Cowshill County Durham DL13 1AJ England

REDUCED Guide Price £285,000

Property Details

Cowshill County Durham DL13 1AJ England

REDUCED Guide Price £285,000

Large Detached Old School in Rural setting with Residential Planning

Detached house - Cowshill County Durham

Property overview

Lanehead School, Lanehead, Weardale

Once the local primary school built in 1874 this pretty Victorian building is set within its own walled grounds having ample parking to the front with gardens to sides and rear. The property benefits from large Victorian style windows to take in the panoramic views, outbuildings (with planning for 3 garages), bio mass wood pellet boiler which will give the three properties heating via a grant scheme over the next 17 years. Planning consent has been granted for 3 separate dwellings with some works completed, although this property has the

potential to be used as one large family home with a possible

commercial element attached (subject to planning):


Unit 1 – Guide Price £95,000

Would comprise an entrance hall through a door at the front set under the old school bell which would incorporate a cloakroom. Large kitchen with window to side aspect and door to rear, living room approximately 1/3 of the large main hall with stairs up to 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This unit would benefit from the outbuildings which has planning for 3 garages and a large garden to the side with parking.


Unit 2 – Guide Price £145,000

The largest of the three proposed developments in the centre of the building with parking to the front, currently having 5 bedrooms, 2 en-suites and a shower room set in an existing extension to the rear, large family kitchen (where the existing toilets and shower room is) to the rear with doors leading out to the garden. The living room which would be approximately 2/3rds of the main hall set at the front of the property with front entrance hall, second reception room and stairs leading up to an existing first floor landing with open balustrade overlooking the main hallway this in turn leading through to the bedrooms to the rear.


Unit 3 – Guide Price £125,000

This dwelling would have a kitchen and living room in the current space leading through the double doors into a proposed extension which would have a family room with stairs leading to the first floor with 3 bedrooms bathroom and one en-suite. Large garden to the side with parking.


History of the School

A Victorian school built in 1874 and was predominantly for infant’s and had room for 144 pupils and in 1894, according to Whellan’s Directory, was attended by 80 pupils. Some pupils left at 11 years old to attend Wolsingham Grammar School, the others stayed at Lanehead until they left their education. In 1958 Wolsingham became a Secondary School, so all pupils over 11 years old moved schools. The decline in pupil numbers at local schools meant closures, and Lanehead was closed in 1959 and pupils transferred to Wearhead School. In the latter years the school has been used as a North Pennines Field Centre set in wild and dramatic scenery.

Currently having residential accommodation for up to 21 people.


Mains Water and Drainage

Mains Electricity

Heating via Wood Pellet Boiler

Telephone and Broadband available


Energy efficiency rating



We are advised by the vendor that the property is freehold


Additional Information

Plans can be viewed on the Durham County Council website under the planning section. Postcode DL13 1AJ “Change of use from field centre to three dwellings”.


Local Information

The village of Lanehead is set on the A689 and is in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with access to many outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling “The Roof of England” and fishing. Cowshill which is within walking distance has a traditional pub, village hall and church and the nearby village of St Johns Chapel has a number of amenities including 2 pubs, one serving good local ales and the other serving evening meals, a Co-operative store a Post Office with café and collectables and The Chatterbox Café can all be found in the market place. St Johns Chapel also has a doctor’s surgery, Church and Town Hall which has a fortnightly cinema and a gym. There are choices of schools both primary and secondary, (school transport provided) and a local bus company serves the area. The property is on the A689 where you can travel to all major towns and cities including Hexham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and Darlington, all in around an hour. Stanhope Town is approximately 11 miles away and has a larger array of shops, a bank, petrol station and a monthly farmers market. Over the border into Cumbria is Alston town approximately 15 mins drive away which also has full amenities.


Directions – DL13 1AJ

From the Pennine Ways office in Alston proceed up the hill and turn left onto the A689. Continue along the A689 for approximately 9 miles through Nenthead and past Killhope Lead mining Museum, as you enter the village of Lanehead drive past the old chapel and the school can be found on your left, drive in through the gates and park on the drive to the front.


From the A1 proceed along the A68 towards the North Pennines until you reach the A689 signposted “Weardale North Pennines” and down into Wolsingham, keep on this road and travel west through various villages for approximately 17 miles until you enter the village Cowshill, take the left as you leave the village up the bank and this will take you to Lanehead. Just over the stone bridge and up the bank the school can be found on your right after the bend, drive in through the gates and park on the drive to the front.


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