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Buying equestrian properties

Buying equestrian properties

Buying an equestrian property Many horse owners usually desire to have their own property where they can comfortably live and also rear their precious animals. The thought of a vast property with lush green grass, smooth terrain, and horses peacefully grazing is something that keeps crossing the minds of many an equine owner.

September 7, 2016 / by / in
UK Farms

UK Farms

Do you dream of living off the land? Think about these points, and put your dream into action

 

More and more of us are becoming interested in the idea of being self-sufficient, and the agriculture industry is booming as a result. Land might be at a premium in terms of cost and availability, but the chance to run an equestrian property, or even a farm, is something which many people place high on their bucket list.

 

Of course, this dream can become a reality, but it’s important to do a lot of research and thinking prior to jumping straight in, to prevent loss of income and indeed, making a very large mistake in terms of where you base your life. Farming UK is a rewarding and fun industry to be a part of, one which will have you seriously at one with nature, whilst also being able to run your own sustainable business as a result. If you have no idea where to start however, it can seem quite overwhelming.

 

Equestrian properties

 

Farming UK have a lot of information about equestrian properties, but the one area which everyone seems to agree on is that such properties are relatively rare. Because of this, costs are high, but if you shop around and you’re flexible with your needs, you could find a bargain. Generally speaking, the cost of an equestrian property in the UK depends on where you go – in the sought-after south-east, you can pay anything up to and just over £1million, however if you go more centrally, into Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, for example, you could pay around £500,000. If you’re a novice, you could consider buying a ready-made’ property, i.e. paddocks and everything else already in place, but this is going to cost you more than if you do a little renovation yourself.

 

In terms of size, you need to think about your horses first and foremost. One horse needs around 1.5 acres of grazing land, however 2.5 acres will manage two horses – never go below this point. Looking for properties with fields or extra land which you can separate into paddocks is a great starting point, however always look at what you can do with it, rather than what is already there; this is the ideal way to cut costs and make the property your own.

 

The actual house itself is an area you can compromise on, because you can easily renovate and move things around when you have the extra funds. Because of the shortage of such properties however, registering with an agent is a good idea, as well as looking in the relatively quieter seasons of late autumn into early winter.

 

Farm properties

 

Buying a farm is a big deal, so a lot of research needs to go into this. In terms of what you should look for, there are really four main areas:

 

Water supply

Electricity supply

The state of the outbuildings

The amount of land

 

Prices of farm land can range hugely, and it depends on the location and the amount of land. Shop around and get advice from those in the know, such as farming UK, before you sign anything.

September 6, 2016 / by / in
Sell your property

Sell your land or farm

We have built this website to help allow people to list their properties for free, we want to see anyone with UK Land and Farms to list their property with us.  There is no charge at all for this service even if you are an estate agent, we just want to see a portal where people like myself can look for the perfect property for sale.  Generally there is a lot of websites like this although we pride ourselves on having a search feature that allows you to customise the search so much that you find that property that ticks every box before you even begin.

Easy to use

We have also built the site so it is easy to use, we want to be able to allow you to upload as many images as possible to show the property off to the potential customer and close out the sale, we don’t take commission and we don’t charge any fees, we get our revenues from advertising to cover our hosting.

August 15, 2016 / by / in
List your property

We have been looking for property for over 2 years, myself and my partner have been dreaming about a move to the country and we are determined to make that dream happen, things are tough in this day and age but we are determined not to let that put us off.  So where we started was to do a little google search for UK land and farms and see what we find and to our shock we didn’t really find very much in way of quality websites that allows us to search for our criteria.  We built this site to make it easier to search for properties that fit your requirements.

What were we looking for?

We were looking for a property with Kennels on, our plan is to move to the country and run Kennels as a business, currently we breed Chow Chows and we want to give our Chows a wonderful home in the country where they can run free without the distractions of urban living.  This means the property we need has to be exactly what we want and exactly as we want it.  I love water, it just has a calming effect and I feel at home near a river or a lake, the sound of running water is mesmeric and the property we buy has to be near a water source.  I don’t even care if its the smallest stream in the world as longs as its running water.  This means my search so far is a property with Kennels and River views.  

