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Weather fuels a strong autumn demand for agricultural property
4:24pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Farming
THIS year has seen the usual pattern of farm sales throughout Britain affected by the extreme weather. The incredibly wet spring and early summer meant that this time of year, usually when purchases peak, was in fact rather sluggish.
However, the sunny summer and mild autumn have seen a rise in farm sales which is continuing through October.
The recent good weather has meant that most farmers in the area have now finished their winter cultivations and sowing, and can now turn their attention to other matters, including expanding their holdings or securing future investments.
Hardstones, an excellent ringfenced 359-acre arable farm on the North Yorkshire/County Durham border, is a fine example of this trend.
Due to strong demand, a viewing day was held by the agents, Strutt & Parker, earlier this month and a second viewing day has been set for Tuesday, October 22.
Of course, the interest in this farm is not unsurprising. During his ownership the vendor has erected a substantial set of buildings specifically designed for cattle rearing, allowing him to house up to 1,000 cattle at a time. Providing more than 50,000 square feet of space, the buildings could easily be used for a variety of other agricultural uses and provide a significant opportunity for earning capacity.
The substantial farmhouse is a great family home with four bedrooms, plenty of living space and a conservatory looking onto the southfacing enclosed garden. There is also a two-bedroomed cottage to provide additional accommodation.
Both towns also offer a good range of schools and shops.
The land has been farmed in hand on a basic combinable rotation. The fields are all good sized with good access for large modern machines.
For anyone looking to buy some land, Strutt and Parker is offering a plot at Brompton, which comprises 82 acres of prime agricultural land with good roadside frontage only five miles away from the thriving agricultural community of Northallerton.
The land is presently sown to grass but is capable of growing cereals. It is available in two lots.
Contact the agents, Strutt and Parker, on 01423 706786 if you would like to attend the second viewing of Hardstones on October 22. Similar strong interest has been seen on the land at Brompton.
The agents have set a date for best and final offers to be received by 12pm on Monday, October 28. Contact joint agents Strutt and Parker on 01423 706786 or Robin Jessop on 01677 425950 for more information.
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