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Hunts Copse Farmhouse exterior

Industrial estate farmhouse sells for ‘well over guide price’

A six-bedroom period farmhouse in Swindon that garnered newspaper headlines around the world has been sold for ‘well over its guide price’.

Hunts Copse Farm – which is in the middle of South Marston industrial estate – was being offered for sale by auction by Cotswold estate and land agents Moore Allen & Innocent.

It was due to go under the hammer on Thursday, August 15. But the farmhouse was withdrawn following a last-minute offer from a private client which the vendor – property investor Kindale Ltd – accepted. 

Andrew Stibbard, commercial surveyor at Moore Allen & Innocent, who was handling the sale, would not disclose the sum paid for the property, but confirmed it was ‘significantly in excess’ of the £395,000 guide price.

Hunts Copse Farm as seen from the airHe said the property had been bought by a private individual, and it is believed the farmhouse – which has been used as office accommodation since 1990 – will be converted back into a residential dwelling.

The Grade II listed farmhouse – parts of which date back to around 1700 – was once the hub of a 370 acre farm. The industrial estate had grown up around it since the advent of World War Two, when an aeroplane factory and airstrip were built nearby.

Mr Stibbard said that in a village situation, the farmhouse – which is packed with period features and sits in a two-acre garden – would have been worth £1.5m plus.

He said the sellers were delighted with the result – and surprised by how famous the property had become – while the new owners had bought themselves a bargain.

“It’s surprisingly quiet here on a weekday, and at the weekend you’d have the place to yourself,” he said. Where else are you going to pick up a six-bedroom period house for the price?”