SURROUNDED by open countryside, Ellers is an attractive Grade-II listed farmhouse at Middleton, between Barbon and Sedbergh.

The secluded location at the foot of Middleton Fell is so peaceful you could hear a pin drop, say the agents, Davis & Bowring.

There are 360-degree views across the valley and up to the moorland fells.

This unspoilt property features three reception rooms, a study, a farmhouse kitchen with the quintessential Rayburn, four bedrooms, a large bathroom and plenty of under-eaves storage.

The attached barn would make a perfect workshop, tool and garden store, while the private drive leads to a turning circle with plenty of parking.

An open-fronted car port would also lend itself as a log store, for stocking up as winter approaches.

The large, "unfussy" garden is laid to lawn, with stone walls and fields surrounding. In all, the grounds extend to 0.75 acres (0.3 hectares).

Ellers dates back to the early 1700s and plenty of original features have been preserved at this well-loved family home.

The period character and charm begin with the imposing nine-panelled front door and its decorative latch plate.

The theme continues with flagged floors, mullioned windows with chamfered reveals, window seats, ceiling beams, stone fireplaces and panelled internal doors, most with Suffolk latches.

On the second floor is a large attic room that would be ideal as a children's playroom, den, music or cinema room - the perfect space for the family's hobbies.

The house has mains electricity, private drainage to a septic tank, a private water supply from a spring on the fell behind, and underfloor heating in the kitchen and reception rooms, powered by the oil-fired Rayburn.

The living room and study have welcoming open fires, and there is a wood-burning stove in the sitting room.

All carpets, curtains, blinds, curtain poles and light fittings are included in the sale.

B4RN hyperfast fibre-optic broadband is available in Middleton and could be installed into the house if the buyers require.

Middleton is located off the A683 road and is home to an old church and The Head country inn.

Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, Middleton is also close to the Lake District National Park and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The pretty Lune Valley village of Barbon is three miles south, with its pub, shop/cafe and village hall, and nearby Casterton has a petrol station, small shop and another country inn.

The independent shops, schools, cafes and pubs of Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale are both around six miles away, while Oxenholme railway station and Kendal are a 12-mile or so drive.; tel 015242-74445.