Farm from the madding crowd

IT NEEDS re-roofing, a new damp-proof course, windows, kitchen and bathrooms and central heating. Bloomer Hill Farm, once part of the Skipton Castle Estate on the south-facing slope of the Aire Valley in Yorkshire, has been a hard-working Dales farm with little time for life's luxuries, despite its glorious setting.

Part of it was once a nail maker's workshop - the name Bloomer comes from the iron industry - and you can still see the remains of an old beehive oven. The farmhouse - dating in part from the mid-16th century - has a 24ft pantry with the original bacon-salting slabs and ham hooks and three acres of land. But it will take around pounds 50,000 of work to bring it into the 21st century.

There is also a stone barn with planning consent for conversion into houses and a further five and a half acres of land. The guide price for the farmhouse is pounds 175,000 and pounds 155,000 for the barn. Details from Simon Thornton on 01943 816213.