GSC Grays has brought a “unique” tenancy opportunity on the Swinton Estate near Masham, North Yorkshire, to the market.

Badger Farm is an equipped holding on the estate and features a four-bedroom farmhouse, a range of traditional and modern farm buildings and productive grassland.

The site, which provides an opportunity to let and manage a ringfenced livestock farm for 10 years on a Farm Business Tenancy, is available as a whole or in two lots.

Lot 1 consists of the farmhouse, buildings and permanent pasture extending to 21.11ac of mixed hay meadows and pasture, while Lot 2 is also permanent pasture extending to approximately 54.33ac bordering the River Burn and benefits from a natural water supply.

GSC Grays said the estate is seeking an enthusiastic tenant willing to work collaboratively to manage the farm in a progressive, sustainable and profitable way, and to jointly deliver the estate’s wider sustainability strategy.

Lot 1 is £25,000 per annum and Lot 2 is £7,000 per annum.

Viewing dates are July 4 and July 8, 2024, strictly by appointment with GSC Grays. Tenders are to be submitted to GSC Grays no later than 12:00p.m on July 18, 2024.

Badger Farm and Swinton Estate

Badger Farm is accessed via a private drive and is located a mile south of Masham which provides a range of shops and local services.

The larger towns of Thirsk and Northallerton and the city of Ripon lie within easy reach.

The A1 motorway is around twenty minutes’ drive and there are nearby rail links at Thirsk and Northallerton, both of which are on the East Coast Main Line.

There are local livestock auction marts including Leyburn and Thirsk with opportunities for direct marketing to local butcheries, GSC Grays said.

Swinton Estate has been in the ownership of the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880s and covers 20,000ac in total, from the River Ure through lowland and hill farming country up to the open moorland, where it borders the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The estate’s tenancy agreements promote environmental sustainability and nature-friendly production as the key to thriving post-subsidy farming.

Associate director at GSC Grays, Annabel Swiers, said: “Swinton Estate has bold ambitions for environmental, social and financial sustainability across all the core estate businesses.

“Thriving tenanted farms are the lifeblood of the rural estate, and as the agricultural sector transitions away from BPS, an exceptional opportunity to rent a farm on a long term FBT in such a desirable location, does not come around often.”