Bowerhouse Farm

Lauder, Scottish Borders, TD2 6PQ
£2,400,000   Guide price (£2,400,000 )

Description

CLOSING DATE 26 JULY 2017

Further Information

Bowerhouse is a productive arable and stock rearing farm extending to about 750 acres and has been in the sellers' family since the 1920s. The farmstead lies in an elevated position overlooking the Lauderdale countryside and the Lammermuir Hills beyond. The farm possesses an attractive period farmhouse and three cottages. It is also served by an excellent range of modern farm buildings which provide accommodation for up to 170 head of cattle.

The farm previously carried a suckler herd of about 90 cows, but has focused more on lamb production in recent years. The sheep flock comprises about 248 Scotch mule ewes and gimmers and 301 Texel ewes and gimmers, with followers in addition. All hoggs are wintered on the farm. Lambing is all outside from April and the majority of the lambs are sold fat off grass with some retained as breeding stock. All winter fodder is produced on the farm, and around 120 acres of silage are cut each year. About 130 acres of spring barley is grown for feed and straw. A typical yield is reported to be 2 tonnes per acre.

The land is contained within a ring fence and is well balanced for stock production. It comprises 278 acres arable, 261 of ploughable pasture, 173 acres of permanent pasture, 15 acres of rough grazing and 12 acres of woodland. The land ranges between 230m and 370m above sea level. The soils are mostly a clay loam, ideal for the production of excellent grass and capable of growing a wide variety of crops and naturally well drained. The fields are of a good size and layout, and the majority of them are serviced by either a natural or a private piped water supply. The holding lies within a single contiguous block and has good access off either a minor public road intersecting the farm or off internal hard tracks.

The farm is offered for sale as a whole or in two lots as follows:

Lot 1 – Bowerhouse Farm
Farmhouse
3 cottages
Farm buildings
About 512 acres in total

Lot 2 – Land South West of Bowerhouse
238 acres of pasture and grazing

LOT 1

FARMHOUSE
Bowerhouse Farmhouse sits towards the centre of the farm and is approached from the main farm access which leads to a gated entrance and parking area to the rear of the house. The house is principally of rendered stone construction with a slate roof and the accommodation is arranged over two principal floors as shown on the accompanying layout plans.

The internal layout offers a combination of practicality for a working farming family, and ample space for entertaining, but is in need of some modernisation. On the ground floor there are two well proportioned reception rooms at the front of the house. The drawing room retains many of its period features including an open fire, ceiling cornices and picture rails. The sitting room has a multi-fuel stove and a built in cupboard. There is also an office which could provide a third reception room if required.

Towards the back of the house is a kitchen with fitted wall and floor units and oil fired Rayburn installed in the former fire surround. Adjoining the kitchen is a large utility room with a fitted sink unit. There is also a large shelved larder and a cloakroom with a separate WC. The staircase leads from the reception hall to a galleried landing off which are five bedrooms and a family bathroom. The two front main bedrooms are well proportioned and have fine views over the countryside. Outside, near the back door, there is a coal and log store. The farmhouse is surrounded by mature trees and shrubs and there is an attractive garden laid down to lawn to the front.

COTTAGES
Situated to the east of the steading, this row of cottages includes a detached cottage and a pair of semi detached cottages. All three are of harled stone construction under slate roofs and the accommodation is laid out on one and a half storeys. Each cottage has a kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and three bedrooms. There is a shared parking area to the rear and private enclosed gardens to the front.

FARM BUILDINGS
Bowerhouse has an extensive range of farm buildings, which benefit from good access and a private water supply. The approximate dimensions and construction are as follows:

1. Lambing and straw shed 60m x 9.2m
Steel portal frame construction with a corrugated iron roof. Enclosed at either end and along the northern elevation with timber space boarding and section of brick with corrugated cladding above. Capacity for 300 ewes.

2. Cattle Court (1) 30.37m x 15.31m
Erected in 2002. Steel portal frame construction with a profile sheeting roof. Partially enclosed by timber space boarding. Drive through feed passage shared with the adjoining court. Partial concrete base. Pens for 15 cows and calves and a further 40 store calves in a separate pen.

3. Cattle Court (2) 30.89m x 12.3m
Erected in 1997. Steel portal frame construction with a profile sheeting roof. Concrete base. Enclosed by stone walls with timber space boarding above. Shared feed passage with the adjoining court. Capacity for 36 store cattle.

4. Hay Shed 27.6m x 9.25m
Steel framed Dutch barn with corrugated iron roof.

5. Cattle Court (3) 23.65m x 12m
Steel portal frame construction with a corrugated sheeting roof. Enclosed by concrete block walls with timber space boarding above. Drive through feed passage shared with the adjoining court. Concrete base. Capacity for 30 cows and calves.

