Grassland units compete for buyers

Smaller grassland units are coming to the market in greater numbers, with sales often prompted by retirement.

Treefields Farm near Crediton, Devon, has a total of 132 acres and views to Dartmoor. Eighty acres of the land is productive strong grassland with the remainder mature broadleaf woodland, some of which is classified as ancient and semi-natural woodland.

The 1930s dormer bungalow farmhouse, which needs extensive restoration or could be used as a site to build a new country house, is in an elevated but sheltered position, says agent Townsend, of Exeter.

The modern farm buildings also have potential for development and the land, which at its lowest is 116m (384ft) above sea level, varies from level to gently sloping pasture with some steep woodland banks. Treefields is for sale as a whole with a formal guide of £750,000 with a tender date of 19 November. (Townsend Chartered Surveyors 01392 823 935)

Gilfach-y-Rhiw, St Harmon, in mid Wales lies 320-400m (1050-1320ft) above sea level and will go to auction through Halls on 19 October.

The first of two lots has guide price of £320,000-360,000 and includes the detached three-bedroom farmhouse, traditional stone ranges, more modern purpose-built livestock housing and 36 acres of grazing land. The house needs modernisation while some buildings are semi-derelict.

The second lot (guide price £260,000-320,000) is 113 acres of productive pastureland and hill grazing land and an open oak and larch wood. (Halls 01743 284 777).