Bedfordshire farm on market for first time since 1928

A well-placed residential arable and pasture farm in Bedfordshire is coming to the market after being farmed by the same family since 1928.

RP Burton & Partners is selling Wood End Farm because of retirement and ill health. This was a mixed arable and dairy business in the past, with the pedigree Holstein Friesian herd being sold in 2001.

The land is Grade 2 and 3 on Ashley series soils and has since been in arable crops, dairy replacement and turkey rearing alongside hay production. The 172-acre holding has an arable rotation of winter beans, winter wheat, winter wheat and winter barley, with all land ploughed annually.

A four-bedroom farmhouse also has annexe accommodation, while the buildings offer ample grain storage for the production of the holding as well as a very good range of hay, straw and machinery storage and livestock housing.

Covering about 37,223sq ft, the buildings offer the potential for a variety of alternative uses and have very good road and rail links.

Wood End Farm is off a main road but just two miles from junction 12 of the M1 and about 43 miles from the centre of London.

Jeff Paybody, of selling agent Howkins & Harrison, expects interest from both the farmer and London markets and has set a guide price of £2.5m for Wood End Farm.

The same firm is offering two blocks of bare land totalling almost 250 acres.

At Mill Pit Farm, Itchington, Warwickshire, is a block of 194 acres of predominantly arable land in winter wheat and oats. Three concrete portal-framed buildings and a workshop totalling about 9,000sq ft are included in the £1.45m guide price and this block is available as a whole or in two lots.

At Granmore Hill Farm, near Farnborough, Oxfordshire, a further 51 acres of Grade 3 land is split between 20 acres of good arable, 11 acres of ploughable pasture and 21 acres of pasture/scrub land. This has a guide price of £330,000. (Howkins & Harrison 01788 564 680)


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