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FOR SALE R0973 - Knowles Farmhouse, Fleet Street, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6BB


Detached, stone built Farmhouse occupying a tranquil setting within a Conservation Area with gardens and paddock extending to 1.7 acres.

The accommodation currently comprises of 4 bedrooms and 3/4 reception areas with the potential to extend (subject to Planning Permission).

The Farmhouse requires complete renovation but provides an excellent opportunity to create a superior and bespoke residence.

Additional land is available with a 1.63 acre paddock and a 6.07 acre field.

Price: Offers Over £400,000
To be submitted by 11am on 19/01/2021



This spacious four bedroom, stone built farmhouse occupies a tranquil position with views from the elevated setting and additional land stretching across to the Welsh Hills and around to the Fylde coast with the Lake District beyond. 

Knowles Farmhouse is located at the top of Fleet Street in a small cluster of individual residences forming part of Wallsuches Conservation Area. The Farmhouse is believed to have been built during the Georgian era and retains several original features including stone mullion windows and exposed beams. 

Interested parties should be aware the Farmhouse requires complete renovation including structural repairs and therefore in its present condition is unlikely to be considered as suitable security for a mortgage. Any buyer will require significant financial resources to fund the acquisition, structural repairs and complete the refurbishment. Knowles Farmhouse provides those potential purchasers who are willing and able to undertake a project of this magnitude the opportunity to create one of the finest homes in the area which in our opinion could be worth up to £1,000,000. 


(all sizes are approximate) 

Ground Floor 

Entrance Hall
Quarry tiled floor. Central heating radiator. 

Sitting Room
14'2 x 12' (4.3 m x 3.6 m)
Exposed beam. Brick fireplace. Central heating radiator. 

Living Room
24'2 x 9' (7.3m x 2.7m)
Tiled fireplace. Central heating radiator 

12'8 x 6' (3.8 m x 1.8 m) Sink unit.
Central heating radiator. 

12' x 9'6 (3.6 m x 2.8 m)
Flagged floor. 

20' x 12' (6 m x 3.6 m)
Stone sink. Exposed beams. 

First Floor


Bedroom 1
20'4 x 13' (6.2m x 3.9m)
Cast iron fireplace. Central heating radiator. 

Bedroom 2
16'7 x 12' (5 m x 3.6 m)
Central heating radiator. 

Bedroom 3
13'7 x 12'6 (4.1 m x 3.8 m)
Central heating radiator. 

Bedroom 4
13' x 9'7 (6.2 m x 2.9 m)
Central heating radiator. 

Three piece suite. 


Knowles Farmhouse occupies a total curtilage of approximately 1.7 acres or thereabouts with large and established gardens to the front, side and rear with an additional front paddock. 

Brambles, nettles and self-seeded tress have been cleared from the front paddock and parts of the rear garden. This work was permissible without the need to serve a Notice of Intention of Works to the Local Authority. Further trees could be removed but as the Farmhouse forms part of a Conservation Area, a buyer will be required to submit a Notice of Intention prior to any works. The Local Authority then have 8 weeks to issue their response /decision. The vendors did not wish to delay launching the property onto the market and for this reason the larger trees have not been removed. 


Two extra fields are available. Paddock B is approximately 1.63 acres with a guide price of offers over £20,000 and Field C is approximately 6.07 acres at a guide price of offers over £55,000. 

A 'right of way' will be granted to enable access to both fields via the track that leads between the stone walls. 


The site will be sold Freehold and free from Chief Rent. Included in the sale will be the section of Fleet Street that extends up to the Farmhouse over which there are existing 'rights of way' in favour of neighbouring residences, the stone barn (currently being converted) and the retained land. 


According to the Valuation Agency's website, Knowles Farmhouse has been placed in Band D and currently equates to a Council Tax of approximately £1845. 


It is understood that mains electricity, gas and water supplies are laid on and drainage is to the mains sewer. 

To View

Internal viewing is strictly by appointment with Peter E Gilkes & Company and with whom all negotiations should be conducted. Parties who wish to visit the location and undertake an external inspection do so at their own risk.