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Banks Head, Bishops Castle, Shropshire, SY9
Guide price £1,520,000 | 4 bedrooms | 243.44 acres

As a Whole or in 3 Lots

Lot 1: 4 Bedroom Farmhouse, Farm Buildings & 155.67 acres (or thereabouts)

Lot 2: 59.55 acres (or thereabouts)

Lot 3: 28.22 acres (or thereabouts)

For Sale by Formal Tender
Tenders Close: Monday 12th August 2019 at 12 noon.

Auctioneers Foreword

McCartneys are pleased to be favoured with instructions to offer for sale by Formal Tender the most productive livestock rearing holding known as Shepherds Whym, Banks Head, Bishops Castle located in the unspoilt Shropshire/Powys border land, an area noted for the production of top quality sheep and suckler beef cattle. Much of the land could be ploughed with suitable permissions.The property is offered for sale as a Whole or in 3 Lots:Lot 1 Shepherds Whym comprising Four Bedroom Farmhouse, Farm Buildings & some 155.67 acres (or thereabouts) of Pasture LandLot 2 Shepherds Whym Land comprising 59.55 acres (or thereabouts) of Pasture LandLot 3 Pentre Cwm Land comprising 28.22 acres (or thereabouts) of Pasture LandTenders close: Monday 12th August 2019 at 12 noon.


Shepherds Whym is located approximately 3 miles north-west of Bishops Castle, just over the Welsh Border in Powys. Sitting at an altitude of approximately 325 metres above sea level the farm occupies an elevated position commanding some very attractive views. The surrounding land use is predominantly agricultural and the area is well serviced by a number of single tracked country lanes leading down into Bishops Castle and to the B4385 in the north. The farm is currently all in grassland but could be ploughed with the relevant permissions for arable or break crops.


From Bishops Castle: Take the road towards Banks Head, keeping left.. After this take the first right and Shepherds Whym is on your left.From Montgomery: Take the B4385 and turn right by Upper Broughton and follow the road. Shepherds Whym is on your right.


Is Freehold.


Vacant possession available upon completion. Completion is set for Monday 14th October 2019.Successful tenderers will have the opportunity to gain early access by signing a mowing/grazing licence and paying an appropriate figure. This figure will then be deducted from the purchase price on completion.


The property is sold free of any ingoing. No counter claim will be allowed for dilapidations (if any) or any other matter whatsoever.

Fixtures & Fittings

Only Fixtures and Fittings mentioned in these particulars are included with the sale of the freehold. Any others are expressly excluded.

Sporting Rights

The Sporting Rights are included in the sale of the property.


All growing timber is included in the sale of the property.

Council Tax

Shepherds Whym Farmhouse is Council Tax Band G.

Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

Following completion of the sale(s) and subject to Rural Payments Wales rules, the vendor will use best endeavours to transfer the appropriate Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements to the successful purchaser(s).Lot 1 - 61 unitsLot 2 - 24.15 unitsLot 3 - 11 units.

Local Authority

Powys County Council, County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys Tel: 01597 826000.

Agricultural Matters

Rural Payments Wales, PO Box 1081, Cardiff CF11 1SU Tel: 03000 625004.


Strictly by arrangement with the agents McCartneys LLP of Knighton Tel. 01547 528621 (ref. Jenny Layton Mills). There will be viewing days on Friday 12th July 2019, Wednesday 17th July 2019 & Friday 26th July 2019 when the land, buildings and farmhouse can be viewed at an allocated time. Viewings will be strictly by appointment only and an allocated time for viewing the house and buildings must be made through McCartneys Knighton office.

Plans, Areas & Schedules

These are based on Ordnance Survey material and are for reference only. They have been checked and computed by the Agents and the purchaser shall be deemed to have satisfied himself as to the description of the property and any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale, nor entitle either party to compensation. The plan is for the purposes of identification only and is based on the Ordnance Survey Sheets.


The land is sold subject to any development plan, tree preservation order, town planning schedule, resolution or notice which may be or become to be in force, and subject to any road widening or improvement schemes, land charges and statutory provisions or by-laws without any obligation on the vendors to specify them.


The purchaser shall be deemed to have full knowledge of all boundaries and neither the vendors nor the vendors' Agents will be responsible for defining the boundaries or ownership thereof.

