- Advert Expiry Date: Thursday, 15th June 2017
- Property / Land Type: Farm
- Price Description Offers Over £2,700,000
Lot 1 - Commercial Arable Farm
Property agent Location
Cowford lies within attractive rolling countryside in an accessible and fertile part of Perthshire, 9 miles north west of Perth. The farming estate sits in a shallow sheltered bowl with established woodlands affording a high degree of privacy. Views to the Grampian Mountains in the north and the Lomond Hills in the south are seen on approach and from the higher points on the farm.
The estate enjoys easy access south to Perth and Edinburgh via the A9 and M90, with Edinburgh (52 miles) generally just under one hour's drive away. The nearest railway station is Perth which offers regular services to Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London (including a sleeper service).
The village of Bankfoot (3.5 miles) offers a primary school and local shopping. More extensive shopping is found in Perth which lies 9 miles to the south. Known as the 'Fair City‘, Perth has an excellent range of shops and professional services. There are a number of high quality restaurants and good leisure facilities including a swimming pool, ice rink and sports centres. Secondary schooling is available in Perth, with a number of renowned private schools within reach including Craigclowan, Kilgraston, Glenalmond and Strathallan.
The recreational opportunities in the area are excellent. There are a number of golf courses in Perthshire and Fife, with the championship courses of Rosemount, Gleneagles, St Andrews and Carnoustie all within easy driving distance. Fishing is available on the River Tay and its tributaries, and shooting and stalking can be taken on Cowford itself, but also on other estates within the area. Perth is a gateway to the Highlands with endless opportunities for hill walking, and winter sports at Glenshee Ski Centre which lies approximately an hour's drive to the north. There is also a wide range of equestrian activities, with a racecourse at Scone and polo at Errol.
Perthshire is particularly well served by agricultural and grain merchants and there is a successful local machinery ring which can provide additional farming resources as required. United Auctions hold weekly livestock sales at their centre in Stirling (39 miles).
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Cowford comprises an equipped arable farm of 417 acres with a further outlying block at Whitehills of 95 acres which forms Lot 2.
The majority of the arable land runs over gently rolling ground through the middle of the property, with the woodlands to the north and south of this providing amenity, shelter and privacy. The farmhouse and farm buildings, accessed by a 1.25 mile private road, lie in a tranquil setting at the centre of the farm.
There are two semi-detached farm cottages lying immediately south of the farm steading both of which are let and provide a useful income. These cottages are excluded from the sale but are available in addition to the purchaser of Cowford.
The in-hand arable farming operation currently forms the principal enterprise with the current rotation including wheat, spring barley, peas and seed potatoes, with occasional grass leys and shopping turnips. This rotation has been used effectively to improve soil fertility and to maximise the profitability of the farming business with good rents paid for non-cereal crops. Typical yields in recent years have been 3.5t/acre for winter wheat and 2.25t/acre for malting barley. Up to 40 cattle have been wintered in the cattle courts at Cowford in the past, and areas sown down to grass are let for ewe hogg wintering from time to time.
The land is classified as Class 3(1) by the James Hutton Institute and lies at between 100m and 120m above sea level. The fields are well laid out and of a generous size, and easily accessed from the core central track which runs the length of the farm.
The wood have been planted and managed with sport and conservation in mind, and now form the basis of an informal driven shoot, with around 500 birds put down each year, allowing for six to eight days' sport every season. The rolling topography of Cowford offers the potential to show good quality driven pheasants and partridge, and with additional planting of game crops and woodlands, a larger shoot could be established. There are three ponds for duck flighting, and unusually, Cowford presents the opportunity to stalk four different species of deer, with red, roe, fallow and sika all being taken in the past. Roe are the most common species of deer.
Cowford is contained within a single block and is not dissected by any public roads. The internal network of private roads and tracks ensures good access around the farm.
Lot 1 – Cowford Farm
• Farmhouse (4 bedrooms)
• Farm buildings
• 366 acres arable
• 9 acres permanent grass
• 28 acres woodland
• About 417 acres in total
Cowford Farmhouse and the adjacent farm steading are centrally located within the ring fenced block of land which forms Lot 1. The harled stone farmhouse benefits from a southerly aspect.
The farmhouse provides comfortable family accommodation with good entertaining space, while maintaining the practicalities of a working home. The accommodation is laid out over two floors and the internal layout is as shown on the floor plans.
The house is generally accessed from the parking area by means of a porch on the western side of the house. This then leads on to the dining room and a hallway. Off the hallway are the sitting room and garden room, bathroom, a double bedroom and study connecting to the front porch which leads out into the garden. The fitted kitchen includes a Heritage range cooker and a separate walk in pantry.
On the first floor a landing provides access to the four double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
A small and easily maintained area of garden ground lies to the front of the house, with a paved area, lawn flanked by a beech hedge, and a number of fruit trees. To the side of the house, a parking area has been created with the walls of the adjacent farm buildings creating a courtyard effect, providing direct access to the farmhouse and to the steading.
The range of traditional and modern farm buildings comprises:
1. Implement Store – 17m x 10.9m
Timber framed building with corrugated iron roof and hardcore floor.
2. Workshop – 9m x 18.2m
Stone and brick walled building with profile sheet roof. Concrete floor.
3. General Purpose Shed– 13.5m x 17.9m
Steel framed building with fibre cement roof and concrete floor.
4. Cattle Court – 18.3m x 22.6m
Steel portal frame shed with fibre cement roof and concrete feed passage. Previously used to winter 40 to 45 cattle.
5. Grain Store – 18m x 11.5m
Steel framed building with concrete floor, grain walling and profile cladding and roof.
6. Grain Drying Shed and covered Intake Pit - 18m x 6m
Lean-to off Grain Store incorporating 20 tonne intake pit with twin elevator to grain bin and mobile grain drier.
7. Lean-to Implement Store – 8.4m x 20.2m
Steel frame construction with earth floor, open sides and front, and block walls to rear.
8. Grain / Fertiliser Store – 18m x 23m
Steel framed shed with lean-to. Concrete floor, concrete block walls and corrugated iron roof.
9. General Purpose Lean-to – 20.5m x 5.2m
Steel frame with corrugated iron roof and cladding, concrete floor.
10. Former Garage – 9.3m x 4.6m
Traditional stone building under slate roof.
11. Tool shed – 21.4m x 5m
Traditional stone building under part slate, part fibre cement roof. Concrete floor.
12. Traditional Steading – 21m x 6m
Stone building with part slate, part fibre cement roof incorporating a chemical store and general storage.
Lot 1 extends to 417.4 acres in total, of which 366.8 acres are in arable production. The private access road which runs from the public road cuts through the centre of the land forming Lot 1. An additional track off this road provides access to Tavern Wood, and to the land at Whitehill.
The woodland extends to about 28 acres of mixed woods, which includes Sitka spruce, an attractive stand of larch, and mixed hardwoods.
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