5 bedroom equestrian facility for saleSilverwells Farm, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53
Offers Over £850,000
- 5 bedroom farmhouse
- Traditional & modern buildings
- 76.95 acres arable
- 11.34 acres pasture
- In all about 93.70 acres
- 2 Chicken sheds - circa 1645 sq m
- EPC Rating = F
Productive farm with a good house and buildings
Silverwells Farm is very conveniently located in an attractive and productive farming area in Aberdeenshire. The surrounding area comprises rolling farmland and this part of the North East of Scotland is famed for its outdoor pursuits. As well as the River Deveron salmon fishing is also available on the Don, Dee and Spey. There are golf courses at Banff (Duff House Royal), Macduff (Royal Tarlair) and Turriff, together with famous links courses at Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay. The nearby coast offers sailing and sandy beaches.
Locally, Turriff offers a wide range of shopping, business and leisure facilities, together with primary and secondary schooling. There are two universities and several colleges of further education in Aberdeenshire. There is a mart at Inverurie and the area is well served with local agricultural dealers and contractors.
The nearby A947 provides ease of access to Aberdeen and its airport which provides excellent transport links by air to London and other UK and European cities. Work has started on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, a new city bypass which will improve travel in and around Aberdeen, and provide a quicker and more direct route south. There are regular rail services from Aberdeen, including a sleeper. As the acknowledged capital of the North Sea Oil industry, Aberdeen provides all the services expected of a major city including business and leisure facilities, theatres, restaurants and a wide range of shopping.
Silverwells Farm is a most attractive farm, situated in a well known and productive part of Aberdeenshire. The sellers acquired the farm in 2000 and have run it as an arable unit, growing spring barley for malting and spring wheat. Spring barley yields are reported at 2.5t/ac (85 units nitrogen/acre). Potatoes were also grown in the past. Until October 2014 a free range poultry rearing enterprise was also run at Silverwells, utilising the two chicken sheds, which have a capacity of 20,000 chickens on five to six cycles per year. Trees were planted in field 4 through the Sainsbury's Woodland Trust. These are still young and we are advised that they can be removed if required. The chicken sheds may have potential for other uses and in addition there is a range of useful traditional and more modern farm buildings. Hedges, together with grass margins and fences, were established under the Rural Stewardship Scheme, adding to the amenity of the farm.
A tarred and hedge lined drive leads up to the farm steading and on to the farmhouse. This is an attractive stone built property with a slate roof, which is believed to date from the 1870s and which looks out over its gardens. There is a gravelled parking area adjacent to the side entrance porch, and the traditional range of buildings which are attached at the back provide useful storage.
From the garden a partially glazed door opens to the sun room with two wall lights and inner glazed door to the hallway. This has a part cornice, stairs to first floor and gives access to the two front rooms and to the inner hallway. The sitting room has an ornate cornice and centre rose, fireplace with wooden mantel, marble surround and hearth, doors to a shelved press and to a walk in cupboard with shelves. The dining room has a cornice and a shelved press. Further accommodation and an understair cupboard are arranged off the inner hallway. The living room has a stone fireplace with a wooden mantel which houses a living flame gas fire, together with a shelved recess with cupboard below. The office has fitted shelves whilst the partially tiled bathroom has a bath, shower cubicle, washbasin and WC. The utility room has fitted wall and base units with sink and plumbing for washing machine. Also off the inner hallway is a sizeable side entrance porch with a stable style entrance door. The fully fitted kitchen has wall and base units with tiled splashbacks and incorporates a sink, plumbing for a dishwasher, sink, Siemens 4 ring halogen hob and fitted microwave, Creda double oven and grill and a red Esse Sovereign stove.
Front stairs with a wooden handrail and a walk in hanging cupboard, lead up to the front landing. Arranged off this are bedrooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 and bathroom 2. Bedroom 1 has two wall lights whilst bedrooms 2 and 3 have cornices. The partially tiled bathroom has a bath, washbasin, WC, light and shaver point.
From the inner hallway back stairs lead up to bedroom 5 and to bathroom 3 which is timber lined with bath, washbasin, WC and fitted shelved and hanging cupboards.
There is an enclosed and well laid out garden in front of the house which comprises lawn, flower and shrub borders and a paved seating area. Beyond is a vegetable garden. To the side of the house is a bank with spring bulbs and an area has recently been planted with shrubs, rowans, whitebeam and holly.
At the back of the house is a store (3.0 m x 4.35 m) housing the oil tank and a stainless steel sink unit and adjacent boiler room (1.75 m x 5.10 m) housing a Boulter Buderus oil fired boiler and UV filter for the house.
Farm Buildings (numbered on plan)
1. Traditional stone built range, with a part slate and part box profile roofing and which includes:
Store/garage (6.45 m x 4.65 m) with concrete floor.
Forme r cattle court (7.05 m x 26.5 m) with concrete floor and side feed passage.
Store (6.0 m x 2.4 m) with concrete floor.
Old Barn (5.0 m x 27.2 m) with concrete floor.
Loft (5 m x 16.5 m).
Generator Room (4.95 m x 4.9 m) with concrete floor and housing BPH diesel standby generator.
Further buildings include:
2. Cattle Court (11.2 m x 23.9 m) with concrete block and stone walls, corrugated roof and concrete floor.
3. Workshop (7.4 m x 14.45 m) timber framed and stone walls, corrugated roof and concrete floor.
4. Former Cart Shed ((3.95 m x 14.65 m) stone and block built with slate roof and concrete floor, used for storage.
5. Chicken Shed 1 (10.9 m x 55.95 m approx) timber and block construction with box profile roof, concrete floor and with two Dutchman feed bins (20 tonnes and 12 tonnes), gas heaters, drinkers and feeders.
6. Chicken Shed 2 (18.2 m x 56.9 m approx) timber and block construction with insulated box profile roof, concrete floor and with gas heaters, drinkers and feeders. Erected in 1996.
7. Old Mill (5.0 m x 16.15 m) stone built with a corrugated roof and dirt floor, used for storage.
There is an underground water tank.
The farm which extends in total to some 93.70 acres (37.92 ha) is mainly classified as Class 3(2) by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research. Some 76.95 acres (31.14 ha) is arable, with a further 11.34 acres (4.59 ha) of permanent grass and rough grazing. It ranges in height from 55 m to 115 m (180' to 380'). The fields are generally of a good size and most are accessible either directly from the farm steading or from the public road. All the fields are watered, either from a trough or from the burn. There is a useful area of den, whilst the hedges and trees further add to the amenity potential for the farm. Field 4, which is currently permanent grass (PGRS) is ploughable and was temporary grass (TGRS) as recently as 2013. Some species rich grass has been planted in part of field 9.
Square Footage: 2,520 sq ft
Acreage: 93.7 Acres
From Aberdeen take the A947 signposted Banff, proceeding through Oldmeldrum and Fyvie. Some 0.6 miles after Birkenhills take the road on the left signposted St Mary's Well and follow the road round to the left. At the T junction turn right. After 0.5 miles turn right signposted Silverwells and then bear right at the farm buildings.
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