A Productive Dumfriesshire Mixed Arable and Stock Farm with Excellent Dairying Potential

1st September 2017

H&H Land and Property has launched to the market Holmhead Farm, a very well maintained 210 acre productive former dairy farm near Dumfries.  Included in the sale is the three bedroom farmhouse, a two bedroom cottage, an extensive range of buildings and the Basic Payment Entitlements.

Holmhead Farm is for sale as a whole through the Newtown St Boswells office of H&H Land and Property with a guide price of £1,300,000.

Douglas Orr, Chartered Surveyor at H&H Land and Property commented:  “This is a productive and attractive farm that has been well looked after at all levels.  Currently farmed as a mixed arable and stock farm, it is ready to walk into and certainly the infrastructure is there if the new owners choose to return the farm to a dairy farming enterprise.”

The 210 acres of land is split across 18 fields and the farmland, according to the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research, is predominantly classified as grade 3(2).  In recent years, the cropping programme has been grass and spring barley in rotation to provide feed for the suckler herd.

The range of farm buildings is extensive and includes both modern and traditional structures.  Being a former dairy farm there are still many of the dairy facilities within the building complex, including cubicles for 240 head and slatted courts for 180 head of cattle.  Due to its Dumfries location, the farm has the potential to be resurrected as a prime dairy farm as the area is renowned for grass production and stock rearing.

The current owners have embraced renewables potential from the farm in the forms of a commercial 80kw biomass boiler which provides heat and hot water to the farmhouse and farm buildings, as well as a 10kw array of photovoltaic panels.  Both benefit from a further 16 years of RHI and Feed In Tariff income, which has averaged £9,000 per annum over the last three years.

“Over the last few months a number of farms and rural properties in the south of Scotland have been sold with others due to go to closing dates in the coming weeks.  This activity has been encouraging and has resulted in a steady rural property market in the region. We continue to receive a number of enquiries from people looking to buy in this area and would recommend that if you are considering selling to take advice now,” says Douglas.