Three smaller grassland farms new to the market offer widely contrasting opportunities.
Foggerthwaite Farm near Barnard Castle, County Durham, has just over 75 acres of mainly permanent pasture, with a three-bedroom stone house and decent range of traditional stone buildings – although both need updating.
The farm is in a very quiet position, not visible from the road, and with good views across Teesdale, said Sheryl Sowden of agent George F White. Foggerthwaite is a typical size for farms in the area, with the land medium-quality upland grazing and all fields enclosed by stone walls.
The land is in an Uplands Entry Level Stewardship Scheme, which began on 1 July last year for five years, with an annual payment of £1883. The overall guide price is £605,000, although the farm is available in three lots. (George F White 01833 690390)
At Southam, near Daventry, Warwickshire, Napton Fields Farm is the same size at around 75 acres – also all pasture – but is level productive grazing land. Its four-bedroomed house is modern red brick, recently decorated and surrounded by the land, also in one block. The Grade 3 land is a fine loam over clay soil in the Denchworth series.
As well as traditional farm buildings, there are several steel portal-framed buildings of about 15,000sq ft in total, with potential for many alternative uses. Napton Fields is being sold by its overseas owner looking to realise some capital in a buoyant land and farms market, said agent Tim Howard. (Howkins & Harrison 01788 564680).
Carter Jonas has put a guide price of £700,000 on a Northamptonshire smallholding which it is selling by auction on 11 March. Park House, West Haddon, has a Georgian farmhouse with four bedrooms and 42 acres; again the land is all in one block, currently in pasture.
The buildings (3658sq ft) are mainly traditional, including stables and open-sided storage, plus a Dutch barn. (Carter Jonas 01604 608 200)