News

Keep up to date with the latest Stags news.

Battery Storage Sites - An opportunity for Landowners?

Fri 20 May 2022

Over the last 18 months, we have been contacted by more and more landowners who have been approached by developers wishing to build battery storage sites on their land. So, what is a battery storage site and might your land be suitable? Read More

Farm lettings in Dartmoor

Fri 20 May 2022

Our professional team in Stags Totnes have recently been involved with re-letting a farm on the southern edge of Dartmoor National Park. The in-country farm comprised approximately 100 acres of pasture land with some arable potential and agricultural buildings. Read More

The West Country Waterside Market Update

Fri 20 May 2022

As the hours of daylight lengthen and the warmth of the sun returns, Ben Stephens, Partner at Stags and Head of Waterside, reflects on the West Country waterside market and considers what may lie ahead. Read More

Free-range family holidays in North Devon

Tue 10 May 2022

Inspired by their own happy memories, the East family ventured west to Combe Martin where they have created their very own holiday haven by the sea. Read More

Stags are pleased to report that the sale of Lower Biddacott Farm near Chittlehampton has recently completed

Fri 6 May 2022

Lower Biddacott Farm is a former Rolle Estate farm which totals approximately 135.83 acres 54.97 hectares, all within a ring fence and with views stretching over the farm's land towards the Taw Valley to the west. Read More

Higher temperatures and high prices: Stags' third collective auction of the year proves a success

Fri 6 May 2022

The Easter online timed auction proved a popular time of the year to be selling second-hand machinery, with this sale being the largest online timed auction that Stags have offered to date. A staggering total of 1140 lots were up for sale from 190 different vendors. Read More

Old selling method with a modern twist is becoming increasingly popular

Thu 5 May 2022

Andrew Ranson, Stags Associate Partner and Farm Agent, discusses the recent popularity of the online auction platform and why it is the best selling method for some properties and land. Read More

Bideford - The best of both

Thu 28 April 2022

Sam McCreadie, Associate and Stags Bideford Branch Manager, discusses Bideford and the surrounding districts' beautiful coastline and countryside, which offers the 'best of both' for anybody wishing to relocate to North Devon. Read More

Successful spring sale at Willand

Wed 27 April 2022

Crowds gathered to Willand on Saturday 9th April for the collective spring sale at the popular site. Read More

Machinery prices boom at Woolacombe

Wed 27 April 2022

Stags were delighted to conduct an online timed auction on behalf of Mr Ray Piper and Family at Woolacombe Farm, Yelverton. Mr Piper has been slowly dispersing over 700 items since October of 2021 through Stags Online timed auctions, with the final sale closing on 12th April 2022. Read More

The sale of Henacroft Farm has recently completed through Stags Farm Agency

Wed 27 April 2022

Henacroft Farm is situated to the east of Iddesleigh village and occupies a fantastic position with outstanding views south towards Dartmoor National Park. Read More

Exmoor - A perfect location for an equestrian home

Fri 22 April 2022

Alexandra Carter, Associate and Branch Manager for Stags Dulverton office, discusses the equestrian properties and lifestyle opportunities that Exmoor National Park has to offer potential buyers. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme 2022 - Apply now

Thu 21 April 2022

Applications are currently open for the 2022 Basic Payment Scheme, with the deadline being midnight on 16th May 2022 to submit a claim and transfer land parcels and entitlements for the 2022 scheme year. Read More

Farms and land market update

Thu 21 April 2022

The first quarter of 2022 has been a positive start to the year for the farms market, with Stags completing the sales of four farms and agreeing the sales of two others. Read More

The Sustainable Farming Incentive

Tue 19 April 2022

Hannah Lukins of Stags Professional Services outlines the standards, payment rates and further details of the Sustainable Farming Incentive, for which applications will open in June 2022. Read More

Basic Payment Scheme - Lump Sum Exit Scheme details

Thu 14 April 2022

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services outlines the rules of the Lump Sum Exit Scheme, which were announced on 12th April. Read More

A successful Spring APC training day for Stags Graduates

Mon 11 April 2022

On the 31st March our Spring APC training day was held in our Exeter office, with Graduates from across the firm meeting as part of the Stags APC training programme. Read More

Natural Capital Markets

Wed 6 April 2022

Andrew Ranson of Stags Farm Agency discusses natural capital markets, which remain a talking point in the rural sector, heightened by the Environment Act. Read More

Farms and land: Quarter market update

Tue 5 April 2022

The South West farms and land market remains strong, with demand still outstripping supply. Read More

Wiltshire Game Farm Dispersal catches nationwide attention

Thu 31 March 2022

With a continued busy Spring, the Stags On Site and Online Sales team are pleased to report another successful auction on behalf of a game rearing company based in Wiltshire Read More

A successful first on-site sale of the year at Lerwill Farm in Chittlehampton

Thu 31 March 2022

After several very successful online dispersal sales since the start of 2022, the Stags On Site Sales team are pleased to report the successful first on-site sale of the year at Lerwill Farm in Chittlehampton, near South Molton. Read More

Is open marketing the best route to selling your farm or land?

Thu 31 March 2022

When advising our clients on selling their farm or land, a question we have to address at an early stage is whether it is best to market their property discreetly or on the open market? Read More

Stags Selection: Homes for outdoor entertainment

Wed 30 March 2022

With the arrival of longer and warmer days, comes the opportunity to spend them enjoying your garden, from family barbecues and al fresco dining to children’s parties. Here is a selection of some properties currently on the market with Stags that provide a perfect outdoor space for entertaining. Read More

Refresh your home this Spring

Tue 29 March 2022

Sprucing up your home after the winter months has always been a great way to inject life and love back into your interiors. As longer days and warmer weather arrive, rejuvenating your home to reflect that can be a great way to start the new season. Here are some simple tips to help refresh your home this Spring. Read More

Stags Farm Agency launch 75.19 acres of former golf course in Newton St Cyres to the market

Thu 24 March 2022

The land sits in a strong farming area to the north of Newton St Cyres, Crediton and comprises level and gently sloping south-facing Grade 1 and 2 land with pockets of trees and a lake. Read More

Stags Kingsbridge team welcome Associate Karen Cottrell as Branch Manager

Thu 24 March 2022

Recently promoted to Associate, Karen has moved over from Branch Manager of the Dartmouth office to manage the Kingsbridge branch and is excited to develop and grow the office with her team Milly and Abby. Read More

Landlords, is your letting agent an ARLA registered agent?

Thu 24 March 2022

ARLA, The Association of Residential Lettings Agents, was formed in 1981 as the professional and regulatory body for letting agents in the UK. As the Residential Lettings market is so specific and detailed, this separate organisation helps to promote standards in what is a growing sector of the property market. Read More

Stags is delighted to announce the appointment of Sam McCreadie as Branch Manager for their Bideford office

Mon 21 March 2022

Sam’s career at Stags began in the Barnstaple branch as a Residential Valuer. After many successful years and helping the office accomplish their best ever year in 2021, he was promoted to an Associate and, shortly after, the Branch Manager for the Bideford office. Read More

West Country Property Market: Spring Review

Mon 21 March 2022

Ben Stephens, Partner and Branch Manager at Stags, shares his thoughts on the current position of the property market and forecasts what lies ahead in the coming months. Read More

Record auction successes for Stags Online Property Auctions

Tue 15 March 2022

Stags is pleased to report on the growing and continuing success of their online property auctions, with 2021 being a record year with some notable results. Read More

Stags is delighted to be attending the London and Country Property Show

Fri 11 March 2022

After a two-year hiatus, Stags is delighted to be attending the London and Country Property Show at Chelsea Old Town Hall on the 10th May. This key event will be hosted by The London Office and feature 20 independent regional estate agents from across the country exhibiting their properties to buyers who are planning a move away from London and the Home Counties. Read More

Stags is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Lofthouse MRICS to head up their Commercial Property Department

Thu 10 March 2022

The appointment of Stephen brings a wealth of commercial property experience and knowledge to Stags. Read More

Why are more landlords choosing Stags?

Fri 25 February 2022

Letting a property can be a complex minefield full of regulation, legislation and compliance. This is why more and more landlords have identified the importance of seeking the advice and expertise of a qualified and trusted agent. Read More

First dispersal of the new year blows away vendor's expectations

Wed 23 February 2022

After a successful first collective sale of the new year, next on the agenda was the dispersal sale of two tractors, two Land Rovers, a modern, extensive range of superbly kept machinery as well as multiple trailers and a large range of gates and cattle equipment located in Ilfracombe, near North Devon on behalf of Mr Wayne Copp. Read More

Prices at Willand not to be dismissed, even with the winds from Storm Eunice!