Wayleaves, Easements &

Rights of Way

The property is sold subject to, and with the benefit of, all easements and quasi-easements and rights of way, declared and undeclared.

Environmental Issues

A detailed inspection and assessment of materials that may contain asbestos has not been carried out by the selling agents. Although a general reference to this material may have been made, we cannot confirm whether any of the buildings are constructed of other asbestos based materials, which may be visible, inaccessible or concealed. Prospective purchasers are advised to obtain their own specialist report in relation to this matter and other environmental issues. Asbestos is considered to be a hazardous material and should only be removed and disposed of by an approved contractor. Full details of regulations regarding asbestos and asbestos based products can be obtained from the Environmental Health Department of the Local Authority.

Health & Safety

The Agents advise all prospective purchasers when viewing the property to take due care.

Misrepresentation Act

(a) The property is sold with all faults and defects (if any) whether in good condition or otherwise and neither the vendors nor McCartneys, the Agents for the vendors, shall be in any way responsible for such faults and defects, or for any statements contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agents.(b) The purchaser shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into the contract in reliance on any of the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the contents of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise, and that no warranty or representation has been made by the vendors or the said Agents in relation to, or in connection with the property.(c) Any error, omission or mis-statement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser to rescind or to be discharged from the contract, nor give either party any cause for action.(d) All measurements and distances are approximate. The electrical, drainage, water and heating installations have not been tested by the Agents. (The normal enquiries carried out by a purchaser's Solicitor and the type of inspection undertaken by a purchaser's Surveyor have not been carried out by the Agents for the purpose of preparation of these particulars.) Interested prospective purchasers are recommended to obtain an independent survey report on this property.

Method of Sale

Formal Tenders (which will constitute a Contract of Sale on the part of the purchaser) are to be received in writing at the McCartneys, Knighton office on the prepared Tender Form by no later than 12 noon on Monday 12th August 2019. Formal Tender Contract Packs are available from the vendor's solicitors' office Tel. 01597 822707 or email.Tenders should be placed in a sealed envelope and marked "Tender for Shepherds Whym".The successful purchaser(s) should please provide a photographic form of ID i.e. a driver's licence or passport and a utility bill or bank statement confirming their home address.

Vendors Solicitor

Solicitors:- Andrew Morgan Dilwyns SolicitorsTemple StreetLlandrindod WellsPowysLD1 5DLTel: 01597 822707Fax: 01597 824085Email:

Guide Price

A guide price is available from the selling agents.

Detailed Particulars of

Shepherds Whym, Banks Head

Bishops Castle SY9 5JW

Shepherds Whym comprises an agricultural livestock holding complete with a four bedroom farmhouse, a range of farm buildings and approximately 243.44 acres (or thereabouts) of pasture land. The majority of the land is set out to the west of the farmhouse, with Lot 2 comprising 59.55 acres (or thereabouts) to the east on the opposite side of the road. Lot 3, 28.22 acres (or thereabouts) sits to the north-west. The land is all down to permanent pasture, with the majority of it suitable for both grazing and mowing purposes. The land could be ploughed with suitable permissions.

Lot 1:

Shepherds Whym Farmhouse, Buildings & 155.67 acres

Shepherds Whym Farmhouse is of painted stone construction under a tiled roof and offers good accommodation over two storeys. The exterior of the property has been recently painted and the majority of the windows and doors are UPVC and double-glazed.The Farmhouse sits fairly centrally within the associated farmland and is within close proximity to the Farm Buildings which it serves. There is good access off the single track country lane to the east and a pleasant lawned garden. To the side of the dwelling is a lean-to coal store of brick construction under a tin roof, which provides domestic outdoor storage facilities. The internal accommodation comprises:

Small Entrance Hall

with door to the front of the property, stairs to 1 and 2 and then doors off to the:

5.50m x 4.30m (18'1" x 14'1")

with carpeted floor, two radiators and two single glazed windows to the side.

Sitting Room
5.50m x 3.90m (18'1" x 12'10")

with tiled floor, two radiators and two UPVC windows to the front of the property. Brick fireplace with inset wood burning stove. Door to stairs leading to the Master Bedroom, Bedroom 3 and Bathroom.

