A tale of two very different farms…

Two farms – one is 2,000-acre and costs £5.25m including all the kit, the other is 1,000 acres and costs £6.25m. What’s the difference?

Well, the first one’s in Canada and the second is in Kent.

Agent Ian Hope of Hayes MacFarlane is offering a unique opportunity to purchase lock, stock and barrel a fully equipped arable operation in Manitoba, Canada’s central province. The farm consists of 2,058 acres of arable land plus a split-level home guild in 1977. There are two yards with grain storage for 3,800t.

Soils are black sandy loams and almost completely stone-free. The land has supported potatoes, vegetables and sunflowers, canola (oilseed rape) soya beans, oats and wheat. A gravel extraction operation has quarried parts of the farm but it is understood that a significant tonnage remains.

The British vendors purchased the property 11 years ago and are moving to another farming property. Mr Hope is inviting offers over £5.25m for the whole operation. (Hayes MacFarlane 01828 632 786)

Meanwhile, on the north Kent coast between Whitstable and Faversham, Savills’ Charlie Paton is selling 1,009 acres of arable land within a ringfence. All land is grade 3 with 792 acres let on a Farm Business Tenancy until October 2012. The remainder is being sold with vacant possession upon completion. Guide for the whole is £6.25m (Savills 0207 409 5916)