Wed 23 February 2022

A pleasing appearance of 150 people braved the elements on Saturday 19th of February for the second sale of the year at The West Country Sales Centre, where over 550 lots were up for sale. Read More

New year brings yet another successful online auction

Tue 22 February 2022

After a brilliant year in 2021 for the Stags Auctioneers’ Online and On Site Sales team, 2022 looks to carry on with the same successes, demonstrated recently after the closure of the first online timed auction of 2022, which took place from the 20th-30th January. Read More

Buy-to-Let continues to provide a good return

Tue 22 February 2022

Thinking of investing in a Buy-to-Let property? The demand for rental property remains at an exceptional level and, with rent and capital values rising, the return from a Buy-To-Let investment remains a good option for many. Andrew Luxton, Head of Lettings at Stags, considers the options in today’s property market. Read More

South West Farms and Land 2021 Review

Fri 18 February 2022

George Alder, Partner and Head of Stags Farm Agency, examines the farms and land market in 2021 and offers his predictions and advice for 2022. Read More

Landlords - Are you up to speed?

Thu 17 February 2022

Claire Pile MARLA stresses the importance of landlords ensuring they keep up to date with the changes that are happening and outlines the key changes that they need to be aware of. Read More

Residential farm in the heart of Dartmoor National Park has recently been sold through Stags Farm Agency

Wed 16 February 2022

Scorriton Down Farm has a unique setting just outside the popular village of Scorriton with direct access onto the open moor. The farm itself comprises of a modern farmhouse with a useful range of farm buildings and 61.09 acres. The farm was offered for sale as a whole with a guide price of £1,350,000. Read More

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to report on the successful sale of land at Higher Roadwater

Mon 14 February 2022

The land at Higher Roadwater has recently completed through Stags Farm Agency, having been launched to the market in May 2021. It totals 223.49 acres of grade 3 arable land, pasture and pockets of woodland. The land was offered for sale as a whole or in six lots, with a guide price of £1,525,000. Read More

West Country Property Market Update

Thu 3 February 2022

Charles Hunt, Senior Partner at Stags, examines the property market so far in 2022 and offers his predictions and advice to those looking to sell their home. Read More

The Growing Market for Woodland

Thu 27 January 2022

Andrew Ranson, Associate Partner at Stags, examines the huge popularity and growing level of interest in purchasing woodland that Stags Farm Agency has witnessed throughout 2021 and the beginning of 2022 from a wide variety of buyers. Read More

Applying for a Farm Business Tenancy – A Long Journey!

Wed 26 January 2022

Andrew Lawes BSc (Hons) MRICS, Head of Professional Services, Cornwall, sets out some thoughts and tips to help guide you on the journey of applying for a Farm Business Tenancy. Read More

Online Auctions – A multitude of possibilities!

Mon 24 January 2022

The year of 2021 saw the term ‘online auction’ become a much more familiar phrase for many across the agricultural community, and it appears from its growth it is here to stay. Read More

Land seen as a green asset

Fri 21 January 2022

Currently, land use in the United Kingdom is undergoing a major review due to change in UK agricultural policy and global focus on biodiversity loss and climate change. George Alder, Head of Stags Farm Agency, examines how this has affected the farms and land market across the South West. Read More

Sustainable Farming Incentive 2022 Lowdown

Tue 18 January 2022

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services outlines the details of the Sustainable Farming Incentive, an environmental land management scheme which will pay farmers to produce public goods such as water quality, biodiversity, animal health and welfare and climate change mitigation, alongside food production. Read More

New planning rules provide opportunities for farmers and landowners

Mon 17 January 2022

Stephen Boundy of Stags Planning Services outlines some of the impacts of the recent Environment Act, which are expected to give rise to a new market for land to be used by developers to meet their biodiversity net gain requirements. Read More

New rural home owners 101: Utilising land

Thu 13 January 2022

Have you recently bought a home in the countryside but you aren’t sure what to do with the land that came with it? Here are some some ideas as to what you could do and how to perhaps generate a little extra income in the process. Read More

Countryside Stewardship Scheme - Changes to payment rates

Wed 12 January 2022

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services outlines the main changes DEFRA have made to payment rates in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, which has seen increased payment rates on some options, making the scheme more attractive to many. Read More

Stags welcomes two additions to the partnership

Tue 11 January 2022

Stags, the West Country property experts, has announced three Partnership changes for 2022. Read More

Stags Selection: New year, new homes

Tue 4 January 2022

From luxury coastal apartments to a contemporary family home, here is a selection of New Build properties in the West Country, all currently on the market with Stags. Read More

Class R – Agricultural Buildings to Commercial Use

Wed 29 December 2021

Thinking of converting your agricultural buildings? Have you considered Class R? Read More

Tips to take care of your home this winter

Tue 21 December 2021

Here are some of our top tips to help avoid any issues that this time of year can bring and keep your home well-maintained and cosy over the winter months. Read More

Festive opening hours for our offices

Tue 21 December 2021

Here are the opening hours for our offices over the festive period. Read More

Stags Selection: Kitchens perfect for cooking Christmas Dinner

Fri 17 December 2021

Featuring kitchen islands, double ovens and spacious worktops, here is our selection of stunning kitchens that would be perfect for cooking up a scrumptious Christmas Dinner. Read More

Emily Williams, Manager of the Truro Lettings department becomes a qualified member of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA)

Thu 16 December 2021

Claire Pile MARLA, Stags Lettings Training and Development Manager congratulates Emily Williams, Manager of the Truro Lettings department on her recent success in becoming a qualified member of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA). Read More

Stags Selection: Cosy Cottages

Mon 13 December 2021

From thatched roofs to wood-burning stoves and exposed beams, these charming cottages currently on the market with Stags are perfect for cosying up this winter. Read More

Stags Selection: Fantastic Fireplaces

Fri 10 December 2021

With winter upon us and the nights still long, you can't beat a cosy night curling up in front of a roaring fire. Here is a selection of the beautiful fireplaces that some of our current properties have to offer. Read More

South West leads the way in rental increases

Tue 7 December 2021

The latest report from the Office of National Statistics, published in October, confirms that the South West saw the highest annual growth in private rental prices in the UK. Andrew Luxton MRICS FARLA, explains the number of factors affecting the current level of rents. Read More

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm rules in rented accommodation

Mon 6 December 2021

The UK Government announced on the 23rd November 2021 its proposals to extend the rules for domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms within all rented accommodation in England. Read More

Find your perfect bungalow in North Devon

Tue 30 November 2021

Luke Williams, of Stags Bideford, comments “it’s never been so popular for movers wanting to escape the cities and relocate to the West Country and, with a large proportion of these buyers approaching retirement, bungalows are often considered to be top of the property requirements list." Here is a selection of bungalows for sale with Stags, in the beautiful region of North Devon. Read More

Is it possible to make money from ecological enhancement measures?

Mon 22 November 2021

Alister Smith of Stags Planning and Development department discusses possible implications of The Environment Bill, which is now at final amendment, including the potential opportunity for landowners to capitalise on existing land ownerships. Read More

The Farming Investment Fund - What you need to know

Thu 18 November 2021

Defra has now announced details of the long-anticipated Farming Investment Fund. The scheme is made up of two separate funds which will provide grants to improve productivity and bring environmental benefits. Stags is holding a webinar to provide further information about these grants and to answer any questions you may have regarding this funding. Read More

Adding value prior to selling your Farm or Land

Fri 12 November 2021

Andrew Ranson of Stags Farm Agency outlines some key things to consider if you are thinking of selling your farm or land which could help add value to your property and ensure the sale proceeds smoothly. Read More

New addition to expanding Cornish Farm Agency Department

Tue 9 November 2021

Following his recent graduation from the University College of Estate Management, Stags is delighted to announce the internal promotion of George Olver from a negotiator in Truro’s Residential Department to Graduate Surveyor in the Cornwall Farm Agency Department. Read More

What does the Autumn budget mean for New Homes development in the West Country?

Fri 5 November 2021

The news of various property taxes has been met with mixed reactions; however, there are still reasons to be very optimistic about the property markets, nationally and particularly in the West Country. Read More

An Update on the Farming Investment Fund

Wed 3 November 2021

The Farming Investment Fund (not to be confused with the Farm Innovation Research and Development Fund) was expected to be open for applications from October 2021. However, in a blog post on 2nd November DEFRA have announced that there is a delay with the launch of the fund, with final details still being confirmed. Read More

Farm Innovation Research and Development Fund – Open now!

Wed 20 October 2021

Do you have a bright idea that will help the UK Agriculture sector become more efficient? Applications are now open for a new competition in which DEFRA, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, is making £17,500,000 available for the first round of three funds. Read More

Landlords: How do you decide which agent to instruct?

