An 18th century farmhouse with some of North Staffordshire’s best views could be yours – for £ 1.56million.
Overlooking the beautiful Churnet Valley and rolling Weaver Hills, the 106.82-acre Crumpwood Farm in Alton enjoys a magnificent location frequented by rare birds, such as the Spotted Flycatcher and Magpie Flycatcher.
In addition to the 18th century Grade II listed farmhouse built of Staffordshire stone, there are two gites, outbuildings, woods, pastures and fishing rights.
The six-bedroom house was extended in the 1840s when architect Augustus Pugin, famous for his work on the Houses of Parliament, was hired on Alton Abbey.
The hallmarks of the Pugin style can be found in the west wing of the house.
The current owner has carefully renovated the house while restoring many of the original features, said Savills, who is auctioning the property, reports StaffordshireLive.
As part of the renovation of the farm, two lodgings, both listed Grade II, have just been completed. Finished to a “high standard and spec everywhere”, both benefit from underfloor heating and insulation.
The Stables, a two-story dwelling, and The Cart Shed, which is all on one level, have welcoming en-suite bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and bedrooms. The cabins, which have not been publicly marketed, provide an additional source of income for the farm.
In recent years, the land has been cultivated “organically”, which, combined with the floodplain meadows and woodlands, has benefited neighboring wildlife populations.
Martin Stopford, the current owner, bought the farm about 10 years ago.
He says, “I have been delighted with the opportunity to save this oasis of traditional agriculture, in an incredibly beautiful location and have worked hard to maintain its traditional character.
Looking to sell the farm, Martin reflects, “It has been a wonderful experience, but I am now in my mid-70s and I need someone younger to finish the job.
“In today’s agricultural world, with biodiversity and decarbonization, and in good hands, Crumpwood Farm has enormous potential.”
Sam Thomas, Agricultural Officer at Savills, says: “The spectacular setting of this residential farmhouse, coupled with its period charm, is simply wonderful. It is also a farm of great variety.
“Although isolated, it is at the heart of a network of hiking and bridle paths, with access to many amenities nearby.
“With all this has to offer, as well as its history, Crumpwood Farm offers a rare and exciting opportunity for lifestyle farming and the potential to create additional sources of income.”
Crumpwood has a long history dating back to the Iron Age with a fortress at Bunbury, on the opposite bank of the River Churnet from the village of Alton.
Supposedly in 716 AD, King Ine of Wessex walked through the water meadows of Crumpwood to reach the ravine that leads to the fort where he besieged the King of Mercia.
Crumpwood Farm was owned by the Earl of Shrewsbury until 1922 when it was sold for inheritance tax.
Tours are strictly by appointment through Savills.