UK Farmland

So we decided if we cant get the right website that allows us to find a property that suits our needs then we will build one ourselves.  So far we are 6 months in and we have some properties listed and our theory of getting that perfectly customised search is up and running. Now we just have to find that perfect property that will allow us to have that dream move to the country that we crave.

farmland search

 

A little bit about our search in the search block, if you are looking for a property that has a fishery as a business along with paddocks and our filters will only give you the properties with that exact criteria and will help you quickly determine what is good for you and what you can you will not even see the properties that are no good for you.  We feel this is important because it is exactly what we needed.

We are developing the site as we go and hope that anyone planning to use our services will give us feedback on the bits they like and don’t like  so we can provide that that perfect service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this service free?

Yes we offer free listings to anyone wanting to list a property, we welcome estate agents to list as many properties as they want on the site as we get our revenue from our advertisers to cover the costs of hosting etc.

August 4, 2016 / by / in
English farmland prices hit

English farmland has seen the steepest fall in its value since the financial crisis, as investors fret about the possibility of a loss of subsidies in the event of a Brexit.

Values fell by 3 per cent in the three months to March in an index by Knight Frank, the estate agent, the largest quarterly drop since the end of 2008, ending a bull run of spectacular returns on farmland.

Average values have risen nearly 180 per cent in the past decade, Knight Frank added. But in the current climate of political uncertainty ahead of June’s referendum on Britain’s place in the EU the number of transactions also appears to be falling.

British farmers receive annually €3.1bn in direct support from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) scheme, without which many fear going out of business given the current low prices for milk, wheat, pork and other agricultural commodities.

With no one but the UK Independence party so far sketching out an alternative to CAP if Britain leaves the EU, roughly two-thirds of farmers would vote against an exit, according to the National Farmers Union.

Andrew Shirley, head of rural research at Knight Frank, said it was reasonable to assume farmland will fall 8 per cent in value in 2016 “on the assumption that commodity prices remain low and the worst-case scenarios of a sterling collapse do not come to pass.”

The crucial role of EU subsidies in propping up profitability at many UK farms lies behind much of the disquiet. “There is a lot of uncertainty about where subsidy payments would go in event of Brexit,” said Mr Shirley. “That makes your sums harder to add up if you’re thinking about buying land.”

Farmers week;y, which tracks the acreage of land advertised for sale in its pages, noted a 24 per cent drop in the three months from January compared to the same period last year, falling to 11,029 acres.

 

 

May 16, 2016 / by / in
UK weather: Snow warnings Jan 2016

Temperatures are expected to plummet as low as -15C in parts of the UK over the coming days as several inches of snowfall threatens to block roads and railways.

Even London could see light snow as the cold snap takes hold, bringing ice, frost and Arctic winds to the country.

Amber and yellow warnings are in place on Wednesday and Thursday in parts of northern England and Scotland, with the heaviest snow arriving in Shetland and border regions tonight.

The Met Office is urging people to prepare for “very difficult travelling conditions” and possible disruption to transport and power supplies, while cold alerts have been issued by Public Health England and charities for asthma sufferers and the elderly.

Emma Sharples, a meteorologist at the Met Office, told The Independent some parts of northern England and Scotland could see temperatures plummet to 15C at the weekend.

“Most places are already feeling colder and it was a chilly night last night,” she said.

“A band of light rain is spreading east and those showers will turn to snow across the north.

“Lower ground could see 3-6cm, while higher ground could have up to 10cm, which will make for some tricky conditions up there.

“Elsewhere, showery rain will be moving eastwards across England and Wales, with quite heavy bursts of rain for a time.”

As the cold air sinks southwards on Thursday, the rain could turn into wintery showers and the “odd flake of snow” that will be unlikely to settle across central England.

“In other places it will be dry and mostly cold, with a sharp overnight frost,” Ms Sharples said.