Tue 19 October 2021

To make sure you and your property are fully compliant, you are receiving a good return on your investment and you have a quality tenant, choosing the right agent is the key. With so many letting agents out there, knowing what to look for and the questions to ask can be daunting. Here are just a few of our top tips and things to consider when choosing your agent. Read More

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to report on the successful sale of spectacular Mid Devon farm

Mon 18 October 2021

Lower Woodburn Farm, a very attractive and private grass land farm in East Anstey has recently been sold through Stags Farm Agency. Read More

Incredible rental opportunity in the heart of Dartmoor

Fri 15 October 2021

Rowbrook Farm is a beautiful Listed, stone-built house surrounded by approximately three acres of its own land in a stunning moorland location in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. Read More

Stags Honiton are proud to sponsor The Big Colyton Art Show

Thu 14 October 2021

The Big Colyton Art Show will take place Saturday 20 November to Sunday 21 November 2021. Read More

Sale of North Devon farm proves strength in the 2021 farms and land market

Mon 11 October 2021

The sale of Easter Ground Farm has recently completed through Stags Farm Agency after being brought to the market at the end of April 2021. Read More

Torrential weather fails to dampen trade at large farm machinery sale!

Thu 7 October 2021

Stags’ Auctioneers continued their busy Autumn by conducting yet another very successful farm dispersal sale on behalf of Messrs TJ & CA Jakins of New Barton Farm, Wembury, Plymouth which overlooked the English Channel. Read More

National audience watches online as Devon Dairy farm disperses

Tue 5 October 2021

Stags’ Auctioneers’ conducted yet another very successful farm sale at Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple on behalf of Mrs J Waldron where many modern farm machines were offered for sale both by traditional onsite auction as well as online via webcast auction. Read More

The legal updates that have impacted landlords the most in 2021, are you up to date?

Wed 29 September 2021

Over the past 18 months the pandemic has forced us to change the way we go about our everyday lives. We have all had to adapt and make significant changes and with home becoming more of a focus for us all, the property market is having to adapt too. Whether it is how we conduct viewings and arrange property visits, to the required notice periods, changes have happened and can be hard to keep track of. Read More

Water Protection Zones - Should we be worried?

Tue 28 September 2021

Chartered Surveyor Jessica Allsop of Stags Professional Services discusses The Water Resources Act, which requires the monitoring and protection of areas of land that supply drinking water, and the recent announcement regarding the Catchment Sensitive Farming programme. Read More

Excellent Online Auction result for Haven Cottage

Tue 28 September 2021

The recent result of the online auction of Haven Cottage demonstrates the continuing success of Stags' Online Auction platform. Read More

Stags Selection: Barn Conversions

Tue 28 September 2021

Barn conversions are an excellent opportunity to enjoy the rustic charm of exposed beams, vaulted ceilings and flagstone floors, whilst having the comforts of a modern home. Here is a selection of some charming barn conversions on the market with Stags. Read More

Recent discreet sale demonstrates the power of Stags' database

Fri 24 September 2021

The recent discreet sale of The Old Farmhouse demonstrates the extensive reach and power of Stags’ office network and database of over 45,000 active buyers, as Stags Launceston office successfully sold this property without it being launched to the market. Read More

Is the fabric of the South West changing?

Thu 23 September 2021

Recently, there has been press coverage stating that the fabric of rural areas throughout the UK has been changing due to urban-based buyers purchasing farms and land for a rural lifestyle change. Stags Farm Agency team decided to review the sales agreed over the last 12 months to consider whether there has been any substantial change in buyers. Read More

Farms and Land Market Update

Fri 17 September 2021

At the start of this year there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding what type of market we would find for farms and land in 2021. However, what Stags Farm Agency has actually seen is that the market today is one of the fastest moving farms and land markets we have seen for some time. Read More

Stags Dulverton Office welcomes new Office and Property Sales Manager

Fri 17 September 2021

Stags Dulverton office has recently welcomed their new Office and Property Sales Manager, Alexandra Carter, who discusses the current market she is seeing in Dulverton and the surrounding villages. Read More

Stags Farm Agency launch exceptional historic farm to the market

Thu 16 September 2021

It is not often that farms such as Huish Barton are available to purchase in the West Country, and Stags Farm Agency are very pleased to be handling this sale of an historic 316.90 acre-farm within Exmoor National Park. Read More

High Court Upholds Stags Arbitrator's Discretion on Costs

Wed 15 September 2021

A recent case, over which Mark Neason of Stags Professional services presided as Arbitrator, concerned a notice served by a landlord requiring the tenant to carry out a substantial amount of hedge maintenance. The appeal was heard in the High Court, where the presiding judge upheld Mark Neason's discretion on costs. Read More

A rare opportunity for a prime waterside home

Fri 10 September 2021

A stone’s throw from the water’s edge at Mylor Harbour is Pondhu; a spacious waterside home available to the open market for the first time in around 25 years. Read More

A busy month for Stags Farm Agency

Thu 9 September 2021

Stags Auctioneer and Farm Agent Andrew Ranson reports on the past month, including the continued high demand for farms and land, notable recent sales and exciting new instructions. Read More

Removal of a Holiday Occupancy Condition

Tue 31 August 2021

Rural Chartered Surveyor Guy Wilson of Stags Professional Services explains how recent changes to Local Planning Policy affect the removal of Holiday Occupancy Conditions Read More

Torbay: Staycation and buyers re-locating; history repeating itself

Fri 27 August 2021

Matt Williams discusses the returning popularity of Torbay, or “The English Riviera” as it is affectionately known, a 22-mile stretch of seaside resorts, picturesque villages and rocky coves on the South Devon coast. Read More

Stags Selection: Contemporary Properties

Thu 26 August 2021

From an abundance of natural light, bold lines, sleek features and outstanding eco credentials, here is a selection of some stunning contemporary homes currently on the market with Stags. Read More

Are you utilising all your farm buildings to their full potential?

Wed 25 August 2021

With the Basic Payment Scheme being phased out, now is an ideal time to assess your farming assets to determine whether any are not being fully utilised and are surplus to requirements. Read More

Simon Cooper discusses the latest property price figures published by the Office for National Statistics

Mon 23 August 2021

Simon Cooper discusses the latest figures that have just been issued from the Office of National Statistics for property price changes from June 2020 to June 2021. Read More

Record Result for Stags’ Recent Online Auction of East Devon Farm

Mon 16 August 2021

Stags Farm Agency is delighted to report on the successful online auction of Wolversleigh Farm in Sidbury, Devon. Read More

Stags Planning Department Receive Consent for Eco-Friendly Holiday Home

Thu 12 August 2021

Stags Planning Department are delighted to announce that they have received planning consent for a new eco-friendly holiday home just outside Dartmoor National Park, and discuss their new design software. Read More

Stags Selection: Beautiful Bathrooms

Mon 9 August 2021

Whilst the bathroom might not be at the top of your priority list when it comes to your dream home, a beautiful bathroom can really enhance an already beautiful property. From roll-top baths to feature fireplaces, here are a selection of homes for sale with Stags with some truly beautiful bathrooms. Read More

Devon Farm Dispersal Sale draws National Interest

Mon 9 August 2021

Stags Auctioneers report a very strong trade for machinery at the dispersal sale at Pithayes Farm, Whimple on Saturday 31st July. Read More

Residential farms and amenity land all highly sought-after

Fri 6 August 2021

Andrew Ranson, Stags Auctioneer and Farm Agent, discusses the continued demand for farms and land, notable recent sales, and exciting new lots reaching the market shortly. Read More

Getting your Garden Photograph-Ready

Wed 28 July 2021

If you are lucky enough to benefit from some outside space, getting it ready for photos before you sell your home can be just as important as getting the inside of your house ready. Read More

Stags Selection: Waterside Homes

Fri 23 July 2021

Cool off this summer with these waterside properties that are currently on the market with Stags. Read More

Sun shone bright for South Cornwall Farm Dispersal

Wed 21 July 2021

Find out the latest trade and highlights from Bolitho Barton Farm farm dispersal Read More

Stags launch three outstanding Cornish coastal properties to the market

Tue 20 July 2021

The breath-taking county of Cornwall is renowned for its magnificent coastline. For those seeking such splendid surroundings, a home along the coastline offers the chance to have this on your doorstep. Stags specialises in waterside properties and is delighted to bring you three coastal gems that are new to the market. Read More

Demand for Rural Property Continues at Pace

Fri 9 July 2021

Andrew Ranson of Stags Farm Agency discusses both the recent sales and the exciting opportunities new to the market Read More

A selection of unusual Dorset place names and their history

Thu 8 July 2021

With an office in every corner of the West Country, Stags has 145 years of experience across the region, from hamlets to cities, coastal cottages to contemporary townhouses. Here’s a few of the unusual place names we have come across in Dorset and their presumed origins. Read More

Exceptional East Devon farm launching to Online Auction soon

Thu 8 July 2021

Privately situated East Devon farm with exceptional views to the Jurassic Coast over the Sid Valley comes up for sale by Online Auction Read More

