TWO Worcestershire farms are planned to go under the hammer at a public auction in Kidderminster in April.

Auctioneers Halls are anticipating huge interest in Prizeley Farm, a 105-acre former dairy enterprise near Cleobury Mortimer near the Shropshire border and nine-acre smallholding Byfield House Farm in the hamlet of Pinvin, near Pershore.

Prizeley Farm, which has a guide price of £1- £1.5 million, has been owned by the Dunn family for many years and, until recently, has been a successful and highly productive dairy farm.

The family is selling to reduce their workload and focus activities on their other farm in the area.

The farm is situated on the edge of the Wyre Forest two miles from Cleobury Mortimer and within 10 miles of Ludlow, Kidderminster and Bewdley, with good access to the West Midlands motorway network.

The property includes a four bedroomed farmhouse with potential for refurbishment and improvement, a range of traditional and modern farm buildings, including a former milking parlour and dairy and 105 acres of pastureland, arable land and woodland. The topography is gently undulating landscape with wooded valleys and dingles and the soil is mainly grade three.

Halls’ auctioneer Roger Sadler said there is potential, subject to planing consent, to develop the traditional farm buildings, to fully exploit the ample accommodation for livestock enterprises and to pursue equestrian, shooting and recreational activities.

Byfield House Farm, located under three miles from Pershore and 10 miles from Worcester, has a guide price of £400,000. The property comprises a farmhouse, which dates to 1896, just under nine acres of pastureland in three enclosures and a useful range of modern farm buildings.

The farmhouse has four bedrooms, a shower room, downstairs bathroom, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and utility.

Having been owned by the same family for 43 years, the farm has road frontage and two steel framed, general purpose buildings, a cattle shed, workshop and machinery general store, further stores and fowl pens.

Further information about the farms is available from either Mr Sadler or Daniel Lovatt at Halls, Gavel House, Franche Road, Kidderminster on Tel: 01562 820880.