Big Suffolk sale brings £13.5m farm to market

More than 1,000 acres of prime Suffolk arable land is available in one of the largest offerings of commercial farmland in the county for years.

Wheat yields at the Clopton Green Estate at Rattlesden, six miles from Stowmarket, have consistently exceeded 4t/acre in what is an in-hand operation over Grade 3 sandy soils.

The farm has been in the Morley family for more than 50 years but is being sold following the death of Norman Morley, who bought the farm in 1963.

Colton Green farm

Clopton Green Estate at a glance

  • 1,093 acres of high-yielding Grade 3 arable land
  • 65 acres of woodland and seven acres of grass
  • 6,900t of grain storage
  • Farmhouse plus eight further houses
  • Opportunity to purchase Clopton Hall
  • Machinery stores and weighbridge

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Clopton Hall – a seven-bedroom Tudor house at the centre of the estate – is owned separately, but can be included in the sale as a whole.

The rotation includes spring barley, spring beans, oilseed rape and sugar beet, and the buyer will be given the option of a beet contract for 3,363t.

Soils have been extensively mapped using GPS systems and are regularly tested for potash, phosphorous and pH levels.

Buildings include 4,600t of on-floor grain storage plus a dresser, and 2,300t of wet and dry bin storage.

Charlie Paton, director at Savills, who are charged with selling the property, said the farm is in superb condition.

“Yields are fantastic and exceptionally consistent, and the farm has all the latest technology in place,” Mr Paton said.

“It’s an opportunity for a business to expand or for a farmer to relocate to a fully-equipped ready-to-go unit.

“The last one I sold of a similar scale was probably five years ago.”

Savills is guiding the sale at £14.75m as a whole, with the farm available without the Hall for £13.5m.

Clopton Green farm


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