As dream homes for well-heeled families, farms have never been more popular.
They’re usually old and solid-feeling, giving owners a sense of security seldom found elsewhere.
Their prime attraction, though, is their space. Large, rangey accommodation and broad, rural vistas make them the perfect place to spread out and relax.
An added benefit of properties that still have working capacity is that agricultural land values have soared in recent years due to increased demand for foodstuffs – which means that any excess acreage can often be rented out at eye-catching rates.
The following four properties are all currently for sale at the upper end of the district’s residential market.
Woodside Farm can be found at the end of a meandering driveway in Pannal. It has been extended and renovated over the past 20 years, making use of reclaimed materials such as 18th-century oak beams, but still offers potential for further development.
The five-bedroom property is set in 1.75 acres of land, with a further 3.25 acres available separately. There is a double garage with games room above, which is suitable for conversion, and adjacent to the garage are three loose boxes with a hay loft above.
Its south-facing gardens, which include a kitchen garden and orchard, give way to a paddock and grassland, making it ideal for equestrian use.
West Lane Farm at Hampsthwaite has far-reaching views across the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
All the main reception rooms have southerly views overlooking the extensive terracing and formal gardens, which extend to three acres, encompassing grassland for family/equestrian purposes.
There is also a detached double garage with planning permission for further garaging and stabling.
Between these two farms, at Beckwithshaw, lies Shawfield Farm, which currently comprises a traditional three-bedroom farmhouse and a detached, four-bedroom converted barn, which are both set around a courtyard.
Both properties are independently serviced and could have separate access if required. For this reason, the agent is offering the properties either as a whole or individually, together with the opportunity to buy flexible quantities of additional land.
The land is made up of various fenced paddocks which are ideal for equestrian use and include water and field shelters. The total site extends to 31 acres.
The gardens lie mainly to the south of the farmhouse, while to the north of the barn there is a terrace and lawns, as well as a stone-built tractor shed and a large garden store.
Finally, Ingmanthorpe House Farm near Wetherby was effectively rebuilt some 12 years ago by the current vendors. It has five bedrooms, four reception rooms and a beautiful garden room, all on the south side of the building.
Its dedicated equestrian facilities include loose boxes, feed store, tack and wash rooms, with an adjacent American barn, which could be used as additional garaging to supplement the current three-car building.
The house stands in some 36.5 acres and has sweeping vistas over 260 acres of surrounding farmland, to which it holds the sporting rights.