Oak Bank Farm
Oak Bank Farm, Barras, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4JD
An excellent stock farm extending in total to 127.95 acres (51.78ha) with three bedroom farmhouse, one bedroom annexe and two bedroom AirBnB cottage and range of agricultural buildings. The property boasts one of Cumbria largest red squirrel populations.
Key Features:

An excellent stock farm extending in total to 127.95 acres (51.78ha) located within a secluded location within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offering panoramic views of the surrounding open countryside.

The property offers a tranquil rural retreat where the enchantment of nature comes alive, with an abundance of wildlife and natural flora and fauna.

Whether you're an avid nature enthusiast or seeking a serene escape from the bustle of everyday life, this woodland sanctuary boasts one of the largest red squirrel population in Cumbria. Offering an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the beauty of the natural world with daily sightings of the charming red squirrels.

Residential accommodation comprises a traditional stone built three bedroom farmhouse with attached one bedroom annexe. The farmhouse benefits from uPVC double glazing and oil fired central heating throughout. The self contained annexe benefits from uPVC double glazing and electric heating.

Also included in the sale is a recently converted garage which now comprises a two bedroom self contained holiday let property which is currently utilised for AirBnB.

To the rear is a range of modern farm buildings providing stock and crop housing.

The land comprises good quality mowing and grazing land, mature native woodland which forms part of the Belah Woods & Pastures SSSI.

The property is offered for sale as a Whole or in 3 Lots, however the Sellers would consider amalgamations or alterations of the proposed Lotting, please make the Selling Agents aware at the earliest opportunity.

The property is located approximately 6 miles East of Kirkby Stephen which provides an excellent range of local amenities including shops, primary and secondary schools, doctors, public houses, cafes and H&H livestock auction.

Due to its location close to the A685 the property benefits from excellent transport links to the M6 and A66.

From Kirkby Stephen take the A685 heading North then turn right signposted Kaber/Barras. Continue onto the Regional Route 71 for 3.5 miles and then turn right at the former Mouthlock Chapel. Then take the first hardcore track to the right. Continue passed Fir Tree Lodge after the cattle grid. The property is located at the end of this access track.

From Penrith take the A66 heading East and exit onto the A685 at Brough, take the first road on your left signposted South Stainmore. Continue for 2.6 miles then at the T junction turn left signposted Tan Hill/Bowes. After 0.4 miles turn right at the former Mouthlock Chapel. Then proceed as noted above.

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Lot 1 –Residential Properties and 11.99 acres
Guide Price: £650,000

Oak Bank Farmhouse
A traditional Westmorland three bedroom stone built farmhouse with tiled roof.

The house offers spacious accommodation and benefits from uPVC double glazing and oil fired central heating throughout.

The Annexe
Attached to the main farmhouse and the neighbouring property. Stone built with tiled roof covering. The property benefits from uPVC double glazing and electric heaters.

Bluebell Cottage
The self contained two bedroom cottage was constructed in 2021 following planning consent for conversion of garage and store for holiday let accommodation. Full time occupation of the cottage is not permitted under the planning consent and the property has recently been utilised for AirBnB. The use of the property could be changed, subject to Change of Use.

The property benefits from uPVC double glazing, solid internal timber doors and oil fired underfloor heating throughout. Please note all of the furniture and appliances within Bluebell Cottage are included within the sale.

To the front of the residential properties is a gravelled parking area.

To the rear of the Farmhouse is a gravelled parking area.

Please note the neighbouring property owner owns a strip of land to the rear of their property for the parking of two cars, they are not allowed to block the access to the parking at the rear of the farmhouse.

The property benefits from mains water and electricity which is shared with all of the residential properties. Oak Bank Farmhouse and Bluebell Cottage have a shared oil tank supply for central heating.

B4RN internet is installed to the Farmhouse and Bluebell Cottage.

Drainage is to a joint sewerage digester.
Please note no formal investigation has been carried out as to the operation of the sewerage system, these may not meet the current General Binding Rules 2020 and the property is being sold on this basis. All parties must ensure that their lenders are aware of this before submitting an offer.

Oak Bank Farmhouse has a rating of Band C.
The Annexe has a rating of Band F
Bluebell Cottage has a rating of Band D

Council Tax
Oak Bank Farmhouse and The Annexe are scheduled within Band D and Bluebell Cottage is scheduled within Band A, both payable to Westmorland & Furness Council.

The Land
The land included within Lot 1 includes a small area of grazing land along with the Ancient Woodlands leading down to the River Belah.

Lot 2: Buildings and 38.52 acres
Guide Price: £250,000

Glamping Pod Site
The owners obtained planning consent in 2020 for siting of 3 glamping pods (Planning Reference 20/0531). The initial groundworks and pad have been completed along with the installation of the eco sewerage digester.

Access to the buildings is gained by a separate access track, leading from the main access track, which leads to concrete yard areas to front and rear. The rear concrete collecting yard is stock boarded.

Rainwater collection containers have been installed to some of the outbuildings.

Building briefly comprise of:

10 Bay Lean-To (4572m x 6.40m)
12 Bay Sheep Shed (54.86m x 18.30)
4 Bay Hay Barn (18.29m x 7.14m)
Dog Kennells (6m x 2.60m)
Isolation Unit/ Crop Store (9.50m x 13.50m)
Muck Store (9.14m x 6.10m)

The Land
The land included within Lot 2, shown edged pink on the attached plan, lies to the North West of the steading and comprises excellent quality mowing/grazing land with small areas of woodland extending in total to 38.52 acres (15.59ha).

