5 bedroom detached house for sale

Fetterletter - Lot 1, Fyvie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53

Under Offer £2,300,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Closing date - 12 noon, 12 September 2018
  • 460 acres arable
  • 95.7 acres grazing & 30.9 acres woodland
  • 597.2 acres in total
  • 5 bedroom farmhouse
  • extensive farm buildings
  • fishing on the River Ythan
  • EPC Rating = G

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A first class mixed and arable farm

Location

Fetterletter is very conveniently located, in an attractive and productive farming area in Aberdeenshire. The surrounding area comprises rolling farmland and this part of the northeast of Scotland is famed for its outdoor pursuits. 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.

There is a primary school and local shopping in the nearby village of Fyvie. The nearest town of Turriff has a secondary school and along with Inverurie to the south, provides a wide range of shopping, business and leisure facilities. There are a number of private schools in Aberdeen together with two universities.

The nearby A947 provides ease of access to Aberdeen and its airport which offers excellent transport links by air to London and other UK and European cities. The soon to be completed Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will improve travel in and around Aberdeen, and create a quicker and more direct route south. There are regular rail services from Aberdeen, including a sleeper. Aberdeen provides all the services expected of a major city including business and leisure facilities, theatres, restaurants and a wide range of shopping.

There is a livestock mart at Thainstone (Inverurie) and the area is particularly well served by agricultural dealers and support services.

The county of Aberdeenshire offers extensive opportunities for field sports with shooting and stalking available on local estates, together with fishing on the rivers Dee, Don, Deveron and on the Ythan. In winter there is skiing at Aviemore and the Lecht.

Fetterletter is a most attractive agricultural estate, located on the northern side of the River Ythan, between the Fyvie and Haddo estates. It comprises a substantial block of productive farmland with an extensive steading and a good period farmhouse. In addition there is an outlying block of land known as Monkshill. There is potential for sportings with fishing on the Ythan and there could be scope for a small shoot in the wooded den, together with roe stalking. Fetterletter was originally part of the Gight Estate, which then became part of the Haddo Estate. After World War I it was sold to the tenant. The previous owners acquired it privately in 1956, adding the lands at Monkshill in 1988. It was run as a dairy, milking 135 cows, until 1999. Fetterletter was acquired by the sellers in 2005. As such this may be only the second time that it has been offered on the open market.

The current owners have invested considerably in the buildings at Fetterletter, with new buildings designed to house up to 600 head of cattle. It is run as a mixed farm and until 2013 some 200 suckler cows were kept. Further grass was let for sheep over wintering. The emphasis now is on arable cropping, with seasonal lets of both the grass and the livestock buildings. Oil seed rape, spring barley (for malting), winter wheat and winter barley are grown and yields of 3.5 tonnes / acre of winter barley and 4 tonnes / acre of winter wheat have been reported in the past. Actual yields in 2017 have been reported as:

Crop Yield t/acre Nitrogen (kg/ha)
Spring Barley (malting) 2.50 tonnes 90
Winter Barley 3 tonnes 175

Straw is exchanged for manure which is returned to the land. The farm is part of a bigger farming enterprise, so is now worked on a lower input system. Minor public roads run through the property, and connect to Monkshill, allowing ease of access.

Description

Lot 1 Fetterletter About 597.19 acres / 241.68 ha
This is the principal part of the estate which is centred on a good sized farmhouse and an extensive range of farm buildings, situated on the northern side of the River Ythan. Fetterletter Farmhouse is a handsome harled house with a slate roof which sits adjacent to the farm steading. It is believed to date from the late 19th century, although there may be earlier parts, was modified in the 1980s, and is spacious and well laid out. A gravelled drive with a cattle grid, leads to a gravelled parking and turning area and continues on past the house and back onto the minor public road. The house retains much of its original character and features such as cornicings. Its layout would allow for the creation of an annexe if desired.

