25 August 1995

Extra from tourism at Dorset dairy unit

PRINCIPALLY run as a dairy unit, a Dorset farm also offers some established non-agricultural enterprises which could broaden the sources of interest.

Owned by the Encombe Estate, Ridge Farm, Arne, on the Isle of Purbeck, has been farmed by Brian Hallett since 1961 and his retirement brings it to the market.

The 326 acres do not benefit from arable area aid and 243 acres are currently part of the Arne Site of Special Scientific Interest generating an annual payment of £4300.

Mr Hallett milks 70 cows, 197,833 litres of milk quota are for sale separately, but with a planning permission for industrial use on part of the farm he also trades in railway sleepers and straw. As a whole selling agents Savills are quoting a £500,000 guide, al-though with the range of businesses it has also been lotted into three.

"We would like to find a buyer for the whole but we have lotted it for maximum flexibility," says agent Harriet Tory. Appealing to the residential buyer wanting to have a few livestock, the four-bedroom house, farm buildings and 80 acres adjoining the river Frome are guided at £240,000.

Recognising the earning potential from tourism Mr Hallett turned over about 3 acres to a caravan and camping site for 60 touring units. As a separate lot it is guided at £55,000 with the water meadows accounting for the £205,000 difference. &#42

Adjoining the River Frome, the buyer of Ridge Farm, Arne could benefit from the areas tourism industry.