An outstanding residential farm with a stunning architect designed house, 176 acres of upland pasture and woodland and a café/visitor centre. The property occupies an unspoilt rural position amongst the rolling Northumberland countryside with breathtaking views of the Simonside hills and Fontburn Reservoir.
Accommodation in brief; Reception Hall, Kitchen Dining Room, Living Room, Sitting Room, Study, Utility, Cloakroom, Galleried Living Area, Five Double Bedrooms and Four Bathrooms
A specially built, highly energy efficient house with stylish and versatile living accommodation * Wonderful rural location rich in wildlife and ideal for outdoor pursuits * Large visitor centre and cafe overlooking Fontburn Reservoir * 176 acres of upland meadow, pasture and woodland.
The House; Accessed by a long tarmac road, Fontburn Farmhouse is architect designed, stone under slate built and blends harmoniously with its surroundings. Built with energy efficiency in mind, it is south facing, has a biomass central heating system with underfloor heating, solar thermal panels that supply hot water for 6 months of the year and woodburning stoves in the main living areas that offer flexible heating options. Large windows on every aspect allow sunshine throughout the day and stunning views of the farm and local countryside.
Internally, the house is exceptionally well appointed with beautiful English stone floors, oak fittings throughout, exposed roof trusses, a bespoke kitchen with Aga and stylish bathrooms. The extensive ground floor living space is ideal for entertaining. The house is entered via a traditional porch into a dramatic and spacious reception hall. This leads to the magnificent handmade, Martin Moore kitchen with modern 3 oven Aga, granite work surfaces and dining area. The adjoining full height living room has a wood burner and part glazed roof. The hall also leads to a separate sitting room, two ground floor ensuite double bedrooms, study, utility room and cloakroom. On the first floor is a spacious part galleried living area with wood burner, exposed roof trusses and exceptional views to both sides of the house. The large master bedroom, also with exposed trusses, has a stone floored ensuite bathroom with views of Simonside. Two further double bedrooms also have exposed trusses and magnificent views. In addition, there is a family shower room, airing cupboard, store cupboard and access to generous floored roof space.
Outside, there are four acres of garden, mostly to lawn and trees, with flower beds at the front and a vegetable garden at the rear. The boiler house adjoins the barn.
The Land; Extending to 176 acres the land comprises a mixture of upland meadow, pasture and woodland. There is good productive meadow land and good rough grazing pasture. The land is well fenced and easily accessed from the road to the reservoir. All areas of the farm have water, through drinking troughs, streams or ponds. There is a significant area of native woodland, most of which is still maturing. 12 acres of mature woodland was recently harvested and there is a grant available to replant this with native trees. The land offers rough shooting and is close to bridle and foot paths.
Farm Buildings: There is a large steel framed general purpose shed and livestock building (1200 ft x 600 ft) with a lean-to shed running the length of the barn. The building has a part concrete floor, electricity, lighting and water.
Café and Farm Shop; Overlooking Fontburn Reservoir is a stunning architect designed timber framed building, with a living sedum roof that has been used as a café and farmshop.
It has good access from the reservoir road, ample car parking and a picnic and childrens play area.
The building enjoys wonderful views of the reservoir and Simonside hills from inside and also from an elevated terraced seating area outside.