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Park House Estate offers a unique opportunity to purchase a small country estate with a diverse range of sporting rights over nearly 500 acres in the picturesque Lower Tees Valley.
Situated three miles from Barnard Castle, Park House Estate includes a refurbished Grade II listed house with productive farmland, amenity and commercial woodland, lakes and two well-stocked fishing ponds, extending to about 146 acres.
The shooting, stalking and fishing rights stretch over a further 498 acres and there is income from a commercial quarry lease which runs until 2027 with an annual rent of £12,000.
Park House Estate, once part of the Lartington Estate, and its surrounding sporting and estate lands is up for sale for the first time in over 100 years. In 1917 the Yorkshire Post described it “as comprising the hall, the grouse moors, and the fishing rights, together with several farms, the woodlands, and far-famed valley of Deepdale – in all between three and four thousand acres – has just been bought by Lieut. Norman Fields.”
The estate also features a delightful old signal box, which offers scope for a creative development, subject to planning consent. The old disused railway line is included in the sale and gives access to Deepdale Valley and the sporting rights which go with the property while one of the ponds features a stone boathouse.
John Coleman, head of country house sales at GSC Grays said: “This really is an exceptional opportunity to purchase a charming sporting estate. Beyond the shooting, stalking and fishing opportunities, Park House also offers an idyllic setting to enjoy the glorious County Durham countryside.”
Beautifully proportioned, Park House was built in the 19th century and has been fully refurbished. Outside, a large three-bay garage has power and is water connected. Planning consent has also been approved to convert a former single garage/garden store into a home office.
The house has a wide sweep of parkland to the south and more productive farmland beyond while the gardens have been superbly laid out by well know designer Daphne Scott-Harden. A woodland pathway leads to a pond and a series of weirs and an ancient semi-natural woodland.
Shooting was, until recently, rented to a local syndicate that managed the ground and employed a gamekeeper developing a variety of drives and showing some challenging and spectacular birds. At its height, the shoot released 2000 birds and shot over 10 days averaging bags of 100+. Included with the shoot is a purpose-built shooting hut.
There is fishing on two ponds, a boathouse and a haven for wildlife has been created on a wetland area. There is also some spectacular duck flighting on both ponds.
Besides the varied sporting opportunities offered on the estate, the local area boasts fishing on the river Tees, low ground and moorland shooting in the North Pennines and in the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park and the grouse moors of Upper Teesdale.
Park House Estate is currently on the market with GSC Grays Barnard Castle Branch with a guide price of £1,800,000. Telephone 07779 973825.