4.30m x 3.30m (14'1" x 10'10")

partially glazed UPVC door leading to the garden, UPVC window to rear. Single kitchen unit with stainless steel sink, cupboard to the side, Rayburn and door off to:

4.30m x 2.20m (14'1" x 7'3")

with concrete floor, salting bath and window to the side.The first floor level is split into two with two separate sets of stairs. The first stairway leading off the Entrance Hall provides access to:

Bedroom 1
4.80m x 2.40m (15'9" x 7'10")

with carpeted floor, window to the side, one UPVC window and one single glazed window. Built into the eaves.

Bedroom 2
4.80m x 3.10m (15'9" x 10'2")

with carpeted floor, UPVC window to the rear and single glazed window to the side. Radiator and

Open Plan Ensuite Bathroom

with Bath, W.C. and Wash Hand Basin. The room is arranged in an L shape.A separate set of stairs from the living room leads to a second landing with doors off to:

Bedroom 3
4.30m x 2.10m (14'1" x 6'11")

with UPVC window to the side and exposed floor boards.


with Bath, W.C., Wash Hand Basin and UPVC window to the side.

Master Bedroom
6.10m x 4.20m (20'0" x 13'9")

with radiator, exposed floorboards and UPVC window to the front.

The Farm Buildings

1. Double Span Steel Framed Cattle Shed
31.62m x 18.12m (103'9" x 59'5")

with concrete floor throughout, breeze block walls and corrugated asbestos roof covering with central feed passage.

2. Dutch Barn
13.82m x 10.87m (45'4" x 35'8")

of steel frame construction with corrugated roof and side panels, earth floor and lean-to to one side.

3. Former Pig Sties

of brick construction under a corrugated tin roof.

4. Steel Framed Hay Store/Cattle Housing
22.94m x 16.09m (75'3" x 52'9")

complete with corrugated iron side cladding, corrugated iron roof covering, earth floor and lean-to to one side with corrugated iron roof covering. Breeze block walls with Yorkshire boarding above and sheeted gate doors in one end elevation and

Steel Framed Mono-pitched Lean-to
22.94m x 8.74m (75'3" x 28'8")

with earth floor, corrugated iron roof covering and side panels.

5. Simplex Grain Bin

on a concrete pad.

6. Green Cattle Shed
18.19m x 13.83m (59'8" x 45'4")

of steel frame construction with corrugated iron roof covering and side cladding complete with lean-to to one side with concrete block walls and Yorkshire boarding above.

7. Steel Framed Clear Span former Silage Barn
25.00m x 24.04m (82'0" x 78'10")

with lean-to to side complete with corrugated fibre cement roof covering, partial corrugated iron side cladding and open elevations with earth floor.To the immediate north-west of the farm buildings is a produce and machinery storage area


The farm buildings benefit from a mains water and electricity supply.

The Land

Lot 1 comprises 155.67 acres of land to surround the homestead. It comprises some good level mowing/grazing land together with some steeper land. The land is well fenced and has a good natural water supply and a mains supply. It is contained within the following schedule:SO NG No Area (Ha) SPS Eligible Area (Ha) SO2890 3588 4.90 4.90SO2890 4541 0.33 0.00SO2890 4754 9.52 9.52SO2890 6623 0.58 0.04SO2890 6675 15.46 15.46SO2890 8727 12.59 12.29SO2890 9759 10.81 10.66SO2990 1134 0.61 0.00 House & BuildingsSO2990 1854 4.95 4.89SO2990 3355 3.25 3.25Total: 63.0 ha 61.01 ha (155.67 acres) (150.75 acres)

Lot 2 Shepherds Whym Land - 59.55 acres

This block of land extends to 59.55 acres of sound level pasture land which could also lend itself to arable production. It is well fenced with a natural water supply together with a mains supply.SO NG No Area (Ha) SPS Eligible Area (Ha) SO2990 2718 3.09 3.09SO2990 3002 5.81 5.81SO2990 4735 15.20 15.14 24.10 ha 24.04 ha (59.55 acres) (59.40 acres)

Lot 3 Pentre Cwm Land - 28.22 acres

Lot 3 Comprises 28.22 acres of gently sloping pasture land with access off a council maintained road or green road. The land has limited water supply via a natural spring.SO NG No Area (Ha) SPS Eligible Area (Ha) SO2891 5515 7.38 7.38SO2891 5742 0.33 0.16SO2891 5834 3.71 3.71 11.42 ha 11.25 ha (28.22 acres) (27.80 acres)

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