Northern market yields more commercial farms

Three farms covering more than 1,700 acres in Northumberland and North Yorkshire, along with a dairy in Dumfriesshire, offer farming-oriented businesses in a week when several others offer diversified leisure businesses.

A good Northumbrian hill farm just north of Otterburn is among them, with 750 acres of good mowing and pasture land, a farmhouse currently used for B&B, a modern bungalow and a good range of buildings for cattle.

Ben Johnson at George F White, offering at least six new properties this week, sees Woolaw, at Rochester, likely to sell as a whole. It has a £1.25m guide price, which values it at around £1,700/acre as a whole, with the hill ground starting at £1,500/acre.

Still in Northumberland, Hadston Farm near Morpeth is being sold on behalf of property company Grainger with 475 acres and a farmhouse, buildings and two cottages on the east coast. About 40 years ago it was opencast mined for coal; it now offers good-sized fields and easy access from internal tracks as well as the main road. It is offered as a whole or in up to five lots, with a guide price of £3m, valuing its bare arable land from £5,500/acre.

Over in North Yorkshire, Morton Grange Farm at East Harlsey near Northallerton has 535 acres of mostly arable land subject to a contract farming agreement until August 2014. There is a four-bedroom farmhouse, traditional and modern buildings, grain storage for about 2,800t and sporting potential. The guide price is £4.5m, with bare arable land valued from £7,500/acre upwards. (George F White 01677 425301)

A 176-acre recently updated dairy farm is being offered further north at Thornhill in Dumfriesshire, as part of what is being called the Keir Mill Collection, which also includes a five-bedroom house and bungalow, 164-acre livestock farm and 40 acres of bare land. The overall guide is £3m. (George F White 01665 603231)