Arable choice for summer market

A trio of excellent farms in sought-after arable areas in England and Scotland is likely to prove a good test of this summer’s commercial farmland market.

Pastures Farm, Hail Weston, Cambridgeshire, is a very commercial unit that will suit farmers and investors, said Ben Taylor of joint agent Bidwells. “It is in a sought-after part of the country and in the current market is just the sort of property that is proving popular.”

The ring-fenced unit’s 120ha (297 acres) of grade 2 Hanslope series land has grown wheat and oilseed rape in recent years and will appeal strongly to farming businesses, said Mike Alexander of Alexanders. “It is good quality farmland for which you can realistically budget 3.5+t/acre of wheat.’

The reduced value of the farmhouse, which is subject to a protected tenancy, will also attract those looking for acres rather than bricks and mortar.

The large range of buildings includes a chemical store, workshop and sizeable implement sheds as well as a 30m x 20m steel portal on-floor grain store and three large general-purpose buildings.

Pastures Farm is available as a whole for £2.5m, or in two lots. The farmhouse plus almost nine acres is guided at £250,000; the land and buildings at £2.25m, equivalent to £7,500/acre. (Alexanders 01480 432 220; Bidwells 01223 559 352)

Those seeking more northerly acres are now spoiled for choice following the launch of what Colin Stewart of agent Hayes Macfarlane describes as “two cracking east coast arable units”.

West Mains of Dunnichen, near Forfar in Angus, has 365 acres of southerly facing mainly Class 3 (1) soils growing cereals, potatoes, oilseed rape and some grass.

The farm has undergone intensive modernisation and has a range of excellent buildings, says the agent, including a modern cattle court, general-purpose buildings and on-floor grain store plus a traditional range. It also has a modern four-bedroom farmhouse.

The farm is available as a whole for offers over £3.39m or in two lots; the farmhouse, buildings and 227 acres of land for offers of more than £2.2m and a further 144 acres of land for offers higher than £1.19m.

Twenty miles to the south is Rawes Farm, Longforgan, 459 acres of Class 3 (1) land in the Carse of Gowrie near Dundee. The flat land receives annual rainfall of 27-30in and has grown cereals and vegetables.

The farm buildings were built only five years ago and include a 36 x 23m grain store plus an 18t an hour automatic drier, a similar-sized general-purpose building and office and storage area. There is planning permission for a four-bedroom farmhouse. Offers of more than £3.35m are invited. (Hayes Macfarlane 01828 632 786)