A Powys border farm overlooking an area of outstanding natural beauty been placed on the market for £1.7m.

Santley Farm near Minsterley is a stock rearing and finishing farm looking towards the Stiperstones and Devil’s Chair area of the South Shropshire Hills.

The farm, which is being marketed by Morris, Marshall and Poole with Norman Lloyd, comprises of 261 acres, a Devon Longhouse-style farmhouse built by local miners, and outbuildings.

Tony Evans, who is handling the sale, said there is already significant interest in the farm and the land.

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“This is a very rare sale of a farm of this kind in the area," he said. "While Santley Farm could continue as a stock rearing and finishing farm, there are opportunities for diversification into sporting, forestry or light industrial, subject to necessary planning.

“We currently let the farm on behalf of the vendors on an annual grazing licence agreement and the owners claim for basic payment scheme payments and are entering into a Stewardship Scheme.

“The current income created by the claims for BPS and grazing are in excess of £35,000 per annum.”

“There is also the potential to increase this income if the property is entered into a mid-tiered Stewardship Scheme of around £6,000-£8,000 per annum. Consequently, the purchaser of the farm as a whole would provide a substantial annual income on the current basis of claims and lettings together with comfortable family accommodation in an attractive countryside position.”

The sale is freehold with vacant possession on completion, which has been set for August 26.

“We’re anticipating a lot of interest in the farm as a whole and the separate lots and we’d suggest early viewing through us,” Mr Evans added.

County Times: Santley FarmhouseSantley Farmhouse

County Times: Land at Santley Farm.Land at Santley Farm.

The farm is being sold as either a whole or in four lots:

Lot 1

The farmhouse and 9.166 acres of amenity pastureland with a guide price of £500,000.

Lot 2

A substantial block of pastureland extending to 100.61 acres. It also includes a five-bay Dutch Barn. It has a guide price of £400,000.

Lot 3

Consists of 57.59 acres of a substantial commercial area of lowland pastureland set out in a number of well-shaped blocks with small areas of amenity woodland. It also includes a seven-bay steel building, a concreted and walled cattle handling area and a five-bay steel portal building. It has a guide price of £400,000.

Lot 4

An area of commercial lowland pastureland suitable for intensive grazing with livestock and a further block of upland pasture. It totals 93.32 acres and has a guide price of £400,000.

Offers must be submitted by email to newtown@morrismarshall.co.uk before noon on Thursday, July 22. More details can be found at www.morrismarshall.co.uk or by calling 01686 626160.