Farm land for salePitcairn Farm, Lochgelly, Fife
Under Offer £1,100,000
- Traditional farmhouse
- Farm buildings
- 156 acres arable
- Shooting rights
- About 506 acres in total
Pitcairn Farm is situated within the "Kingdom of Fife" and lies in an area renowned for its productive farmland, attractive undulating countryside and easy accessibility to Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and all the other major population centres of central Scotland.
The farm enjoys all the benefits of a rural situation but lies in a very accessible location with the M90 about seven and a half miles to the east and the A92 dual carriageway about two miles to the south, providing good road access to the Forth Road Bridge, Edinburgh Airport and the south. The A92 gives excellent access to the rest of Fife and northwards to Dundee.
Located about 2 miles west of Pitairn Farm is Cardenden, a town which provides local shopping, two post offices, banks and a primary school. There are supermarkets, primary and secondary schools in Lochgelly, and further secondary schools in Glenrothes or Kirkcaldy. Kirkcaldy also provides additional shopping and banking facilities.
The county of Fife provides a fine selection of outdoor recreational opportunities including golf, fishing, gliding, shooting, hunting with the Fife Foxhounds, and sailing from the many picturesque coastal villages. The university town of St Andrews, - The Home of Golf - , lies 30 miles to the north east and offers a wide range of golf courses.
Pitcairn is a productive mixed farm standing in an elevated position in western Fife, with fine views over the surrounding countryside. The property includes an attractive stone farmhouse, an extensive range of modern and traditional farm buildings and land extending to 205.11 ha (506.81 acres) in all. The present farming system is based on an arable rotation with
a suckler herd of 45 cross cows and followers maintained on the grassland. The arable rotation comprises winter oats, winter barley and spring barley. One cut of silage is taken off about
120 acres in total each year, with silage currently being wrapped and stored on hard standing adjacent to the steading area. The land and buildings have formed an excellent base for the
existing arable and beef enterprise, but could be converted to dairying.
In addition to the farming enterprise, the owners have recently established a caravan site on the farm. Part of Field 15 has been certified as a Caravan Club site and benefits from a mains
water supply. In order to fully utilise the property, some of the pasture land is let for sheep grazing on a seasonal basis between September and March.
The farm currently benefits from membership of two separate Rural Stewardship Schemes, a Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme and a Farm Woodland Premium Scheme. The schemes
enhance the sporting and conservation elements of the property. Further details of the schemes are noted at the back of the brochure. The natural topography of the farm, together with the
woodlands, provides the opportunity for some entertaining sport. The shooting rights are currently let on an informal basis. In addition to pheasant and partridge shooting, the farm has potential for duck flighting and roe deer stalking.
Pitcairn Farmhouse is an attractive category B listed farmhouse benefiting from a south-facing aspect with views over the surrounding countryside. It is constructed of stone with partially
harled walls under a slate roof. The accommodation over two floors combines flexible living and entertaining space with the practicalities of a working farmhouse, and is laid out as shown
on the accompanying plans and photographs. The adjoining stone outbuilding could provide potential to extend the existing accommodation, subject to obtaining the neccessary planning
The farmhouse has a gravel drive which terminates in a cobbled yard by the back door. There is an enclosed garden to the south, and a larger walled garden to the east. The farm benefits from an extensive range of both traditional and modern farm buildings. Situated towards the centre of the farm, the steading area is well drained and benefits from good access. The L-shaped range of traditional farm buildings extends to about 4,200 ft2 and comprises general purpose stores, a log
shed and the former cattle byre. The modern buildings have been well maintained and the layout, as shown on the accompanying plan, enables easy movement of stock and flexible use of space. The land extends to about 205.11 ha (506.81 acres) in total, lying within a ring fence and comprising 63.37 ha (156.59 acres) of productive arable land, 35.42 ha (87.52 acres) of ploughable
pasture, 71.86 ha (177.57 acres) of permanent pasture and 18.04 ha (44.56 acres) of rough grazing. There is also 16.42 ha (40.57 acres) of woodland, of which about 5.63 ha (13.91 acres)
have been planted under the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme, with the remaining 10.79 ha (26.66 acres) being mainly mature shelter belts. The arable land is classified as mainly Class 3 2 by the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research and the farm rises from 70m (229') to 140m (459') above sea level.
Cotter House may be available by separate negotiation.
The fields are of a good size and layout, and the majority of them are serviced by a piped water supply. An effective network of farm tracks facilitates access across the farm.
From Edinburgh and the south, take the A90/M90 north over the Forth Road Bridge towards Perth. Leave the motorway at junction 2A, following the A92 towards Glenrothes (A92). Take the exit for
Lochgelly, and at the top of the slip-road turn left towards Lochgelly. Continue over the first roundabout on the B9149, then take the second exit on the next roundabout towards Cardenden. Follow this road for just over one mile and then turn left onto Pitcairn Road. Continue along the track, past the cottages, and the house and steading can be seen on the hillside.
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