6 September 2002

On offer:3 units with fine dwellings

PURCHASERS looking for a property of around 250 acres with attractive accommodation have a trio of newly launched farms to choose from.

All feature Grade 2 listed five or six-bedroomed houses, but prices vary considerably. In Norfolk, Brown & Co is selling Heckingham Hall for £1.17m. Near Loddon, the farm extends to 242 acres and includes a let dairy unit with an annual income of £12,000 a year.

On the market due to its owners decision to raise some capital to invest in the remainder of his farming business, Heckingham has been lotted six ways. The principal lot, priced at £675,000, features a 17th Century dwelling on three floors, 55 acres of IACS-registered soil and the dairy buildings which are rented on a farm business tenancy until 2005.

A 100-acre block of arable land with irrigation is valued at £2800/acre, and agent Lindsay Sinclair reckons it could appeal to local farmers. Four other lots include a 15-acre parcel of grazing marshes subject to a Norfolk Broads ESA agreement.

Meanwhile in West Sussex, Humberts is marketing Old Farm, at Wisborough Green, near Billingshurst.

Guided in the region of £2.5m, the farm has a number of leisure and sporting possibilities based around 95 acres of woodland and a chain of lakes. James Tillard, handling the sale from the firms Lewes office, says the woodland has escaped heavy felling and includes an unusually large number of oak and ash standards.

As well as the principal house there is additional accommodation in a converted granary building and a converted Sussex barn. The sale has been split two ways, with almost 60 acres of land offered separately, but Mr Tillard is expecting it to go as a whole. "It is a fantastic small country estate with little road frontage and no public rights of way."

Suffolk firm Clarke & Simpson is offering the cheapest of the three offerings. Grove Farm, Monk Soham, Framlingham, is valued at £1m and comes with a 16th Century timber-framed house that has recently been re-thatched, but is in need of further updating, and 253 acres of pasture and arable land.

Just over 230 acres of the land consists of IACS-registered Grade 3 soil which has 470t of sugar beet contract attached. Agent Christopher Clarke says the land could be available separately but will not be sold until the house and immediate surroundings find a buyer. &#42

Old Farm, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, available from Humberts includes some attractive woodland and a timber-framed house.