• A 25-acre block of unimproved Lincs land at Colsterworth, near Grantham, went under the hammer on Nov 21 with agent Shoulers for £1680/acre – just under the £43,000 guide price.
According to the firm, the buyer was a local businessman with farming interests who will probably farm the land himself with the possibility of integrating it into his other business in the future.
• JOINT agents Strutt & Parker and Webb Paton have sold Smithwick Farm, near Rowde, Wilts, to a non-farming buyer for close to the £1m guide price.
The 197-acre former dairy unit, brought to the market due to a family reorganisation, featured an eight-bedroomed farmhouse and a rental income of £24,000/annum from the converted dairy buildings.
• A "rare example" of traditionally managed Wilts grassland is for sale with Woolley and Wallis. Sutton Lane Meadows, Sutton Benger, near Chippenham, extends to 12 acres and is priced at £35,000.
Designated an SSSI and home to over 500 green winged orchids, the meadows are being sold for the first time since 1947 due to the retirement of farmer Graham Carter.
• MIDLANDS rural consultancy firm Berrys has merged with Cheshire-based agent A G Bowcock. The new firm will trade as Berrys.
The partnership already has offices in Northants, Salop and Notts and managing partner Paul Pridmore said the company has felt for some time that a base in the north-west would tie in well with its existing operations. *