Farming opportunities on the Chatsworth Shottle Estate, Shottle

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BAGSHAWS LLP AND CHATSWORTH SETTLEMENT TRUST  PRESENT A RARE AND EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO LET  7 LOTS COMPRISING:   Lot 1:  Farmhouse, substantial range of modern and traditional farm buildings and 300.31 acres of arable and grassland   Lot 2:  Farmhouse, range of traditional farm buildings paired with 15.36 acres of grassland   Lot 3:  3 bedroom detached cottage   Lot 4:  Large steel portal framed building suitable for a variety of uses   Lot 5:  58.19 acres of arable and grassland   Lot 6:  52.16 acres of grassland   Lot 7:  94.92 acres of arable and grassland    

Chatsworth’s Aspirations
The Chatsworth Settlement Trustees are inviting tenders for these rare and exciting opportunities. Shottle Estate is a 3500 acre area of predominantly dairy farming and this offers an opportunity for the successful applicant to join a collaborative and well-established network of tenants.
The Trustees are looking for applicants that align with their strategic plans for the Estate and would wish to work with them developing the Estate’s vision for the future of farming. If you have the desire to push agricultural boundaries and embrace new ideas then this could be your opportunity. Applicants are advised to detail how, within their business plans, they might contribute to preserving, restoring and enhancing heritage assets; reduce their impact on the environment from waste and emissions; and adopt nature friendly land management techniques. There is more information about our shared future available here

These opportunities will be let under Farm Business Tenancy Agreements of up to 20 year duration in accordance with the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 The successful applicant will be required to sign Chatsworth’s standard form tenancy agreement.

The tenancies are available from 29 September 2024. The successful applicant of Lots 1 and 2 will be will be required to live in the property

The use of the holding is restricted to agricultural use only, although consideration may be given to compatible diversified activities. There shall be an absolute covenant prohibiting assignment or sub-letting on the whole, or any part of the farm.

Rents are payable half yearly in advance by standing order with provision for three yearly rent reviews within the agricultural tenancies. Drafts of the standard form tenancy agreements will be made available for inspection on the viewing day.

The land in its entirety falls outside of the current Nitrate Vulnerable Zone area, however, the land in lots 2, 5 and 6 fall within the Drinking Water Safeguard Zone for surface water being a non-statutory joint initiative between the Environment Agency and the Water Company to address water contamination.

Agri-environment Schemes
As detailed within the land schedules some of the land in Lots 5 and 1 are currently within a Severn Trent Diverse Herbal Ley 2 Year Scheme and due to end February 2025. The landlord is supportive of stewardship schemes and rural grant aid as appropriate within the terms of the tenancy agreements.

Access, Rights of Way, Wayleaves and Easements
The tenant is responsible for ensuring that Public Rights of Way are not obstructed and that any furniture (stiles, gates, etc) serving the routes are maintained in sound and safe condition.

All payments for wayleaves and easements over or across the holding are reserved to Chatsworth Estate.

Viewing Day
A detailed inspection of the land, buildings and residential properties will be available on the following viewing dates:

Friday 5th July
Monday 8th July

between 10am and 3pm. Representatives of the Estate, including members of the land agency team, will attend the viewing day to answer any questions.

Please contact to register your interest.

Only applicants attending the prescribed viewing day will be considered for the tenancy. Viewing at any other time is not permitted. Please carry a copy of these particulars on your person during viewing.

Application Process
Tenders are to be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 2nd August 2024.

Interviews will take place week commencing 12th August 2024.

All applications received will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Tender Form
Applications and all correspondence in connection with applications should be sent by email to

Lot 1 — Pale Fence Farm, Shottle - 300.31 Acres (121.53 Ha)
Currently let as a dairy farm, this is an excellent opportunity to rent a well set up unit with farmhouse and buildings.

The holding can currently accommodate a 230 head milking herd. A number of tenant fixtures will be available for the incoming tenant to purchase including; cubicles, mattresses and 22/22 herringbone parlour. Further details available upon request from Bagshaws.

The landlord would consider applicants with alternative uses. Full field schedule and cropping history available on request.

