Savills | Blelack Farm, Logie Coldstone, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5NH | Property for sale
640.33 Ac(259.13 Ha)
Offers over £3,245,000

Blelack FarmLogie Coldstone, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5NH

  • Available in lots

Key features

  • An extensive and fully equipped livestock and arable holding, totaling 640 acres
  • Predominately Class 3(2) arable land
  • Available in 5 Lots
  • Lot 1 (453 acres): Range of livestock buildings, 5 bedroom farmhouse, three 3 bedroom cottages
  • Lots 2 - 4: Blocks of arable land, ranging from 5.8 acres to 121 acres
  • Lot 5: Range of general purpose buildings, with planning in principle for residential development

CLOSING DATE - 12 Noon 26th August 2021 Unique opportunity to acquire an eminent livestock farm, set in a sought-after and accessible location in Aberdeenshire

About this property

  • UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE AN EMINENT LIVESTOCK FARM, SET IN A SOUGHT-AFTER AND ACCESSIBLE LOCATION IN ABERDEENSHIRE

    Lot 1: Blelack Farm
    Attractive, recently renovated and well-presented farmhouse (5 bedrooms and 3 reception rooms).
    3 self-catering cottages (3 bedrooms) and a studio flat / farm office.
    An extensive range of modern buildings, including cattle courts and pens, outside feed area, covered handling system and feed store.
    Approx. 453 acres:
    383 acres arable land
    35 acres rough grazing

    Lot 2: Land at Mill of Newton
    Approx. 56 acres of arable land

    Lot 3: Field at Carrue
    Approx. 5.8 acres of arable land

    Lot 4: Land at Balnastraid
    Approx. 121 acres of arable land

    Lot 5: Balnastraid Steading
    Approx. 2.6 acres
    A range of general purpose buildings, with planning in principle for residential development

    About 640.33 acres (259.14 hectares) in total of predominately Class 3(2) Land

    For sale as a whole or in 5 lots

    Blelack Farm is a highly regarded livestock and arable unit, in all extending to an approximate total of 640.33 acres (259.14 hectares) of predominantly arable land. The farm offers extensive cattle accommodation and ancillary buildings, with housing capacity for over 300 cows. The farm includes a spacious, principal farmhouse, set in a private position to the northeast of the steading, with gated access and private garden, laid to lawn. In addition, the property provides a diversified income stream by way of three recently renovated cottages, used as family accommodation or as self-catered holiday lettings, and a studio flat which could also be used as a farm office.

    The property is predominately south and west facing, allowing the farm to produce high quality crops of grass and spring barley. The current owners have made substantial investment and improvements to the property over the past five years, in particular to the farm buildings, cottages, roads, drainage and fencing.

Local information

  • Blelack Farm is an extensive and fully equipped holding located in the popular Deeside region of Aberdeenshire, on the outskirts of the Cairngorms National Park. The Farm is synonymous with the rearing of prize pedigree herds of Aberdeen Angus and Charolais since establishing its first herd in 1970. Since then, the name has been recognises worldwide and Blelack champions have dominated Sales over the last 50 years, having more Aberdeen Angus Champions at the world famous Perth and now Stirling bull sales than any other in the breeds history.
  • Aberdeenshire is recognised as one of Scotland's principal livestock regions and is well suited for mixed farming enterprises. Accordingly, the area is well served by agricultural suppliers and markets. There is a weekly livestock market at Thainstone Agricultural Centre near Inverurie (30 miles), as well as Huntly Mart (30 miles), both of which attract strong trade from across Scotland.
  • There are a number of villages and towns in the vicinity of Blelack Farm, with Logie Coldstone less than a mile from the property supporting a rural primary school, whilst Tarland (4 miles) has local shops. On a larger scale, the nearby town of Aboyne (8 miles) offers local services, a primary school, an Academy, community centre, swimming pool and theatre, with a larger offering of shops and services available in the town of Banchory (21 miles).
  • Aberdeen Airport at Dyce (34 miles) offers daily domestic services to some of the major cities in the UK and Europe. There are direct train services from Aberdeen to London, including a sleeper service. Aberdeen is a vibrant city with its corporate headquarters, universities and colleges, and provides all the services expected of a major city. Private schools include Robert Gordon's College, the Hamilton School, St Margaret's and Albyn as well as the International School of Aberdeen.
  • Blelack Farm is easily accessible from public roads, with access to the various lots from a number of locations around the property boundary. The property is served by the A97, leading to the main A93 road which links the key settlements along Deeside to Aberdeen.
  • The county of Aberdeenshire is a popular destination for both the domestic and international tourism market. It is famed for offering extensive opportunities for field sports with driven pheasant and partridges on many of the low ground estates and grouse shooting and stalking on the upland estates to the west of the county. The nearby rivers of Dee and Don, along with the rivers Deveron and Ythan to the north of the county offer renowned opportunity for salmon and sea trout fishing. With Blelack Farm being set in an envious location on Deeside, it presents unrivalled access to the Cairngorms National Park and the walking, hiking and cycling opportunities that attract millions of national and international tourists to the region each year. Away from the hills, there are numerous golf courses in the county, with local golf clubs at Aboyne and Banchory, along with Trump International at Balmedie and Royal Aberdeen.

