Picturesque farm with a long history
Published 06/09/2011 | 05:00
English farms tend to be rather more picturesque than many Irish farms, often consisting of period houses set in traditional farmyards with brick-built outhouses.
Ravenscleugh Farm, close to Otterburn in Northumbria, ticks all those boxes and more. The 265ac upland farm has both historical and environmental attractions in spades, as well as being a productive commercial farming unit.
The farm is believed to have been the camp site for the Scottish army before the famous Battle of Otterburn in 1388. The battle was one of a series of border skirmishes between the English and Scottish that took place at that time.
However, the Scottish victory at Otterburn was an emphatic one, with over 1,000 English soldiers captured and a further 1,800 killed, and it was another 14 years before an English force returned to the area.
Ravenscleugh Farm also includes the remains of a Bronze Age Fort, as well as a medieval village and castle.
The farm's environmental attributes have been developed in recent years, with the current owner developing a duck flighting pond on the farm's higher ground, as well as digging out an additional pond beside the farmyard to develop a fishing business.
Ravenscleugh Farmhouse is a recently renovated Northumbrian farmhouse, surrounded by a range of traditional buildings extending to 2,500ft2. These have the potential for conversion and are currently the subject of a planning application for conversion into two holiday properties.