The ingoing tenant is required to purchase all silage in the clamps. The value is to be determined by an independent valuer.


In addition to the modern steel portal framed farm buildings, there is an extensive traditional range of stone barns currently used for calf rearing and loose boxes. A modern extension provides a secure workshop area with roller shutter door within the courtyard adjacent to the farmhouse.

Further buildings provide facilities for a range of uses for machinery, fodder and bulk feed/grain storage.

Pale Fence Farmhouse comprises 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room and bathroom. The property benefits from oil fired central heating and will undergo full internal redecoration prior to tenancy commencement.

A Farm Business Tenancy of up to 20 years is offered. The incoming tenant will be required to live in the farmhouse.

Lot 2 — Pale Row Farm - 15.36 Acres (6.22 Ha)

A generously proportioned 4 bedroom farm house with oil fired central heating and double glazing.  Kitchen with oil fired AGA and electric cooker point. Two reception rooms plus bootroom, utility and upstairs bathroom. The incoming tenant will be required to live in the farmhouse.

Set within a court yard surrounded by a range of traditional stone-built farm buildings, to be let with the house and 15 acres this lot provides a lifestyle choice opportunity for those looking for a base for agricultural interests.  The land comprises five fields to the south and west of the house.

The principal stone barn to the roadside was the former farm house and is to be scheduled as redundant for the purposes of the tenancy.  The stone barn to the west of the yard would provide accommodation for livestock and fodder storage.  There is also a range of loose boxes in the single storey range to the east plus loft providing space for storage, workshop, or a range of purposes to include an internal insulated room which has been fitted out by the previous tenant.


The letting is available for up to 20 years detailed in application.

Lot 3 - Red Barn Cottage
This property provides the opportunity of additional accommodation for Pale Fence Farm or could be let separately dependent on demand.

Accessed via stone track off Wilderbrook Lane, Red Barn Cottage offers accommodation comprising 3 bedrooms, kitchen, utility and reception room.


Lot 4—Steel Portal Framed Building situated at Pale Row Farm
Lot 4 offers the opportunity for those with agricultural interests seeking to expand, to provide livestock housing, or the storage of farm machinery and fodder.

A 4-bay steel portal framed agricultural building comprising lean-to on east and west elevations, concrete block walls and Yorkshire boarding.

The buildings are considered versatile in their uses. At present, the buildings are utilised for the housing of livestock, and the storage of farm machinery and fodder. The buildings benefit from three-phase mains electricity, and a bore hole water supply. Water costs are to be payable by the tenant


Lot 5—Bare land off Chequer Lane—58.19 Acres (23.55 Ha)
A useful block of arable land plus some grassland fields with an area of rough grazing.

The land comprises 38.99 acres of arable land in rotation for combinable crops and a further 18.81 acres of permanent grassland.

21.51 acres of land has been farmed under a two year Severn Trent Stewardship Agreement with a diverse herbal ley, this is due to end in February 2025 and in accordance with the scheme obligations the current cropping must remain until then.

Full field schedule and cropping history available on request.


Lot 6— Bare land at Palerow Lane - 52.16 Acres (21.11 Ha)
The land is gently sloping and bounded by way of dry stone walls, supplemented by post and wire fencing. and benefits from a borehole water supply. Water costs are to be payable by the tenant

Full field schedule and cropping history available on request.


Lot 7— Bare land off Wilderbrook Lane—94.92 Acres (38.13 Ha)
A  94.92 acre block of land comprising 54.83 acres of permanent pasture and 39.18 acres of arable land with good road access. The land slopes gently to Wilderbrook Lane from the west with a central block of grazing and mowing and additional arable land to the east. Field boundaries consist of drystone walls and hedges. Borehole water supply. Water costs are to be payable by the tenant

Full field schedule and cropping history available on request.


Agents Notes
Bagshaws LLP have made every reasonable effort to ensure these details offer an accurate and fair description of the property but give notice that all measurements, distances and areas referred to are approximate and based on information available at the time of printing. These details are for guidance only and do not constitute part of the contract for letting. Bagshaws LLP and their employees are not authorised to give any warranties or representations in relation to the letting.