Sustainable Farming Incentive - Progress Update

Wed 7 July 2021

Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services explains the further details recently released by DEFRA regarding the Sustainable Farming Incentive Read More

Stags report on Lettings webinar success

Mon 5 July 2021

Claire Pile MARLA of Stags is delighted to report the success of the firms recent lettings webinar which provided an update on the current market and the impact of Covid. Read More

Farming in Protected Landscapes - An exciting new opportunity

Tue 29 June 2021

DEFRA have recently released details on The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme. The scheme is open to all farmers and land managers within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or National Park in England. The application window for funding in the first year of the programme is between 1st July 2021 and 31st January 2022. Read More

A selection of unusual Somerset place names and their history

Thu 24 June 2021

With an office in every corner of the West Country, Stags has 145 years of experience across the region, from rural retreats to bustling towns, coastal villages to country estates. Here’s a few of the unusual place names we have come across in Somerset and their presumed origins. Read More

Farm and Land Market – cautious optimism for 2021…

Wed 23 June 2021

Before most of us had heard the word COVID there were concerns that Brexit may have had a negative impact on the demand for farms and land, and as a result on land values. After analysing the sales that Stags Farm Agency have been involved with during 2020 and the first half of 2021 the opposite has been true. Read More

A selection of unusual Cornish place names and their history

Tue 22 June 2021

With an office in every corner of the West Country, Stags has 145 years of experience across the region, from cities to hamlets, coastal cottages to towering townhouses. Here’s a few of the unusual place names we have come across in Cornwall and their presumed origins. Read More

Tess Wigram joins as Lettings Manager for Stags Exeter

Mon 21 June 2021

Stags is delighted by the strengthening of our Residential lettings department in Exeter with the full-time appointment of Tess Wigram as the lettings manager, who joined last month and who will be working alongside the current team of Polly, Jackie and Josie. Read More

Tiverton Professional Services instructed to let three separate farms

Mon 21 June 2021

The Professional Services team at Stags Tiverton have been instructed to complete open market lettings of three separate farms with a combined area of just under 1,000 acres. Read More

Basic Payment Changes: Delinking and Lump Sum Exit plans explained

Mon 21 June 2021

DEFRA are currently consulting on their proposals for a Lump Sum Exit Scheme and approach to delinked payments under the Agricultural Transition Plan. Sally Blowey of Stags Professional Services outlines the current proposals. Read More

Property market - a cliff edge?

Mon 21 June 2021

You may well have picked up articles about the property market falling after this initial stamp duty freeze ends.  However, this couldn’t be further from the truth as far as I’m concerned, and here are the reasons why I think that the market will be very strong for the rest of this year Read More

Could your next venture be “Carbon Farming”?

Fri 18 June 2021

Hannah Lukins of Stags Professional Services Team discusses the Carbon Farming Initiative Read More

Stags Selection: Glorious Gardens

Thu 17 June 2021

From landscaped lawns to wildflower meadows, here are a selection of properties for sale with Stags with a garden for every summer activity, whether that’s entertaining guests, playing a family game of sports or getting closer to nature. Read More

Teignbridge District Council Publishes Important Review of Local Planning Policy - Act Now

Tue 15 June 2021

Teignbridge District Council are presently undertaking an important review of planning policy that will cover how planning is approached in the period to 2040. It is essential for property owners to act now if they wish to have their voice heard, in particular with regard to potential sites for housing and employment. Read More

A selection of unusual Devon place names and their history

Mon 14 June 2021

With an office in every corner of the West Country, Stags has 145 years of experience across the region, from cities to coastal towns, rural hamlets to fishing villages. Here’s a few of the unusual place names we have come across in Devon, and their presumed origins. Read More

Stags strengthens the Residential Lettings Department with three new appointments

Wed 9 June 2021

Stags is delighted to announce the appointment of three new managers joining our experienced lettings team. Read More

Extraordinary online auction result adds to Stags’ continuing auction success

Tue 8 June 2021

The recent auction of Primms Cottage on Dartmoor not only reflects the current state of the property market in the South West but also confirms Stags’ online auction platform is going from strength to strength. Read More

Stags Selection: Thatched Houses

Tue 8 June 2021

From characterful cottages to fabulous family farmhouses, here is a selection of some gorgeous thatched homes for sale across the West Country with Stags. Read More

Stags Lettings Department strengthened by appointment of new North Devon manager

Wed 2 June 2021

Stags are delighted to announce the strengthening of their North Devon Lettings Department with the appointment of Jasper van der Zalm as Residential Lettings Manager Read More

Stags Selection: Homes with Income Potential

Tue 1 June 2021

Are you looking to escape the 9 to 5 life in favour of running your own business from home? Or perhaps looking for an additional project to run alongside it? Here are some examples of properties with their very own income potential that are on the market now with Stags. Read More

Exmoor - the perfect place for your dream equestrian home

Fri 28 May 2021

One of two National Parks in the South West, Exmoor is one the best locations for buyers looking for an equestrian property in the region. Located on the Devon/Somerset border with the M5 to the east and A361 to the south, the moor is accessible and yet rugged in equal measure. Read More

Escape to the coast - The West Country Waterside market update

Fri 21 May 2021

As we head towards Summer, Ben Stephens Partner at Stags and Head of the Waterside department, discusses the extraordinary levels of activity in the waterside property market. Read More

Have you correctly documented changes during a tenancy?

Thu 20 May 2021

No matter how long or short the duration of a tenancy there are often changes that occur and are all too often forgotten about, undocumented or result in a landlord, property or tenant being non-compliant. Claire Pile MARLA details six of the most common changes that occur and the action you should take if they arise. Read More

Six homes fantastic for family living

Tue 18 May 2021

We bring you a selection of beautiful family homes from across the West Country, all available for sale and all with fantastic space both inside and out. Read More

Government announces reduction to current tenancy notice periods

Thu 13 May 2021

Claire Pile MARLA of Stags Residential Lettings is pleased to report that the Government has announced changes to the current notice periods in line with the phased easing of restrictions. Read More

Online bidders go through the Mill!

Fri 7 May 2021

Stags Online Auction team are delighted to report on further sales successes to include South Mill House, Stockland Nr Honiton, dealt with by the Honiton Office of Stags generated a significant amount of interest and frantic bidding. Read More

Stags selection: Six Grade II-Listed properties for sale under £1 million

Fri 7 May 2021

Bag your very own piece of West Country history without the extravagant price tag with our pick of the market’s best Grade II-Listed properties for sale under £1 million. Read More

£1.75million of Machinery Sold in First Quarter, Stags Auctioneers’ Report

Thu 6 May 2021

Despite lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, Stags Auctioneers’ report their third collective online timed auction of tractors, vehicles and excavators, farm machinery and agricultural sundries, of 2021 to be their most successful sale to date. Read More

South Molton Market: Thursday 29 April

Thu 29 April 2021

Find out the latest trade and highlights from South Molton Read More

Stags strengthen Professional Services department with appointment of Senior Surveyor Matthew Wilcox

Wed 28 April 2021

Stags have strengthened their Professional Services department through the appointment of Matthew Wilcox BSc (Hons) MRICS as Senior Surveyor. Matthew will be based in the Tiverton office and brings with him a wealth of experience in various rural professional matters and estate management. Read More

A home for horse and rider in the wonderful West Country

Fri 23 April 2021

2020 was certainly an unusual year and whilst we are still emerging from the third Lockdown, there is a large degree of optimism to be had. Last year saw significant additional demand and buoyant conditions from May, with properties selling quickly and at increasing prices throughout the year. Buyers for Stags Equestrian properties were numerous with 30% of those sold to buyers from the South East, and over 2% from abroad Read More

Changes to Countryside Stewardship and BPS explained

Tue 20 April 2021

With the 17th May deadline for Basic Payment Scheme applications fast approaching, there are some changes to the 2021 scheme due to the UKs exit from the EU, that applicants should be aware of. Read More

Stags Selection: Rural Retreats

Thu 15 April 2021

Whether you are looking in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset or Dorset we have beautiful rural retreats in every corner of the West Country. From a charming period farmhouse in North Devon to a characterful stone and slate cottage nestled in the Lynher valley. Read More

Everyone wants their own piece of the English countryside

Mon 12 April 2021

Most blocks of land in excess of 25 acres would be sold to farmers and the occasional investor, but why are the general public purchasing smaller blocks of land? Read More

Why is the West Country proving to be such a popular place to buy property?

