Top 5 most unusual UK farm sales

Buyers of UK land are used to having a house and buildings included on the sales particulars.

A hotel or beach, however, is less common – but it does happen.

Farmers Weekly has been looking at some of the more unusual offerings that have recently sold or are currently on the market.

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Langar Lodge

Agents often speak of a “flight to quality” when describing buyers who invest in best-in-class.

It takes on a different meaning in the case of Langar Lodge in Leicestershire, which offers a World War II airfield as part of the sale.  

No actual flights will be landing however. The 1942 airfield’s 150 acres of runway and perimeter tracks plus hangars now form a portfolio of commercial lets.

Winter cropping covers the 337 acres of clay arable land, which is let on a short-term farm business tenancy.

It attracts a combined annual income of £103,000 and joint agents Berrys and Shouler & Son are inviting offers in the region of £3.25m.   

Kildrummy

Farming families are always a hospitable bunch when it comes to welcoming visitors – so are these skills transferable?

The sale of the Kildrummy Estate by Savills in Aberdeenshire could offer the perfect mix at offers over £9.5m.

The 16-bedroom Kildrummy Castle Hotel is included in the 5,600-acre mixed estate, of which about 2,000 acres is in crops and livestock.

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Kinloch

Nearby, Galbraith is offering a solution for holiday-starved farming families.

No excuses for a lack of seaside breaks here – the Kinloch Estate’s 572 acres of farmland comes with its own stretch of sandy beach near Peterhead.

Just add sunshine.

There is also shooting, a lucrative biomass boiler and a loch included at offers over £2.885m.

Beech Cliffe

Sticking with a coastal theme, Fisher German demonstrated the appetite for amenity woodland with the sale of Beech Cliffe earlier this year.

The sale of 10 acres of silver birch, beech and sycamore next to the M6 at Stoke-on-Trent also included a let sawmilling operation and a five-acre paddock in the £195,000 guide price.

Dungeness

And if farming isn’t paying but you still can’t ignore that farmer’s compulsion to own land then here’s an example of how to think outside the box.  

Strutt & Parker sold the Dungeness Estate on Kent’s Romney Marshes in 2016 in excess of its £1.5m guide price.

It had 450 acres of open shingle with frontage to the English Channel and long-term residential leasehold properties.

A significant income exceeding £130,000/year in shingle extraction and commercial fishing agreements were an attractive addition for the buyer.

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