June 14, 2013 6:55 pm

Hot property: farms

Five rural properties including an organic farm in Tuscany and a thatched home with mountain views in South Africa

◄ Sencelles Farm, Sencelles, Mallorca, Spain, €7.75m

Where In Sencelles in the centre of Mallorca, 19 miles from Palma airport.

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What A newly built country estate, with six en suite bedrooms in the main house, and a further two cottages that can be used for staff or as guests houses.

Why The owners have installed a high-tech olive-pressing facility for bottling the cold-press olive oil produced from the 1,500 olive trees in the grounds. There are also three acres of citrus orchards with oranges and lemon trees that are harvested to make jam, chutneys and preserves. The entire estate is irrigated by its own well.

Who Savills, tel: + 44 20 7016 3740

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Cownham Farm, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, UK, £3.4m

Where Five miles from the town of Moreton-in-Marsh and 45 miles from Birmingham international airport.

What A traditional Cotswold farmhouse in 83 acres. The main house has six bedrooms and two bathrooms. In the grounds there is also a three-bedroom barn conversion, plus outbuildings, paddocks and a tennis court.

Why The owner lets out the fields to a local cheese producer who keeps 250 sheep there. Cownham qualifies for £20,000 in annual income from the EU’s single farm payment scheme.

Who Knight Frank, tel: +44 1865 790077

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Acorn Farm, Rembert, South Carolina, US, $6.9m

Where Ten miles from the town of Camden, North Carolina, and 80 miles from Charlotte Douglas international airport.

What A rural estate of 269 acres. The main house has five bedrooms and 10,000 sq ft of internal space built in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. Also within the grounds is a three-bedroom caretaker’s cottage.

Why Acorn Farm has a quail house, a chicken coop, a double-height barn, farm workshop, plus various other outbuildings in the grounds that are used for agricultural storage.

Who Christie’s International Real Estate, tel: +1 561 805 7327

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Farmhouse, La Bandita, Tuscany, Italy, €1.85m

Where In the Val d’Orcia, 50km from Siena, 130km from Florence airport.

What An organic farm set in 56 hectares, with a three-bedroom, two-bathroom traditional Tuscan farmhouse, and two annexes comprising an additional 133 sq metres.

Why The farm became fully organic in 2011. It includes 12 hectares of vineyards producing Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, as well as olive groves and fruit trees which produce jams of peach, plum, apricot, strawberry, pear, elder and fig.

Who Chesterton Humberts international, tel: + 44 20 3040 8210

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Kleinfontein, Wellington, South Africa, R9.7m ($976,000)

Where In the Bovlei Valley, 75km (45 minutes’ drive) from Cape Town airport.

What An 11-hectare farm with views towards the Groenenberg and Hawekwa mountains. The thatched farmhouse was originally built in 1830. It has three bedrooms, two self-contained guest suites and four cottages in the grounds.

Why Kleinfontein is a working farm with olive groves, guava trees and vines.

Who Pam Golding Property, tel: + 27 21 8711 480

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