Country houses for sale

Properties Ripe for Growing Produce

Pentre Bach, Llwyngwril, Gwynedd

Pentre Bach boasts an award winning organic market garden and a free range egg company. But as well as a thriving and sustainable business, the four acre property also enjoys a breathtaking position, with views over Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia mountain range. Three cottages included within the sale are currently operated as a successful holiday business ? winner of Best Bed and Breakfast of the Year 1996 and more recently, 2003 Wales Environment Award for Sustainable Tourism. The house itself dates from 1700 and has been restored to the very highest of standards.

Savills are seeking offers in excess of £995,000. For further details please contact Tony Morris-Eyton of Savills, West Midlands on +44 (0)1952 239500.

Gould Farm, Frittenden, Kent

Set within four acres, this award winning garden, has supplied royalty and celebrities. The wholesale nursery which includes a wide range of hardy herbaceous perennials and has at any one time 175,000 plants for sale. Most are grown from cuttings from the extensive collection of stock plants that the Jenners have collected over the years, with the remainder from seed and splitting. The business currently turns over about £320,000 per annum and has the benefit of an existing dwelling and as well as planning permission for a new five-bedroom house.

Guide price of £875,000 plus stock and equipment at valuation. For further information please contact Charlie Gooch at Savills Sevenoaks on +44 (0) 1732 789730.

Willow Farm, Highworth, Wiltshire

Willow Farm occupies a secluded setting down a tree-lined drive and enjoys river frontage to the River Cole. Winner of the prestigious CLA farm building conversion award, the house offers spacious, well presented accommodation with pretty views. The beautiful orchard, bordering the banks of the river is perfect for making jams and preserves and the beautiful gardens include a wide range of attractive plants. With its 42 acres of land, the farm would be ideally suited to a small organic produce business. An application has been made for Single Farm Payments and the Organic Entry Level scheme.

The farm is on the market for £1,015,000 or is available in lots. For further details please contact Richard Binning at Savills on +44(0) 1295 228020

Burridge Farm, Burridge, Hampshire

This charming Grade II Listed 16th century farmhouse boasts extensive private gardens and a wide range of outbuildings. The gardens are mostly laid to lawn and include an arbour of old roses, apple, plum and cherry trees ? the fruit of which is certain to be the belle of any farmers’ market. There is also an old sundial, a pond, a restored well and many mature shrubs including rhododendrons. To the west of the property is a duck pond and pen. The outbuildings include a four bay garage (built to complement the architectural style of the original farmhouse), old brick store with original peg and clay tile roof and stables which have been converted into an office. The property is approached via a private, single-track lane, through a five-bar gate and along a tarmac drive to an extensive parking area at the side of the property.

Guide Price £950,000 plus £50,000 for an adjoining 1.53 acre paddock. For further information please contact Matthew Hallett of Strutt and Parker, Winchester on +44(0) 1962 890077.

Mendip View Farm, Kingston Seymour, Clevedon, Somerset

Mendip View Farm is a delightful Grade II listed 17th Century farmhouse, constructed of stone with timber casement windows under a tiled roof. The original property has been extended over the years and a loft and former trap house could be converted to provide even more living space. To the rear of the farmhouse is an area of level lawn with a beech hedge border, mature pear tree, silver birch, purple sycamore, liquidambar and beech trees. An old cider barn, a workshop and general store room have the potential for conversion into ancillary residential accommodation or could be use to house a small enterprise. There is also a shippon that is currently used as kennels and storage. The former dairy and Somerset County milking parlour has been converted into a workshop and there is also a range of modern farm buildings, approached via a separate drive. The farmhouse’s land surrounds the property and comprises a total of 4.28 acres and includes a 2 acre orchard which has a number of productive fruit trees. A further 128 acres (all grassland) is available by separate negotiation. The land is subject to a Countryside Stewardship Agreement.

The farm is on the market with Savills for £1 million. For further information please contact Savills Cirencester office, Stephen Thompstone on +44 (0)1285 627550.

Quarry House, Bratton Fleming, Devon

This substantial Edwardian residence enjoys commanding views over the valley and surrounding countryside. But as well as providing an attractive and well appointed family home, the property would suit a passionate gardener, keen to flaunt his or her flowers and plants at the local farmers’ market. The garden boasts a 100-year-old monkey puzzle tree and a host of spring flowers and bulbs. On the southern side of the house there are terraced gardens with lawns, flower borders, trees and shrubs including a walnut tree, specimen fir trees and conifers as well as a fig tree on the terrace. There is also an aluminium framed greenhouse and a garden store with


Quarry House has a Guide of £775,000. For more information please contact Jackson-Stops & Staff Barnstaple on +44 (0)1271 377833.

Chalkway Mill, Winsham, Somerset

This beautiful old mill occupies a peaceful setting, well screened by trees. It was originally the mill for the Cricket St Thomas estate and the building has good sized rooms and many period features. The property would be perfect for a rural enterprise as it boasts a outbuilding, ripe for conversion into a workshop or office. Gardens extend behind the house, along the wooded bank and offer both lawns and woodland ? perfect for fostering all kinds of plants and shrubs.

Guide price of £575,000. For more information please telephone Jackson-Stops, Sherborne on +44 (0)1935 815869.