Certified organic smallholding with farmhouse and multipurpose barn
Macbiehill Farmhouse has a wonderful outlook over rolling countryside to the southwest. The land extends beyond the house and is a peaceful and productive smallholding providing superb amenity to the house.
The house has a spacious layout providing versatile accommodation with a variety of living and ancillary space. The house is converted from the major section of a former traditional steading and is entirely single storey. The access to the house is through the gated pend into the central courtyard or around past the barn.
The modern extension to the house was created to form a large living and studio space for the well-known Bread Matters bread-making courses that the owner ran here for many years. It is bright and airy and connects seamlessly with the kitchen which has all the practicalities of a commercial kitchen but the proportions and feel of a family kitchen. There is a wood-fired oven which is ideal for bread and slow cooking. The sitting room, which like the dining/ living room has a wood burning stove, has generous windows providing a lovely outlook over the smallholding and down the Newlands Valley.
There are at present three bedrooms in the house with a fourth bedroom currently utilised as a study. There are two shower rooms (one en suite) and a bathroom as well as a cloakroom off the hall. Further sleeping accommodation is provided in the courtyard annexe which also has a shower room.
The courtyard provides a sheltered and private garden with the greenhouse and annexe situated along the northern aspect. The Greenhouse has two productive grape vines as well as peach and fig trees.
A relatively recent addition to the property is a large multipurpose barn which has excellent storage and workshop areas. There is a kitchen that provides a useful space for dealing with produce from the land and a facility for events. The wet room is positioned to be easily accessible for the land holding and has a compost loo.
The smallholding extends to about 5 acres in all. An agroforestry scheme was established in 2011. The basic design involves a rotation of cereals, grass and vegetables in 15 metre alleys between strips of willow, hazel, alder, poplar, aspen and birch. These are grown for food, shelter and (coppiced) timber for the wood-fired oven and wood-burning stoves in the farmhouse. The land was fully certified by the Soil Association in 2012 and has maintained its organic licence ever since. There is also a polytunnel and wildlife pond.
Strictly by appointment with Savills - 0131 247 3756.
Mains electricity to barn and house (three phase).
Mains water. Private drainage to septic tank.
Heating by ground source heat pump topped up by energy efficient Rointe electric heaters.
PV solar panels with Feed In Tariff expiring 2031.
Evance R9000 5kw wind turbine Feed in Tariff expires 2032.
Local Authority & tax band
Scottish Borders Council tax band G
Soil Association number AB21011
Agricultural holding number 88/642/0065
The driveway from the main road, and its maintenance, is shared with the neighbouring properties.
Fixtures & Fittings
Standard fixtures and fittings are included in the sale. The electric stone oven and associated stands and equipment in the kitchen are not included in the sale. For the avoidance of doubt the Haussler HABO15 wood fired oven is included in the sale.
The property currently has planning consent for partial use as a bakery school.
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