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A highly productive mixed livestock arable farm extending to approx. 89.31 hectares (220.68 acres)

Available to let on a 10-year Farm Business Tenancy commencing 1st March 2024.

Tender forms to be submitted to Oates Rural Ltd no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 27th September 2023.

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General Information

Whittingham Lane has been in the Telford family and farmed in-hand for the past two generations. The decision by Bill and Sybil Telford to dramatically scale down farming activities now provides an excellent opportunity for persons to get a foothold on the farming ladder or indeed provide a secondary holding to an existing farming unit. Historically the farm has been farmed as part of a larger farming enterprise, providing significant winter housing for cattle as well as supporting a low ground sheep enterprise. The majority of the land has been rotated between arable and grassland with significant quantities of farmyard manure applied annually. The land, with south facing slope, is considered to be highly productive with both good grassland crops and arable yields. The traditional stone-built farmhouse, with oil central heating and double glazing provides an attractive dwelling situated in the centre of the farm, with wonderful views in a quiet location. The farm buildings are generally modern and considered quite extensive for this size of holding.

Situation

Whittingham Lane lies approx. ½ mile due south of the village of Whittingham. The village of Glanton is a further 3 miles to the north with a village pub and the main market town of Alnwick situated approx. 8 miles to the east providing a full range of services. The city of Newcastle is located approx. 35 ½ miles to the south with a full range of services and an international airport. Schooling is available in the village of Whittingham to primary level with secondary education in the town of Alnwick, all linked by bus routes.

Description

A lowland mixed grassland and arable farm situated in the picturesque vale of Whittingham in the heart of the county of Northumberland. In total the farm extends to approx. 89.13 hectares (approx. 220.68 acres).

The land is divided into good size field parcels, of regular shape and whilst some are gently sloping, all are regarded as south facing. The land is ring-fenced and has good access to all fields. The farm has historically been well managed, received regular applications of farmyard manure and is considered to be in good heart.

The holding will be let of a Farm Business Tenancy with anticipated entry as at 1st March 2024 ending 1st November 2033. Early entry may be possible by negotiation. The current owners have held the farm for over two generations and are keen to see the farm continue to be managed in a sound productive manner. The owners are keen to invite submissions from a wide range of backgrounds and are keen to support those progressing through the industry.

Applicants should make a clear statement on their future management of the holding including reference to non-agricultural diversification as well as any environmental opportunities applicants are keen to explore.

Farmhouse

A modern three-bedroom farmhouse of stone construction under slate, with kitchen and a further two reception rooms. The property benefits from oil fired central heating and double glazing throughout. The house represents a comfortable house sitting in an elevated position enjoying views to the south.

Viewing of the farmhouse will not be available on viewing days but it will be available to view by those selected on a short list.

Farm Buildings

An extensive number of modern farm buildings, particularly for this size of holding. The buildings are generally of steel portal frame construction, the central building having concrete floor leading out to a concrete yard area. Historically the buildings have been principally used for winter housing of livestock, with additional fodder storage however could easily be used for a number of alternative uses.

Land

Land extending to approx. 89.31 hectares (220.68 acres) situated within a ring fence with south facing regular shaped fields. There is a trough or a natural water supply to all fields. It is however noted there has recently been an issue with the quantity of supply to fields 1, 9 and 14. The current owners are looking into this matter and will aim to rectify with discussions with future tenant.

Environmental Stewardship

There is an existing Mid-tier Stewardship agreement, part of a wider application, which the in-coming tenant will be bound to honour. There are no management prescriptions.

Fencing

There is in place an ongoing fencing programme to bring some fences to a new standard. Full details are available from the agents.

Viewings

Viewings are strictly by prior appointment on the prearranged open days;

· Wednesday 30 August 2023 (10am – 2pm)

· Wednesday 13 September 2023 (10am – 2pm)

On viewing days there will be no access to the farmhouse, although full access will be allowed to all land and buildings. Viewing of the farmhouse will be permitted to those selected for a shortlist.

Please be aware this is a working farm and therefore they may be potential associated hazards. All viewers are asked to be as vigilant and careful as possible when viewing.

Tenancy Agreement – Principal Heads of Terms

· Term: Tenancy until 30th October 2033 with entry as a 1st March 2024. Early entry be separate negotiation will be considered if required.

· Rent: Payable six monthly in advance.

· Rent review: Subject to review Three yearly

· Repairs: Principally to be the responsibility of the tenant to put and keep in good repair – please see draft agreement in letting pack.

· Use: Agricultural use only.

· Timber and Sporting Rights: Reserved by the landlord.

· Environmental Stewardship: The farm is currently part of a mid-tier stewardship scheme applicable to wider farming unit. The ingoing tenant to be responsible for adherence to the scheme although there is no management descriptions.

· In Going Valuation: None envisaged. There may be some fodder and straw available if required.

Plans Areas and Schedules

All are produced in accordance with measurements taken and areas provided by Rural Land Registry and Ordnance Survey and are for reference only.

All applicants are deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the description of the property and the any errors shall not annul the let nor entitle either party to compensation in respect thereof.

Conditions of Tender

Persons intending to make an offer are advised to inspect the holding thoroughly and take all factors into account before submitting their application.

The conditions of tenure are:

1. All tenders must be submitted using the prescribed tender form contained in the letting pack.

2. Tender forms should be returned by post to Tom Oates, Oates Rural Ltd, Whaupee House, Glanton, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 4BQ, in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Tender for Whittingham Lane” or by email to tom@oatesrural.com with the subject "Tender for Whittingham Lane” by 12 noon on Wednesday 27th September 2023.

3. The Landlord reserves the right not to accept the highest or indeed any offer.

4. A short list of applicants may be asked to provide further supporting information and/or attend a meeting with the Owners.

5. The Owners reserve the right to request financial references and source of financing.

6. The Landlord will enter into an agreement with a single person and not a company or a partnership.

7. The tenant will be responsible for any stamp duty land tax payable in relation to the letting.

8. The Tenant will be required to make a contribution of £500 plus VAT towards the cost of preparing the Farm Business Tenancy agreement.

9. A record of Condition will be prepared at the commencement of tenancy with associated cost to be shared between Landlord and tenant. the record to be produced by the letting agents.


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