A unique opportunity to acquire a small estate with far reaching views in a sought-after location on the outskirts of Mellor.
The property comprises a substantial farmhouse, together with two additional dwellings, a lovely range of buildings extending in total to 73.74 acres (29.84 ha) of surrounding land.
Knowle Farm has remained in the same family since the 1950’s, having been farmed as both a dairy and latterly a beef farm. Over recent times local interests have mown and grazed the land with cattle and sheep.
Knowle Farm occupies a very desirable position a short distance outside of the village of Mellor occupying an elevated position located at the end of a private drive, and affording attractive far reaching views of the area.
The sought-after village of Mellor is located between the Peak District National Park and Manchester (13.5 miles) both being readily accessible. Services within Mellor include a sports club, St. Thomas’ Church, and Mellor Primary School, rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED in 2017. The town of Marple is just 2.3 miles away, offering a range of services including a supermarket, surgery, Sixth Form College, railway station and cinema.
Knowle Farm provides a unique opportunity to purchase a property of this type in such a spectacular rural setting.
The farmstead is located at the end of a private driveway through the grounds, and includes the principal stone built three-bedroom Farmhouse; two additional dwellings, Knowle Cottage and the Coach House; a range of traditional buildings, including a spectacular stone barn, together with more modern farm buildings.
The property totals 73.74 acres of predominately grassland including 4.28 acres of mature broadleaved woodland.
The views from the farmhouse and land are outstanding, across to Manchester, and further afield, with a pastoral landscape in the foreground.
The farmhouse would benefit from a programme of refurbishment and offers the purchaser the possibility of creating a truly special home, with the adjoining Knowle Cottage offering scope for considerable development of the principal residence if desired, subject to the necessary consents.
The substantial stone barn is one of the largest barns of its type in the local area, and offers potential for a wonderful conversion, subject to the necessary consents.
The property comprises a substantial stone built double fronted three-bedroom farmhouse. The living accommodation is spacious and is arranged over two floors, together with a substantial cellar. The accommodation offers fantastic views overlooking the surrounding land.
Upon entering the property, the Rear Entrance leads to a substantial hallway providing access to the principal ground floor rooms, together with the stairs to the first floor. The living accommodation is generally generously proportioned with high ceilings, large windows and far reaching views. The Kitchen is spacious and could readily accommodate a substantial dining table. The reception rooms are very generous and both have double aspects, with views afforded of the garden and surrounding area.
The first-floor accommodation comprises three large double bedrooms and shower room all accessed from an attractive central landing.
The property benefits from lawned gardens bounded by drystone walls.
Situated adjacent to the farmhouse, Knowle Cottage comprises an attractive two storey stone-built property accommodating three double bedrooms. The internal accommodation is generally finished to a good standard.
Upon entering the property, the Entrance Porch leads to both the Kitchen and Dining Room that in turn accesses the Lounge. The Dining Kitchen is particularly attractive with a range of fitted wall and base units, integrated appliances and an attractive Stanley range. There is also a well finished attractive Bathroom with floor to ceiling tiles and attractive suite and double aspect.
The first-floor accommodation comprises three double bedrooms offering views to over the surrounding area together with a well finished attractive Bathroom with floor to ceiling tiles and attractive suite and double aspect.
The Coach House
This property, situated adjacent to Knowle Farmhouse, comprises an attractive detached two-bedroom stone-built dwelling.
Upon entering the property, the Entrance Hall joins the principal ground floor rooms including Kitchen Diner, WC and Bedroom.
The wooden stairway in the Entrance Hall provides access to the first-floor accommodation which includes a Lounge, to maximise the wonderful views from the property, Bathroom and Bedroom.
Adjoining the Coach House is a stone-built two bay open fronted building with corrugated grey fibre cement over (9.30m x 6.45m GEA).
Knowle Farm offers a number of traditional and more modern outbuildings located at the farmstead. They are currently used for agricultural and storage purposes.
Of particular note is the substantial stone barn, with stone slate over, that must be one of the largest examples of its kind in the locality, having external dimensions of 21.3m x 10.2m, and 3.7m x 4.2m. The barn predominantly has a stone flag floor, with part loft over, having substantial roof trusses and a range of attractive architectural features.
The other buildings include;
- Four bay covered former forage store with earth floor constructed of rendered brick and timber frame with corrugated grey fibre cement cladding, now used as an implement store (7.6m x 18.0m GEA)
- Four bay galvanised steel portal frame “Allen and Hunt” general purpose agricultural building having a concrete floor, concrete blocks and close board cladding, sky lit corrugated grey fibre cement roof over and sliding steel doors (13.7m x 18.2m GEA)
- Single storey part brick/part block range forming a small stable block with adjoining three bay car port (4.9m x 19.2m GEA)
The extent of the property is shown edged and tinted RED on the plan within the particulars and collectively amounts to 73.74 acres or thereabouts.
The land is rolling and comprises predominantly good mowing ground, with the steeper banks well suited to grazing. The fields are generally of a good size and are bounded by drystone walls that are in good condition. Included within this is 4.28 acres of mature woodland, forming part of Knowle Wood, with a brook running through it.
The soil is classified as Freely Draining Slightly Acid Loamy Soils and is Grade 4 under the Agricultural Land Classification Scheme.
The land surrounds the farmstead and has the benefit of mains water. Over recent years it has been let to local agricultural interests on grazing and mowing licences.
The eligible land is registered with the Basic Payment Scheme. Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements are not included within the sale, but may be available by way of separate negotiation.
Tenure and Possession
The property is sold freehold with vacant possession granted upon completion. The Coach House is sold subject to a periodic Assured Shorthold Tenancy, enabling vacant possession to be regained subject to the service of two months’ notice on the term date. The land is let on short term grazing licences.
All of the domestic properties have mains electricity and water with private drainage in the form of septic tanks. The Farmhouse and Cottage have solid fuel heating. The Coach House has LPG heating.
Rights of way, Wayleaves and Easements
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, wayleaves and easements that may exist, whether or not they are defined in these particulars.
Timber, Mineral and Sporting Rights
Included insofar as they exist.
Local Planning Authority
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Fred Perry House
Council Tax and EPC
We understand that Knowle Farm House, Knowle Cottage and The Coach House falls within Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Tax Bands ‘G’, ‘F’, and ‘E’. All have Energy Performance Ratings of ‘G’.
Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale by Private Treaty.
From the centre of Marple Bridge, head south on Bonington Rise towards Hogarth Road, turn right onto Hogarth Road and then left onto Lower Fold (A626). Then turn left onto Town Street and continue onto Longhurst Lane before turning left onto Knowle Road. Continue on Knowle Road and continue driving until arriving at Knowle Farm.
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