7 June 2002

Starter gets big-time

FLEDGLING North Yorks operation Robin Jessop has launched its first good-sized offering since the formation of the firm earlier this spring.

New Pilfit Farm near Coxwold, nine miles from Thirsk, is on the market due to the proposed retirement of Alan and Peter Houlston. The 181-acre mixed livestock and arable unit was purchased by the brothers late father in 1962 when it formed part of the Newburgh Priory Estate.

Featuring an attractive 17th Century, five-bedroomed dwelling and over 90 acres of IACS-registered arable soil, chartered surveyor Robin Jessop is guiding the farm at £700,000. He predicts interest from both the farming and non-farming fraternities if the inquiries for a smaller holding launched this May are anything to go by.

"I sent out 100 sets of particulars for Rawcar (a 100-acre holding near Northallerton) and I guess demand was split 50:50. Pilfit is renowned as a good stock farm and it is secluded yet accessible which could appeal to residential purchasers." &#42