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Farm Business Tenancy Opportunity

The opportunities for people to get their foot onto the farming ladder are becoming increasingly few and far between. The first rung is often a farm business tenancy, which in so many instances is only for a short length of time.

Edgehill Farm

Edgehill Farm

However, H&H Land and Property have today announced they have launched onto the market a 216 acre farm offered on a 15 year Farm Business Tenancy. This is Edgehill Farm near Ulverston in South Cumbria, a former dairy farm providing a superb opportunity at a time of high demand for farms.

“Tenancy opportunities are increasingly difficult to find and those with a 15 year term are a rarity. This is only the second farm we have offered, of this duration, within the last eighteen months. This is an excellent opportunity for a young farmer, or an existing farm owner to expand their farming portfolio” says Matthew Bell, Selling Agent with H&H Land and Property, the largest rural property consultants in the North West.

Edgehill Farm
Located just 1.5 miles South of Ulverston, Edgehill Farm is a productive farm with enormous potential. Until 1996 the land was run as a dairy unit and also used for growing potatoes. Currently the farm is a mix of pasture and arable land; however with cubicles for 320 cows it could be readily converted to its former status as a dairy unit. All that would be needed to cement this conversion would be a new milking parlour, a sizeable investment but with the benefit of immediate returns.

The farm is ring fenced, divided into 12 enclosures of good agricultural land. Alongside the significant acreage are an extensive range of farm buildings including traditional and new buildings, bull pens, a 16 tonne capacity feed bin, slurry stores, silage pits and three insulated frost free buildings previously used for potato storage. A four bedroom farmhouse benefitting from oil fired central heating and double glazing provides the accommodation.

The Carlisle based land agents are expecting considerable interest as Matthew, explains further;

“It is rare in the current climate, to see a working farm of this acreage, with all the features of a modern steading come to the letting market especially for a 15 year period. I am confident that there will be significant interest in what has proven to be a very productive piece of farmland in terms of both arable and livestock”.

This is an opportunity that comes with flexibility for farming systems and while it is currently not subject to an environmental scheme, the Landlord is willing to consider the successful applicant entering the farm into a Stewardship Agreement”.

Particulars are available at a cost of £10 per set. Tenders are to be submitted to H&H Land and Property no later than 12.00 noon on Wednesday 20th February. For more information contact Matthew Bell on 01228 406 260.

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