yorkshire Dales River Trust to reduce river erosion along the banks of Oughtershaw Beck by laying willow bundles and planting trees. By reducing erosion it will reduce the levels of silt in the water which will benefit trout breeding grounds, help reduce flooding downstream and enrich the habitat encouraging water voles and otters.
The property extends in all to approximately 377.54 acres (152.79 hectares) and comprises a traditional farmhouse, two self-catered holiday cottages, Nethergill Nature Barn and a range of traditional and modern farm buildings with agricultural land extending to approximately 377 acres.
The nearby market towns Hawes, Grassington, Leyburn and Skipton provide a wide range of services and amenities including primary and secondary schooling, leisure amenities and a range of professional services. The area benefits from a range of independent schools including Sedbergh and Giggleswick.
Nethergill Farmhouse comprises a Victorian Farmhouse dating from 1871 benefitting from a southerly aspect and having being recently modernised.
The accommodation is arranged over two floors and comprises to the ground floor, a modern kitchen with larder and utility room, snug together with an open plan lounge and dining room. To the first floor there are four double bedrooms each benefiting from en-suite facilities.
Externally, there is an enclosed south facing garden laid to grass with a courtyard situated to the rear of the property.
SELF-CATERING HOLIDAY COTTAGES
Capitalising on the position of Nethergill Farm being situated in the heart of the National Park and on the mid-way point of the popular Dales Way public footpath, the vendor’s converted a traditional cow byre in 2014 to provide two self-catered holiday cottages.
Byre comprises an equipped kitchen, living room with a log burning stove and downstairs WC. The accommodation includes two double bedrooms each with en-suite facilities.
Hay Mew comprises an equipped living kitchen with dining area and living room with log burning stove. There are two double bedrooms each with en-suite facilities and flexibility of a third bedroom via an interconnecting door. The far reaching views enjoyed from Hay Mew ensure that Nethergill is a destination that holiday makers will want to revisit time and time again.
Nethergill nature barn comprises a converted cow byre adjoining the farmhouse which facilitates a variety of functions including educational visits and courses. Overlooking the ancient hay meadows, woodland and the stunning vista of the Fells, the centres facilities include a classroom which can accommodate 25 people in flexible combinations, commercial kitchen, washroom facilities and underfloor heating powered by ‘Bertha’ the biomass boiler. The classroom is complimented by an interactive digital whiteboard, projector, telescopes, binoculars and a variety of information boards.
The Nature Barn also benefits from two permanent bird hides strategically situated overlooking Oughtershaw Beck and with panoramic views of the Fells. The hides were constructed by Green Future Buildings using sustainably sourced materials including panels manufactured from recycled plastic bags.
The traditional farm buildings situated to the rear of the farmhouse are constructed of stone under a stone flag roof and comprise a traditional cow byre and stables. The buildings were included within the original planning consent for conversion to form four holiday units (Ref: C/13/169A) which has now been implemented by the completion of the conversion of Hay Mew and Byre. Accordingly, the unconverted traditional buildings benefit from consent for conversion to form two further self-catered holiday lets.
The modern farm buildings comprise a general purpose steel portal frame building currently used to process logs and to house ‘Bertha’ (the Biomass boiler) together with the accumulation tank. Directly adjoining the timber processing shed is the farm workshop and livestock accommodation.
Nethergill Farm extends in all to approximately 377.54 acres (152.79 hectares) comprising a mixture of ancient hay meadows and in-bye pastures as well as allotment and a newly planted woodland. The land lies close to the farmstead in a ring fence.
The land benefits from approximately 16 acres of ancient hay meadows, 27 acres of pasture land, woodland extending to approximately 45 acres and moorland extending to approximately 288 acres.
The land is classified as Grade 4 and 5 under the MAFF Provisional Agricultural Land Classification.
The farm is bounded predominantly by dry stone walls together with timber post and wire fencing in places. The boundaries are well maintained and stock proof.
Nethergill Farm is undulating in nature and rises from 380 metres above sea level at the farmstead to approximately 490 metres above sea level on the southern boundary.
The farm currently comprises a flock of rare breed white faced woodland ewes and native White Shorthorn cattle.
