Hot property: Farms

Baskerville Farm, Dorset, UK, £1.5m

Where In Shaftesbury, a small town in the south-west of England, about five miles from Gillingham, which has regular train services to London Waterloo. Exeter International Airport is about 70 miles away.

What A five-bedroom farmhouse dating back to the 1800s and set in 8.5 acres of land. The property includes a two-bedroom cottage, stable, barn, garden and paddocks.

Why The house is ideally located for sports enthusiasts: there is horseracing in the nearby towns of Wincanton and Salisbury and Sherborne golf club is 17 miles away. For those who prefer riding and cycling, there are plenty of local trails.

Who Jackson-Stops & Staff,, tel: +44 (0)1747 850858

The Mission, Nova Scotia, Canada, C$1.995m

Where Near Avondale, around 45 minutes’ drive from the capital Halifax, where there is an international airport.

What A three-bedroom house with 5,600 sq ft of interior space and set on 125 acres of land. A church, built in 1896, is currently used as a bar and entertainment room and a 1,596 sq ft barn has been converted into a theatre and office.

Why The land is ideal for livestock grazing or cultivating grapes, which thrive in the local climate. There is also a small orchard, an organic vegetable garden and a herd of up to 30 white-tailed deer that live on the land.

Who Tradewinds Realty,, tel: +1 902 476 4663

Beachfront Estate, Sorrento, Italy, €17m

Where In a small town in southern Italy, about 30km from Pompeii and 50km from Naples, where there is an international airport.

What A 19-bedroom, 19-bathroom house with views of the Almalfi coast. Outbuildings include a Saracen watchtower built between AD800 and AD900 and 10 ancient Roman cisterns, two of which have been restored and serve as storage for the olive oil that is made on the property.

Why In addition to the house’s close proximity to the sea, there are 50 acres of olive and lemon trees that produce Protected Destination of Origin (DOP) certified olive oil and limoncello liqueur.

Who Rome Sotheby’s International Realty,, tel: +39 06 69 38 00 76

Stonegate Farm, Rhode Island, US, $1.675m

Where In Portsmouth, around one hour’s drive from Boston Logan International Airport and 190 miles from New York City.

What A three-bedroom, two-bathroom house dating back to 1841 and set on 5.8 acres of land. The 3,295 sq ft property was rebuilt in 2006 and includes extensive equestrian facilities and a large garden.

Why Stonegate Farm specialises in breeding Morgan horses and has produced several world champions. Facilities include a 140ft x 260ft outdoor trailing ring, a 60ft x 130ft indoor ring and a barn with 38 horse stalls.

Who Lila Delman Real Estate,, tel: +1 401 848 2101

Deltroit Station, New South Wales, Australia, A$18.5m

Where In Mundarlo, a rural region, around 12km from Wantabadgery and 53km from Wagga Wagga City Airport. Sydney is about 410km away.

What A five-bedroom house built in 1903 and set on 6,726 acres of land. The property was refurbished in 2000 and includes a 15-acre garden, pool, tennis court, equestrian facilities and a two-bedroom coach house for guests and staff.

Why The property is prized for its pastures, cropping areas and cattle-breeding farmland. Deltroit Station comes with 46 dams, 41 troughs with reticulated water from the creek and seven operational bores.

Who Savills,, tel: +44 (0)20 7016 3740

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