£11m historic Essex farm has been put up for sale

A 900-acre farm located in the picturesque village of Little Sampford in North Essex has been put up for sale for £10,950,000. 

A 900-acre farm located in the picturesque village of Little Sampford in North Essex, Tewes Farm, has been put up for sale for £10,950,000. 
Photo by Bidwells.

Tewes Farm has been owned for generations by the same family. The owners said that throughout this time, the holding has been professionally farmed and managed with exemplary care and attention to detail. 

The property is situated in a rural area, between Great Sampford and Little Sampford, but within easy reach of Thaxted and the market town of Saffron Walden. 

Not an easy decision 

James Fuller, speaking on behalf of the wider family, said: “Tewes Farm has been exceptionally well run by our farm manager Paul Coxall who we have employed for over 40 years, during which we have received local awards for both conservation and agronomy. 

“The farm has been cherished by our family for many years, this is not an easy decision for us.  

“Significant investment has been made in the infrastructure to allow the farm to be run as efficiently as possible whilst reducing our carbon footprint and increasing biodiversity”. 

Photo by Bidwells.

Suitable for a range of crops 

The farm consists of land classified as high-yielding Grade 2 farmland. The arable element extends to approximately 890.10 acres (360.22 hectares) with soils of the Hanslope series suitable for a range of crops.  

The farmland is set across a number of well-sized fields, most of which benefit from a network of managed underdrains. 

Typical cropping of the arable land includes a rotation of first and second wheats, winter and spring barley, oil seed rape and beans. The holding is well equipped for modern farming. 

The property agency that manages the sale, Bidwells, said that alongside the land, the farm includes a well-managed and fully let residential portfolio, including a handsome Grade II listed, four-bedroom property that has many character features and has been restored and renovated over the years.  

Photo by Bidwells.

Barnfield Cottage was formerly an annexe to the farmhouse but now forms an independent one-bedroom cottage. In addition, there are a pair of semi-detached cottages. 

Tewes Farmhouse, Barnfield Cottage and Tewes Farm Cottages are let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancies. 

The farm also includes an established and well-managed yard of grain stores, farm buildings and machinery stores / workshops.  

Most recently, an investment has been made in the construction of a 3,000 tonne grain store with an underfloor drying system and automatic grain stirrers. 

The farm benefits from a systematic and comprehensive Countryside Stewardship Scheme carefully designed to intertwine with the commercial farming operation. 

Photo by Bidwells.

Not a common farm 

Tewes Farm is offered for sale as a whole, with a guide price of £10,950,000. The sale is being handled by Bidwells’ Cambridge office. 

James Wood, partner and head of Rural Agency at Bidwells, said: “It is not common to find an equipped holding of this scale in this area of North Essex.  

“The property has been in the same family for decades and been farmed in-hand with meticulous care and attention during this time.  

“This is an exciting opportunity for either farmers or investors looking to acquire a block of commercial farmland alongside well looked after buildings and a let residential portfolio”. 

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