GENERAL REMARKS AND STIPULATIONS
METHOD OF SALE
Nethergill Farm is offered for sale as a whole by private treaty.
TENURE AND POSSESSION
The Property is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession available upon completion.
BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME
The land at Nethergill Farm has been registered for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). The Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements are included within the sale. The Vendor will use their reasonable endeavours to transfer the appropriate BPS entitlements to the Purchaser upon completion in accordance with the scheme rules.
Carter Jonas will administer the Transfer and charge the Purchaser(s) a fee of £300 plus VAT for each transfer.
Nethergill Farm has been entered into a Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) Scheme (AG00371442) which commenced on 1st April 2011 and runs for a 10 year term. A copy of the Agreement is available from the selling agents upon request.
EASEMENT, WAYLEAVES AND RIGHTS OF WAY
The land is sold subject to and with the benefits of all rights of way, water drainage, water courses and other easements quasi or reputed easements and rights of adjoining owners (if any) affecting the same and all existing and proposed wayleaves and other matters registered by any competent authority subject to statute.
Nethergill Farm marks the mid-point on the popular Dales Way public footpath which the Vendor’s have used to the advantage of the diversified enterprises of the property including the nature barn and self-catered holiday lets.
Third parties benefit from a right of access over the access track in favour of their retained properties.
The Vendor will only sell such interest in the boundary fences, walls, ditches, hedges and other boundaries separating the property from third party properties in so far as they are owned.
Nethergill Farm benefits from a connection to a single phase mains electricity supply. The property is served by a private borehole water supply complete with a UV filtration system and private drainage to a septic tank. The property benefits from a log fired Biomass Boiler and roof mounted PV Cells that are registered for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Feed in Tariff (FiT) schemes respectively. Details of the schemes are available from the selling agents upon request.
COUNCIL TAX AND BUSINESS RATES
Nethergill Farmhouse- Band G
The Hay Byre and Hay Mews holiday lets have a rateable value of £6,900 and as such, the property benefits from small business rate relief.
Any guide prices quoted are exclusive of VAT. In the event that the sale of the property or any part of it or any right attached to it becomes chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition to the purchase price.
SPORTING AND MINERAL RIGHTS
The sporting and mineral rights are understood to be included with the freehold.
The fishing rights on Oughtershaw Beck are currently exercised by Kilnsey Anglers Association in-lieu of 5 single day tickets.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Given the potential hazards of a working farm we ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection for your own personal safety, particularly around the farm buildings and machinery.
Viewings are strictly by appointment through the selling agents Carter Jonas T: 01423 523423.
From Hawes: Leave the A684 at the Petrol Station signposted Gayle. Travel past Wensleydale Creamery and through the village of Gayle over the bridge and following a sharp right. On leaving Gayle, continue for for approximately
5 miles travelling through a narrow constriction between a house and farm buildings (West Shaw Farm) to the summit of the Dale. After the summit, continue along the road as it bears left signposted Kettlewell (do not go straight on signposted Cam Houses) and wind your way down the hill. At the bootom of the hill just before Oughtershaw turn right onto the farm track just after the Victorian stone commemorative pillar. Continue along the track for approximately ¾ of a mile and Nethergill is on the right hand side.
From Skipton: Leave the A59 Skipton bypass on the B6265 signposted Grassington. Travel through the villages of Cracoe and Threshfield. Where the B6265 turns right towards Grassington, carry straight on the B6160 towards Buckden (through Kettlewell and Starbotton). In Buckden,
take the left fork signposted Hubberholme and continue towards Hawes, over the Cattle Grid at Yockenthwaite and over the iron bridge at Deepdale. Continue along this road
through Oughtershaw and on leaving Outhershaw turn left onto the farm track with the farm sign set into the dry stone wall. Continue along the track for approximately ¾ of a mile and Nethergill is on the right hand side.
WEBSITE AND VIRTUAL TOUR
The website includes a virtual tour of Nethergill farm which provides an excellent insight to this truly unique and magical property.
Craven District Council
1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, BD23 1FJ
T: 01756 700600
Yorkshire Dales National Park, Yoredale, Bainbridge, Leyburn DL8 3EL
T: 0300 4560030