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2 bedroom farm for sale

Falahill, Heriot, Midlothian, EH38

Under Offer 1,473 ac. | £5,250,000

Property Description

Commercial information

  • 1,473 acres (596.1 hectares)

Key features

  • Period farmhouse (6 bedrooms)
  • Two farm cottages (2 & 4 bedrooms)
  • Exceptional range of farm buildings
  • Three wind turbines
  • 882 acres arable ground
  • 415 acres permanent pasture and grazings
  • 150 acres woodland
  • Nine 11kW turbines available in addition
  • About 1,473 acres in total
  • EPC Rating = G

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Extensive Arable and Stock Farm in the Scottish Borders



Falahill has been farmed by the current owners for nearly 30 years and the sale presents a rare opportunity to acquire a holding of nearly 1,500 acres, the majority of which is either arable or ploughable pasture. This extensive farm has a traditional five bedroom farmhouse towards the centre and a first class range of farm buildings. It is also serviced by a pair of attractive cottages located a short distance from the steading.

The land, ranging from 245 metres above sea level at the northern boundary to 350 metres, is gently undulating and sits within a ring fence. The land is mainly Class 4 according to the John Hutton Institute. The arable ground has an excellent working depth and can be described as a medium loam.

The farm is well suited to an integrated arable/ livestock business due to the plentiful supply of home grown feed and straw, summer grazing, in-wintering of cattle and/or sheep on site and the availability of farmyard manure.

There are 150 acres of woodland of varying species and age across the farm which provide shelter and amenity and also form the basis of a challenging shoot. There is no formal shoot at present but the natural topography coupled with the wooded coverts and game crops could create the foundations of an excellent and testing farm shoot. Of particular note is the Saddle Wood Drive which can produce spectacular high pheasants. There are also four duck flighting ponds across the farm and a healthy population of roe deer, both providing entertaining sport.

Falahill Farmhouse
Falahill Farmhouse is of traditional stone construction under a slate roof and forms part of large attractive courtyard steading. To the rear of the house and within the courtyard is a gravelled parking area and a car port linking the house to the traditional steading. The accommodation is over two storeys, as laid out on the accompanying floor plans and photographs.

The property has comfortable and well proportioned rooms, with a practical, spacious layout ideally suited to modern family life and there is ample room for entertaining. The ground floor comprises a large sitting room and dining room in the original part of the house, positioned either side of an entrance hall. Beyond the sitting room is the kitchen with an LPG fired Aga and fitted floor and wall units incorporating integrated appliances. Towards the end of the house is a utility room, farm office, store and WC. The first floor includes a master bedroom with an en suite and five further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The house, which has a south facing aspect, has views over the garden to the front of the house and the beautiful Borders countryside beyond. Mature trees and shrubs flank the gardens providing shelter and privacy while remaining open enough to allow the light through.

The Coach House and Moorfoot Cottage
Situated to the east of the steading lie a pair of attractive semi detached cottages. Both cottages are of brick construction under a slate roof with whitewashed walls. Historically four cottages, the three southernmost cottages were linked to form a larger cottage now known as the Coach House. The accommodation in each cottage is arranged over one floor and is shown on the accompanying floor plans.

Both cottages have parking areas to the rear beyond which are dog kennels and Moorfoot Cottage has timber double garage. They each have enclosed gardens to the front and fine views over the farm to the east.

Farm Buildings
Falahill is equipped with an extensive range of modern and traditional buildings, with housing for 350 cows, 320 calves and 800 - 1,000 tonnes of grain storage. It has been well maintained and thoughtfully laid out to enable flexible use of space and easy movement of stock. The steading area and aprons are largely surfaced with concrete and benefit from good access, suitable for articulated lorries.

Farming System
The farm extends to 1,304 acres in total and comprises a well balanced combination of arable and pasture suited to a mixed arable and livestock enterprise. Until recently the holding carried 325 Angus and Limousin sucker cows but there is the capacity to carry up to about 450 head, as has been the case in the past. A flock of 1,000 breeding ewes has also been run over the farm in addition. All calving was inside from March - April with the progeny either sold as stores or kept for replacements. All winter fodder was produced on the farm.

The arable system in recent years has generally been based on a rotation involving winter barley, winter oats (milling) and temporary grass leys, which are typically down from four to five years. Yields are reported to be about 2.8 and 2.8-3 respectively. The oats are of a gluten free variety and grown under contract for John Hogarth Ltd of Kelso. The fields are of a good workable size and layout with a number of fields over 45 acres. A well maintained network of internal farm tracks facilitates easy access to most of the fields with the remainder largely accessed off public roads.

Wind Turbines
The sale includes three 12.1Kw Proven wind turbines which supply the farm with electricity and are reported to save in the region of £4,000-£5,000 in mains electricity bills. All three turbines are located to the north of the steading in Field 83. In 2015 the scheme generated an income of about £20,000 from the FIT and export payments.

There are a further nine turbines (Gaia-Wind 133-11Kw) located on the farm which are available in addition by separate negotiation. They comprise six 15m lattice turbines in Field 57 and three 18m tubular turbine in Field 33. All nine turbines feed directly into the grid through a combined generation meter located in woodland compartment 40. In 2015 the scheme generated an income of about £110,000 from the FIT and export payments.

Acreage: 1473 Acres


From the north follow the A7 south towards Galashiels. Continue past Gorebridge on the A7 for 6 miles before turning right onto the farm access. Follow the farm drive to the farm steading. From the south follow the A7 north towards Edinburgh. Continue through Stow on the A7 for 14 miles before turning left onto the farm access.

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