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£995,000Guide price

6 bedroom farm house for sale

Widehope Farm, Bildershaw, West Auckland, County Durham

Under offer
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Farm house
6 bedroom
6 bathroom

Property features

  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Traditional Farmhouse
  • Stunning New Conversion
  • Range of Outbuildings
  • Building Plot with Planning Permission
  • Paddocks
  • Lifestyle & Business Opportunity
  • Beautiful Countryside Surroundings

Property description

Accommodation in Brief

The Farmhouse

Entrance Hall | Sitting Room | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Utility Room | Studio | Ground Floor Shower Room | Principal Bedroom Suite with Dressing Room & Shower Room | Two Further Bedrooms with En-suite Shower Rooms | Fourth Bedroom | Bathroom

The Barn

Entrance Hall | Open Plan Sitting Room/Kitchen | Studio/Reception Room | Ground Floor Bedroom & Bathroom | Utility/Grooming Parlour | Plant Room | Stores | First Floor Bedroom & Dressing Room


Double Garage/Games Room | Single Garage | Laundry Room | Kennels | Barn/Agricultural Shelter | Workshop | Two Greenhouses | Walled Garden | Paddocks

Building Plot with Planning Permission

The Property

Widehope Farm offers a fantastic lifestyle opportunity with an impressive mix of flexible living accommodation, outbuildings, land and the chance to further develop. The property as a whole comprises a charming traditional stone-built four bedroom farmhouse, a beautifully converted two bedroom barn conversion, extensive kennels and associated business space, garaging, additional outbuildings and paddocks of around 4 acres. In addition, the property encompasses a building plot with permission to construct a three bedroom oak-framed house. Widehope Farm is tucked away on a private road with wonderful surrounding countryside, walks, hacking and riding routes.

The Farmhouse

The house was built in 1850 and is a fine example of the era with large windows and high ceilings and was extended around 15 years ago. Immaculately presented throughout, the farmhouse is bordered on two sides by garden along with a walled garden and secret garden with stunning views of the valley ahead.

The principal living accommodation blends characterful original features with contemporary touches. The sitting room, drawing room and dining room display traditional charm, whilst the open plan kitchen/breakfast room has a stunning light and modern atmosphere. A grand electric AGA sits to one end and there is room for both dining and casual relaxation. The kitchen is served by a generous utility room, whilst a ground floor studio and shower room offer versatility for a number of uses.

Stairs rise via a half landing to the first floor and the bedroom accommodation. The principal bedroom benefits from a dressing area and am elegant en-suite shower room. There are three further bedrooms; two have en-suite facilities and the fourth is served by a family bathroom. All the rooms have lovely green views of the surrounding countryside.

The Barn

Adjacent to the farmhouse is the stunning two bedroom barn conversion which has been recently converted from a former training centre. The centrepiece is the magnificent open plan sitting room and kitchen, offering desirable modern living space. The ceiling is vaulted with exposed beams and an unusual feature wall to the living end has a built-in television and stylish fireplace. To the other end is the kitchen with a central island for dining. There is a ground floor bedroom with adjacent bathroom and a second bedroom located on the first floor along with a dressing room.

The Barn also houses a variety of additional flexible rooms, including an expansive studio/reception room and a utility/grooming parlour. There is a plant room and numerous store rooms. Overall, there is great scope to configure for a range of requirements.


An impressive range of outbuildings range around a courtyard area. There are kennels wrapping around the yard and each kennel has its own outdoor run and sleeping area. With the associated grooming space, laundry room and utility space, this provides a rare opportunity for interested parties to secure a ready-made business. Permission for the kennels is still in place.

The former triple garage has been converted into a double garage and a single. The double is currently configured as a fantastic games room with a bar and underfloor heating. A separate barn/agricultural shelter provides excellent storage for large equipment along with an attached workshop. This is reached via a concrete road and sits on the edge of the well-fenced paddocks. The fields extend to around 4.09 acres of organic meadow hay and have been designed around an access corridor; each paddock has a water supply and they are bordered by ancient woodland hedges which are full of birdlife. There is also a private fenced woodland area which is around 30 years old with birch and hazel trees.

Planning Permission

Behind the garaging and kennels is the plot of a former cattery. This has now been cleared and planning permission is in place for the construction of a new oak-framed three bedroom house (Durham County Council planning ref. DM/18/03270/FPA).

Local Information

Widehope Farm is located in the County Durham village of Bildershaw. Bildershaw has the rare distinction of being one of the only villages to still use feudalism, with a group of local officials meeting to discuss legal matters. The nearby market town of Bishop Auckland provides everyday professional, retail and recreational services. Durham and Darlington city centres, which are also within easy reach, provide comprehensive cultural, educational and shopping facilities. The surrounding rural area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and the property is well-placed for the Durham Dales and both the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

For schooling, a number of primary school and secondary schools, together with a selection of community colleges, are available in the surrounding villages and towns. There are a number of private schools available in nearby Durham, Yarm, Barnard Castle and Newcastle.

For the commuter the A1(M) provides easy access to the major regional centres of Teeside, County Durham and North Yorkshire. East Coast mainline rail services are available from Darlington and from Newcastle there are links to all areas of the UK. For air travel both Durham Tees Valley Airport and Newcastle International Airport and are within easy reach.

Approximate Mileages

Bishop Auckland 4.5 miles | Darlington City Centre 9.0 miles | Teesside International Airport 14.6 miles | Durham City Centre 15.5 miles | Newcastle City Centre 33.7 miles | Newcastle International Airport 38.0 miles

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