A FIRST-CLASS, fully equipped, livestock farm with productive low ground, high ground with significant natural capital, commercial woodland and sporting assets has come to market in Northumberland.
The farm, with nearly 1,800 acres, includes a traditional four bedroom farmhouse with large garden and superb south facing views over Allandale.
Crow Hall Farm, in the Tyne Valley, includes the natural capital resource of Muckle Moss, one of only nine National Nature Reserves in the North-East, and borders the Northumberland National Park.
Over the last eight years the farm has been managed and modernised by Victoria Furlong, the 2017 Countryfile Young Farmer of the Year winner. According to John Coleman, head of farm sales at GSC Grays, some of the modernisation “includes systematic improvement of the pasture, a significant amount of woodland management and repair and replacement of boundary walls and fences.”
Investment has also been made in equipment to monitor the health and productivity of the herd and flock and all livestock are now finished on grass, using a rotational grazing system. The farm is now in excellent heart, producing high yields of top quality grass for conservation (mainly silage) and is capable of carrying 200 head of cattle and more than 2,000 ewes.
The whole farm is in a Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme with grant assistance for walling and tree planting.
There are 32 commercial and amenity woodland plantations on the farm, totalling around 170 acres (69 ha), which are subject to a Woodland Management Plan.
The 1,070 acres of high ground is Grade 5, with large areas of moss, rough and hill grazing but also some rotational grass and woodlands. The low ground is Grade 3 and 4 and mainly down to grass, with some woodland and accounts for just over 700 acres.
There is an extensive range of good quality modern livestock buildings and handling facilities for both cattle and sheep, with a large main yard, silage clamps and slurry lagoon.
Muckle Moss supports important Northumberland bird life and preserves a unique landscape which includes a floating peat bog and rare sphagnum mosses created by glacial retreat. There are also two actively managed peat bogs and all of the High Ground lies within a UNESCO World Heritage Site depicting the Frontiers of the Roman empire along Hadrian’s Wall.
Crow Hall Farm is on the market as a whole or in two lots through GSC Grays. The guide price £7,500,000 (as a whole) or Lot one £4,750,00 and Lot two £2,750,000.