Buy in area of outstanding natural beauty

A rare chance to buy a sizeable farm on Wiltshire’s chalkland just west of Marlborough comes with the sale of Manor Farm at West Overton.


The 284ha (702 acre) arable farm, in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, currently has 638 acres of cropped land with about 1400t of grain storage on floor and in bins.

A former dairy unit, Manor Farm is well-equipped with general-purpose buildings and former dairy sheds that have been adapted as stables.

It has a four-bedroom, Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse with about 5000sq ft of space. The current owner, who is retiring from farming, has established significant broadleaved woodland plantations under a Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

Smiths Gore is lotting the farm six ways, and the firm’s head of farm agency, Giles Wordsworth, is guiding the bare land element of the sale at £6250/acre. The guide price for the whole is in excess of £6.2m. (Smiths Gore 01865 733 300)

Cambridgeshire has a good block of bare Grade 2 arable land on offer at Carters Farm, Shudy Camps, just 16 miles south east of Cambridge. The 122.7ha (303.3 acres) of Hanslope soil is on the edge of a village and has road frontage.

“This is bare land with no expensive farmhouse, so for anyone looking at land for inheritance tax planning, this is attractive,” said Jim Bryant, of Bryant Land & Property. “There are also a number of good farmers and contractors locally who could farm this well for an investor.”

SFP is included in a guide price in the region of £2.072m for the whole, or £6838/acre. (Bryant Land & Property 01223 842 675)