Farm House For Sale

Dale Farm, 20, Church Street, Wilbarston, Market Harborough, Northamptonshire

Guide price £850,000 Sold

A Grade II listed farmhouse, with coach house, barns and paddock. Ripe for development, subject to planning.

  • Principal farmhouse with large kitchen/living room, eight bedrooms
  • Two storey coach house with independent access and adjoining single storey barn/cattle shed
  • Stone outbuilding adjoining farmhouse, further cattle shed and additional derelict stone shed
  • Brick garage building
  • Paddock
  • In all approximately 2.3 acres
  • Immense potential for further development subject to the necessary consents
  • Three separate independent vehicle access routes

Dale Farm occupies a peaceful and secluded position on the edge of the village beside the Church. It is set high up on a hillside with wonderful views across the Welland Valley. Wilbarston is a popular village with many pretty ironstone houses and is conveniently located just 7 miles from Market Harborough and 6 miles from Corby. Despite its peaceful setting, there is an excellent train service from Market Harborough to London St Pancras in one hour, with direct connections to Eurostar services including Paris.

The village has a superb range of facilities and services including
a primary school, pub, and village shop/post office. There is also a recreation ground, skate park, tennis and basketball courts, and a children's play area. The village sits on the edge of the Welland Valley in some beautiful countryside with many public footpaths and bridleways allowing outstanding walking and riding opportunities.

In addition to the village primary school there are many other outstanding schools in the area including Robert Smyth and Welland Park Academies in Market Harborough. Private schools in the area include Maidwell and Spratton, Uppingham, Oakham and Oundle.

Dale Farm represents a rare and exciting opportunity to acquire a Grade II listed traditional farmstead of great charm with some beautiful rooms and a wealth of period features. In need of modernisation throughout, Dale Farm would make a fine family home or excellent development opportunity. We understand that it dates from the mid 18th century, and has been considerably extended over successive generations. It is approached through an imposing gateway along a driveway which runs to the west of the gardens down to a brick built triple garage block. A gravelled parking area leads to the main entrance door.

The Farmhouse is of ironstone construction with limestone dressings, and there is a Collyweston slate roof over the oldest portion of the house with the remainder being mainly Welsh slate.

The accommodation is in two distinct parts. The large 18th Century farmhouse is in need of complete renovation. The contiguous barn conversion carried out in 1990, still serves the current owners and Airbnb guests well, but would benefit from modernisation. This accommodation consists of a kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms which provide a very comfortable hub from which to oversee further renovations. One of the reception rooms is double height, there are exposed beams, a further large reception room and the period features include solid oak staircases and some delightful attic rooms.

Grounds and gardens
There is a very pretty and private, mainly walled garden to the west of the house and second area of less formal garden outside the kitchen which leads down past the former kitchen garden towards the paddock. To the rear is an expansive grassed area which is divided into two blocks with a gateway allowing vehicular access from Weinahr Close.

The Coach House sits behind the principal buildings and has scope for conversion to provide a wonderful home (subject to the necessary consents), having a separate access from Weinahr Close. It is built of limestone, with a two storey central area, and at one end there is a double height room rising into the roof void while at the other there is a twin stable and a carriage stall.

There is an adjoining cattle shed with 4 brick bays under a corrugated cement roof, which has potential to provide additional accommodation for the Coach House, subject to the necessary consents. The third outbuilding is joined to the northern end of the farmhouse and is of ironstone under a slate roof. It is divided into three sections and could form another separate dwelling or provide ancillary accommodation for the farmhouse, subject to planning. At the northwestern end of the buildings is another single storey iron stone open barn which sits overlooking the valley. There is also a derelict building to one end which is currently inaccessible and has not been inspected by the agents.

Planning Consent
Planning consent was previously granted, for one new house, refurbishment of two stone barns to two dwellings, and the total rebuild of two agricultural sheds for two dwellings pursuant to application reference KE/86/121. We also understand that the necessary Listed Building approval for the same works was granted in 1991 pursuant to application reference KE/91/0391.

Following this part of the property depicted on the floor plan as the kitchen, sitting room and room above the kitchen were converted to residential accommodation and incorporated into Dale Farmhouse later in 1991. We have been unable to confirm that the conditions relating to this consent were formally discharged prior to the implementation of the planning permission, however we understand that the works have been carried out for a period of time (since 1991), which means that the works are immune from enforcement action in any event. For the avoidance of doubt, the kitchen, sitting room and room above the kitchen as depicted on the floor plan have been occupied as part of the Farmhouse. Potential purchasers will need to satisfy themselves in this regard.

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