Former home of auction firm founder on market for £1.8m
Last updated at 19:56, Thursday, 28 June 2012
A historic estate near Cockermouth is on the market for more than £1.8 million.
High Dyke Estate was built in 1878 for Robinson Mitchell, who built the UK’s first livestock auction mart and founded Mitchell’s Auction Company, which is still a thriving business in the town today.
The 255-acre estate was once home to Lady Ankarat, daughter of the Earl of Carlisle, before she died in a riding accident in 1943.
The residential and sporting estate, now home of former Allerdale council leader Tim Heslop, stands in the shadow of the Lake District fells and includes cottages, grazing land and woodland and is being sold with shooting rights.
There is a seven-bedroom family home which has many original features, including fireplaces and flagged and wooden floors with views in all directions.
There are three cottages and the former farm buildings have been developed into a horse yard with a full range of boxes and feed stores.
A 105ft by 65ft indoor arena provides year-round riding facilities, and an outdoor arena has sand and woodchip surface.
A large area of farmland and woodland provides grazing, mowing, sporting and further potential to develop for horses.
The estate is being sold with shooting rights and there may be the opportunity to secure further sporting rights on neighbouring land.
Craig Brough, selling agent for H&H Land and Property, said: “Properties like these very rarely come to the open market, especially ones with shooting rights.
“It provides both excellent investment and commercial opportunities for the new owner.
“It is suitable for a full range of uses and offers tremendous potential to further develop the horse business through a cross country course or form conventional farming purposes.”
It is being sold through the Carlisle office of H&H Land and Property as a whole or in five individual lots, with a guide price of £1,845,000.
First published at 19:24, Thursday, 28 June 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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