Compact livestock rearing unit located within East Ayrshire
East Borland Farm is situated in an attractive rural setting in East Ayrshire, an area renowned for productive livestock farming. The town of Cumnock lies to the north and offers various local services including banking and post office, primary and secondary schooling, supermarkets, shops and leisure facilities. The Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Estate is due west of Cumnock, providing a fantastic visitor's attraction with outstanding historical features spectacular rural walks, children's facilities and dining options. The nearby towns of Ayr and Kilmarnock provide a wider range of services and transport connections. There is also a first class racecourse in Ayr which is the home of the Scottish Grand National meeting held annually in spring. Ayr also has a swimming pool, ten pin bowling, an ice rink, a choice of golf courses as well as river and park walks and a college campus incorporating the Scottish Rural University College (SRUC). Communications in the area are good with the A76 providing a link both to the north and south and the A70 to the east and west. There are railway stations in Ayr and Kilmarnock (providing regular services to Glasgow), and international airports at Prestwick (20 miles) and Glasgow. Ferry links to Ireland (Larne and Belfast) operate from Cairnryan (58 miles). Glasgow offers all the services and transport connections associated with a major city. Southwest Scotland provides a wealth of opportunities for outdoor pursuits with fishing available nearby on Borland reservoirs and various local river systems. The Ayrshire coast is famous worldwide for golfing, with championship courses at Turnberry, Prestwick and Troon. Galloway Forest Park to the southwest is an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers excellent walking, mountain biking and fishing, and is one of only four national parks in the western world to have official Dark Sky status. There is a thriving sailing community at Troon.
East Borland has been in the current owner's family since 1960, it would have originally formed part of nearby Dumfries House Estate. It was run as a dairy farm until around 2003 when the present owner converted to a beef suckler herd. The holding extends in total to about 147 acres (59 hectares) and includes an attractive sandstone built farmhouse with a range of traditional buildings in a courtyard formation behind, and modern buildings adjoining. The modern steading provides cubicle accommodation for approximately 90 head of cattle plus loose bedded accommodation for followers. The land sits in two blocks and is bisected by the railway, an overpass connects the two blocks which in addition are accessible from the public road and internal tracks. The land is of predominantly Grade 4(1) quality according to the James Hutton Institute land classification map and although currently all down to grass, the majority is capable of cereal production. The holding lies between 160 - 210 metres above sea level and is almost entirely within the Less Favoured Area.
East Borland Farmhouse
East Borland Farmhouse is approached along a private (recently tarmaced) tree-lined drive, leading from the A76, which continues on to provide internal access to much of the farmland. The farmhouse has an easterly aspect over a beautifully maintained garden and the surrounding countryside including the Borland reservoirs. The house is predominantly of sandstone and slate construction with spacious accommodation over two floors as shown on the accompanying floorplans. The front door opens into a small hallway which provides access to the ground floor accommodation, including lounge, living room, family bathroom, kitchen, back hall and utility room. The living room features a multifuel Clearview stove, while the lounge has a mains gas living flame fire. The kitchen has an integrated fridge, extractor fan and dining table, and spaces for a freestanding cooker and dishwasher (included in the sale). The utility room has a sink and drainer, room for appliances (washing machine and tumble dryer) and has an interconnecting door leading to the garage and mainsteading. There are two staircases (one at either end of the farmhouse) providing access to the first floor where there are five bedrooms and a shower room. The farmhouse benefits from principally UPVC double glazing, biomass boiler (domestic only), mains water and gas and septic tank drainage. Externally there is a small garden partly laid to grass with flower beds and a water feature, and a monoblock patio area. To the rear of the property is a large courtyard area providing ample parking, garage and further flower beds.
Forming a courtyard with the farmhouse is a range of traditional farm buildings constructed in stone and slate as shown on the accompanying plan. The modern steading adjoins the traditional range to the north and west with the entire working steading being accessible from the farmhouse without the need to step outside. The steading comprises the following buildings:
1. Slurry Tower
Approximately 150,000 gallons capacity
2. General purpose shed (irregular shape approximately 394m2)
Steel frame, shuttered concrete walls, concrete floor, box profile cladding and fibre cement roof.
3. Covered silage pit and cubicle shed (23.9m x 22.9m)
Steel frame, brick/shuttered concrete walls with asbestos roof.
4. Loose boxes (12.6m x 5.1m)
Former dairy now converted for use as loose boxes. Brick construction with a slate roof and concrete floor.
5. Traditional range (14.4m x 5.1m)
Stone and slate construction used for general storage.
6. Lean-to cattle shed (17.3m x 8.2m)
Steel frame, concrete block walls with corrugated iron cladding and box profile roof. Concrete floor and feed barrier
dividing it from the adjoining shed (7 below).
7. Cattle Court (17.3m x 8.2m)
Steel frame with box profile roof and concrete floor. Straw bedded court and feed passage.
8. Cubicle Shed (22.8m x 7.9m)
Brick built with a slate roof. Internally fitted with cubicles on slats.
9. General purpose shed with lean-to cubicle shed (411m2)
Steel frame, concrete panel walls with corrugated iron cladding and box profile roof. Cubicles on slats along lean-to on the northern elevation.
10. Stone Byre (11.0m x 6.7m)
Stone built with a part slate and part fibre cement roof. Concrete floor.
11. Farmhouse (see floorplans)
The farmland at East Borland is in excellent heart, and of a consistently good quality across the farm. Several tree lined drives provide a pleasing aesthetic impression which may appeal to the lifestyle purchaser and provides excellent access for livestock handling. Extending to 147 acres in total the land sits in two blocks, bisected by the Dumfries to Kilmarnock railway line, connected by an over bridge providing full access internally. There is also good frontage to the public roads to the east and south of the farm. The land is all of grade 41 quality capable of either arable or silage use, presently with one cut of approximately 67 acres taken each year. The land is bounded with a mixture of drystone dykes, post and wire and electric fencing and hedges. All enclosures benefit from mains water troughs or natural water supply. The farm was operated as a dairy until 2003 when the present owners converted to beef cows. In recent times the holding has carried around 70 suckler cows with young stock being reared for stores, however in preparation for retirement this number has reduced. The land is identified on the map with enclosure numbers which are detailed in the following table:
Basic Payment Scheme
The sale includes 58.16 Region 1 Basic Payment Entitlements with an approximate value of 8910.11 in 2017. The payment in relation to the current farming year will be retained by the seller. Copies of the SAF form for 2017 are available for inspection from the selling agents.
Less Favoured Area Support Scheme
East Borland lies almost entirely within the Less Favoured Area, the 2016 payment being in the region of £2400. Any payments made by SGRPID in the current farming year will be retained by the seller. The purchaser will be responsible for any claims made by SGRPID under the scheme against the seller in respect of any payments made prior to completion which are the result of the purchaser's actions.
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28 Castle Street
+44 (0) 1387 263 066
28 Castle Street
+44 (0) 1387 263 066