Savills | Bewliehill, Lilliesleaf, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9ER | Properties for sale
336 Ac(135.97 Ha)
Offers over £2,400,000

BewliehillLilliesleaf, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9ER

  • Available in lots

Key features

  • Bewliehill Farmhouse (3 reception rooms and 5 bedrooms)
  • Beautifully maintained gardens, hard tennis court and timber chalet
  • Modern and traditional farm buildings with development potential
  • 216 acres arable
  • 81 acres pasture
  • 24 acres woodland
  • Informal shoot and trout fishing on the Ale Water
  • Two cottages available in addition

CLOSING DATE 12 NOON TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2020 - OFFERS TO BE EMAILED TO JWEDDERSPOON@SAVILLS.COM

About this property

  • Bewliehill is a most attractive farm lying in a peaceful position within a large bend in the Ale Water. At its heart stands a fine period house approached via a tree lined drive and surrounded by immaculately maintained gardens. The gently rolling land comprises 297.71 acres of productive farmland and 24.41 acres of mature woodland strips, which not only provide shelter and amenity but are a defining feature of the farm.

    The land is currently managed under the terms of a contract farming agreement with the present farming system based around an arable rotation which has included spring barley, winter barley, oil seed rape and winter wheat. Typical yields in recent years have averaged 3.6 tonnes/acre for winter wheat, 3.0 tonnes/acre for winter barley, 2.8 tonnes/acre for spring barley and 1.3 tonnes/acre for oil seed rape. The pasture towards the western end of the farm is let on a seasonal basis.

    To the rear of the farmhouse is a well maintained range of modern and traditional stone buildings which, subject to gaining the necessary consents, could offer potential for conversion to alternative uses. Both the former granary and cart shed are of a scale and architectural character which may be particularly suitable for residential use. In addition, the fields surrounding Bewlie may offer potential for two house sites subject to obtaining the relevant permissions.

    The current owners have enjoyed an excellent informal shoot over the farm and a small number of pheasants have been put down in the past. The farm's natural topography, coupled with the mature woods and hedges, provide the foundation of the shoot. There are a number of roe deer on the farm which provide the opportunity for the occasional stalking excursion. For the fisherman, the gently flowing Ale Water, an upper tributary of the River Tweed, offers 1.75 miles of trout fishing.

    The farm is offered for sale as a whole or in up to three lots, as follows:

    Lot 1 Bewliehill Farm
    • House and gardens
    • Modern and traditional buildings
    • 174.38 acres arable and pasture
    • 18.88 acres woodland
    • Fishing on the Ale Water
    • About 205 acres in total

    Lot 2 South Bewliehill
    • 68.50 acres arable and pasture
    • About 70 acres in total

    Lot 3 West Bewliehill
    • 54.83 acres pasture
    • 5.54 acres woodland
    • About 61 acres in total

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Local information

  • With a backdrop of the Eildon Hills to the north, the more open farmland of Berwickshire to the east, and the Cheviot Hills to the south, Bewliehill sits amongst some of the most beautiful and varied countryside in the south of Scotland. The immediate area is particularly appealing with rolling farmland, quiet hedge-lined country roads, neat coverts and established woodland.
  • The Borders is a genuinely rural area which is famed for its scenic landscapes, productive farmland and country sports. The nearby River Tweed is one of Scotland's finest salmon rivers and the well managed grouse moors of the Lammermuirs lie to the northeast. This is also a wonderful area for riding lying in the heart of the Duke of Buccleuch hunt country, with a further three active packs nearby (Lauderdale, Berwickshire and Jedforest hunts) together with their respective pony clubs. Kelso Racecourse is an easy drive to the east and the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre is just 7 miles to the west. There are many golf courses in the area, including the picturesque 9 hole course at St Boswells, the 9 hole course in Melrose at the foot of the Eildon Hills and the championship course at The SCHLOSS Roxburghe near Kelso.
  • Despite its tranquil rural location, Bewliehill is close to local amenities with the village of St Boswells 4.5 miles to the north east offering a small range of independent shops including a butcher and an award-winning book shop with a café and delicatessen. There is also a popular traditional inn.
  • Melrose is a thriving town, lying at the heart of the local community, home to the internationally renowned Melrose Sevens and the popular Borders Book Festival. It provides a good range of shops and excellent restaurants. St Mary's preparatory school sits in the centre of the town. Galashiels and Kelso provide the principal professional services and shopping in the area including supermarkets.
  • Edinburgh city centre (44 miles) is highly accessible either via the A68 through Lauderdale or via the A7, with the railhead of the new Edinburgh-Borders railway 8 miles away at Tweedbank. Berwick-upon-Tweed lies 35 miles to the east and offers a regular rail service on the main east coast line to London King's Cross (journey time from 3 hours 40 minutes). Both Edinburgh Airport (51 miles) and Newcastle Airport (60 miles) offer a wide range of domestic, European and international flights.
  • The area is well served by numerous grain merchants, agricultural suppliers and livestock markets, including St Boswells and Wooler (35 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.