6. Cattle Court (4) 23.6m x 13.41m
Steel portal frame construction with a corrugated sheeting roof. Enclosed by concrete block walls with timber space boarding above. Drive through feed passage shared with the adjoining court. Concrete base. Capacity for 30 cows and calves.

7. Hay Shed 17.93m x 6.9m
Brick construction with a corrugated iron roof.

8. Cattle Court (5) 18.6m x 14.9m
Steel truss frame construction with corrugated iron roof. Enclosed by stone walls. Concrete base. Capacity for 20 cows and calves.

TRADITIONAL STEADING
There is a well maintained and extensive range of traditional buildings comprising:
• Garage
• Kennels
• Former grain store
• Loose boxes
• Workshop
• Various stores

In addition to the buildings noted above the farm is also equipped with the following:
• Silage pit with reinforced concrete panel sides and concrete base. 600 tonne capacity.
• 80 tonne grain silo
• Enclosed hard standing
• Cattle and sheep handling facilities

LAND
Lot 1 extends to 512 acres in total and includes 278 acres arable, 182 acres ploughable pasture, 41 acres permanent pasture and grazing and 2 acres woodland. The land is gently undulating with a largely east facing aspect and lies between 230m and 370m above sea level. It is contained within a ring fence and is mainly classified as Class 4 and 5 by the John Hutton Institute for Soil Research.

LOT 2

Lot 2 is contiguous to Lot 1 and is located towards the south western side of the holding. It is accessed off the main farm track and lies between 270m and 360m above sea level. It extends to 236 acres in total and includes 79 acres ploughable pasture, 148 acres permanent pasture and 9 acres woodland. The land is gently undulating with a largely south west facing aspect and is mainly classified as Class 4 and 5 by the John Hutton Institute for Soil Research.

This parcel of land is equipped with a cattle court and accessed directly off the track running through the farm. The building is of steel portal frame construction, and measures 12.15m x 7.45m and has capacity for 35 cows and calves.

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Area Guide

Bowerhouse is situated approximately 4.5 miles north of the ancient burgh of Lauder, in the picturesque Leader Valley, which is well known for its productive mixed stock and arable farms. The historic town of Lauder lies at the heart of the local farming community, and provides a good range of shops and local amenities including restaurants, banks and a post office. Galashiels offers an excellent range of shops, supermarkets, recreational facilities and professional services. There are local primary schools in Oxton and Lauder and secondary schooling is available in Earlston (12 miles). The private co-educational nursery and preparatory school of St Mary's is located in Melrose (17 miles) and there are many private schools in and around Edinburgh.

The nearby River Tweed is one of Scotland's finest salmon rivers. There are well managed grouse moors in the Lammermuir Hills to the east and there are many driven pheasant and partridge shoots in the locality. Although Bowerhouse is in the heart of Lauderdale hunting country, the Duke of Buccleuch's and Berwickshire Hunts are also within easy reach.

There are many golf courses in the area, including a picturesque nine hole course at Lauder, and a championship course at The Roxburghe near Kelso (22 miles). Other sporting activities in the area include rugby, football, cricket, tennis and swimming. There is also a wide range of equestrian activities, and racecourses at Kelso and Musselburgh (21 miles), near Edinburgh. The area is well served by agricultural suppliers and livestock markets, including St Boswells (17 miles) and Wooler (41 miles). The major agricultural show, The Border Union, takes place in July at Kelso and the annual Kelso Ram Sales in September is the largest event of this type in Europe.

Directions
From the north, follow the A68 southwards towards Lauder. At Carfraemill, continue straight over the roundabout, remaining on the A68. 1.1 miles after the roundabout turn right (signposted Pilmuir and Bowerhouse). Continue for 0.5 miles before turning right again(signposted Collielaw and Bowerhouse). Follow the road for 0.5 miles and then take the first left (signposted Bowerhouse). Continue on the road for one mile and the
farmhouse is situated on the left.

From the south, follow the A68 northwards towards Edinburgh. 2.5 miles north of Lauder turn left (signposted Pilmuir and Bowerhouse). Follow Reproduced from the Ordnance Survey Not to directions as above. The postcode is TD2 6PQ.

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Luke French

Savills Edinburgh

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8 Wemyss Place

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+44 (0) 131 247 3720

Charles Dudgeon

Savills Edinburgh

Wemyss House

8 Wemyss Place

8 Wemyss Place

EH3 6DH

+44 (0) 131 247 3720