Two Yorkshire holdings and Gloucestershire bare arable land

With a portfolio of diversifications, Low Shipley Farm near Barnard Castle, County Durham, is launching in mid-July.

Offering farming, leisure and holiday rental income in a secluded location on the banks of the River Tees and access to the Pennine Way, John Coleman, head of farm and land sales at selling agent GSC Grays, describes the farm as an attractive rural business.

“Low Shipley has been developed to include a range of rural enterprises that take full advantage of the beautiful location and its access to the Dales and some of the area’s most important national trails,’’ he says.

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As well as 119 acres of grassland and a modern general-purpose shed, Low Shipley Farm comes with three cottages, two of which are run as five-star holiday lets, and a stone barn with planning consent for conversion to a third holiday property.

However, the principal diversification is a 60-pitch fully equipped and occupied static caravan park.

Under the current arrangements there is consent for the caravans to be occupied between 1 March and 30 October.

Natural capital opportunities lie in 19 acres of amenity woodland, stone-walled parks, mixed species grass leys and a wildlife pond.

The farm sits partly within the Shipley and Great Woods site of special scientific interest.

The farmland is predominantly Grade 4 meadow land best suited to long-term leys, most of which can be mown.

Soils are described on LandIS maps as slowly permeable clay and loam.

A traditional stone-built farmhouse, which is Grade II listed, has four bedrooms and a sheltered garden.

Sporting and mineral rights are included in the sale, with the farm offered as a whole with a guide price of £4.5m.

Gloucestershire arable land

Also being launched is a 133-acre block of mainly arable land in the Forest of Dean.

Land at Soilwell Farm

Land at Soilwell Farm © Savills

Selling agent Savills is bringing the land at Soilwell, near Lydney, Gloucestershire, to the market at a guide price of £1.2m as a whole.

The arable land is classified Grade 3 and has soils of the Eardiston and Withnell Series, well known for their productive capacity.

There are also grass leys and a small acreage of permanent pasture.

There is a mains water supply, but the connection has not been used for a number of years.

Vacant possession of the Soilwell land is available from 29 September 2024.

Yorkshire Dales livestock farm

Savills is also launching a 448-acre upland livestock farm in the Yorkshire Dales, jointly with Skipton-based agent David Hill.

High Cow House Farm

High Cow House Farm © Savills

High Cow House Farm sits in an elevated position adjacent to Winterburn Reservoir, near Skipton.

Savills describes this as a productive, ringfenced livestock farm at scale, with significant scope to develop further.

Alternatively, the buyer could focus on natural capital and conservation through upland heath restoration, carbon sequestration or biodiversity net gain.

There are also Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme opportunities or the option to extend a Countryside Stewardship scheme agreement.

The land is a mixture of productive meadow, upland pasture, rough grazing and woodland shelterbelts.

Modern farm buildings include loose housing for cattle.

There is planning consent for a four-bedroom agricultural worker’s dwelling with the foundations and footings already established.

High Cow House Farm is offered for sale at a guide price of £1.275m for the whole or is available in two lots.

Additional land, including about 12 acres of meadow, as well as a traditional field barn with potential for conversion, may be available by separate negotiation.