The launch of several contrasting holdings in the 400-acre-plus bracket gives buyers plenty of choice.

Lower Farm at Hilton in Dorset is a 401-acre former dairy holding now in arable and pasture with a good range of crop, livestock and general buildings.

It lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is about 10 miles from Blandford Forum. The holding has been in the Cox family for three generations, first as tenants and then as owners in the 1950s.

Lower Farm comes to the market with a guide price of £3.25m and has been let on a farm business tenancy for three years, ending on 30 September.

The largest lot offers almost 186 acres with the farm buildings, which include a four-bay enclosed Atcost workshop/store, six-bin grain store, large implement store, two covered yards, two barns and former dairy buildings. Most of the land in this lot is Grade 3 with some Grade 2.

A second lot of almost 174 acres is mainly Grade 2 arable land with some pasture and woodland. The final lot of almost 42 acres is mainly arable and is Grade 3.

Single Payment Scheme entitlements are not included in the sale but are available separately. (Carter Jonas 01225 747 270; Symonds & Sampson 01258 474 266)

Moving to Worcestershire, the Cattespool Estate, Bromsgrove, has a historic house and six further dwellings including a barn conversion, coach house, houses and cottages. There is also extensive office space, two ranges of modern farm buildings and two telecom masts.

The 562 acres of land is mainly Grade 3 and in arable production, with some pasture and woodland.

The high proportion of residential value in this estate is reflected in its £8.4m guide price. (Savills 01295 228 055; Fisher German 01527 575 525)

Smiths Gore has an unusual offering in Warwickshire with several houses, good arable land and extensive buildings with alternative use potential as well as renewables opportunities.

Drayton Manor and New Barn Farms, Stratford upon Avon, are being sold on behalf of DEFRA. The site of a former Experimental Husbandry Farm, there are offices, laboratories and other modern buildings extending to about 250,000sq ft, much of which was built in the 1990s.

Of the 480 acres, about 200 acres is growing short-rotation willow coppice while the remainder is split between arable and pasture along with 28 acres of woodland. There is a four-bedroom modern farmhouse, four cottages and a period barn with potential for conversion. Two further lots offer further alternative and commercial use potential.

The farms are on the market in up to nine lots with an overall guide price in excess of £7.5m. (Smiths Gore 01865 733 304)

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