Property spotlight: A farmhouse with development potential in Marsden goes up for sale for £600,000

Property spotlight: A farmhouse with development potential in Marsden goes up for sale for £600,000
13th June 2022

An 18th century farmhouse in Marsden, with bags of development potential, has come on the market for the first time in forty years.

Currently listed with us - for offers over £600,000 - White Lea House is set in 2.1 acres of land between Saddleworth and Marsden – and is surrounded by the Marsden Moors.

The 4-bedroom 1,650sq ft property is an ideal home for a growing family in a sought-after area, with the opportunity to extend into the 483 sq ft barn.

Gemma Caulfield, our senior valuer and branch manager said: "Properties like this - with such huge potential - don't come onto the market often, particularly in this area. Demand for family homes in the Colne Valley has never been stronger and we are increasingly seeing people from Saddleworth move into Marsden, due to the proximity and the comparatively lower property prices.

"With mullion windows, exposed beams and an original chimney stack, White Lea Farm is already oozing in charm, but also has the unrealised potential for a ground-floor and first-floor extension and dramatic internal renovation, offering the opportunity to create a stand-out estate."

Boasting strong transport links, the farm is just a three-minute drive from Marsden train station – with trains running to Leeds and Manchester – and easy access to the A62.

It features four bedrooms, a kitchen-diner, living room, conservatory, dining room, barn, stables, and double garage – set in a private driveway.

Gemma continued: "White Lea House is a stone’s throw from the Tunnel End Visitor Centre and is surrounded by moorland, which is perfect for those who want to roll out of bed and hike straight up into the moors. It's also just a five-minute drive from the centre of Marsden – a village which has seen plenty of investment in recent months. 

"And the 2.1 acres of land would be great for families who love outdoor living or for those who aspire to have a small holding. It’s a perfect home for anyone who seeks a rural lifestyle but with the benefits of amenities on their doorstep. It will be snapped up quickly."

White Lea House is accessed via a driveway leading to a courtyard which provides off‐road parking, terraced flower bed borders and a relaxing stream. The wraparound garden is substantial in size, leading through to the 2.1 acres of fields – with views stretching towards Cupwith and Deer Hill.

There is ample opportunity to create a small holding with homegrown vegetables, a chicken coop, and sheep.

White Lea House gate

White Lea House garden

White Lea House exterior

The property is oozing in charm and character, with original features intact, such as an internal 1773 date stone, external chimney stack and three fireplaces.

White Lea House sign

Currently used as a storage area, the barn is accessed via a timber door to the side with a further timber door leading through to the remaining half of the barn and a door leading through to the mistal. The overall barn is 483 sqft and has electricity.

The garage is currently dilapidated but provides ample potential for further development.

White Lea House garage

View the property in full here.

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