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Mill Race Wood, Holystone, Northumberland. A young plantation of native hardwoods for sale freehold as a whole for £105,000, or in two lots from £43,000 (freehold) [#A1617]


A well-established planting surrounded by mature oaks with river frontage in a most beautiful location.




Lot A: 3.71 acres
Lot B: 5.61 acres




Lot A: £43,000 (freehold)
Lot B: £62,000 (freehold)

Nearest Postcode

NE65 7AX (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).


Point A: ///weaned.flinches.shorthand

Ordnance Survey Grid References

OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 80 & 81

  • Entrance: NT 950 025
  • Centre of wood: NT 951 025


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Mill Race Wood is situated in an exceptionally beautiful and tranquil setting just outside the hamlet of Holystone within the east edge of Northumberland National Park. The historic market town of Rothbury is 15 minutes to the east. A further 5 minutes’ drive connects with the A697 giving easy access via the A1 to Newcastle which is about an hour’s drive away.

The wood benefits from double-bank frontage to the Holystone Burn, a tributary of the River Coquet. The larger part of the property lies on former grazing fields to the west of the burn. This level area which is fringed by mature full-canopy oaks is now stocked with a variety of young native broadleaves protected by tubes. The steep strip of land beyond the burn to the east was felled some years ago and is now a bank of naturally regenerating shrubs and trees rising to agricultural fields above. The result is a delightfully secluded and self-contained hideaway with outstanding amenity and plenty of scope for further enjoyment on adjacent Forestry Commission land and public footpaths.

The vendors planted the trees themselves in November 2017 and have maintained them judiciously since. The result is a fully-stocked planting which is establishing well and which will develop into a interesting array of native trees including cherry, downy birch, goat willow, aspen, Scots pine and a smattering of alder.

The trees were planted with grant aid under a Countryside Stewardship Agreement, and the carbon emission reductions were sold to Forest Carbon Ltd. The new owner would need to take on the obligations of both and would be able to apply for the ongoing grants and payments. Contract details can be viewed under ‘Grants & Contracts’ below.

The area is a haven for wildlife. The Holystone Burn which runs through the wood is a small clean-running river that hosts an array of wildlife including trout, otters and herons, while you will often see red squirrels, roe deer and hares in the woods and fields adjacent. At dusk the nocturnal residents take over – foxes, badgers, bats and owls (both tawny and barn) are all present. The maturing woodland will only enhance this already rich habitat.

Properties of this calibre are genuinely rare to the market. If you like the sound of it we suggest you view as soon as you can.

If It Were Mine

The young trees will benefit from ongoing weeding and in a few years the tubes will need to be removed.

As well as mowing the rides I’d strim the vegetation at a few locations on the riverbank for amenity and fishing. If energy allowed I’d also weave a path through the regenerating woodland on the east bank of the river.

The beauty, peace and amenity of Mill Race Wood is self-evident. Surely no suggestions are needed about how to enjoy it!

Please remember some management operations require approval and/or a licence.

To View This Woodland

You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.


Residential Planning Permission

You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.

Directions & Access

  • From Rothbury head west on the B6341 for about 4 miles, then fork right onto an unclassified road (just after a line of terraced stone cottages on your right), signed for Sharperton.
  • After 2½ miles, passing the turn on your right into Sharperton, continue over the bridge just ahead of you, then take the first left onto the minor road signed for Elsdon and Holystone.
  • After ¾ mile turn right into Holystone Village.
  • Pass through the village (keeping left) and follow the road for a further 540 metres and park in the Forestry England car park on your right.
  • Mill Race Wood is opposite the car park entrance.
  • Climb the gate at B (100 metres on from the car park) or walk in through the gate at A (opposite Lanternside driveway another 100 metres further on).

Ensure gates are left closed.

Note: The  Forestry England car park may be closed due to forestry operations. If so you can park in the layby at the foot of Lanternside Driveway 100 metres further on.


  • The northwest boundary (ABC) is the road-side fence.
  • The northeast boundary (CD) is variously rail and wire fencing with a water-gate across the river near D.
  • The east boundary (DEF) is the field edge stock fence at the top of the bank.
  • The south boundary (FG) is marked by a line of blue-topped posts, (GH) the mid-line of the small stream and (HA) the centre-line of a deep ditch.
  • The boundary between the two lots (BE) is marked by a line of white-topped posts on the south side of the dividing grass ride.

Sporting Rights

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.

Mineral Rights

The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.

Rights Of Way

  • Access is taken via gates at A and B from the adjacent military road leading from Holystone which is open to the public.
  • There are no public rights of way in the wood.

Fencing Liabilities

In the absence of livestock the roadside fence (and on to the burn at the northeast end) is effectively redundant, but technically there is title liability for this length.

Contracts & Grants

The new owner would need to take on the obligations of the Countryside Stewardship Agreement and would also be able to apply for seven further annual maintenance payments, estimated by the vendors to be £554/year. Please click on the button below to view the Agreement.


The new owner would also need to take on the obligations of the Carbon Contract which will pay a second instalment of £1,162 after satisfactory inspection in year 5. Please click on the button below to view the Contract.


Restrictive Covenants

There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.

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How To Buy

This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market (please ensure you are in a position to fund the purchase before doing this):

  • The name and price of the woodland
  • Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
  • Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
  • The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed

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Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.

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