Auction Sale of Cumbrian Farm Exceeds Expectations

28th April 2016

Michael C L Hodgson has held the successful sale, by auction of the 17 acre Hale Head Farm achieving 11% more than the overall guide price.

Situated close to Milnthorpe, Hale Head Farm was the former home of the nationally renowned Londsdale Shetland Ponies. This smallholding, which included a 3 bedroom family farmhouse, a range of equestrian facilities, high quality meadow and pasture land, and amenity woodland, was sold in 4 Lots.

Three Lots, which included paddocks, meadow and pasture land were highly sought after, and bidding was brisk with the overall average for the 15.4 acres achieving £12,200 per acre. The 10.6 acres located in and around the Holme Parish sold for, in excess of £13,000 per acre.

Smallholdings of this type, in this area of Cumbria are increasingly few and far between and the sale of the house, two paddocks and equestrian facilities attracted interest from potential purchasers from a wide geographical area.

Commenting on the sale of the parcels of land, Colin Tomlinson, Director of Michael CL Hodgson who conducted the auction said: “There was an exceptionally good turnout, which made for keen bidding and certainly proves that the market place is looking positive.”

“The prices achieved for the three Lots of land substantiated that there is still a high demand for small parcels of land in and around villages. This sale also demonstrated that people are keen to invest their money in land, and that farmers in this area are keen to extend their acreages where possible.”

Michael CL Hodgson with offices in Kendal and Grange-over-Sands has for many years built a solid reputation having been a recognised name in the property industry across the Lake District since 1939.  With clients across the whole of South Lakeland, the Furness Peninsula, West Cumbria, North Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales, they are able to offer a comprehensive property service including, residential sales and lettings together with farm and estate management.

For further information about Michael CL Hodgson, contact Colin Tomlinson on 01539 721375 or email