Balrownie Farm

Menmuir, Brechin, Angus, DD9 7RG
£2,600,000   Guide price (£2,600,000 )


Exceptionally well equipped Angus arable farm.


Balrownie Farm is situated in a predominantly south facing site, on the eastern edge of Strathmore in Angus, an area which is renowned for its high quality and fertile agricultural land. It lies to the west of Edzell and to the north of Brechin. To the north lie the Angus glens.

Angus is one of Scotland's most productive farming counties, extending from Dundee in the south west to Montrose in the north east. It boasts fertile farmland, sandy beaches and glorious heather glens. The area is well served with grain and potato merchants, agricultural dealers and a successful machinery ring. There are livestock marts in Forfar, as well as at Thainstone and Stirling.

There are primary and secondary schools in Brechin. The nearby village of Edzell also has a modern primary school, together with local shopping including a butcher, post office, chemist and health centre. There is also a Country Club within the Glenesk Hotel and an acclaimed 18 hole golf course, together with a 9 hole course and a driving range. Private schooling is available at the High School of Dundee and Lathallan, both with bus services from Brechin. Shopping, business, banking and leisure facilities are found in Brechin.

The A90 at Brechin is easily reached and provides fast access north to Aberdeen and south to Dundee, Perth and central Scotland. There is a mainline railway station at Montrose with regular services to Aberdeen and the south, including a sleeper. Aberdeen Airport has a range of domestic and European flights and Edinburgh Airport is also easily reached. There are direct services from Dundee Airport to London Stansted.

Locally there are further golf courses at Brechin, Montrose and Forfar with the championship course at Carnoustie being within easy driving distance. Fishing is available on the rivers North and South Esk and the West Water, and the Angus glens have some of the best hill walking in eastern Scotland, together with skiing at Glenshee in winter. Shooting is available on local estates and there are pleasant sandy beaches at Lunan Bay and St Cyrus. Deeside is easily reached by the scenic Cairn O'Mount route which runs north from Fettercairn.

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Further Information

Balrownie Farm is an exceptionally well equipped Angus arable farm, with a renovated and well presented farmhouse, and an extensive and modern range of farm buildings. It has been farmed by the seller's family since the 1930s. The farmlands of Lummington, which include fields 17, 18 and 19, were acquired in 1986. The farm now extends to some 494.01 acres with 390.62 acres arable. It is farmed as an arable unit, growing spring barley for malting, winter barley, and winter oil seed rape, with land let for vining peas and for seed potatoes. In addition the sellers have run a grain drying and storage business, with some 6800 tonnes of grain storage. This business was expanded in 2000 and includes a Law Denis dryer, together with a dresser and cleaner. The dryer has a reported capacity of 12 tonnes/hour for malting or 20 tonnes/hour for feed. There is a weighbridge. It is an easily managed farm with minor public roads, on either side of the farm, and internal farm tracks, providing ease of access to the fields.


Balrownie Farm benefits from an attractive, south facing farmhouse, which was extended just over 100 years ago. Balrownie was originally a let farm on a local estate and as such there are a number of good trees in the gardens around the house including a fine Wellingtonia (or sequoia, also known as a giant redwood), monkey puzzle and copper beech. The house was refurbished in the 1990s. In 1995 the kitchen and downstairs shower room were renewed, the central heating was replaced and double glazing installed. Most of the house is double glazed, with some secondary glazing. The house was reharled in 2016, and while modernised, it still retains many of its period features such as cornicings and panelled doors.

At the front of the house there is a gravelled sweep. The front door opens to a hallway. Off this is an inner hallway and the two front reception rooms. The sitting room has a picture rail, open fireplace with wooden mantel and tiled surround, Panasonic wall mounted TV and a walk in shelved cupboard. The dining room also has a picture rail and a linking door to the kitchen. The fully fitted kitchen has wooden wall and floor units with tiled splashbacks together with a New World oven/grill, Tricity Bendix four ring ceramic hob, plumbing for dishwasher and sink and a timber lined ceiling. Beyond this is a rear lobby which has back stairs and a door to the rear porch with shelved storage units. The useful utility room has a Belfast sink, plumbing for a washing machine and dryer, fitted shelves, hanging cupboard and a walk in shelved larder. Off this is a shower room which is timber lined with a tiled floor, shower cubicle, washbasin, WC and understair cupboard. Also off the inner hallway is a bathroom with a bath with shower and wet walling, washbasin with vanity unit, WC and understair cupboard.

