- Advert Expiry Date: Tuesday, 13th June 2017
- Property / Land Type: Farm
- Price Description Offers Over £1,950,000
GOOD PRODUCTIVE MIXED FARM WITH CONSIDERABLE AMENITY
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Grange of Airlie is an attractive and productive mixed farm situated within a fertile belt of land which runs between Blairgowrie and Kirriemuir. Set in gently rolling country, spectacular views to the Angus Glens and the Grampian Mountains are seen from the higher points on the farm, and south across Strathmore to the Sidlaw Hills.
Angus is a highly regarded farming area, well known for its good quality soils and a generally dry climate. The nearby towns of Alyth and Kirriemuir (both 6 miles) offer a good range of local services including a Post Office, banking services, medical surgeries and supermarkets. A wider range of shops and services, together with mainline railway stations, is available in the nearby cities of Perth (25 miles) and Dundee (18 miles). Dundee also has an airport with services to London Stansted, while the airports at Edinburgh (66 miles) and Aberdeen (68 miles) offer a range of domestic and international flights.
Primary schooling is available at Airlie Primary school, with secondary schooling in Kirriemuir and Blairgowrie. There are a number of renowned private schools within an hours drive including The High School of Dundee, Craigclowan, Kilgraston, Glenalmond and Strathallan.
In addition to it's agricultural reputation Angus is a renowned destination for field sports enthusiasts. Salmon and sea trout fishing is available on the Rivers Isla, Ericht and North and South Esks while the River Tay is one of the best known salmon rivers in Scotland. Top class driven pheasant, partridge and grouse shooting is widely available in the area with the Angus Glens being home to a number of famous sporting estates.
The hills of the Angus Glens and the Grampians make them the ideal location for hill walking, whilst winter sports and skiing is available at Glenshee Ski Centre, 30 miles to the north of Grange of Airlie. For golfers, there are a number of nine and eighteen hole golf courses in the area, including the championship course at Rosemount, whilst further afield the renowned courses at Gleneagles, St Andrews and Carnoustie, are all within an hour's drive.
The area is well served by agricultural merchants and suppliers, including a livestock mart at Forfar (20 miles) and an active local machinery ring.
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Grange of Airlie extends in total to about 380 acres and comprises a productive arable and livestock farm which has been sympathetically managed and improved for in excess of 30 years. Whilst being run as a profitable farming business, conservation and habitat management have been at the forefront, as evidenced by the 131 different species of bird that have now been recorded on the farm by the vendor, as well as the creation of areas of species rich grassland, wild bird cover and woodland.
The land is classified as Class 31 and 32 by the James Hutton Institute and lies at between 80m and 130m above sea level. The fields are well laid out, and generally accessed from either the two minor public roads which cross the farm, or the internal track which links the farmhouse and buildings to the middle and eastern blocks of land.
There is a steep gully which runs for much of the length of the northern boundary of the farm. Whilst its agricultural capacity is restricted to providing grazing for sheep, this is a particularly attractive part of the farm and a haven for wildlife.
Grange of Airlie Farmhouse
Situated adjacent to the steading this is an attractive and traditional stone built and harled farmhouse, with a slate roof. The house faces south. Currently it is accessed from the farmyard, but there is also a separate drive from the public road, which leads to the front. The house which is double glazed offers spacious and flexible accommodation. The former porch is used as an office. The sitting room has an open fireplace with brick surround and wooden mantel and a shelved storage cupboard. Off this is a double glazed conservatory and the dining room which also has an open fireplace. Connected to the dining room is the kitchen. This has fitted units with a 2 oven Aga, sink and plumbing for a dishwasher, together with a walk in larder. Off an inner hallway is a WC with washbasin, utility room with a shower and a family room. The downstairs bedroom has a fitted hanging cupboard and dressing table. Off the rear entrance porch , which has a back door linking out to the farmyard, is a boiler room with Danesmor DF 20/30 boiler.
The stairs lead up to a spacious landing which provides access to the master bedroom with en suite bathroom, four further bedrooms and a family bathroom with a bath, washbasin and WC.
There is a large garden surrounding the house on two sides and which is bordered by a hedge and trees and is mainly down to lawn with flower borders and vegetables.
Situated in a central position on the farm, Faulds Cottage is a traditional stone built detached cottage, with a slate roof. The accommodation comprises a living room, kitchen, bathroom and three bedrooms. The enclosed garden is laid down to grass. Faulds cottage is currently let on a Short Assured Tenancy, providing a useful rental income.
The current farming operation is based around in hand arable cropping and a 200 ewe sheep flock. The arable land is in a rotation which includes spring barley, temporary grass leys, seed potatoes and fodder crops. All straw is chopped behind the combine. This rotation has been used effectively to provide an easily managed farming system which meets the dual aims of achieving good yields whilst improving soil structure and fertility. Typical yields in recent years have been 2.25t/acre for malting barley whilst good rents are paid for seed potatoes. Land has also been let for vining peas in the past.
There is a useful range of modern and traditional farm buildings at Grange of Airlie which comprise:
• Implement Store (13m x 9m) – Steel framed shed with part block walls, corrugated cement sheet roof and concrete floor
• General Purpose / Lambing Shed (36m x 25m) – Steel portal framed shed with part stone, part block walls, corrugated cement roof and concrete floor. This building adjoins and opens to:
• Clipping Shed (32m x 5m) – Timber framed lean to with corrugated iron cladding and concrete floor
• Store (9m x 8m) – Timber framed lean to with corrugated iron roof and concrete floor
• Stone Barn (10m x6m) - Traditional stone barn with slate roof and concrete floor
• Traditional Steading (425m2) – Traditional ‘L' shaped Steading with stone walls and largely slate roof containing:
• Grain Drier together with elevator and dresser
• General store
• Game Larder
• Stable and log store
• Office (9m x 3m) – Timber chalet providing office space or additional storage.
The general purpose shed is used for lambing in the spring, accommodating up to 200 ewes, and is also used for grain handling and storage at harvest time. It also provides a useful machinery and implement store.
The traditional buildings are currently used for agricultural purposes, but have the potential for a range of uses including stabling for horses, workshops, or additional accommodation subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
Sand and Gravel
The land lying to the west of the farm has previously been identified as containing large deposits of sand and gravel, as confirmed by trial pits that have been dug by two separate mineral operators.
Woods, Ponds and Sporting
The vendor has invested a considerable amount of time in establishing a diverse range of habitats at Grange of Airlie, which has included the planting of woodlands, and the creation of areas of species rich grasslands which are filled with a wide variety of wild flowers in the summer months. The result of this work is that Grange of Airlie has become a farm which is both visually attractive and rich in biodiversity.
At present, an informal shoot is run over the farm, providing enjoyable days with mixed bags for small teams of guns on three or four occasions each season. The rolling nature of the ground and the steep gully to the west of the farm enable very sporting birds to be shown, and would provide the basis for a good quality driven shoot to be created. In addition to pheasants and partridge, there are opportunities for duck flighting, and exciting roe deer stalking with a number of gold medal bucks having been taken on the farm in the past.