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Hills provide extraordinary farming option

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 22, 2012

  • Horsen Farm, at Simonsbath, Somerset

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A typical Exmoor hill farm of some 1,280 acres has come to the market for the first time in many years.

"This provides an extraordinary opportunity for a farming enterprise in the heart of Exmoor," says Peter Huntley of Exmoor Country Properties, who have been favoured with instructions to offer Horsen Farm, Simonsbath.

Within a ring fence and having a traditional five-bedroom farmhouse, Horsen Farm also has all the necessary facilities to operate as a productive enterprise from the outset. Run as a beef and sheep enterprise by its current owners, there are useful modern farm buildings and a range of traditional buildings also. In addition there are a pair of more modern cottages that do need renovation.

The land is divided between productive improved land of some 700 acres, most of which is situated adjoining the main access to the farm, which is in fact a council road for most of its length but only leads to Horsen Farm. The balance of 580 acres is a mixture of rough grazing and moorland.

The farm is currently in an ESA Scheme until spring 2014, and it is most likely that a Higher Level Stewardship Agreement should be available in addition to the Single Farm Payment Entitlements that are included in the sale.

Ideally located at the heart of Exmoor, potential purchasers of Horsen Farm will have a wide range of recreational opportunities and the marvellous views of Exmoor overlooking their own land.

The farm is guided at £4 million as a whole.

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