LOWER Idstone Farm near Ashbury is on the market for £1.8 million. 

It's located eight miles away from Swindon and the sale follows the death of the Mr J W H Ball.

The farm has been in the Seller's family ownership since 1964, and prior to that it was occupied by the Ball family as Tenants of The Church Commissioners since the early years of the last Century.

According to its selling agency: "Idstone is located immediately under the escarpment of the Berkshire Downs and on the edge of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To the north, the farm looks out over the Vale of White Horse.

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"The delightful villages of Ashbury and Bishopstone each have a primary school and a village inn. Ashbury also has a village shop and tea rooms. The world-renowned Uffington White Horse is only about four miles distant, and is accessible by foot along the Ridgeway National Trail, which runs along the top of the adjoining escarpment.

"The farmhouse is a charming period dwelling, listed Grade 2 being of special historic and architectural interest. It has a date stone of 1595.

"The listing paper suggests that the house was rebuilt during the early to mid 18th Century. It is constructed of sarsen stone and squared chalk with brick dressings under a stone slate roof.

"The house contains many period features, but it would benefit from refurbishment and modernisation."