Fri 9 April 2021

It is incredible to think we are now a quarter of the way through 2021 and we are just coming out of the 3rd lockdown due to Covid-19. Though sadly other parts of the UK economy have been put on hold or closed, the property market has been kept open under government guidance and rules, which has enabled people from around England to move home. Read More

Online property auction success continues

Thu 1 April 2021

Stags are delighted to report on further successes selling property through their on line auction platform maintaining the 100 % success rate since sales commenced in 2020. Read More

High flying prices at online machinery auction

Tue 30 March 2021

Stags Auctioneers have had a busy few weeks conducting numerous auctions across the West Country which is only set to continue. The team is delighted to report on a few recent highly successful Online Timed Auctions of tractors, vehicles and machinery. Read More

Traditional farm with an abundance of charm and appeal sells in Somerset

Fri 26 March 2021

Farms with such abundance of charm and appeal as Washers Farm are rarely available to purchase, so when Stags Farm Agency received instruction to offer the farm for sale on behalf of the vendors, it was always going to be a particular sales highlight for the team. Read More

Stags Farm Agency Buying Farms and Land Part 2 & 3

Fri 26 March 2021

So far this week we have posted the first instalment of our farming podcast in which we put your questions to George Alder our Head of Farm Agency and Farm Agent Andrew Dodds. Today we bring you the final two instalments to our first topic with the remaining answers to your questions regarding the process of buying farms and land. Read More

There has never been a better time to consider a Buy To Let investment

Thu 25 March 2021

Over the last few years the Private Rental Sector has seen many changes with added regulations and compliance as a result of the government’s desire to improve the standard of private rented accommodation. In addition, changes to the way rental income is taxed has made many landlords consider their existing portfolio or consideration to purchasing extra properties. Read More

Avoiding tenancy deposit disputes

Wed 24 March 2021

Claire Pile MARLA of Stags Lettings department outlines the importance of tenancy inventories and written records when letting a property.  Read More

Stags Farm Agency Buying Farms and Land Part 1

Tue 23 March 2021

Recently we asked members of the public via our social media channels to submit any questions they have regarding the process of buying farms and land. This week we put these questions to George Alder our Head of Farm Agency and Farm Agent Andrew Dodds. Read More

Driven by desire!

Fri 19 March 2021

Despite the recent inclement weather and restrictions of Lockdown 3, it is clear that the focus of buyers is already turning to the summer months and the acquisition of a coastal home. Read More

Do you know a landlord? Recommend a Landlord to Stags and receive a £100 M&S gift card

Wed 17 March 2021

Whether you are a landlord or not, by way of a thank you if you recommend a new landlord to Stags, for each property we let on their behalf we will send you a £100 Marks and Spencer gift card. Read More

South Molton Market: Thursday 11 March

Thu 11 March 2021

Find out the latest trade and highlights from South Molton Read More

Expectations for Cornwall’s 2021 Farms and Land market run high

Mon 8 March 2021

As Spring arrives, Associate Partner, Andrew Ranson of Stags Farm Agency Department, considers the market expectations for Cornwall's farms and land market for 2021. Read More

Stamp Duty Holiday Extension Explained

Thu 4 March 2021

The Chancellor announced the extension of the Stamp Duty Holiday in his Budget speech yesterday (March, 3). Originally planned to end in March, the revised dates are... Read More

Proprietary Estoppel: an opportunist charter or relief for the deserving?

Tue 2 March 2021

In more recent years, since Davies v Davies [2016], proprietary estoppel has remained fertile ground for litigation, with a total of twelve claims reaching court in 2018. Read More

Preparing your property for professional photography

Mon 1 March 2021

This may not be a huge surprise to hear, but our professional photographers usually get more out of a photoshoot if they have more to work with. This means that the more time you spend tidying up your property, the better the photographs will look and the better the house will appear on viewings. Read More

Farm Tenancy Agreements – don’t let them collect dust!

Fri 26 February 2021

Andrew Lawes B.Sc Hons. MRICS, a rural practice chartered surveyor and Head of Professional Services for Cornwall at Stags, reminds us of the significance of these important documents. Read More

Competitive bidding at Online Property Auction

Wed 24 February 2021

The increasing popularity of both buying and selling property by online auction was further confirmed by Stags latest success of Sedgewell House in South Devon. Read More

Planning for the future of agricultural payments

Tue 23 February 2021

Key dates and updates in relation to the future of agricultural payments. Read More

Help to Buy Scheme has been extended to cover completions before 31 May 2021

Mon 22 February 2021

With many of us being much more mindful of the damaging effects our modern lifestyles are having on the environment, the latest research of buying new properties is reassuring. The research indicates that new properties are almost 6 times more energy-efficient and generate over 60% fewer CO2 emissions than older style homes.   Read More

Promoting land for possible development - East and Mid Devon

Wed 17 February 2021

Generally, for many, the first thing they know of a new development is when they see a digger starting onsite. What they do not see is the months, or even years for larger developments, of paperwork behind the scenes and the hard work often put in by the landowner to ‘promote’ the site. Read More

100% success rate for online property auctions in 2020

Tue 9 February 2021

Stags is delighted to report on the success of their online property auctions held in 2020. Being unable to hold in the room auctions as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the acceleration of the online property auctions, which has proved very successful, appealing to both vendors and purchasers. Read More

Second hand machinery demand remains strong, despite new export barriers

Mon 8 February 2021

Stags Auctioneers report another highly successful Online Timed Auction of tractors, vehicles and machinery and general equipment which closed on Sunday 24 January. Over 600 lots were on offer and 487 of them were sold successfully resulting in a 76% clearance rate. Read More

Land near Culmstock sells in double quick time!

Wed 3 February 2021

Stags Farm Agency are pleased to announce the successful sale of 19.34 acres of land on Blackwater Road, near Culmstock. Read More

Evictions Ban extended for ANOTHER six weeks

Fri 29 January 2021

The housing secretary recently announced that the current ban on bailiff evictions due to the Covid crisis will be further extended until the 21st February. Read More

Green Homes Grant applications now being submitted

Fri 29 January 2021

As part of the Governments drive to improve energy efficiency of Let homes they introduced the Green Homes Grant at the end of last year. Providing an ideal opportunity for landlords to apply for vouchers from a £2 billion fund in order to cover two thirds of the cost of hiring trades people to upgrade the energy performance of their homes, up to a maximum contribution of £5,000. Read More

Electrical Safety Inspection deadline fast approaches

Thu 28 January 2021

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations came into force on the 1st June 2020 and applied in England to all new tenancies from 1st July 2020 but more critically to all existing tenancies from 1st April 2021. Read More

West Country property market: Winter review

Mon 25 January 2021

"I know that 2020 proved to be rollercoaster of a year in selling West Country property and, in my over 30 years with Stags, I can’t recall a year like it, not even the 1988 or the 2007 boom" reports Simon Cooper, Partner at Stags. Read More

South West Farms and Land Review 2020

Wed 20 January 2021

At the start of 2020 we could not have predicted or even imagined the type of year we have experienced. Despite Covid-19 and the background uncertainty for agricultural trading and relationships from 1st January 2021, the farms and land market in the South West has been short on supply and robust on price. Read More

Continuity and continued success for Stags Okehampton

Mon 18 January 2021

Last year was a difficult and testing year for many due to Covid 19, but one thing that continues into 2021 and remained consistent throughout a very busy last year, was the property market in Okehampton, the surrounding towns, villages and hamlets.   Read More

Lockdown 3…the property market remains open

Wed 6 January 2021

We have been here before and we are here to help. We understand this is an unsettling time for many. Following the Prime Minster’s announcement on 4th January, the updated Government guidance states “Estate and Letting agents and removal firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can attend property viewings.” Read More

Stags Selection: New year, new homes!

Wed 23 December 2020

From a luxurious, contemporary home on the Jurassic Coast designed to complement the beautiful area to a city centre Georgian style townhouse in Truro, we bring you our selection of New Build properties in the West Country, all currently on the market with Stags Estate Agents. Read More

Stags Selection: Cosy homes for Christmas

Tue 22 December 2020

Browse our pick of the West Country's best homes for a Cosy Christmas and make next year extra special. Read More

Piers Layburn returns to take the Launceston office forward

Fri 18 December 2020

Piers Layburn has been working in the industry for over 10 years, joining Stags in 2013, with experience selling property across Cornwall and the Westcountry at every level from apartments to country homes. Read More

Wonderfully situated residential farm sells in Dartmoor

Wed 16 December 2020

Stags Farm Agency is pleased to announce the successful sale of Sanduck Cross farm, near Lustleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon. Read More

Selling property in one of the top 20 happiest places to live

Wed 16 December 2020

A recent ‘Happy at Home’ study undertaken by Rightmove has named Plymouth and the surrounding area in the Top 20 happiest places to live in the South West. Read More

The online auction hammer falls once again with great success…

Fri 11 December 2020

Stags selling farm and land in the West Country by Online Auction. Read More

New manager for Stags Wadebridge

Thu 10 December 2020

Stags Wadebridge welcomes new manager Wayne Elliot, having started his career with Stags at the Truro office where he established a firm reputation for achieving sales across all sectors of the property market and helping grow our market share. Read More