“It’s possible that there will be a few flakes coming down in London but it’s more likely to be further north.

“Through the weekend it will get even colder. Saturday night into Sunday looks to be the coldest.

“It will depend on how much snow is lying but I suspect temperatures into the double figures negative, between -10 and -15C in remote areas of Scotland.

“Places without snow will be just below freezing  -5C will be seen fairly widely, which is a change from what we’ve been seeing.”

The sub-zero temperatures come after the warmest December on record, which was also one of the wettest ever with a succession of storms that devastating floods.

Officials have urged families to help protect their relatives from the sudden cold snap.

Dr Angie Bone, head of protection at Public Health England, said: “Over the past few weeks we’ve had some very disruptive weather, but temperatures have been quite mild – now the weather will be colder over much of the country, which will be a significant change.

“It’s so important to remember that cold does kill, even in places where the temperatures aren’t at their lowest. Most of our advice at PHE on keeping warm in cold weather may seem like common sense but people should think about how the cold weather can affect them.”

Homes should be heated to at least 18C and the elderly and anyone suffering from a cold-affected condition should have plenty of hot drinks and get a flu vaccination if they are eligible, she said.

January 13, 2016 / by / in ,
Property rights threatened by ‘aggressive’ change in land reform bill

Landowners have warned that an “aggressive” last minute change to controversial land reform legislation could strip them of control of their property.

They said the plan to allow tenant farmers to sell on a secure tenancy, or sell it back to the landowner at a premium, threatened the property rights of owners.

David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said the proposal was “daft”, would leave the Scottish Government further than ever from its aim of a “vibrant tenanted sector”, and could lead to legal challenges and land not being made available to let.

He urged politicians on all sides to consider the “more balanced” alternative that was in the Land Reform Bill until the controversial change emerged in the last two weeks.

The original proposal would allow a tenant to convert his secure tenancy to a long-term fixed tenancy before selling it to another farmer. The landlord would then know there was a definite end point.

But under the new proposal a tenant could sell on the tenancy, effectively removing the land from its owner as it could then be taken on in future by the farmer’s successors.

The same proposal includes a provision for the farm to be sold back to the landlord for around 25 per cent of the value of the land.

Mr Johnstone said: “What you are doing is giving a tenant a stake in the capital value of the farm. If the landlord doesn’t have the ability to pay, then the farm never comes back.

“It’s almost schizophrenic. On the one hand you have a Bill to create a vibrant tenanted sector and they are trying to encourage people to let for the long term, because we fundamentally believe that letting for a longer term is a good thing, it gives parties security and a chance to get on with it.

“But at the same time they are saying those who have already let for the long term in the past, who have created nice long tenancies, actually we are going to hammer you, we are going to stuff you.

“That has got to have a knock on effect in the confidence of anyone who might wish to come to let land or is letting land at the moment.”

The Bill, which passed the first stage debate in Holyrood on Wednesday, originally suggested the “conversion” system, which was recommended by the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group chaired by Richard Lochhead, the Rural Affairs Minister.

The legislation will also end business rate exemptions for shooting and deer stalking, give communities a right to buy land to further sustainable development and make information on who owns land and its value more readily available.

It will also reform the law on agricultural holdings to give tenants a right to buy when a landlord is not fulfilling their obligations.

Ministers were warned in the debate that the tenancy proposals would be open to challenge under European human rights legislation, although SNP members rejected the plans at the party’s conference in October on the grounds that they were not radical enough.

Alex Fergusson, the Conservative MSP, said his party could not back the legislation unless the section on agricultural holdings was withdrawn and revisited, adding: “There is a glorious prize to be won, a renewal of trust between landowner and tenant, a truly reinvigorated tenanted sector and a restoration of the tried, tested and traditional way into agriculture for young and new farmers alike.

“Surely that is worth more than any pre-election headline about landlords and tenants and the passing of an ill-thought out bill that is more than likely to end up in the European courts.”

Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph

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