Two good stock farms offer buyers choice in the north-west. Cracrop Farm at Kirkcambeck in Cumbria is home to the Cracrop and Stobart Limousin and Charolais cattle herds. It has almost 188ha (464 acres) of land in a ring fence, much of it ploughable, and includes almost 44 acres of woodland.
The traditional stone-built main house, divided into two, has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. There is housing for 450 head of cattle in a mix of traditional and modern buildings at this former dairy unit.
A second farmhouse is currently split into a three-bedroom house and a one-bedroom flat, with stables and further cattle accommodation at this site.
Agent H & H Bowe has set a guide price of more than £2.4m and will sell Cracrop as a whole or in two lots at auction on 13 July. The farm is in an Uplands Entry Level Stewardship Agreement, due to expire on 31 September 2015 and which yields an annual income of £11,552. (H&H Bowe Limited 01228 406 260)
To the south near Preston, Lancashire, Armistead Barnett has launched Big Blindhurst Farm, Bleasdale, with a guide price of £1.475m.
A traditional upland stock and dairy farm, this has a six-bedroom farm house, along with a self-contained holiday cottage and planning consent for additional holiday cottages.
Both modern and traditional buildings serve the mainly grade 4 productive grassland across 94ha (233 acres) and in a ring fence.
“The sale provides a very rare opportunity to acquire a commercial farm in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Forest of Bowland,” said Armistead Barnett’s Richard Furnival. (Armistead Barnett 01995 603 180)