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Two Adjoining Farms at the heart of the Marlborough Downs

Windsor Clive International Ltd, the agency specialising in the sale of property to the bloodstock world and Kidson-Trigg the Wiltshire based agricultural agents and auctioneers, are offering two adjoining Wiltshire downland farms, Upper and Lower Herdswick Farms, half way between Swindon and Marlborough, just a few miles south of junction 15 of the M4, 75 miles west of London. They combine to create an 809 acre estate offering a wonderful agricultural, sporting, and investment opportunity. Upper Herdswick Farm is currently operating as a successful racehorse training centre as the base of renowned National Hunt trainer Jim Old. The 284 acres offer the most spectacular landscape with magnificent views over the high ridges and deep valleys in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Amongst the impressive list of facilities are 4 cottages, 3 interconnecting barns totalling 50 stables, indoor school with horsewalker, lunging ring and covered ride, wonderful grass and all weather gallops and pasture. Specifically planted young woodland offers the enthusiast boundless opportunities to develop a high grade sporting estate. Many would wish to obtain planning approval for a good house on this incomparable site. Lower Herdswick is a high grade 525 acre commercial arable/dairy farm with a 6 bedroom modern farmhouse, 2 farm cottages, and extensive farm buildings. The land is made up of a 240 acre block of flat Grade II arable land, about 205 acres of Grade III, mainly arable land and about.53 acres of Downland grass. The farm has Organic status until December 2011. Sold separately, each of these properties are superb in their own right but together they offer a rare opportunity to put together a substantial estate in a glorious location which gives the opportunity for serious farming, combined with a sporting element and also a high grade equestrian operation which can either be operated by the buyer, or easily let out as an investment. Both firms, Windsor Clive and Kidson-Trigg agree that a combined purchase is the best way forward if a buyer’s budget will run to it. The price guide quoted for Upper Herdswick Farm is £2.6m and for Lower Herdswick is £4.5m, bringing the total to £7.1m, or just over £8750/acre, to include 7 houses and cottages.

Comments:

George Windsor Clive of Windsor Clive International agents for Upper Herdswick comments: ‘Upper Herdswick is a superb training yard, which can command a good rent, so the buyer doesn’t have to be horse minded to enjoy it. The landscape alone makes it very special’ Martin Kidson-Trigg of Kidson-Trigg, agents for Lower Herdswick comments: The combination of a good commercial farm with a sportsman’s delight, makes the 800 acre estate rare indeed – we have recently sold a comparable acreage for over £10,000 per acre without buildings, so we should find enough buyers at the price guides being quoted’