2014-05-21  

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A Rare Opportunity to Rent a Cumbrian Farm

H&H Land and property have announced details of a sizeable stock rearing farm, being let as a whole under a Fifteen Year Farm Business Tenancy.

Bankwood Farm Brackenber near Appleby is an excellent 208 acre stock rearing farm which benefits from grazing rights to Brackenber Moor. There are a range of farm buildings, both traditional and modern, and a large four bedroom farmhouse.

Bankwood Farm

Bankwood Farm

The tenancy for Bankwood Farm will commence on 21st July with tenders to be submitted on 1st July. Full details of the farm and application process are available through the Carlisle office of H&H Land and Property.

There is a good mix of mowing and grazing land split into 29 fields, and six acres of woodland. Currently the land is not subject to any Environmental Scheme; however the new tenant will have the opportunity to enter new environmental stewardship agreements.

The farm’s Single Farm Payments Entitlements, 80.93 SDA Normal and 15.56 SDA Moorland, are included and will be transferred to the successful tenant.

Bankwood Farm also benefits from rights to graze on Brackenber Moor for 620 ewes and followers, 280 hoggs and 10 cattle with their followers. Currently the rights are not actively used and there is no hefted flock.

“Properties for let under an Farm Business Tenancy, especially one with a 15 year term, are increasingly hard to find,” says letting agent, Craig Brough.

“So with 200 acres, no ingoings to purchase at the commencement of the tenancy and a term of 15 years, Bankwood Farm really does provide an excellent opportunity for a young couple to get a foot onto the first rung of their own farming ladder.

In addition to good grazing and mowing land there are a range of cattle and sheep buildings and a large farmhouse, which will be modernised in conjunction with the ingoing tenants.

Bankwood Farm has been farmed by the owners for several generations, as they are retiring they have made the decision to make the farm available to someone else. Craig tells us what they will be taking into account when considering the tenders:

“We are looking for an all-round robust business plan, which demonstrates the future economic viability of the farm, implementing a system which is both suitable and can maximise the potential of both the land and the buildings.

The farm can be viewed on two specific days only, the farmhouse and buildings will be open for viewing between 10.00am and 3.00pm on Tuesday 10th and Tuesday 17th June. Access to the land is also only available on the viewing days. Interviews will be held on Friday 4th July 2014.

HH Land

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