Blackbank House, Rosetrees Lane, Longtown, Cumbria, CA6 5LS

Guide Price* : £70,000

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Upon Instructions of

  • Detached former farmhouse
  • In need of refurbishment
  • Development potential (STPP and due diligence)
  • Freehold


The property comprises a detached farmhouse building, most recently used as an officer's mess by the Ministry of Defence. The building would benefit from refurbishment given that it has been unoccupied for a number of years, however it would appear to be structurally intact. We understand there is a leak in the roof and due to lack of use the property is dilapidated internally.

There is opportunity to redevelop the property, potentially into a family home, subject to the appropriate planning consents being obtained. The MoD have continued to pay Council Tax on the property suggesting it has retained classification as a residential property, interested parties should make their own enquiries in this regard.


The property is located approximately 8 miles to the north of Carlisle, close to the border between England and Scotland. The Scottish town of Gretna is located to the west and the English town, Longtown to the East. Gretna offers the Gretna Green Outlet Village, home to a number of outlet retailers including Nike and Polo Ralph Lauren. The River Esk is also located nearby.



Planning Authority

Cumbria County Council -


Refer to the legal documentation


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* Generally speaking Guide Prices are provided as an indication of each seller's minimum expectation, i.e. 'The Reserve'. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell for and may change at any time prior to the auction. Virtually every property will be offered subject to a Reserve (a figure below which the Auctioneer cannot sell the property during the auction) which we expect will be set within the Guide Range or no more than 10% above a single figure Guide.

Administration Fee The successful purchaser will be required to pay the auctioneers administration fee of £1,200 inclusive of VAT on purchases of £20,000 and above and £360 inclusive of VAT for purchases below £20,000. Other additional costs/fees may apply - Click here.

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The successful purchaser will be required to pay the auctioneers administration fee of £1,200 inclusive of VAT on purchases of £20,000 and above and £360 inclusive of VAT for purchases below £20,000. Other additional costs/fees may apply - Click here.

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