28 June 2002

Farmer heading to New Zealand sells Yorks unit

A NORTH Yorks farmers decision to head to pastures fresh in New Zealand means a large chunk of the family holding is now up for sale.

The 519-acre Danebury Manor Farm, Flixton, near Scarborough, forms part of a 2500-acre business run in partnership by father and son Roland and Patrick Mason.

Both are renowned stockmen and good prices were achieved at the recent dispersal sale of their Belgian Blue cross suckler herd, with keen demand anticipated for the sale of the farms pedigree beasts on July 13.

Priced at £1.3m, Danebury Manor includes a four-bedroomed brick farmhouse built in the 1960s, a cross country course built to British Eventing standards that Philip Place, of selling agent Boulton & Cooper, believes could be a useful source of extra income, and 420 acres of IACS-registered land. Cundalls are acting as joint agents.

Mr Place says land values in the county have held up very well. The main drivers are still inheritance tax planning issues and reinvestment of rollover funds. "Arable land is selling for £2500-£3000/acre, and grassland should make £1800-£2200/acre," he reclons. &#42