Contrasting farms for the same price

Two very different farms come to the market this week with the same guide price. Manor Farm, Knodishall, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk has 98ha (242 acres), a large Georgian house and holiday cottages in converted traditional outbuildings.



The farm is being sold due to retirement, and its grade 2 and 3 light sandy loam land benefits from a 36,400cu m (8m gallon) irrigation licence and 1,000t of grain storage. Further buildings include a workshop and a good range of general-purpose sheds.


The four holiday cottages earn a gross annual income of more than £25,000, at about 30-35 weeks occupancy. There are also 12 loose boxes in converted traditional buildings, a tack and rest room, manege, and a seven-furlong all-weather gallop


Manor Farm is for sale as a whole or in four lots by private treaty, with completion required by 30 September. Robert Fairey of Brown & Co has set a guide price of £3.2m, which he says values the land at £7,500/acre. The guide price includes 79 Single Farm Payment entitlements. (Brown & Co 01284 731450)


At the same guide price, Fisher German is selling the 176.5ha (436 acre) South Lodge Farm at Widmerpool, Nottinghamshire.


Another retirement job, the ring-fenced grade 3 arable farm has a wide range of modern buildings and a large five-bedroom farmhouse with origins in the mid-1800s.


South-Lodge


Available as a whole or in three lots, this holding has a good range of well maintained modern arable and general purpose buildings, including 1,200t of grain storage as well as a large range of traditional buildings with scope for conversion.


Soils are Ragdale Series, mainly slowly permeable clayey and fine loamy over clayey soils.


The farm includes a drained landing strip for light aircraft and has planning permission for storage of six resident light aircraft in one of the barns. There is a Countryside Stewardship Scheme agreement and an Entry Level Stewardship Scheme on the land. SFP entitlements are included in the £3.2m guide price. (Fisher German 01530 412 821)

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