Lots of promise for spring

Property auctioneers are polishing their gavels for the start of the main spring selling season.


Only a few blocks of bare land have gone under the hammer this year, but March promises some more diverse action with Cumbrian agent Hopes of Wigton handling the largest sale announced so far.


Auctioneer Stuart Robertson will be taking bids for Fir Tree Bank on 28 March at Hopes’ Wigton Saleroom at 1pm, and his colleague Ian Ritchie is hoping the 124-acre stock-rearing unit at Southerfield, near Abbeytown, will make around £650,000.


However, Mr Ritchie hasn’t set a guide price because he said the market was offering little comparable evidence at the moment.


“I’m surprised it’s so quiet; usually it starts to pick up at this time of year.


I think people are just sitting tight and taking stock of things.”


Fir Tree Bank is being sold following the retirement of owner Brenda Sim and could go to a farmer or lifestyle buyer.


“There is a big, six-bedroomed house, which could attract residential buyers, but having said that it is an area where there are plenty of well-established farmers in the area who might be interested in taking on more land,” said Mr Ritchie.


In neighbouring Lancs, Smith Hodgkinson Pickervance is offering Ascrofts Farm at Holmes, near Tarleton, in two lots on 16 March at 7pm in Mere Brow Village Hall.


The 75-acre property is being sold by the executors of the late George Sutton and has been farmed as a mixed beef, arable and vegetable unit.


Lot one, guided at 600,000, includes a four-bed brick farmhouse, an extensive range of buildings and 51 acres of temporary grass ley and set-aside.


Almost 25 acres of fertile moss land are available separately for about 4000/acre.


On 8 March, Bruton Knowles will be selling Coates Farm at Thornborough, three miles from Buckingham, on behalf of Bucks County Council.


Bidding starts at 6pm at the Bell Hotel, Winslow.


The main holding, which includes a modern three-bed house, buildings and 48 acres of grass, is priced at £700,000.


A six-acre plot with a timber-framed building is set to fetch £30,000, while almost 19 acres and another building are guided at £55,000.


The biggest lot, 83 acres of arable land and a brick building, is tagged at £200,000.


andrew.shirley@rbi.co.uk