Whitemire Farm

Duns, Berwickshire

TD11 3PY

For Sale

Offers Over £995,000

A substantial 4 bedroom house, tack room, agricultural buildings and stables, outdoor arena and 68.12 acres of land

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Whitemire Farm is located within Berwickshire in the south east of Scotland, lying in an attractive and easily accessible rural location close to the village of Chirnside. The area is renowned for its productive arable and livestock farming. The picturesque landscape of south east Scotland is renowned for the quality of its field sports including game shooting and salmon and trout fishing on the River Tweed and Whiteadder Water. Further outdoor sporting opportunities available throughout the area include hunting, golfing, mountain biking, with National Hunt racing, available at Kelso Race Course (18 miles) from October to May.

The borders town of Duns lies less than 5 miles west of the property and provides a range of facilities including a range of shops, a small supermarket, leisure clubs, professional services, and primary and secondary schooling. The market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, located just over the border some 11 miles from Whitemire Farm, is England’s most Northerly market town and offers a larger range of shops, supermarkets, public houses and restaurants. The town has a mainline railway station making it a popular commuting town. The East Coast Mainline offers routes north to Edinburgh and south to Newcastle with both cities being reached in approximately 45 minutes. The train line also offers services to London Kings Cross station with a commuting time of approximately 3.5 hours. The area is well served by the agricultural sector with a wide range of suppliers and auction marts located throughout the borders area.

Transport links are excellent in the area with a main line railway station, and the A1 providing good road access whether you are travelling north or south. A good quality network of smaller public roads exists between the neighbouring border towns and villages. Edinburgh (50 miles) can be reached in just over an hour, dependant on traffic with Newcastle (74 miles) taking approximately 1.5 hours by car. Whitemire Farm lies within the catchment area for Chirnside Primary School and Berwickshire High School. The schools are located approximately 3 miles and 5 miles from the farm respectively. Private schooling is available at Longridge Towers, in Berwick-upon-Tweed, which is approximately 10 miles from the farm. A wider selection of private schooling is available in Edinburgh.

Whitemire Farmhouse is an extensive stone built traditional four bedroomed property that has been extended in part to provide spacious family accommodation over two floors.

The farmhouse benefits from double and secondary glazing and has retained a number of original and attractive features throughout. Two open fire places, a log burning range cooker and a Belfast sink add to the appeal of the property. The farmhouse and steading are located to the south west of the holding and are surrounded by land belonging to the farm. The property benefits from pleasant views over a mixture of farmland and woodland surrounding the property. The attractive gardens are well maintained and benefit from a productive vegetable patch. Doors from the Garden Room open into the garden making this room ideal for entertaining and alfresco dining. A tarmac area to the north of the property provides parking for a number of vehicles.

The Bothy Cottage, currently used as a tack room, is the former groom’s Cottage and although in need of some refurbishment and upgrading, offers ideal ancillary guest accommodation to the Farmhouse. The Bothy Cottage could be developed into holiday accommodation subject to obtaining the relevant planning permission. The vendors currently operate a successful business from the premises, and the yard is ideally set up for this purpose. The vendors produce high quality feeds and bedding for the agricultural and equestrian market. This business could be taken on and developed by the purchaser should they wish. A Ken Mills Haylage Baler used for the production of small compressed bales of bedding and feed is located in the Store / General Purpose Shed.

This machine can be made available by separate negotiation. It should be noted that Whitemire Farm is subject to an agreement in terms of Section 75 of the Town & Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. This agreement requires the property to remain and be farmed as one agricultural unit.

There are a range of modern and traditional buildings at Whitemire Farm, the majority of which have water and a single phase electricity supply. The agricultural buildings at Whitemire Farm are primarily utilised within the feed and bedding business run by the vendors directly from the farm.

The farmland forms a compact block around the farmhouse and steading complex. The land is split in 17 fields and extends to 27.58 Ha (68.12 acres) or thereby. The farm is served by a central access road that allows for easy access. The farm lies at an altitude of between 70m–75m above sea level and is relatively flat lying with some gently undulating land in parts. According to the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research, the land is classified as Grade 2 land that’s capable of producing a wide range of crops. A small area of woodland located in Field 1 and 5 provides shelter as well as a source of firewood for the farmhouse.

Cropping at Whitemire Farm in recent years has been focused on the production of high quality haylage and silage for the agricultural and equestrian markets, sold through the current owner’s bedding and feed business. The high quality land is capable of producing between three and four cuts of haylage and silage per year.

The sale includes 26.82 Region 1 Basic Payment Entitlements. The payment in relation to the current farming year, up to and including the date of transfer, will be retained by the seller.