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Carfrae Farm, Lauder, Scottish Borders, TD2

Guide Price £2,800,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Superb commercial farm
  • Organically farmed for past 14 years
  • 6 Bedroom farmhouse
  • 3 Bedroom cottage
  • Extensive farm buildings
  • About 649.20 acres in total

Full description


Carfrae Farm is a fine organic farm set in upper Lauderdale on the A68 near the junction with the A697 at Carfraemill. The farm lies close to the village of Oxton which has a shop and the Channelkirk primary school, with Lauder 5 miles to the south which has more extensive local shopping and facilities.

Edinburgh with all the benefits of a major capital city is about 22 miles to the north with its international airport and mainline rail connections. The Borders is renowned for its attractive countryside and extensive recreational facilities including golf, riding and hunting, hill walking, mountain biking, salmon
fishing in the Tweed and its tributaries and sporting shooting.

The Scottish Borders is one of the main productive agricultural areas in the country and has a wide range of merchants markets and support services.

Carfrae Farm extends in all to about 262.73 hectares (649.20 acres) with a delightfully situated traditional farmhouse, a useful and extensive farm steading together with a farm cottage. For the past 14 years it has been farmed organically producing arable crops and finishing quality beef cattle and lambs.

The Farmhouse is set just east of the steading in an attractive position with a fine southerly aspect. The house requires general modernisation and upgrading. The accommodation includes:

Ground floor: Hall, sitting room, dining room, study, kitchen, wc/shower, boot room and back hall.

First floor (front stair): 3 bedrooms, bathroom - stair up to the attic room. Rear stair - from boot room. 4 further bedrooms.

There is an attractive garden around the house with lawns and woodland and at the south end stands Carfrae Bastle, a ruined peel tower which has a vaulted undercroft. Bastle houses were defensive farmhouses, built to protect their farmer occupiers from the infamous Border Reivers between the 15th and 17th centuries. These were the first stone and
mortar farm buildings, apart from castles and churches to appear in the rural landscape.

No 1 Carfrae cottage stands adjacent to the steading. It is of stone and brick construction and has accommodation on two floors:

Ground floor: Kitchen, sitting room, bathroom, study.

First floor: 3 bedrooms.

There is a comprehensive farm steading incorporating both traditional and more modern buildings set adjacent to the farmhouse and cottage.

1. Silage Pit building with (38.8m x 17.0m) of steel portal frame construction with part timber sleeper walls and a concrete floor. Lean-to on either side.

2. Machinery Shed (10.6m x 8.6m) of brick construction under a corrugated roof with a concrete floor.

Grain Store (23.8m x 12.47m) of steel portal frame
construction under a corrugated roof with timber
sleeper walls and a concrete floor.

4. Former Silage Pit (17.86m x 7.41m) of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated roof with timber sleeper walls and a concrete floor.

5. Dutch Barn (23.28m x 6.83m) of steel frame construction under a corrugated iron roof and side cladding, and concrete floor.

6. Straw Shed (7.5m x 4.6m) of steel frame construction under a corrugated iron roof with a concrete floor.

7. Cattle Court (41.1m x 23.45m overall) of steel framed construction under a corrugated roof with stone walls and a concrete floors.

8. Traditional Store (27.0m x 5.10m) of stone construction under a slate roof and a concrete floor.

9. Cart Shed (15.96m x 4.8m) of stone construction under a slate roof with a concrete floor Loft reached by external stair.

10. Former Dairy (20.0m x 5.2m) of mostly stone
construction under a corrugated roof with a concrete

11. Workshop/Store (20.09m x 5.5m) of stone construction under a slate roof with a concrete floor.

12. Garage (11.0m x 5.0m) of brick construction under a corrugated iron roof with a concrete floor.

13. Cattle Shed (16.8m x 12.8m) of stone wall construction with a corrugated roof and concrete floor.

14. Implement/timber Shed (18.0m x 7.59m) of steel portal frame construction under a tin roof with an earth floor.

The farmland at Carfrae rises from about 212m above sea level to about 370m at the highest point and is classified as being mainly Grade 4¹ and 4² by the James Hutton Institute.

There are about 486.65 acres arable land, about 98.78 acres pasture and about 52.35 acres woodland. The fields are mainly gently sloping and generally of good size with a good system of internal tracks giving access. The average rainfall for the area is about 808mm per annum. The land is
registered with SGRIPD for Basic Payments and lies in the less favoured area.

The farm has been managed as an organic holding for the last 14 years and produces high quality grain and crops and the farm currently has a suckler herd of 45 mainly Angus cross cows with the beef cattle finished and sold to Dovecote Park organic suppliers. Recently the management of the organic cropping made it feasible to part with a stock of about 300

The farm is currently subject to an SRDP scheme involving organic maintenance and a green manure rotation, together with intended hedge planting and two wildlife schemes, one for Wader grazing in fields 18, 15 and 1 and mown grassland in field 4 (both involve restricted grazing periods). The organic
farming system has been certified by SOPA (Scottish Organic Producers Association) and has been carefully managed to generate good yields of premium produce. In 2016 about 240 acres of wheat and about 45 acres of crimson clover has
been grown.

There are two ponds and areas of fenced water margin set along the line of the Hillhouse Burn providing excellent wildlife habitat and sporting potential.

A small area of land towards the centre of the farm (about 3 acres) is used as a family burial plot and is excluded from the sale together with a right of access to it.

EPC Rating = F

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