A curved staircase with wooden handrail leads up to the first floor landing. Arranged off this are four bedrooms and a box room or child's bedroom with a hatch with an attic ladder to a partially floored roof space. Bedrooms 1, 2 and 4 have mantels while bedroom 3 has fitted wardrobes. The back stairs lead to an upstairs sitting room/TV room which could be used as a bedroom, and an office (which used to be a bathroom) with fitted desk.

The garden is mainly down to grass with some good trees, rhododendrons, shrubs and a seating area.

Farm Buildings
Balrownie Farm is extremely well equipped with a range of modern farm buildings. These have been greatly enhanced in recent years to accommodate the grain drying and storage business. Heating for the grain dryer is provided by a Calor gas system, with 3 phase electricity for the steading from the generator.

1. Grain Store (21.1 m x 35.1 m) – steel framed with corrugated roof, box profile side cladding, concrete floor and grain walling to 2 metres. Erected in 1978. Reported capacity of 1800 tonnes. 16 roof mounted solar panels.

2. Grain Dryer – Law Denis grain dryer installed in 2001, Law Denis dresser installed in 2015 and grain cooler installed in 2008.

3. Open fronted shed (10.25 m x 18.8 m) – steel framed with corrugated roof, box profile cladding and concrete floor.

4. Grain Store (10.1 m x 25.8 m) – steel framed, corrugated roof and cladding concrete floor.

5. Grain Store (30.75 m x 50.75 m) – steel framed with corrugated roof, box profile side cladding, concrete floor and grain walling to 3 metres. Erected in 2000 and 2012. Reported capacity of 5000 tonnes.

6. Store (6.1 m x 31.8 m) – steel framed, corrugated roof and side cladding, concrete floor.

7. Generator Shed (6 m x 15 m) – open fronted steel framed shed, box profile roof and side cladding, concrete floor. Housing Advanced Diesel Engineering Ltd generator.

8. Workshop (7.5 m x 17.4 m) – concrete block walling, corrugated roof and concrete floor.

In addition there is a Portacabin, used as an office, and a weighbridge. The buildings are laid out with concrete aprons and allow ease of access for grain lorries, tractors and farm machinery.

Derelict Cottage
Behind the steading and farmhouse is a derelict cottage which may have potential for development subject to obtaining any necessary planning consents.

The Land
The land extends in total to some 494.01 acres (199.92 ha) and includes 390.62 acres (150.08 ha) arable, 15.27 acres (6.18 ha) rough grazings and 59.72 acres (24.17 ha) woodland. The farm rises in height from 70 m (230') to 130 m (425'). Much of the farmland is south facing, and it is classified as Class 3(2) by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research. The soil is of the Balrownie series, named after the farm, and is described as a heavy loam.

The fields are of an easily worked sized and are capable of growing a wide range of crops. Typical cropping includes winter oil seed rape, spring barley grown for malting, winter barley, with land being let for vining peas and potatoes. All straw gets ploughed in. Typical yields are reported as:

Crop Yield (t/acre) Nitrogen (units/acre)
Spring Barley (malting) 2.25-2.5 tonnes 90
Winter Barley 3.5 tonnes+ 145
Winter Oil Seed Rape 35 cwt+ 150

Typically about 45 acres of potatoes are let annually. The wood, which was planted in about 1970, comprises pine, fir and spruce. To the north of this is a further, recently planted, wooded area with an attractive pond, where some 6.72 ha of mixed conifers and broadleaves were planted under an SRDP Rural Priorities Scheme in 2009, with an annual payment of £1099.20 due until 2023.


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Ruaraidh Ogilvie

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Rory Galloway

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