A versatile grassland farm in the Annan Valley
Old Newton is situated in the Annan Water valley at the base of the spectacular range of hills which form part of the landscape surrounding a hollow known famously as the Devil's Beef Tub. It is here where the Border Reivers reportedly used to keep stolen cattle until they could be driven on to market for sale.
Currently managed as a mixed deer and sheep farm, the land sits within a ring fenced block and following years of careful management has been improved for use as good quality grazing and mowing land. There is a range of modern farm buildings which sit centrally within the land holding and are used for the management of livestock and general storage. These have been developed to provide a modern system with animal welfare and ease of herd management at the forefront of their design.
In addition to the working farm, Old Newton has an outstanding steading conversion which was completed in 2012. Set in an elevated position, the property benefits from beautiful 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside and in particular the outlook towards the Devil's Beef Tub and the Annan Water. Set apart from the farm buildings (and with a separate access), the house at Old Newton forms a U shape in the vernacular style, with accommodation extending to five bedrooms (currently used as four bedrooms and a study) and two reception rooms, one of which is an open plan dining and living space integrated with the kitchen. Externally the property benefits from an enclosed, low maintenance courtyard garden, ideal for summer entertaining, and ample hardcore spaces surrounding the property for parking.
Farmhouse (Steading Conversion) - The property is approached via a private road which splits to provide separate access to the house and farm steading. On arriving at the house, you enter through a formal front door into a spacious entrance hall with porcelain tiled flooring which extends throughout the entire house. From the hall, there is access to the northern elevation which has two bedroom suites. The first bedroom faces north with bi-folding doors making the most of unrestricted views to the Devil's Beef Tub and also benefits from integrated storage and an en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower. The second bedroom benefits from a Jack and Jill shower room which can also be used as a general bathroom via a second door in the hallway.
The central part of the house has a study with integrated storage (which could also be used as a fifth bedroom) and a living room (with Stovax Cassette inset wood burning fire) which benefits from a wall of double French style doors providing natural light and access to the courtyard garden.
On the western elevation is a long open plan modern fitted kitchen (featuring a four oven AGA and an integrated dishwasher), dining and living space (with wood burning stove) and external doors to the garden and parking area. A utility/boot room and WC is accessed off the kitchen and provides a working everyday entrance to the house. It has fitted floor units, a sink and drainer, integrated electric hob and under counter fridge as well as space for a washing machine.
On the eastern elevation of the house there is a principal bedroom suite with built in storage and a generous modern en suite bathroom with freestanding bath and separate shower. A second bedroom suite also benefits from built in storage and an en suite bathroom. A drying room containing the central heating and hot water plant also has a useful ceiling-mounted pulley for airing and drying clothes.
The house has been completed to the highest of standards, being fully insulated and benefits from double glazed windows and underfloor heating via an oil fired boiler.
Farm Buildings - Located at the heart of the farm, and accessed separately from the house, is a range of modern farm buildings which are both practical and versatile. These have been developed over a number of years to provide an easily managed indoor setting for rearing livestock, with the placement of the buildings helping to minimise the effort required to move feeding and straw between them. In addition to the land, the buildings allow the farm to be run efficiently and sustainably, easing pressure on the land during the wetter winter months. The steading currently comprises the following:
1. Sheep Shed (27m x 12m) - 6 bay, steel portal frame with Yorkshire boarding and wooden cladding, concrete floor and cement profile roof.
2. Storage Buildings (Approx. 356m2) - A range of adjoining buildings used for straw, machinery and miscellaneous storage. Various structures varying in construction materials: steel pole/wooden frame with a slate roof and earth floor; steel portal frame with cement profile roof and concrete floor; steel posts and wooden trusses with a corrugated iron roof and concrete floor and a lean-to with aluminium profile roof.
3. Deer Shed (30m x 15m) - Steel portal frame with concrete panel walls, Yorkshire boarding/Ventair cladding, concrete floor, cement profile roof. Side feed passage (internal) and fitted out with deer pens and handling system.
4. Deer Shed (24m x 15m) - Steel portal frame with reinforced shuttered concrete walls, Yorkshire boarding/Ventair cladding, cement profile roof and concrete floor. Side feed passage with feed barriers.
5. Hind Shed (27m x 12m) - 6 bay, steel portal frame with Yorkshire boarding, concrete floor and fibre cement roof, side feed passage. With outdoor corral of approximately the same dimensions.
6. Sheep pens/covered handling area - Traditional sheep buchts with covered handling area.
Farmland - Old Newton is a productive ring fenced grassland holding currently operated as a deer and sheep farm but equally capable of good yields of silage and forage crops to
support alternative livestock enterprises. It stands out within the surrounding valley landscape for its rich green pastures. In total the land extends to about 207.44 acres (83.95 hectares) and is generally sloping rising from the valley floor by the Annan Water up the hillside to the east with an altitude ranging from 170m to 230m above sea level. It is classified by the James Hutton Institute of Soil Research as predominantly Class 5 (capability for agriculture) or F3 (capability for forestry). Approximatively 89 acres can be cropped for silage with a further 84 acres of permanent pasture, the balance being made up of rough grazings, roadways and yards. All of the farmland is classified as being in a Less Favoured Area (LFA) for the purpose of grants and subsidies.
The land is principally accessible from the internal private farm roads, although some of the southern fields also have alternative access from the public road. Much of the southern block of land is deer fenced with gates and races conveniently linking back to the farm steading for ease of management (allowing handling by a single person). The grazing fields to the north of the farm are easily managed internally and stock can be driven towards partially covered sheep pens in the centre of the farm for handling. The fields benefit from natural or private water supplies.
Holiday Lodges - There are two timber holiday lodges situated to the north of the steading with three bedrooms and two bedrooms respectively. They have open plan kitchen/living/dining areas and are located adjacent to a rumbling burn with outdoor decking to make the most of the rural views. The lodges are let for holiday use and provide a useful diversified income to the farm. For the avoidance of doubt, the lodges are not included within the sale but may be purchased by separate negotiation.
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