The accommodation comprises hallway, sitting room, dining room, kitchen with utility room and larder, cloakroom and WC, living room with bar, former gun room, five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two offices / additional bedrooms and attached double garage.

Farm Buildings
Fetterletter is extremely well equipped with a range of modern livestock farm buildings with capacity for 600 head of cattle together with a more traditional steading. The level hardstanding area (No.8) offers potential for construction of grain storage and handling.

1. Garage (6.55m x 9.75m approx) Concrete block and brick built with box profile roof, sliding door and housing two fuel tanks.

2. Implement Shed (33m x 9.75m approx) Steel and timber framed open fronted shed with box profile roof, concrete block walling and concrete floor and including an enclosed workshop with sliding doors.

3. New Cattle Court (36m x 16.25m approx) Steel framed shed with external feed bay, box profile
cladding, corrugated roof and concrete floor. Sub divided into six sections for cattle handling.

4. Big Shed (37m x 70.2m approx) Steel framed shed with central feed passage, concrete block walls, concrete floor and corrugated roof. Sub divided into six sections.

5. Atcost Court (24.5m x 47m approx) Concrete framed shed with central feed passage, concrete block walling, slatted floor and corrugated roof.

6. Dairy Shed (11.7m x 47.4m approx) Concrete framed shed, concrete block walling, slatted floor and corrugated roof.

7. Traditional Steading. Stone built with a slate roof comprising:
• Two byres (14.2m x 24.8m approx)
• Chemical store / washroom
• Barn (5.7m x 14m approx)
• Former grain handling area (5.7m x 28.5m approx)
• Infill court with corrugated roof and concrete floor (20.7m x 29m approx)
• Calf house with concrete floor and corrugated roof (5.5m x 14.7m approx)

8. Former Silage Clamp (41m x 17.5m) Concrete floored hardstanding with adjoining hard core yard area.

9. Straw Shed (18m x 21m) Timber framed with corrugated tin roof.


Water/Effluent Tank 50,000 gallons capacity

Land
Fetterletter extends in total to some 597.19 acres (241.68 ha). Some 460.01 acres is arable / grass with a further 95.72 acres of rough grazings. It is mainly classified as Class 3(2) by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research and it ranges in height from 40m to 110m (130’ to 360’) above sea level. The land is mostly non LFA with some LFA as indicated in the area schedule. The fields are accessed either direct from public roads or from internal tracks.

Sporting
There are about 1.25 miles of single bank fishing on the River Ythan. The Ythan is described by Derek Mills and Neil Graesser in The Salmon Rivers of Scotland (Cassell) as a “useful angling river” and is “best known by many anglers for its sea trout fishing” and goes on to say that “finnock provide excellent sport in the upper reaches . . .”. In addition brown trout can be fished. The fishings comprise two beats known as Fetterletter beat and the Woodhead beat, and have been let seasonally to a local syndicate for a nominal rent and are understood to have been lightly fished, with records not having been kept.

The estate could form the basis of a small family shoot particularly with the terrain round the den and the river. There is also potential for roe stalking.

Lot 2 Land at Monkshill about 253.20 acres/ 102.16 ha
This is an outlying unit lying just to the north of Fetterletter, and easily accessible by minor public roads. The land extends to some 253.20 acres / 102.47 ha. Some 241.07 acres are arable with a further 11.29 acres of pasture. Again it is mainly classified by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research as Class 3(2) and it ranges in height from 80m to 140m (260’ to 460’).

Square Footage: 5,088 sq ft
Acreage: 597.19 Acres

Directions

From Aberdeen take the A947 towards Turriff. Some 7 miles north of Oldmeldrum, at Fyvie, turn right onto the B9005, signposted for Ellon. After 0.2 miles, at the war memorial, turn right again, continuing on the B9005. After a further 1.8 miles, in Woodhead, turn right signposted Fetterletter. Continue for a further mile and the drive into Fetterletter Farmhouse will be seen on the right, immediately after passing the farm buildings.


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