Choice of large arable holdings for sale

Three substantial and contrasting arable holdings come to the market this week, all offering good-quality land and buildings but with very different residential elements.

With 991 acres, Waite Farm at Thornton le Fen, north-west of Boston, Lincolnshire (pictured above), is the largest and most commercial. It has a detached five-bedroom farmhouse, a pair of cottages and traditional and modern buildings including grain storage.

Currently producing wheat, sugar beet, oilseed rape, potatoes and leeks on its Grade 2 land of Wallasea and Blackwood series soils, the holding is lotted three ways.

The first and largest lot includes the farmhouse, two cottages, farmyard, 2,900t of grain storage and 625 acres. A second farmyard with grain storage of up to 1,200t (half of which is currently let out) and 292 acres of arable land makes up lot 2 while 76 acres of bare arable land completes the offering in lot 3.

The land is on a contract farming arrangement until September 2013 and is all in an Entry Level Stewardship Scheme, which began in February 2012.

There is an abstraction licence for 45,000cu m and all of the land is within an NVZ. (Strutt & Parker 01858 433 123)

Further south, the Blakesware Estate at Wareside in Hertfordshire (pictured below) is a more diverse mainly let land holding on the market through Bidwells. It has almost 823 acres of mainly Grade 2 arable land and is on the market in six lots with a guide price of £5m.


Lot 1 includes a three-bedroom main house, a two-bedroom cottage and almost 61 acres of parkland bordered by mature woodland.

Little Blakesware Farm makes up the second lot, with a six-bedroom main house, a pair of semi-detached cottages and a mix of traditional and modern buildings including grain storage.

The soils here are mainly Grade 2 Hanslope series and most of the 478 1/2 acres in this lot is let on a company Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy.

Lot 3 is almost 258 acres of Grade 2 bare arable land in nine fields, also subject to an AHA tenancy.

“This is a diverse estate in very attractive countryside in an area with good communications and close to London,” said James Brooke of Bidwells. “There is scope for a good shoot.” (Bidwells 07881 516 564)

Wiltshire sees the launch of the Lushill Estate with 729 acres at Hannington, near Swindon. This has also been lotted to offer the Grade II eight-bedroom listed house with 39 acres at a guide price of £5m.

Lushill House also includes a staff flat and is thought to date from about 1797. It has been extensively renovated since the present owner bought it in 1960 and also includes a three bedroomed cottage and a garage block with two further flats.

Of greatest farming interest is lot two – a substantial farmhouse, three sets of farm buildings with crop storage for about 2,000t and about 690 acres of mainly arable Grade 3 farmland.

This carries a guide price of £6.3m and its extensive buildings include cattle yards, former dairy buildings converted to office and light industrial uses, an estate office and a Cotswold stone barn.

Four farm cottages priced from £130,000-£200,000 make up the remaining lots and the estate has an overall guide price of £12m. (Strutt & Parker 01285 653 101)