Arable offerings in south east

Almost 500 acres of bare arable land on the Sussex/Kent/Surrey borders is for sale as a whole or in up to four lots.

Within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 497 acres at Great Cansiron Farm, Hartfield in East Sussex is Grade 3 arable and in combinable crops.

The soils here are Curtisden series, a well-drained coarse loamy soil over sandstone, and the main blocks are of 260 acres, 122 acres and 101 acres.

With a guide price of 3.6m, the land includes about 58 acres of woodland and ponds, with potential for a good pheasant shoot.

A contract farming agreement is in place until September 2014 on the arable land. Single farm payment entitlements are not included but may be available separately. (Strutt & Parker 020 7318 4668)

Also with Strutt & Parker is Cobblers Piece, a 510-acre holding at Abbess Roding, near Chipping Ongar in Essex, an area known for its productive Grade 2 soils.

It includes a five-bedroom period farmhouse with mostly modern buildings and grain storage for 1,200t, three hay barns and a workshop. The late George Scales, who bought it as a 250-acre holding in 1955, was renowned for his innovative approach to farming, including what is still a thriving thatching straw business. The guide price here is £5.5m. (Strutt & Parker 01245 258201)