Online machinery sale…over £850,000 worth of bids placed

Wed 9 December 2020

Online auctions have grown in popularity this year, with convenience and ease of bidding seeing this method set to stay. Our latest sale, held in November, has yet again received record numbers of entries and bids. Read More

Diverse farm with established holiday business sells in Somerset

Tue 8 December 2020

Stags Farm Agency department is pleased to announce the successful sale of Walkers Farm, near Stoke St Gregory in Somerset. Read More

Deep roots allow strong growth for Stags Professional Services team

Tue 8 December 2020

Stags was established in 1874, therefore, we have many years of experience, contacts and relationships to continue to build upon. We aim to ‘add value’ in our dealings with and for our clients. Whether this is via our Professional Services team, our Land Agents, Planning Consultants, Lettings staff or Market and On Site Sales Department, our driver is always the same. In recent months we have had many new faces join our team, all bringing additional strength and expertise to our offering. Read More

Stags Selection: Six properties with real fires for Winter

Fri 4 December 2020

As we head towards Christmas and the days get colder, it’s time to hunker down and warm up as we approach winter with our pick of the market’s best homes with real fires. Read More

Timing is everything…don’t delay

Thu 3 December 2020

Stags is currently experiencing an extraordinary level of activity for the time of year, which is showing few signs of abating. This is down to a number of factors but primarily due to the desire for people to move to the West Country as well as the impending finishing of the Stamp Duty (SDLT) holiday which finishes at the end of March 2021. Read More

Woodland – Time for a health check?

Thu 3 December 2020

As we know, Countryside Stewardship will continue to be offered in 2021, 2022 and 2023, with the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme scheduled be in place in 2024. Since its introduction many farmers and land managers have made use of Mid-Tier, Higher Tier and the Hedgerow and Boundaries grant but many aren’t aware of the Woodland Tree Health Grant (WTHG). Read More

Changes to the current planning system explained...

Tue 1 December 2020

Alister Smith, the head of Stags Planning and Architectural Design team, comments on recent changes that have been made to the planning system. Read More

Stags welcomes Karen Cottrell as the new manager of their Dartmouth office

Mon 30 November 2020

Karen Cottrell started her estate agency career in Kent in 1998 successfully working within both the sales and lettings sectors. In 2004 the family relocated to SW France, during the following 10-year period Karen and her husband worked to renovate two French houses whilst managing a holiday lettings business in the area. Read More

Where are we now in the Holiday Complex market?

Fri 27 November 2020

Since the end of the first lockdown we have seen strong demand for Holiday Complexes including camp sites, glamping sites, caravan parks and other self-catering holiday accommodation. Read More

Holiday Complexes - Who are the buyers?

Fri 27 November 2020

We currently have over 570 registered buyers for Holiday Complex businesses within the Stags database. Lifestyle movers make up the majority of these buyers, typically families and early retirees. Increasingly couples with young children are looking for good schooling and a decent internet connection enabling them to work from home, and this is a trend we have seen continued from previous years and a growing market. Read More

Exceptional tenant demand for large properties in the West Country

Thu 19 November 2020

Stags Launceston let, the stunning, Treharrock Manor this week for £4,500 per calendar month, showing that demand for large family properties in the South West is higher than ever. Read More

Stags Selection: Wonderful Victorian Homes

Fri 13 November 2020

With gabled roofs and heavy ornamentation Stags brings you a selection of glorious Victorian homes, from a beautiful Victorian villa to a spacious semi-detached home perfect for family living. Read More

Top Tips for selling your property with Stags over the Winter months

Wed 11 November 2020

The weather has now truly changed as Winter approaches. We all face the extra effort thats needed in ensuring our properties are kept in tip top condition. Here are our top 10 tips. Read More

Stags New Homes going from strength to strength

Fri 6 November 2020

Like most sectors of the property market, New Homes have also continued to sell well over the Summer this year. The stamp duty savings on completions prior to the end of March 2021 are certainly adding to this surge of interest for all of our developments over the West Country. Read More

Lockdown 2: Can you still move? YES

Fri 6 November 2020

We are in now in lockdown for the second time this year, but what does it mean if you are looking to move house? Read More

Stags Selection: Cosy Cottages

Wed 4 November 2020

We bring you a selection of cosy cottages from up and down the West Country, all with a wealth of character features. From inglenook fireplaces and wood burning stoves to exposed beams, these quaint cottages are perfect for cosying up this autumn. Read More

Stags further develops their planning and architectural department

Tue 3 November 2020

Stags Planning and Architectural department has been strengthened by the recent recruitment of Carlos Ramos and Anna Brooks, who have joined the team based in Exeter.  Read More

Finding the perfect rental home

Thu 15 October 2020

Demand for rental homes is high but this doesn’t mean that you have to settle for second best when finding your perfect home to rent. Now more than ever our homes are integral to our lives and it is important that they fulfil our requirements and become a place to escape and relax. Read More

Stags Selection: Beautiful Barn Conversion

Thu 15 October 2020

From exposed beams and stone walls to vaulted ceilings and wood burning stoves, Stags bring you a selection of charming barn conversion with a beautiful blend of character features and modern living. Read More

Now open: Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme

Tue 13 October 2020

Don't miss your chance to obtain 40% funding for agricultural equipment with Round 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme. Read More

Interim funding pending for farmers

Mon 12 October 2020

A new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) is due to be rolled out in full by the end of 2024. This scheme will largely replace all schemes currently available under the Common Agricultural Policy, as well as offer financial support for farming businesses as BPS payments begin to be phased out from 2021. Read More

Stags Selection: Homes with fantastic views

Fri 9 October 2020

From coast to countryside, Stags brings you a selection of beautiful properties with fantastic far-reaching views. Read More

Outstanding exam results for Kate Collins, Commercial Property Manager

Fri 9 October 2020

Kate Collins BSc (Hons), Property Manager in our Commercial and Block Management department based in Totnes has recently completed her degree in Real Estate Management with the University College of Estate Management, graduating with a 2:1.  Read More

Auction success selling via the online hammer

Fri 9 October 2020

Stags is a unique firm of West Country property auctioneers which, for the past 140 years, has been successfully selling millions of pounds worth of property, by auction, throughout the South West region. Whilst traditional in the room auctions have their place, given the current situation and need to keep everyone safe, an increasingly popular alternative is the Online Timed Auction. Retaining all the advantages of a conventional auction with competitive bidding, the online platform runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Read More

The West Country; beautiful in every way

Wed 7 October 2020

Simon Cooper, Partner at Stags reports on one of the busiest month on record, and why many are choosing to make a move to the West Country. Read More

Tenant demand continues to reach record levels

Wed 7 October 2020

The recent private sector report from ARLA Propertymark further confirms the activity within the lettings market that is seen throughout the region.   Their report confirmed that August was a record-breaking month with the number of new prospective tenants continuing to rise, resulting in exceptionally strong demand across all rental sectors.   Read More

Applications now open for the Green Homes Grant Scheme

Mon 5 October 2020

The UK Government announced on the 30th September that applications for the Green Home Grant Scheme which allows landlords and homeowners to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 towards the cost of making homes more energy efficient have opened. Read More

Mid Devon dispersal sale exceeds all expectations

Wed 30 September 2020

Stags auctioneers report a flying trade for all the machinery and equipment at the dispersal held on behalf of Messrs AL Baker & Son at Chapelhaies Farm, Bradninch near Exeter last Wednesday 23 September. Read More

Stags Selection: Glorious Georgian Homes

Thu 24 September 2020

With their perfect proportions and beautiful windows, we bring you a selection of gorgeous Georgian properties from handsome townhouses to a stunning country side manor Read More

Stags Selection: Homes for cooks

Fri 18 September 2020

Here’s our pick of the West Country’s best homes for cooks, from modern and contemporary to country charm these homes have the perfect kitchens to cook up a storm. Read More

Buying and Selling with Stags in a Covid market- Let’s get moving

Fri 11 September 2020

Are you worried about viewing property? But need to find a new home? We understand that at this uncertain time, you may have many unanswered questions. Within this article, we answer 5 crucial questions that you may have about buying and selling in these unprecedented times.  Read More

Stags Selection: Gorgeous Grade II-Listed Homes

Tue 8 September 2020

From charming thatched cottages to a glorious Georgian town house, Stags brings you a selection of gorgeous Grade II-Listed properties currently for sale up and down the West Country. Read More

West Country property market continues to power away

Sat 5 September 2020

There seems to be little let up in the demand for West Country property this summer, whether from buyers within the West Country, or from outside the region. Read More

Stags Selection: Fantastic Family Homes

Thu 3 September 2020

We bring you a selection of fantastic family homes with an abundance of space both inside and out, from up and down the West Country, all available for sale. Read More