Lot 3: 77.17 acres
Guide Price: £250,000
The land within Lot 3 is shown edged red on the attached plan and extends in total to 77.17 acres (31.23ha) of upland grazing land with areas of Ancient Woodland.

The land offers a great opportunity for a number of different uses including grazing, the carbon conscious, planting trees and rewilding. There is a stone field shelter with slate roof covering located within Field No 13.

Nitrate Vulnerable Zone
The land is not situated within an NVZ.

Basic Payment Scheme
The delinked payments under the Basic Payment Scheme are to be retained by the Seller. As such the Buyer(s) will need to abide by the rules of cross compliance and will indemnify the Sellers for any breaches.

Environmental Schemes
The land is entered into a Higher Level Stewardship which ends on 31st March 2028. A copy of the Agreement is available from the Selling Agents.

The Buyer(s) will be required to continue with this agreement until it expires at the end of the current term. The buyer is required to indemnify the seller against any losses to the Seller resulting from the buyer failing to continue with the agreement or failing to comply with the terms and conditions of the Scheme. Potential Buyers are advised to discuss any queries they may have about the Scheme with Natural England and obtain their own independent advice.

The property is offered for sale Freehold. The Annexe is currently let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy and Vacant Possession will be given upon Completion.

The property has the benefit of an agricultural right of way over the part of the access track which is in separate ownership.

Viewings are strictly by appointment Please contact us on 01228 406260.

Measurements & Additional Information


Oak Bank Farmhouse
Dining Kitchen

4.17m x 4.77m

Fitted base and wall units with worktops, integrated fridge freezer, integrated hob with extractor hood above, oil fired Rayburn, which provides hot water and heating to radiators, with high level timber mantel shelf above single drainer stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap, plumbing for dishwasher, ceiling light fittings, tiled floor, part tiled walls, timber boarded ceiling, window to front elevation, electric meter and fuseboard cupboard, door to front elevation.

Back Kitchen

3.96m x 2.58m

Two windows to rear elevation, base units with worktops, 1½ bowl stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap, radiator, plumbing for washing machine, electric cooker point with extractor hood above, loft access hatch, vinyl floor covering.

Ground Floor WC

WC, window to rear elevation, vinyl floor covering.

Boot Room

2.10m x 2.10m

Door to rear elevation, window to side elevation, worktop, loft access hatch, vinyl floor covering, radiator.


4.65m x 2.70m

Window to rear elevation, radiator, television aerial point.

Living Room

7.41m x 4.15m

Timber flooring, window to front elevations, window to rear elevation, three radiators, display alcoves, wood burning stove on slate hearth, mock fireplace, ceiling and wall light fittings, door leading into Conservatory.


4.15m x 3.54m

Electric under floor heating, flagged floor, uPVC double glazed door leading to raised patio area to the front, stone display shelves, windows to side elevations.

Rear Hall

Timber floor, stairs leading to first floor with understairs cupboard, radiator and wall light fitting.

Main Landing

Window to side elevation, ceiling light fitting, radiator.


4.65m x 2.80m

WC, wash hand basin, sloping ceiling, vinyl floor covering, windows to side and rear elevations, radiator, part tiled walls, exposed beam, ceiling light fitting, wall mirror.

Bedroom 1

4.15m x 3.45m

Double bedroom with window to front elevation, radiator, ceiling light fitting.

Bedroom 2

4.15m x 3.22m

Double bedroom with window to front elevation, radiator, ceiling light fitting.

Bedroom 3

4.30m x 4.75m

Double bedroom with window to front elevation, ceiling light fitting, radiator, glazed shower cubicle with electric shower, En-Suite WC with WC Wash hand basin, towel rail, shelf and shaver point.

The Annexe
Open Plan Kitchen & Living Room

4.85m x 4.30m

Arched entrance with access door and two side glazed panels to front elevation, fitted base and wall units, single drainer stainless steel sink unit, electric oven and hob, space for under counter fridge, ceiling spotlight fittings, wall light fittings, electric heater, television aerial point, understairs cupboard with electric fuses, coat hooks.


3.62m x 3.05m

Double bedroom with window to front elevation, exposed beams, built in cupboard with hanging rail, electric heater, ceiling light fitting.

Shower Room

2.95m x 1.18m

Shower cubicle, WC, wash hand basin, electric light and shaver point, vinyl floor covering, extractor fan, wall light fitting, Velux rooflight.

Bluebell Cottage
Open Plan Kitchen and Living Area

8.58m x 4.05m

Windows to front side and rear elevation, patio doors leading to balcony patio area, multi-fuel stove on slate hearth, television aerial point. Base and wall units with worktops, single drainer stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap, tiled splashbacks, electric cooker with extractor hood, dishwasher, fridge, spotlight ceiling fittings, loft access hatch.

Bedroom 1

3.70m x 3.25m

Window to rear elevation, ceiling light fitting.

Shower Room

Jack and Jill Shower Room with doors from Bedroom 1 and Living Area. Glazed shower cubicle with mains shower, WC, wash hand basin on vanity unit, tiled floor, part tiled walls, wall mirror, heated towel rail, spotlight fittings, extractor fan.

Inner Hall

Built in airing cupboard, radiator, second door to front elevation, built in cupboard with tumble drier and shelves, built in cupboard housing underfloor heating pump, etc.

Bedroom 2

3.45m x 3.10m

Double bedroom with window to rear elevation and ceiling light fitting.

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