Monday 18 June 2018

Off-grid Cumbria farmhouse to renovate

Right, I promise to move away from the rural farmhouse thing for a while after this post. But I just had to show you this one. I think I'm in love.
It's in Cumbria and, on a personal level, I'm not Cumbria's biggest fan. Yes, I know about the walking and the views and the beaches and the tearooms, but honestly - does the sun ever shine on Cumbria?
Even these prettily-filtered photos have dark clouds rolling in.

Swindale Head is a five bedroom farmhouse with attached workshop and barn. We're talking remote, off-grid loveliness here.
Built in 1630, Swindale Head isn't connected to mains electricity and drainage is by septic tank.
It does however have a mains water supply, BT phone line, and electricity is currently provided by its own generator and battery bank. And there are stoves or fireplaces in all the main rooms.
Honestly, I'm utterly besotted.

In quiet Swindale Valley, about ten miles from Penrith, the house is the last property on single-track Swindale Lane, and has Swindale Beck running just beyond and past the enclosed garden area.
Swindale Head comes with 0.66 acre of land, plus outbuildings and wood store.

This is away-from-it-all stuff. Wainwright described described Swindale as a "shy and beautiful little valley" and noted the lack of traffic compared to areas rather more frequented by tourists.
Downstairs is the hall, living room, kitchen/family room, bathroom (I'd move that upstairs), and access to the workshop. Upstairs are five decent-sized bedrooms and a boxroom.

Outside, is a large barn housing the Lister generator and battery bank.

On the market through PFK but be quick - offers deadline is this Friday,  22 June. Offers around £285k. More here and here.