Savills’ Richard Binning is selling a Northamptonshire arable unit that could form the heart of a larger farming business.

Brockhall Manor at Brockhall, near Daventry, is owned by the Brodie family and is the base of its farming partnership, which has been operating for almost 110 years and has encompassed over 2000 acres of contracted and let land.

But there were no successors to carry on the business and the family had decided to restructure its operations, said Mr Binning.

This includes the sale of 400-acre Brockhall Manor, which includes an eight-bedroom 17th century manor house and is priced at £3m.

Although, at first glance, the property, with its attractive house set in rolling countryside and a successful family shoot, looks likely to be snapped up by a lifestyle buyer, Mr Binning reckoned there was also plenty to attract farmers.

“The grain storage is first rate and is one of the better set-ups I’ve seen,” he said.

It revolves around a continuous-flow grain drier that can handle up to 14t an hour and sends grain to a variety of stores including 400t of on-floor storage, a

pair of 170t bins and nine 126t bins.

In total there is capacity for over 2000t.

Because the farm has the capacity to handle much more grain than it produces, Mr Binning said it could attract those looking for a base for a large farming business in the area.

Demand for all types of farms had been strong in the first half of the year, he added, with a number of sizeable farms selling quickly for well over their guides.

Bare land was also doing well, he said.

“I’ve agreed a private sale of 250 acres for over the £3000/acre guide.”

But one farm that Mr Binning still has available is the Old Chalford Estate at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

The 600-acre arable and livestock unit is home to former Arrows Formula One team boss Tom Walkinshaw, who now spends much of the year in Australia.

Including a luxurious six-bedroom house, the property carries a guide of £6.5m.

andrew.shirley@rbi.co.uk