Our professionals are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and qualified Fellows of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and provide expert advice on a broad range of agricultural, residential and commercial property matters.  Client relationships are at the core of our firm’s ethos, and we pride ourselves on referrals and our reputation for providing a professional service.

Our firm has the benefit of a wealth of specialist local knowledge.  Our team comprises of experienced partners and consultants, combined with dynamic Chartered Surveyors and graduates who bring in new ideas and modern practices.

To discuss your requirements, and for a no-obligation quotation, please call our office on 01872 272722

Professional Valuations

Our experienced Chartered Surveyors who are RICS Registered Valuers, provide professional Valuations in accordance with the RICS Valuation Standards (“The Red Book”).

Our team of specialist MRICS accredited valuers are experts in the valuation of rural property, residential, farms, land, and commercial.

  • Bank Valuations for Loan Security & Finance
  • Taxation inc. Inheritance Tax (Probate), Capital Gains Tax. Tax Planning & Advice
  • Pension Funds
  • Ownership Restructuring
  • Partnership Dissolutions
  • Compulsory Purchase & Compensation Claims
  • Asset Valuation & Family Transfer of Assets
  • Matrimonial
  • Acquisitions & Sales
  • Court Proceedings inc. Valuations under the Civil Procedure Rules, Criminal Procedure Rules & Family Procedure Rules
  • Stocktaking Valuations
  • Disposal or Acquisition by Charities under the Charities Act
  • Rental Valuations

Planning & Development

We provide a full planning service for rural developments including the preparation of planning applications, pre-application enquiries, appraisals, independent planning reports and supporting documents for the following:

  • New buildings for agriculture
  • Removal of Agricultural Occupancy Conditions
  • Discharge or modification of Planning obligations and Section 106 Agreements
  • Agricultural dwellings
  • Renewable energy schemes
  • Farm diversification projects
  • New access arrangements
  • Change of use applications, including “Class Q” applications for barn conversions
  • Permitted Development applications
  • Lawful Development Certificates
  • Appeals & enforcement

Landlord & Tenant Matters

As members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Fellows of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, we have extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with Landlord and Tenant matters.

We are able to provide specialist advice for tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995; and residential tenancies in accordance with the Rent Act, Housing Acts and the ever-increasing volume of regulations affecting this sector. 

We assist with:

  • Drafting of Agreements
  • Rent reviews
  • Ongoing & end of tenancy matters
  • Property lettings, management and rent collection (residential, agricultural, commercial)
  • Service of Notices
  • Dispute resolution
  • Succession rights & planning
  • Support with rent tenders & tenancy applications

Executor Services

Lodge & Thomas offer a full and comprehensive service on behalf of executors of estates. Dealing with the settlement of an estate can be a challenging undertaking. We have the benefit of being able to provide the complete package.

  • Valuations for Inheritance Tax / Probate Purposes
    We can provide fully tax compliant valuations in accordance with the Inheritance Tax Act and RICS professional standards for all real estate property types, as well as chattels and personal effects.
  • House Clearance / Business Assest Clearance
    We can organise the clearance of furniture and effects on behalf of the estate and also business assets.
  • Sale of Real Estate Property
    Our dedicated Estate Agency department can conduct the marketing of all property types.
  • Sale of House Contents / Business Assets
    The Truro Saleroom have the specialist knowledge to deal with the sale of antiques, fine art, silver and jewellery, general household furniture and effects.

Lodge & Thomas offer a respectful and professional service and can see the whole process through, from valuation of the estate assets, removal/clearance of household/business assets, and the sale of the property. Throughout the process we ensure complete professionalism and close communication with the executors.

Farm Agency & Acquisitions

We have been assisting clients to buy and sell land and farms in Cornwall for over 125 years and our team has an unrivalled knowledge of the local market

Our services include:

  • Market Appraisals & Red Book Valuations
  • Marketing advice & sale preparation
  • Negotiation
  • Transfer of Entitlements, Environmental Schemes & Wayleaves

SUSTAINABLE farming incentive, Countryside Stewardship, bps & RPA Matters

We provide help, advice and support in completing and submitting Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and Countryside Stewardship (CS) Capital Grant applications and claims. We can also provide general advice in relation to Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) de-linked payments and other matters.

We can also assist with:

  • Annual Claims
  • Business registrations and amendments
  • RPA Mapping amendments
  • Countryside Stewardship Capital Claims


We provide help, advice and support in completing and submitting applications and claims under the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) and Countryside Stewardship Infrastructure Grant schemes when they are available and open for applications.

The FETF 2024 includes three grant categories to help you buy equipment or technology to improve productivity, manage slurry and improve animal health and welfare. These will be opened in three different application windows throughout 2024.

List of currently available Grants:

  • FETF Productivity and Slurry Management Items – applications are open now and close at midday on 17th April 2024.
  • FETF Animal Health and Welfare Items – applications are open now and close at midday on 1st May 2024.

For the full list of options which will be available in 2024 under the three overarching FETF categories, please click on the document linked below.

For all enquiries please contact Nathan Osborne or Will Biddick on 01872 272722

Compulsory Purchase, Compensation, Wayleaves, Pipelines & Easements

We have a wealth of expertise representing both landowners and occupiers through the process of Compulsory Purchase including acquisition, making representations to the acquiring authority, negotiations for accommodation works, determination and negotiation of claims for capital payments and disturbance. We are actively involved in advising landowners on a variety of projects including:

  • Road widening & improvement inc. the new A30 and Roche Bypass etc.
  • Water pipes
  • Electricity lines
  • Gas pipes
  • Telecom masts
  • Wind farms

In the majority of cases our fees for acting on behalf of affected land and property owners are paid by the acquiring authority or company.

Expert Witness

We are regularly instructed as Expert Witnesses to help resolve disputes between parties on land and property related matters. In accordance with the mandatory guidelines from the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and the Civil Procedures Rules, we can provide testimony on:

  • Land & property values
  • Matrimonial disputes
  • Partnership dissolutions

Renewable Energy

Energy and renewables have become an important part of rural property ownership and management. We help coordinate independent and impartial professional energy and renewables advice to farmers and landowners, combining our knowledge of rural property management with specialist consultants. We coordinate consultancy and project management across all types of renewable energy projects including:

  • Ground & building mounted solar PV
  • Biomass – wood / energy crops / anaerobic digestion
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Hydro & wind turbines

AMC Finance

We are able to assist our rural and farming clients with personalised long-term funding through the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC), who provide bespoke funding to support your farming and rural businesses. When we help you access AMC finance, you will receive a swift response on your funding proposal.

You will also benefit from:

  • Competitive mortgage rates, with interest-only and repayment options available or a blend of both
  • Rates can be set for the life of the agreement, unlike many other secured loans or overdraft agreements
  • No annual reviews or the need to see annual accounts – we leave you alone to get on with the business of farming
  • No early repayment charges for variable rate loans
  • Finance secured against land as well as property to help you increase the capital you can raise
  • Loans and mortgage agreements can be transferred to the next generation
  • Access to AMC’s experienced and knowledgeable support teams who understand the sector’s unique funding needs
  • Funding decisions that can be approved in principle before you make a sealed bid or go to auction

Please note that the above are subject to AMC credit criteria and your obligations to AMC continuing to be met.

Mapping Services

We offer a professional and fully Land Registry Compliant Ordnance Survey mapping service. We can measure boundary changes and provide the most up to date digital mapping, for transfer, conveyancing/Land Registry purposes.