COVID-19 Planning update: Extension of permissions and construction hours

Wed 2 September 2020

On the 25th June the Business and Planning Bill was presented to the House of Commons to boost economic recovery and development in England as we begin to emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic. The Bill comes with little surprise following Boris Johnson’s recent plans to ‘Build Build Build’ and it reached royal assent on the 22nd July 2020. Read More

How to sell farmland in 6 simple steps

Tue 1 September 2020

Considering selling farmland but not sure where to start? Stags Head of Farm Agency George Alder offers helpful tips for increasing saleability. Read More

Record Online Machinery Sale...18 tractors & 2 combines sold

Tue 1 September 2020

A record online timed machinery auction for Stags, with over 375 lots of farm, plant and commercial machinery and other items sold via our online auction platform.  Read More

250 acre farm to rent reveals pent up demand

Tue 1 September 2020

A rare opportunity was available recently with Stags inviting tenders to rent Pithayes Farm near Whimple as a whole or up to five lots for various parcels of land and/or buildings with the owners offering a 3-year Farm Business Tenancy with BPS Entitlements transferred to successful applicant(s). Read More

Frantic last-minute bidding in online property auction

Tue 1 September 2020

An increasingly popular way to buy and sell property and land, Stags Online Timed auction is an alternative to our traditional property auctions. Read More

Why is using a letting agent important?

Wed 26 August 2020

Letting and managing a property can be a difficult task however, using an experienced and qualified letting agent can help to reduce the stress and ensure you avoid the potential pitfalls. Read More

Cleaning checklist to help avoid issues at the end of the tenancy

Wed 26 August 2020

Finding that your property has been left unclean and unkept at the end of a tenancy can be a nightmare for any Landlord, this often leads to costly and time-consuming preparation to ensure the property is ready for the next tenants. Stags lettings team is continually advising tenants to thoroughly prepare their rented properties ahead of their departure at the end of their tenancy. If you are a tenant who is reaching the end of a tenancy agreement or a landlord who is preparing to let a property, these top tips can help prevent such issues occurring. Read More

Which three West Country villages ranked most popular in the UK?

Mon 24 August 2020

According to a report from Rightmove this month, three West Country villages ranked most popular for buyers and those renting in the UK. But, where are these highly desirable areas? Read More

Landlords should take advantage of Green Homes Grant

Fri 21 August 2020

As a part of the Governments drive to improve the energy efficiency of Let homes the recent Green Homes Grant provides an opportunity for Landlords to make improvements. Read More

Stags Selection: Countryside Retreats

Fri 21 August 2020

Escape to the country, whether you are looking in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset or Dorset we have beautiful country retreats in every corner of the West Country. Here are just a select few: Read More

What to expect when you sell a farm or land through Stags

Thu 20 August 2020

As the decision to sell a farm or block of land is usually the result of careful consideration, it is important to use an agent who can understand your reasons and guarantee the best possible outcome. Read More

Top Tips Series: Reasons to buy land

Wed 12 August 2020

Throughout 2020 Stags Farm Agency Department has continued to experience strong demand for all types of land, large and small. So, why do people to buy land? Read More

Preparing your outside space ready for the sale of your home

Mon 3 August 2020

Our outside space has been a welcomed form of escapism in recent months. However, we have all been guilty from time to time of neglecting these spaces and not giving our gardens the TLC that they deserve. Gardens can be a place of sanctuary and can be just as important as the property itself for potential buyers. Not only is it essential that your home is prepared for property viewings, it is just as important to make sure that your garden is in top tip condition too. Read More

Government to cut red tape for farmers as they plan for 2021

Thu 30 July 2020

Farmers in England are set to benefit from a reduced administrative burden next year, as the government plans to end the need to comply with the EU-delivered so-called greening requirements and begin the move towards our new Environmental Land Management scheme, which will deliver greater benefits for the environment. Read More

New court eviction procedures to address Covid backlog

Mon 27 July 2020

The Government has outlined new court procedures to address the expected backlog of cases when eviction proceedings resume on August the 24th. Read More

5 top tips to prepare your pet-friendly home for viewings

Fri 24 July 2020

As a nation of animal lovers, most of us know that owning a pet can bring many positives to our day to day life, but when it comes to selling your home not everyone will see the benefits of having pets in your property.  Read More

The importance of the Private Rented Sector.

Mon 20 July 2020

The lasts English Housing Survey covering 2018/19 includes some interesting statistics relating to the private rented sector. Read More

Stags Selection: Coastal Paradise

Mon 20 July 2020

Stags sell properties in every corner of the beautiful West Country, but today we bring you a selection of properties with spectacular coastal views.  Read More

Strong West Country Property Market Continues A Pace

Fri 17 July 2020

Following on from our market comment in mid-June where we said the property market had reopened and was incredibly buoyant, rather amazingly the market has continued to go from strength-to-strength in the last month.  Read More

Your feedback is needed – act now to have your say on future farm policy

Wed 15 July 2020

The Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is the new agricultural policy for England. Defra have recently re-launched a consultation with the aim of helping to shape the future of the scheme in England. The discussion will remain open until Friday 31 July 2020. Read More

5 top tips for viewing an unfurnished property

Wed 15 July 2020

An empty house can seem daunting to potential buyers as a lack of furnishings can leave a home feeling cold and empty, making it hard to envisage living your day to day life there. However, viewing an unfurnished property doesn’t need to be seen as a scary prospect but instead as a clean sheet.  Read More

How can I make a rental property feel like my own?

Mon 13 July 2020

It’s often assumed that renting a property stops you from making a house a home. However, this isn’t the case, there are many ways that you can put your own stamp on a rental property without the need to rip up carpets or even open a tin of paint. Read More

Stags Selection: Delightful Dorset

Thu 9 July 2020

Stags sell properties in every corner of the beautiful West Country, but today we bring you a selection of stunning properties in delightful Dorset.  Read More

Stamp Duty Holiday: What is it and how will effect buying property?

Thu 9 July 2020

Yesterday the Chancellor announced a temporary holiday on stamp duty, which means if you purchase a residential property, you only start to pay SDLT on the amount that you pay for the property above £500,000. These rates apply whether you are buying your first home or have owned property before. This Stamp Duty ‘holiday’ came into effect from 8 July 2020 until 31st March 2021 and could represent a saving of almost £15,000 for a property bought for £500,000. Read More

Green Homes Grant announced to improve energy efficiency

Thu 9 July 2020

The Chancellor announced on Wednesday the 8th July, as part of additional economic measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, that the UK Government will introduce a new £2 billion Green Homes Grant for landlords and homeowners to help make their properties more energy-efficient. Read More

Countryside Stewardship Scheme - COVID-19 Exceptions Process

Tue 7 July 2020

The CAAV have announced that the RPA are introducing a COVID-19 Exceptions Process meaning applications for the CSS mid-tier scheme can be submitted up to 31st August 2020 provided that the RPA are given prior notification that the application is not going to be submitted by the 31st July 2020 deadline due to COVID-19 related issues. Read More

Planning appeal success...overturn of local Council's refusal to grant permission

Tue 7 July 2020

In a recent planning appeal, Stags has recently successfully overturned Mid Devon District Council’s refusal to grant permission for residential development of up to 20 dwellings, and have secured a partial award of costs against the Council. Read More

Unique & Utterly Wonderful....lodge apartments to let

Thu 2 July 2020

Stags let a variety of properties from modern family homes to sprawling country estates... Read More

Inheritance Tax relief and Grazing Agreements

Thu 2 July 2020

The recent case of Charnley and another v HMRC [2019] ruled in favour of a farmer’s estate seeking to claim Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and Business Property Relief (BPR), where the majority of land was let under annual grazing agreements. The case, which went to appeal at the First Tier Tribunal in 2019, is very relevant to farmers whose land is used by third parties for grazing. Read More

Top Tips Series: Buying a larger farm

Thu 2 July 2020

At Stags, we often see farmers facing a common dilemma when considering buying a new farm - you don’t want to risk selling up until you’ve found something else to buy, and when the ideal farm finally comes to market you aren’t in a position to proceed. Here Stags Farm Agent Andrew Dodds offers his tips to those thinking of buying a larger farm or moving areas. Read More

Concerns growing over the delay in Housing Possession Claims

Tue 30 June 2020

The stay on housing possession claims, as a result of the COVID - 19  crisis, came into effect on the 26th March and was further extended, meaning that no cases will be heard by the courts until the 23rd August, at the earliest. Whilst the principle, when brought in is to be supported, the impact to landlords and agents could be significant and a Government co-ordinated strategy is required. Read More

Residential vs commercial farms: what’s in a name?

