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4 bedroom farm house for sale

Bale Hill Farmhouse, Bale Hill Cottage & Bale Hill Barn, Nr Blanchland, County Durham

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Farm house
4 bedroom
4 bathroom

Property features

  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Fabulous Rural Location
  • Established & Successful Luxury Holiday Cottage
  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • UNESCO Geo-Park with “Dark Sky” Status
  • Panoramic 360° Views
  • High Specification
  • Barn with Planning Permission
  • Substantial Stone Built Former Pigsty Suitable for Development
  • Further Traditional Outbuildings

Property description

Accommodation in Brief

Bale Hill Farmhouse

Entrance Vestibule | Sitting Room | Kitchen/Dining Room | Hallway | Utility/Boot Room | Downstairs Shower Room | Three Bedrooms with En-suite Facilities

Gardens | Parking | Garage | Traditional Outbuildings

Bale Hill Cottage

Entrance Vestibule | Open Plan Kitchen/Living Area | Downstairs Cloakroom | Master Bedroom with En-suite Facilities 

Gardens | Parking

Two-Bedroom Development Opportunity

Full Planning Permission

Kitchen/Dining Room | Sitting Room | Downstairs Cloakroom | Two En-suite Bedrooms

Gardens | Parking

Stone Built Former Pigsty

Development Potential

Three Ground Floor Rooms | Half-storey Upper Floor

The Property

Bale Hill Farmhouse and Cottage represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase a luxuriously appointed farmhouse and cottage with full planning permission for a stunning two-bedroom barn conversion offering contemporary open plan living spaces and sensational views. In addition, a substantial stone built former pigsty offers further development opportunity, either as additional separate accommodation or to further the established and successful holiday let business.

Nestled in beautiful and extensive gardens and grounds, this fantastic property offers an idyllic rural lifestyle. A fantastic 5 star rated, high-end luxury holiday let business is operational from Bale Hill Cottage. The holiday let business has proved successful all year round and is an established income stream.

Occupying a truly picturesque position within the designated North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the property offers sensational panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and is located just half a mile from the conservation village of Blanchland, often described as one of the prettiest villages in England and home to the award-winning pub The Lord Crewe Arms. A truly idyllic location, the property is also situated in a designated UNESCO Global Geo-Park with “Dark Sky” status, one of only two such sites in England and offering magnificent constellations in the night sky. Offering a rural yet convenient location, Bale Hill Farm and Cottage simultaneously provide convenient access to Durham, Newcastle and the Northumberland Coast.

Bale Hill Farmhouse

Bale Hill Farmhouse has been beautifully refurbished by the current owners to provide stunning contemporary living accommodation that seamlessly blends characterful period details with irresistibly stylish interiors and a high specification finish. Underfloor heating to the majority of rooms and high quality fixtures and fittings enhance the luxurious feel throughout. A beautiful traditional stone built Northumbrian farmhouse, the property is immediately impressive. The front door opens into a pretty entrance hall leading into a bright and spacious sitting room that sets the tone for the rest of the property with its spectacular welcome, generous proportions and immaculate presentation. Finished to an exceptionally high standard, this sensational open plan living space is beautifully appointed and further enhanced by charming period details such as original doors and fitted cupboards and a delightful inglenook fireplace with woodburning stove.

The property’s attractive and thoughtful design runs through to the expansive kitchen/dining room which offers stunning views over the beautiful cottage garden and open countryside beyond. Housed in the original hay barn, this fabulous heart of the home showcases the historical character and charm of the building whilst simultaneously providing a stylish and contemporary living space with beautiful flagstone flooring, free standing furniture including a substantial central island and large butchers block and magnificent gas fired AGA with four ovens and a companion electric cooker. French doors lead to the farmhouse garden looking west to Hunstanworth and the original hay barn door opens to the front courtyard looking east across to Derwent Reservoir capturing the amazing sunrises and sunsets. To the rear of the property there is a spacious hallway offering useful fitted storage and providing access to a delightful utility/boot room with a beautifully appointed shower room. French doors lead from the hallway to the rear garden and flood the space with natural light whilst an elegant staircase with a striking glass balustrade leads to the first floor accommodation.

To the first floor, this superb property continues to impress with three fabulous bedrooms offering beautifully appointed en-suite facilities. Sumptuous touches such as luxurious curtains and window seats crafted from exquisite Designers Guild fabrics enhance the indulgent feel, whilst carefully considered neutral colour palettes and contrasting textures combine with pretty period details such as original open fireplaces to create a luxurious and soothing atmosphere throughout. Immaculately presented, all of the bedrooms are generously proportioned and flooded with natural light, offering sensational views of the gardens and open countryside beyond.