Additional information

  • LOT 1: BLELACK FARM
  • FARMHOUSE
  • Black Bull Farmhouse is a large, detached property, situated in a prominent yet private position to the northeast of the steading. The property is of a traditional stone and slate construction, with accommodation over two floors and substantial, bright and airy living space on the ground floor, five bedrooms, and spectacular views over open countryside and distant mountains. The farmhouse was recently renovated across the entire ground floor with a new kitchen, two bathrooms and new windows. It is surrounded by a large enclosed garden, laid to grass, with the driveway offering spacious parking for a number of vehicles to the rear of the property, in addition to a useful outbuilding.
  • The current farming system is based around rotational grass for the livestock enterprise and spring barley. The land is in good heart and has benefitted from regular applications of manure and the inclusion of grass leys which results in consistently good yields of cereal crops.
  • A predominately ring fenced block of circa 43 parcels and extending to 453.54 ac (183.55 ha) in total, Lot 1 comprises 383.60 ac (155.24 ha) of arable land and 35.06 ac (14.19 ha) of rough grazing, along with hardstanding and capacity for wintering over 200 cows on the rough grazing hill ground.
  • The land encircles the steading and benefits from access from the tarred main farm drive and internal tracks, which eases the movement of stock and machinery between fields. The fields are of a good workable size and layout for efficient machinery operations, each with either mains or private water supply to field troughs.
  • The property is southwest facing, with the topography being generally flat or gently undulating, ranging from 176m to 272m above sea level. The land is classified as Class 3(2) by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research. The soils are mainly of the Countesswells series, being free draining humus-iron podzols, well suited to the out-wintering of cattle. The land is in good heart and has been well tended by the current owners, with a regular programme of ploughing and manure spreading as part of the farm's rotation of grass and spring barley.
  • LOT 2: Land at Mill of Newton
  • Extending to 56.54 ac (22.88 ha) of arable land, located across a minor road immediately to the west of Lot 1, facilitating easy stock movement. The land is set as three, stock-fenced parcels, with immediate access from public roads, and benefits from mains water supplies. The land is generally flat, with a slight south facing slope, and ranges from 201m to 184m above sea level.
  • LOT 3: Field at Carrue
  • A single fenced field of arable land extending to 5.81 ac (2.35 ha). The land is flat, ranging from approximately 180m – 172m above sea level. It too is set across a minor road to the southwest of the main Lot 1 and benefits from direct road access. Water is available from the Logie Burn, which runs along the field's eastern boundary.
  • LOT 4: Land at Balnastraid
  • The southern-most lot, comprising 13 ring-fenced parcels and extending to approximately 121.87 ac (49.31 ha) of arable land on a southwest facing slope that ranges from 226m – 169m above sea level. The land benefits from stock-proof fencing and stone walling, mains and private water supplies to field troughs and has a number of access points around the parameter.
  • LOT 5: Balnastraid Steading
  • With the lot extending to 2.60 ac (1.05 ha), the steading at Balnastraid offers a range of development opportunities, subject to planning consent. Planning in principle has been granted for the demolition of an existing piggery and replacement with a residential dwelling. The remainder of the steading also has potential for development to housing, in particular taking advantage of recent changes to planning consents by the introduction of permitted development rights for the change of agricultural buildings to residential properties, again subject to gaining all necessary planning consents. It benefits from good access directly off the public road and long views across agricultural land to the mountains within the Cairngorms National Park. A new access for Lot 4 will be created along the boundary of Lot 4 and 5 in field 48 if they are sold separately.
  • At present, this secondary steading provides a range of useful storage and additional stock housing, if required.
  • Directions: From the A96 (Aberdeen to Ballater road) take the A97 road at Dinnet, posted for Logie Coldstone. Continue along to the A97 for 3 mile before turning right into Blelack Farm. At a junction, take the right fork (ignoring the signpost for Blelack House) and continue until reaching the farmyard. The nearest postcode is AB34 5NH.
  • EPC Rating = F