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    FOR SALE A substantial freehold Victorian building with modern extensions and detached former coach house, last used as a children's residential care home, located in a very popular commuter village setting. On site parking provided. Suitable for a variety of uses, subject to statutory consents.

    Fronting Main Street (B6480) in the historic village of Low Bentham which is a popular commuter settlement for Kendal (23 miles), Lancaster (15 miles) and Skipton (26 miles) and beyond, attractively positioned for outdoor leisure activities between the Forest of Bowland (AONB) and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Rail services (Northern franchise) are available via (High) Bentham station just over 1 mile to the east.

    Low Bentham has a range of facilities substantially augmented by those within the larger settlement of High Bentham.

    A former Victorian stone/slate built school, understood to date from 1897, with modern additions providing a total gross internal area on ground and first floors of around 3,435 sq ft (319.1 sq m) with detached classroom block to the rear providing a further 427 sq ft (39.7 sq m).

    A separate access from Main Street leads to a gated car parking area to the rear of a 2 storey, stone built former coach house. This provides garage/workshop or storage space (with floor pit) and “hay loft” over of circa 1050 sq ft (97.5 sq m).

    The property would suit a variety of alternative uses to include conversion/redevelopment for housing, subject to statutory consents, or resumption of care home use.

    Extends to approximately 0.19 acres (0.07 ha). Access to the rear is via an un-named roadway off Main Street, a short distance to the east. This roadway extends beneath the railway line to the south. Its adoption status is unknown.


    Ground Floor: Hallway, office, 4 rooms, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, bedroom with ensuite shower room, boiler house (external access only) - 2,217 sq ft (206 sqm).

    First Floor: 6 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room - 1,218 sq ft (113 sqm).

    Detached Classroom Block (single storey – mostly open plan) - 427 sq ft (39.7 sqm).


    Ground floor – garage/store (with floor pit) - 523 sq ft (48.6 sqm).

    First floor – store - timber staircase access - 523 sq ft (48.6 sqm).

    Informal enquiries of the Local Planning Authority (Craven District Council) indicate that the property is not Listed nor in a Conservation Area. 17 Main Street to the east and a terraced property to the west are Listed and may thus impact upon the subject property in terms of future planning applications. Historic and now expired consent existed for conversion to a single dwelling (2001). The last use as a residential care home is considered to fall within Class C2 of the Use Classes Order.

    The property is assessed for rating purposes within Council Tax Band G. Please note If put to commercial or other alternative use, the premises will need to be reassessed.

    All mains services are connected to the property. Heating is via a gas fired boiler serving hot water radiators. Domestic hot water is via an independent gas fired heater (understood to have been be recently installed), both located in the external boiler house.
    None of the service installations have been tested and are not warranted to be in working order

    The property is of freehold tenure under Registered Title Number NYK281003.
    A right of way is contained within the title over the un-named roadway serving the rear of the premises.

    The property is for sale by private treaty – offers are invited.
    Enquires of HMRC indicate that they have no record of any election to waive VAT exemption in respect of the property

    By prior arrangement with the Joint Selling Agents.
    The Agents reserve the right to instigate view days at their sole discretion rather than to arrange individual viewings.

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