Versatile residential farms from Devon to North Yorkshire come to market

A clutch of farms of up to 200 acres, all with extensive residential accommodation and potential for alternative enterprises, make up this week’s main offerings.

Great Thornham Farm, near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, sits privately in 120 acres, with three residences and extensive, modern buildings.

Coming to the market next week with Wolley & Wallis, it has a five-bedroom stone farmhouse, an annexe and a bungalow, each with three bedrooms.

The annexe was converted from former tea rooms in 2016 and has potential for a wide range of uses.

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The land is all down to grass, with the farmstead sitting centrally in the ring-fenced holding.

The buildings include a four-bay cattle barn, a dutch barn, livestock pens and two further three-bay livestock buildings, most of these on concrete.

There is also an internal stable yard with five loose boxes and a workshop.

“The farm has been in the vendor’s family for 25 years. Now, with the children all having flown the nest and pursuing other ventures, the decision has been made to put the farm on the market,” said Sophie Clotworthy, associate with the selling agent.

Sporting rights on Great Thornham are included and the guide price is £3.25m.

North Yorkshire barn conversions

Just on the market is Coville House, a ring-fenced 100-acre livestock farm at Bouthwaite near Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

In a ring fence with three dwellings, this sits in the Nidderdale area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and includes three barn conversions, two farmsteads and several land types.

The main stone-built farmhouse is a barn conversion, as are the two stone cottages, all of which are let on assured shorthold tenancies.

The farm has traditional stone buildings and two good ranges of modern farm buildings.

Sporting rights here are owned by a third party, while mineral rights are included in the £1.575m guide price set by Carter Jonas.

Devon pasture, arable and woodland

With the same agent is Lovehayne Farm, a 200-acre mixed holding in Devon, for sale as a whole or in two lots.

At Southleigh, near Colyton, this is a private residential holding in a quiet location in the east Devon AONB and within three miles of the coast.

It has a detached, period five-bedroom farmhouse, a further detached four-bedroom cottage and a three-bedroom cottage.

The two cottages can be used for holiday letting or as permanent dwellings.

There is also a substantial stone barn with potential for conversion, two five-bay covered yards, an additional covered yard with a workshop, two stable blocks and an all-weather outdoor riding arena.

The 201 acres of land includes 61 acres of mixed broad-leaf woodland.

The remainder is pasture, a good part of which is in level fields on medium, sandy loam soils suitable for arable cropping. Sporting rights are in hand and the overall guide price is £4m.  

Somerset bare land auction

land at Catsgore

Land at Catsgore © Symonds & Sampson

Just over 135 acres in south Somerset will go under the hammer with Symonds & Sampson on 20 April in a downsizing sale.

At Catsgore, near Somerton, this is a mix of productive arable land, woodland and land planted to cricket bat willow trees. 

A guide price of £1.225m has been set for the whole, although it is also lotted four ways, in parcels from 8.8 acres to 68.5 acres, with guide prices from £65,000 to £600,000. Each lot has direct road access.

Of the total, 108 acres is Grade 3 arable land on lower lias stone, currently sown to oilseed rape or spring barley, with the crop values included in the sale price of two of the lots.

The smallest lot is woodland, while lot four is almost 14 acres planted 20 years ago to cricket bat willow.

This is expected to mature in five years with an estimated 2028 value of £150,000. This lot is guided at £175,000.

No nitrate vulnerable zone or AONB designations exist on the land, nor is there any Countryside Stewardship scheme.

All sporting rights are in hand and are included.