In pictures: 1,000-acre farming estate for sale

Ballington Manor Estate farmland

The 1,127 acre Ballington Manor Estate is available as a whole or in two lots and has a guide price of £17.5m

One thousand acres of high-quality arable and grassland is for sale in the Wylye Valley, Wiltshire, complete with two sets of modern farm buildings.

With a guide price of £17.5m, the 1,127-acre Ballington Manor Estate is available as a whole or in two lots.

Richard Nocton, partner at selling agent Wooley & Wallis, said the owners had won a number of conservation awards and the “broad spread of the estate” would appeal to a wide range of potential buyers.

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Alex Lawson, director at joint selling agent Savills, added: “Estates combining profitable agricultural enterprises, high-calibre sporting and a diverse property portfolio rarely come on to the open market. Ballington Manor has all these in abundance.”

The farmland

Farmland at the Ballington Manor Estate

The Ballington Manor Estate boasts Grade 2 and 3 land with fields suitable for modern machinery

The farmland is classified as Grade 2 and 3, with about 830 acres of arable land with a cropping rotation of winter oil seed rape, winter wheat and spring barley.

Fields are large and suited to modern machinery.

A further 169 acres of permanent pasture is managed and grazed with a focus on conservation under the estate’s Higher Level Stewardship Scheme.

The estate also has about 82 acres of woodland, with native species including beech, ash and cherry as well as conifers.

Three of the woodlands have been planted under a Farm Woodland Grant Scheme, expiring in 2021.

Access and farm buildings

Ballington Manor Estate farm tracks

The Ballington Manor Estate has 82 acres of woodland

The estate has a good network of tarmac farm roads and tracks and there are two separate ranges of modern farm buildings.

Farm buildings on the Ballington Manor Estate

The estate has the capacity to store for 3,200t of grain

The main farm building is centrally located and includes three modern steel-framed buildings extending to over 16,000sq ft with storage capacity for 3,200t of grain divided into six grain stores with roof-mounted solar panels.

Farm buildings on the Ballington Manor Estate

The estate has a total of six grain stores

Non-farming income

Ballington Manor has a shoot, with 18 days let and another eight days retained.

It also holds sporting rights over an adjoining 510 acres on lease agreements until 2033 and owns 1,200 yards of double bank and more than 900 yards of single bank fishing on the Wylye.

Ballington Manor Estate manor house

The manor house dates to the 16th century

A traditional courtyard has been converted into offices split into six units and let on occupational licences.

In addition to the Grade II-listed 16th century manor house, there are eight other residential properties, including six cottages let on assured shorthold tenancies.

Finding out more

The estate is being sold through joint agents Wooley & Wallis in Marlborough and Savills in London.  

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