Baldoukie is an extensive arable and dairy unit extending to 571 acres in total with a modernised comfortable farmhouse and a well equipped versatile modern steading at its core. The current owners bought Baldoukie in the 1970's and have since run it in conjunction with another livestock unit in Angus. Whilst currently utilised as a mixed farm with dairy, arable and beef as the mains enterprises, the land and buildings at Baldoukie are suited to any mixed farming enterprise. The contiguous block is dissected by a number of minor public roads which provide for easy movement of livestock and machinery.
Baldoukie Farmhouse is a most attractive and well presented house. Situated on the southern side of the farm buildings it benefits from far reaching views. The house, which was sympathetically modernised in the mid 1970s and has recently benefited from further improvements. As such it is in excellent order, with spacious reception rooms, a modern and well fitted kitchen together with recently refurbished bathrooms. It is ideally suited to both modern family living and to entertaining. Gates open onto a short drive leading up to tarred parking and turning areas at the front of the house. Baldoukie Farmhouse, which is fully double glazed, is harled with a slate roof and a stone built extension in front. Although benefitting from substantial improvements in recent years the house still retains much of its original character, with cornicings in the principal rooms.
A front door opens to the sun room which has a wooden floor and inner glazed doors, with side lights to the hallway. This too has a wooden floor together with a staircase to first floor and three wall lights. The living room has a fireplace with wooden mantel, shelved recess and cupboard and two wall lights. On the other side of the hallway is the well presented sitting room which is divided into two with an arch and has a bay window with window seat, fireplace with wooden mantel and Chesney's fire, display shelves and six wall lights. This links through to the dining room with patio doors to the garden, two wall lights and a tiled floor. There are glazed doors through to the impressive kitchen. This is fully fitted with wooden wall and floor units with plumbing for dishwasher, sink, Bosch 5 ring induction hob with extractor and Blomberg double oven/grill. In addition there is a central island unit with breakfast bar, corner fireplace with wood burning stove and a tiled floor. The kitchen connects to an inner hallway with cupboards and a walk in store, together with the back lobby. Beyond this is the utility room with twin stainless steel sink units, plumbing for washing machine and dryer, clothes pulley, fitted cupboards and door to a tiled shower room with corner shower cubicle, washbasin and WC with vanity unit. Also off the rear lobby is an office which also links through to the inner hallway and has a wooden floor.
The staircase leads up to the first floor landing. Bedroom one has display shelves while bedroom two has a fitted wardrobe, dressing table and bedside tables. The bathroom is fully fitted with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle, two Duravit washbasins with vanity unit and WC. Bedroom three has fitted wardrobes, bedside tables and storage units. Bedrooms four and five also have fitted wardrobes and units, while a further bathroom is tiled and with bath, shower cubicle, Duravit washbasin and WC with vanity units and a walk in shelved store.
Suitably placed is a garage block, which is built in character with stone walling and a slate roof. This includes two stores and a triple garage with automatic up and over doors.
The farm is well equipped with a versatile range of modern farm buildings. Care has been taken to reuse
the sandstone from the former traditional steading to enhance the amenity of the buildings closest to the
farmhouse. The layout and design of the buildings has been carefully planned allowing all sizes of farm and delivery traffic and stock to flow easily. The oldest part of the steading was constructed in the lates 1970's and received a building award in 1981. The buildings are serviced by three phase electricity and are surrounded
by concrete aprons. There is a roof mounted 40kW solar system which produce cost savings equivalent to about £6,000 per annum.
1. Cattle Court (37.9m x 21.7m) Steel portal frame construction, stone faced walls, concrete floor, aerated cladding and corrugated roof. Central feed passage with sliding double doors at either end.
2. Cattle Court, Feed Store and Workshop (37.9m x 21.7m) Steel portal frame construction, brick walls, concrete floor and an insulated panel roof. The building is divided into a cattle court and feed barrier on one side and four feed stores and a Wilder Portomatic grain dryer on the other. Sliding double doors at either end.
3. General Purpose Shed (33.1m x 26.9m) Steel portal frame construction with a lean to extension, brick walls, concrete floor and insulated panel cladding and roof. Sliding double doors. Built as insulated potato storage, currently used for storing grain and feed.
4. Silage Pit (38.4m x 15.2m) Concrete panel walls and concrete floor. Capacity for 800 tonnes.
5. Silage Pit (two) (35 x 11.5m) Concrete panel walls and concrete floor. Each has a capacity for 800 tonnes, with an extensive apron giving a combined capacity of up to 2,000 tonnes.
6. Slurry Tower Concrete panel walls. 980,000 gallon capacity. Slurry is pumped from the cubicle sheds (No. 8 & 10) and parlour into the tower via an underground pipe.
7. Cattle Court/General Purpose Shed (48.8m x 18.2m) Steel portal frame construction, concrete panel gable end, half concrete floor and profile sheet cladding. Corrugated roof. Half of the shed is used for storage and the other is a cattle court with a feed barrier covered by an overhang.
8. Cubicle Shed (48.8m x 17.1m) Steel portal frame construction, concrete panel gable end, concrete floor, profile sheet cladding and corrugated roof. 106 cubicles, feed passages and automatic scrapers.
9. Cattle Court (48.8m x 15.9m) Steel portal frame construction, concrete panel walls, concrete floor and corrugated roof. Raised central feed passage. Sliding double doors at either end.
10. Cubicle Shed (48.8m x 24.8m) Steel portal frame construction, brick walls, concrete floor, profile sheet cladding and corrugated roof. 120 cubicles, central feed passage and four automatic scrapers.
11. Calf House and Dairy (48.8m x 9.02) Steel portal frame construction, concrete floor. 24/24 DeLaval herringbone parlour (2009) with auto flush, sort and hoof washer. Mezzanine level with office and storage. 8,000 litre bulk milk tank, with two coolers, in an adjoining shed (7m x 3.9m).
The land rises from the river South Esk (60m above sea level) on the southern boundary to 135m on the northern boundary. It is gently rising with some undulating ground towards the wooded den. The arable land is classified as Class 3(1) by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research. The soil is described as a medium loam deriving from the a mixture of brown earths, alluvial soils and mineral podzols.
The fields are of a good workable size and layout, well drained and are capable of growing excellent yields of the full range of arable crops. The farm benefits from a borehole providing water to a number of field troughs with the remainder serviced by mains water connections. All of the fields are accessed by a network of public roads which ease moving stock and machinery between fields. The farm benefits from the ability to pump slurry from the tower to the majority of its fields via under road umbilical crossings. The land can also be irrigated from the South Esk and the Bog Burn.
The current farming system is based around both dairy and suckler herds, with cereals grown for stock feed and straw together with malting barley and wheat. About 80 acres are let annually for seed and ware potatoes together with peas.
Decades of emphasis on stock in a rich arable area has resulted in a high degree of fertility. As such there is an ability to benefit from this together with a demand locally to rent ground for carrots, broccoli and shopping swedes, as well as seed potatoes and vining peas.