5 bedroom farm for saleKilbucho, Biggar, Lanarkshire
3,045 sq. ft.
- 3,045 sq ft (282 sq m)
Parkgatestone Farm is a productive livestock rearing farm with the ability to grow arable crops for home consumption. The farm extends to about 480 acres.
It was purchased by the vendors' family in 1925 and includes a traditional 5-bedroom farmhouse and an extensive range of farm buildings. The land comprises 203 acres of grass leys, 98 acres of permanent pasture suitable for silage, 121 acres of permanent pasture, 42 acres of rough grazing and 1 acre of woods. A feature of the farm is the panoramic views. It also has an accessible location for Edinburgh, Glasgow and the M74 leading south.
A mixed beef and sheep rearing enterprise is run in-hand at Parkgatestone. At its maximum capacity, the spring-calving suckler cow extended to 100 but has been scaled back in recent years. The herd comprises black Limousin-cross cows which are run with a Charolais bull, with progeny sold at around 12 months. The sheep flock includes 400 mule ewes which are crossed with a Suffolk tup, 250 Blackface ewes which are crossed with a Bluefaced Leicester tup, and 35 pure-bred Bluefaced Leicester ewes. Approximately 70 acres of silage are cut annually and, until recently, spring barley was grown for home consumption.
Parkgatestone Farmhouse faces south and has been extended into the traditional steading on the western elevation. The farmhouse is situated centrally within the farm and has accommodation over two storeys.
It is constructed of black stone beneath a pitched slate roof with dressed quoins and the northern elevation is painted white. Internal features include decorative cornicing, deep skirting, panelled doors, open fireplaces and double glazed windows. There is an oil-fired Rayburn in the kitchen and the house is heated by electric storage heaters.
A garden is situated in front of the house. It is mainly laid to lawn and includes beds and borders which are well-stocked with flowering plants and shrubs. There is a terrace area.
The house is accessed either to the front from the minor public road via a gravel driveway or through the farmyard to the rear.
Parkgatestone Farm Buildings
An extensive range of farm buildings is situated to the rear of the farmhouse. They provide accommodation for livestock, as well as general purpose storage. The buildings are served by three-phase mains electricity and private water supplies. The farm buildings are positioned centrally within the farm.
The land at Parkgatestone Farm extends to about 480 acres and is in a contiguous block. It has wholly LFA status and can be analaysed as:
203 acres grass leys,
97 acres permanent pasture suitable for silage,
121 acres permanent pasture,
42 acres rough grazing,
1 acre woods.
The size and shape of the fields are suited to modern farming techniques. They are well-fenced for livestock (with some electric fences) and have water via a combination of drinking troughs and a natural supply. The fields are easily accessible off the minor public road and by a network of farm tracks.
The land lies either side of a minor public road. The block of land below the road is classed as Grade 4 by the James Hutton Institute, with the southern half level and the northern half rising gently from 200 metres above sea level to 220 metres. The land above the road is a combination of Grades 4 and 5 and rises from 220 metres above sea level to a high point on Parkgatestone Hill at 332 metres above sea level.
The majority of the land falls within payment region 1 with a small portion falling into region 2.
Parkgatestone Farm is situated 5 miles to the east of the historic market town of Biggar. The farm has a commanding position with an excellent outlook and is located on the boundary between Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders.
The local village of Broughton is 2 miles distant and provides for all local conveniences. The village has a garage, shop, tea room and two exhibition venues. A Gallery regularly hosts exhibitions and events. The Broughton Brewery, which has won numerous awards over the years, is located in the village.
A wider range of shops and professional services are available in Biggar, which has been a Royal Burgh since 1451. The town has both primary and secondary education in the form of Biggar Primary School and Biggar High School. Private co-educational schooling for pupils from the age of 3 to 18 is available in Edinburgh. Biggar plays host to the annual Biggar Little Festival and also hosts an annual Hogmanay bonfire and the Biggar agricultural show.
The farm is very accessible and is about 2 miles from the A701 and 5 miles from the A702. Both roads provide access to the M74 motorway (situated to the southwest) and the Edinburgh ring-road (situated to the northeast).
Edinburgh is 30 miles distant east and provides a wide range of high street shops, professional services, cultural activities and education. The city hosts the 'Edinburgh International Festival' and the 'Edinburgh Festival Fringe' each year.
The nearest train station is in the town of Lanark (16 miles) which provides services both north and south. Edinburgh Airport (34 miles) and Glasgow Airport (52 miles) both offer a wide range of flights to domestic and international destinations.
There is a livestock and machinery mart in Lanark which has regular sales. A veterinary practice is in Biggar.
The surrounding countryside offers a wide variety of leisure and recreational activities. Biggar has a range of sporting facilities including tennis courts, a bowling green, cricket club and rugby club.
The Scottish Borders and Lanarkshire present many opportunities for both fishing and shooting which can be taken in the local area. Biggar Water, which forms the northern boundary of the farm, flows into the River Tweed, one of the great salmon rivers of Scotland.
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