Wed 24 June 2020

The difference between residential and commercial farms is key when it comes to selling up, says Stags Head of Farm Agency, George Alder. Read More

Rental Demand Far Outstrips Supply

Wed 24 June 2020

Following the full reopening of the property letting market we have seen a huge demand for West Country property to rent. Read More

The best places to surf in the South West

Wed 24 June 2020

Surfing is a popular sport in the South West with beautiful beaches from North Devon to South Cornwall. Here are our top picks for surf locations around the region. Read More

Professional Valuations...carried out safely

Wed 17 June 2020

We are receiving a high volume on enquiries asking: 'Are you now able to carry out on site professional valuations?' Read More

West Country Property Market: demand for property is at an all time high

Wed 17 June 2020

Following the reopening of the property market the demand for West Country property has rocketed. Read More

Stags Selection: Cottages with Character

Mon 15 June 2020

We bring you a selection of cottages from every corner of the West Country, all available for sale, and all bursting with character. Read More

Eviction Ban Extended for Another 2 Months

Mon 8 June 2020

Late on Friday the Government announced an extension to the ban on evictions by another 2 months. This means that eviction hearings will not be heard in court until the end of August. The government stated that as a result no one will be evicted from their homes this summer due to Coronavirus. Read More

Stags Selection: Charming Thatched Properties

Thu 4 June 2020

From cosy cottages to functional farmhouses, Stags brings you a selection of beautiful thatched properties currently for sale across the West Country. Read More

Lettings Selection: Fabulous Family Homes

Wed 3 June 2020

Stags brings you a selection of beautiful family homes available to rent across the West Country...all with fantastic space both inside and out. Read More

Land & Property Auction - A traditional method of sale with a modern twist

Tue 2 June 2020

Stags has been conducting land and property auctions in many of local towns since 1874, either in a suitable pub or hotel, where many farmers, land and property buyers would gather to purchase property or find out the local market or local gossip! Read More

Stags online timed machinery and equipment auctions soar in popularity

Tue 2 June 2020

While conventional machinery and equipment auctions have been postponed across the country, Stags’ Online Timed Auctions have continued to go from strength to strength Read More

Update: Basic Payment Scheme 2020

Tue 2 June 2020

As confirmed at the end of April the government have extended the deadline for Basic Payment Scheme Applications in 2020 to the 15th June to submit an application without penalty. Read More

Do you farm or own land under the Broadclyst to Hawkchurch Pylon Line?

Tue 2 June 2020

The countryside is crossed with electricity pylons, cables and associated infrastructure, not least by National Grid’s transmission network which provides for homes and businesses nationwide. Read More

A walker's paradise

Wed 27 May 2020

Piers Layburn of Stags Wadebridge shares his favourite Cornish coastal walks. Read More

Top Tips Series: Top Tips - When is the best time to market Farms and Land?

Thu 21 May 2020

Traditionally the farm and land market was driven by Lady Day and Michaelmas, however times have changed and  the market place is less traditional when it comes to placing farms and land to the market. Read More

Easing into the ‘new’ normal

Wed 20 May 2020

As restrictions within the property market are relaxed and we ease out of the lockdown, the new ‘normal’ in the lettings sector is emerging. Read More

Moving home during Covid-19

Tue 19 May 2020

Following the government’s relaxation of lockdown last week, we have all had to adapt and adhere to updated guidelines, which ensure we can keep the property market moving whilst continuing in the fight against the virus. Read More

Why I Love Bridport and West Dorset

Tue 19 May 2020

Martin Bowen-Ashton, Manager of Stags Bridport office tells us why he fell in love with the county he now calls home.  Read More

Mandatory electrical checks for landlords

Mon 18 May 2020

Despite the Coronarvirus crisis, government have not postponed the implementation of the New Electrical Safety Standards, which come into force on the 1st July 2020. Read More

Stags Selection: Properties equipped with equestrian facilities

Mon 18 May 2020

From a quiet field shelter in a pretty pony paddock, to a fully equipped stable yard with a arena and outriding, Stags brings you a selection of West Country properties perfect for your noble steed. All currently for sale with Stags.  Read More

'Fall back' Success for Stags

Fri 15 May 2020

Amongst all the uncertainty that surrounds us today Stags have recently received planning permission for four new dwellings to replace a range of barns which previously benefitted from Class P prior approval for a change of use from commercial to residential. Read More

What does the relaxation of lockdown restrictions mean for the property market?

Wed 13 May 2020

Entering the post-lockdown world was always going to be a challenge, and no doubt there will be various news articles and industry press releases commenting on the property market. The truth is no one can be clear what the market will look like in the coming months – this is, as we’ve all said, uncharted territory. Read More

Lettings market post lockdown relaxation

Wed 13 May 2020

Now that the Government has announced the ability for the property market to ‘re-open’ we anticipate an initial surge of enquiries and activity. Over the past few month’s, we have been taking details of those interested in viewing properties, and now have a high volume of requests to fulfil. Read More

The Beautiful Bay

Tue 12 May 2020

Torbay or “The English Riviera” as it is affectionately known is a 22-mile stretch of seaside resorts, picturesque villages and rocky coves on the South Devon coast. Read More

Stags Selection: Wonderful Waterside Pads

Mon 11 May 2020

From a moden penthouse apartment to a rambling cliff side residence, Stags bring you a selection of West Country properties with breakthtaking waterside views. All currently for sale with Stags Read More

The value of local knowledge

Mon 11 May 2020

Selling a block of productive farm land with good road links in east Devon was always going to result in a competitive sale. But the value of local knowledge of the land market in the area certainly helped Stags to exceed our clients (and our!) expectations. Read More

Tenants still confused over rental payments

Thu 7 May 2020

The full impact of the Coronavirus is yet to fully translate into the rental market. Read More

Another route to success

Wed 6 May 2020

Head of Farm Agency George Alder discusses the potential benefits of selling off-market. Read More

No place like home

Mon 4 May 2020

Over the past 6 weeks our way of life has changed and for many of us we have become more familiar with our homes, and of course, the never-ending list of “odd jobs”. Read More

Best of the West Country...The Draw of Dartmoor

Mon 4 May 2020

Catherine Boyd of Stags Tavistock and Okehampton describes the lure of her favourite pocket of the West Country when it comes to setting up home for horse and rider. Read More

Stags Selection: Neat New Builds

Mon 4 May 2020

From a converted glove factory to a bespoke eco development, here's our selection of New Build properties in the West Country, all currently on the market with Stags Estate Agents. Read More

Is Covid-19 altering our opinion about property?

Sat 2 May 2020

We are now settling into the new ‘normal’, and it is interesting to see that our teams have become much busier with phone and email enquiries over the past few weeks. Read More

Putting a price on woodland

Fri 1 May 2020

Historically, the potential value of woodland was often dismissed as unprofitable when compared with bare land for conventional cropping. Read More

Rental market expected to bounce back quickly

Fri 1 May 2020

At the time of writing we are still in lockdown dealing with the full impact of the restrictions, anticipating and hoping of some relaxation within the next few weeks. Read More

Bring your home to life with virtual viewings

Thu 30 April 2020

View your property in immersive 3D with the Matterport media system, giving prospective buyers a true sense of the feeling of your property, before they ever see it in person. Read More

Virtual Valuations...Let's talk

Thu 30 April 2020

As many of us are either ‘working from home’ or ‘staying at home’ in line with Government guidelines, thoughts of moving house in 2020 may start to gather momentum. Read More

A view from...Simon Forman in North Devon

Wed 29 April 2020

My initial thought for a title to this piece was 'Living with Covid 19' but then I thought better of it because I, thankfully, am not physically affected by this terrible virus. All our sympathies go out to those who are fighting the disease but also those whose lives have been so dramatically and quickly affected otherwise. Read More

Extension to BPS deadline announced

Tue 28 April 2020

The Government have confirmed an extension to the Basic Payment Scheme deadline. See below an excerpt from the official press release; Read More

Stags Selection: Fascinating flats and apartments

Mon 27 April 2020

From a converted Grade II* Listed Jacobean mansion, to an ultra modern newly built penthouse...we bring you a selection of apartments currently available with Stags.  Read More

The new ‘normal’ for a letting agent

Mon 27 April 2020

We are in the grips of a pandemic which has changed our lives at a speed that many of us would have never imagined. The way in which we all go about those everyday things which we now take for granted has changed; the way we ‘go to work’, do our shopping, exercise, socialise and communicate now looks very different. Read More

Best of the West Country....East Devon

Fri 24 April 2020

East Devon really does have it all, with England’s first natural World Heritage Site the Jurassic Coastline flanking the south, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering the majority of the rolling countryside, the natural attributes of this stunning part of the county are clear. Read More

Getting ready to move

Tue 21 April 2020

With the current lockdown situation in place, you are unable to put your house on the market in the usual way by calling an estate agent to visit. However, it doesn’t need to stop you getting ready for this, and you should shift your focus onto things that you can control. Read More