Lifestyle buyers seek Wilts residential acres
COMPACT residential farms around Wilts are being snapped up as they hit the market, says Strutt & Parkers Ian Hepburn.
"We recently launched Greenlands Farm (126 acres) and Horsington Manor (190 acres) and both were available for less than a month."
The agent says the area is becomingly increasingly attractive to lifestyle buyers who are leapfrogging higher priced counties such as Hampshire.
This trend is good news for agents who are preparing to offer a number of similar properties. S&P will be marketing Smithwick Farm, Rowde, and Mr Hepburn believes the 197-acre unit, guided at in excess of £1m, should attract plenty of buyers.
"The grade 2 listed farmhouse is in the middle of 197 acres of land that are farmed on a contract basis. People want to be surrounded by their own land whilst not actually having to manage it."
Knight Frank is selling a ring-fenced unit over the border in Glos. Pindrup Moor Farm, near Coln St Dennis, again priced at £1m, includes 160 acres of IACS-registered land, 45 acres of pasture and a pair of traditional Cotswold stone cottages.
A slightly larger property, near Bassett Down, Wilts, is available form Woolley & Wallis and, with an attractive six-bedroomed Georgian farmhouse part of the package, residential interest is bound to feature strongly.
Despite including 239 acres of grade 2 arable land Salthrop Farm, with a price tag of £1.35m, is likely to go to a non-farmer, says agent Richard Nocton.
"We have had interest from local producers but the frontrunner is from outside agriculture – unfortunately farmers dont seem to have deep enough pockets to compete." *