Bale Hill Cottage

Bale Hill Cottage is attached to the farmhouse with its own private entrance, driveway, gardens and parking area. Benefiting from the stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty location and with convenient access to Newcastle and the Northumberland Coast, Bale Hill Cottage is operated as a successful five star rated, high end luxury holiday let business, providing an established income stream. The sale of Bale Hill Farmhouse and Cottage includes all fixtures, fittings and furniture in the cottage, providing the opportunity to realise potential earnings immediately. Beautifully appointed with modern country interiors, the cottage offers guests a touch of luxury whilst being sympathetic to the beautiful rural surroundings. 

Upon entry into the sensational open plan living space, the delightful character of this incredibly unique property is immediately apparent with its large character windows, exposed stone walls and beautiful homely touches including a woodburning stove, modern country kitchen and French doors leading to the rear garden. The expertly designed and luxuriously finished kitchen offers a gas operated AGA with electric oven as well as a fridge, dishwasher and butlers sink. A cloakroom with wash hand basin and WC is also provided. To the first floor mezzanine there is a stunning master bedroom with glass balustrade and free standing bath with shower attachment. The fabulous bedroom overlooks the delightful downstairs accommodation and captures the beautiful rural views offered from both the first and ground floor.

Converted Barn Development Opportunity

Barn with full planning permission granted and Building Regulation approval to convert to two generous en-suite bedrooms with open plan kitchen/diner and lounge. There is potential for a further holiday let/extension to the farmhouse/separate living accommodation, along with flexibility to change the proposed layout subject to the necessary approvals. The Barn further benefits from its own private entrance and driveway with parking.

Stone Built Former Pigsty Development Opportunity

In addition to the Barn, a wonderful stone built former pigsty offers further opportunity for development, subject to the necessary consents. This charming and remarkable traditional structure is a one and a half storey building with three ground floor rooms currently used as a logstore, gardeners bothy and storeroom. This offers a fantastic opportunity to create an amazing space for a whole range of activities such as garden office, play room, star gazing studio, art studio and so forth and could be utilised to further the existing holiday let business.


Bale Hill Farm and Cottage occupies an enviable elevated position on the outskirts of Blanchland village, offering an idyllic rural setting and stunning panoramic views to Derwent Reservoir, Blanchland Moor and Hunstansworth. Located amidst the grouse moorland with “Dark Sky” status, the property also offers magnificent constellations by night. The property is situated in beautiful landscaped gardens and offers the perfect setting to encounter rare breeds such as the Red Kite, Red Squirrel, Lapwing, Merlin and Golden Plover. The delightful gardens are mainly laid to lawn with semi mature Scots pine trees, well stocked herbaceous borders, raised flower beds and original stone planters. There is a mixture of stone walling, fencing and box hedging to the boundary. The property is surrounded by a stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, dales, meadows, tumbling upland rivers and woodland with heritage reminders of its lead mining past.

A gravel driveway leads to separate parking areas for Bale Hill Farmhouse and Bale Hill Cottage. There are several traditional stone built outbuildings, including the barn with planning permission and the former pigsty. The Farmhouse has three further outbuildings/garages.

Local Information

Bale Hill Farmhouse and cottage sit amidst glorious countryside which is a haven for wildlife and includes an extensive network of local walks and other country pursuits, including windsurfing and sailing on Derwent Reservoir. The nearby historic village of Blanchland is in Northumberland close to the County Durham border. The village has occasionally been used as a period setting for films, owing to its traditional and unspoilt situation. The village provides excellent local amenities including a shop, post office, tea room, village hall and the Lord Crewe Arms Hotel. Hexham offers a wider range of local services including a number of supermarkets, a good selection of shops and a regular farmers’ market, professional services, a leisure/sports centre, an independent cinema, busy theatre and hospital. The charming village of Corbridge offers a range of artisan shops, a renowned delicatessen and a selection of eateries. Both Newcastle and Durham city centres are within easy reach and provide further comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.

For schooling, there are Primary Schools in Rookhope, Whitley Chapel and Slaley, with Middle Schools in Corbridge, Hexham and Stanhope, while senior schooling is available in Hexham and Stanhope. In addition Mowden Hall Preparatory School, near Corbridge, provides private education from nursery up to 13 years and there are a number of private day schools in Newcastle and Durham.

For the commuter, the A69 is a short drive away and provides easy access to Newcastle International Airport and city centre, Carlisle and onward access to the A1 and M6. The rail station at Hexham provides regular cross country services to both Newcastle and Carlisle, which in turn link to main line services to major UK cities north and south.

Approximate Mileages

Blanchland 1.1 miles | Edmunbyers 5.4 miles | Stanhope 7.6 miles | Hexham 11.4 miles | Corbridge 12.3 miles | Newcastle City Centre 26.0 miles | Newcastle International Airport 26.0 miles


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