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4 bedroom farm for sale

Upper Drakemyres, Keith, Banffshire, AB55

Offers Over 124 ac. | £650,000

Property Description

Commercial information

  • 124 acres (50.2 hectares)

Key features

  • Farmhouse (4 bedrooms)
  • Farm buildings
  • 2 consented house sites
  • Consent for agricultural shed
  • 104 acres arable
  • 11 acres pasture
  • 7 acres woodland
  • 124 acres in total

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Upper Drakemyres is a compact arable farm, which extends to about 124 acres in total, with a traditional farmhouse and farm buildings situated at the centre of the holding, adjacent to the minor public road.


Upper Drakemyres is situated equidistant (5 miles) between Keith and Fochabers, adjacent to the A96. The farm forms a contiguous block of arable land with a centrally located farmhouse and steading.

Keith has a good range of shops, together with business, banking and leisure facilities which include tennis courts, cricket and bowling clubs, a sports and community centre and swimming pool. Keith Golf Club has an 18 hole parkland golf course. Other courses in the area include Buckpool at Buckie, Banff, Macduff, Elgin and Lossiemouth. The nearest primary school is Crossroads Primary School at Grange and there are two primary schools in Keith itself, with secondary education at Keith Grammar School. Gordonstoun is about 27 miles away. Inverness and Aberdeen Airports are easily reached via the A96 and Inverness and Aberdeen provide all the facilities expected of a major city. There is a railway station in Keith on the Aberdeen to Inverness line.

The Moray coast, about 10 miles to the north, is famed for its high sunshine rate, beautiful beaches, dolphins, wonderful sailing, and traditional fishing villages and towns, such as Portsoy and Banff. To the south lie the Cairngorms, offering wonderful walking and mountaineering. There is skiing at The Lecht ski centre and at Cairngorm Mountain near Aviemore.

The farm is situated close to the famous Speyside area of the Scottish malt whisky distilling industry, which is not only a popular draw for tourists following the Malt Whisky Trail, but also a useful outlet for malting barley.

Moray is well served by agricultural merchants and grain merchants and there is a successful local machinery ring which can provide additional farming resources as required.


Upper Drakemyres is a compact arable farm, which extends to about 124 acres in total, with a traditional farmhouse and farm buildings situated at the centre of the holding, adjacent to the minor public road.

The land at Upper Drakemyres is classified as Class 4(1) by the James Hutton Institute and it lies between 170m and 210m above sea level with a southerly facing aspect. The arable fields are of a good workable size with good access from the minor public road that runs through the farm.

The owners have predominantly farmed the land in hand as part of a larger farming enterprise. Over the past five years the arable land has been in spring barley and winter wheat.

There are three planning permissions on Upper Drakemyres: two house sites on the site of the farm steading (Nos1 & 2 on the sale plan) and one for an agricultural shed (No 3 on the sale plan).

The farmhouse is a traditional one and a half storey farmhouse constructed of stone under a pitched slate roof. A gravelled parking area to the side of the house is accessed directly off the minor public road which services the farm. To the rear of the house lies a range of modern and traditional farm buildings. To the front is a small garden which is laid to lawn and enclosed by a hedge.

The house has an entrance hall, two bedrooms, kitchen and sitting room on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.

Farm Buildings and Development Opportunities
To the rear of the farmhouse lies a traditional U shaped steading with a steel framed cattle court in the courtyard. To the west of the farmhouse there is a useful block built general purpose shed with sliding doors. Adjacent to the steading area there is a large hard standing used for storing machinery and bales.

Planning permission has been granted by The Moray Council to demolish the existing farm buildings and erect two dwelling houses on the site of the former steading (15/00866/APP and 15/01288/APP). The detailed permission is for each house to have four bedrooms and a detached double garage. Full details and plans are available from the selling agents.

Permission (14/01660/PNOT) has been granted to erect a general purpose agricultural shed (20.15m x 14m) to the east of the farm in field 8.

Acreage: 124 Acres

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