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   Old Thread  #9 1 Jul 2020 at 1.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lakes are much like houses in that the larger the lake the cheaper they get per sq. m/ft/acre.
Particularly with smaller waters you can throw any price structure out of the window because there are so many people wanting them that it merely comes down to who wants it most.
Small waters like mine, and where there is no chance of planning permission, make no sense from a business point of view, they have to be about lifestyle and a hobby.
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   Old Thread  #8 30 Jun 2020 at 9.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wonder how much they gave him for the HS2 ploughing through it.
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   Old Thread  #7 30 Jun 2020 at 7.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
When chilham mill was sold a few years ago (23acres) I think he had to buy the mill house also and it was sold for £1.5 million for the house and lake
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   Old Thread  #6 30 Jun 2020 at 2.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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An old mate purchased a complex stretching over 110 acres and paid approx 4k per acre and it was classed as agricultural land. On top of this, are survey costs, legal fees etc. Not a cheap buisess to get into, but one i would given half the chance
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   Old Thread  #5 30 Jun 2020 at 2.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Owning / running your own lake has become so popular over the last decade or two your friend may find it cheaper to buy some land and then dig his own lake.

Prices vary wildly round here. I've seen mature 20 acre sandpits up for 160k and no one was interested.
Recently a 2 acre farm puddle near me sold for near 200k.....!!!

Things like having planning permission granted or owning an access road etc will drive price up. I wish him luck.



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   Old Thread  #4 30 Jun 2020 at 2.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Iíd imagine if there is a history of licences to back fill lakes in the area already being granted then the sale price would increase. Thereís an eye watering amount of money to be made tipping other peopleís rubbish in water filled holes.
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   Old Thread  #3 30 Jun 2020 at 2.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Too many variables in the question, lake sizeí location, does it allow building and dwellings on site. Landlocked or river-stream fed.

I have two lakes that were included in the purchase of a big lump of land including two farms. I paid a premium as I will be able to build to some extent on the land.
Donít know what the lakes were valued at when the price was put together.
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   Old Thread  #2 30 Jun 2020 at 1.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think youíre only going to be able to base a price on commercial/agriculture land and location if the lake is empty and isnít run as a business already.

If it is already running as a fishery then you have to add on the value of the business which includes stock, income, etc.

Itís a very tricky subject because of the multiple factors involved. Itís be best to speak to Fenn Wright who are fishery sales experts and get their advice.
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   Old Thread  #1 30 Jun 2020 at 1.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Asking for a friend who isnt on the forum, and I honestly have no idea about this sort of thing.

Does anyone know if there is any guidelines/rules of thumb to follow in terms of lake prices or price per acre? I assume the specific location will play a part but if buying a lake on land that canít be farmed or built on, how should pricing compare to land sold for commercial development or farming for example.

I think he wants to understand how much he should expect to pay, and have an idea of whether heís being ripped off or not!

If anyone has any specific expertise that would be great. Apologies I know itís a bit generic but heís potentially looking at a number of options.

Cheers

Phil
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