Additional information

  • Lot 1 - Bewliehill Farm
  • Farmhouse and Gardens
  • The house at Bewliehill sits in an elevated position at the head of the tree lined avenue with a fine southerly outlook over the Roxburghshire countryside. Situated on the southern side of the farm buildings, it is accessed by its own private drive with a secondary drive for farm traffic to the west.
  • The stone farmhouse provides comfortable family accommodation with good entertaining space, while maintaining the practicalities of a working home. The accommodation is laid out over three floors and the internal layout is as shown on the floor plans.
  • The open plan kitchen, complete with AGA and fitted wall and floor units, and dining room form a focal point for the house and provide an ideal space for modern family living. The principal reception rooms and bedrooms to the front of the house all have beautiful views over the gardens and farm beyond. Off the front hallway there is a well-appointed drawing room with a working open fire and a recessed display cabinet. A conservatory off the western gable end links the drawing room to a comfortable office to the rear of the house with a wood burning stove. There is a useful boot room at the back door.
  • On the first floor a split landing provides access to the two double bedrooms (one en suite) to the front of the house and a family bathroom and bedroom suite to the rear. There are two further bedrooms (one en suite) on the second floor with access to a floored attic.
  • A thoughtfully designed and beautifully maintained garden lies to the front of the house, with attractive mixed borders featuring roses, camellia, and herbaceous plants lining the lawns and pathways. The garden is enclosed by beech and holly hedges which provide shelter without blocking the sunlight. A particular feature is the ‘window' cut through the hedges providing a viewing point looking west over the fields. At the bottom lies the orchard with apple and plum trees.
  • There is also a productive kitchen garden and fruit cage growing redcurrants, blackcurrants, strawberries and raspberries. To the west of the garden there are a number of mature trees, hard tennis court and a timber chalet which provides useful overflow accommodation or could be used as an office/studio.
  • Farm Buildings
  • Bewliehill is equipped with a useful range of farm buildings which have been well maintained and currently provide convenient storage and stabling. Situated towards the centre of Lot 1 they are readily accessible from the surrounding fields and the back drive provides easy access for lorries and farm machinery without disturbing the house. The approximate external dimensions and construction are as follows:
  • 1. Central range (38m x 20m)
  • 2. Eastern range (22m x 6m
  • 3. Northern range (20m x 5.5m)
  • 4. Cattle court (27.5m x 22.5m)
  • 5. Straw shed (21.5m x 11m)
  • Land
  • Lot 1 includes eight well laid out arable fields contained within a ring fence and bounded by the wooded banks of the Ale Water on three sides. In addition there are three grass paddocks conveniently located around the steading. The farmland is mainly classified as Class 3(2) by the John Hutton Institute for Soil Research and comprises a relatively free draining medium loam, sloping north and south from a central ridge. The height above sea level ranges from 115m on the eastern boundary of the holding to 140m at highest point on the ridge.
  • The mature mixed hardwood and conifer woodlands are largely concentrated along the central ridge and along the banks of the Ale Water. They provide a particularly attractive backdrop to the farm as well as shelter and opportunities for sport and amenity.
  • Lot 2 - South Bewliehill
  • Situated to the south of Lot 1, below the minor public road, are two lower lying arable fields and a pasture field bounding the hamlet of Bewlie to the west. Access to all three fields can be gained off the public road and a hard track runs between Fields 13 and 20 to the southern boundary.
  • This parcel of productive land extends to about 70 acres in total and comprises 54.58 acres arable and 13.91 acres pasture. The land benefits from a mainly south facing aspect and is predominantly categorised by the John Hutton Institute for Soil Research as Class 3(2) and 4(1). The lowest point in the south eastern corner lies at 110m above sea level and rises up to 120 in the north western corner.
  • Lot 3 - West Bewliehill
  • Lot 3 is situated to the southwest of Lots 1 and 2 and consists of four permanent pasture fields bounded by the public road on two sides enabling easy access. This useful parcel of land extends to about 61 acres in total and includes 54.83 acres permanent pasture and 5.54 acres of woodland.
  • Directions: From the north, travel south from Edinburgh on the A68 towards Jedburgh and Newcastle. 1.3 miles after St Boswells turn right onto the minor public road signposted Bewlie 3 miles. Follow the road through Longnewton bearing to the right. Continue on this road for 1.5 miles and the entrance to Bewliehill is on the right adjacent to a pair of white cottages. From the south, travel north on the A68 towards Edinburgh. 7 miles after Jedburgh turn left onto the minor public road signposted Bewlie 3 miles. Continue as above. The postcode is TD6 9ER.
  • EPC Rating = E