Savills | Overburns, Lamington, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6HP | Property for sale
367 Ac(148.52 Ha)
Offers over £2,500,000

OverburnsLamington, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6HP

  • Under offer
  • Freehold

Key features

  • CLOSING DATE: 12 NOON - TUESDAY 10 AUGUST 2021
  • About 367 acres in total
  • Well-appointed farmhouse (3 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms)
  • Attractive gardens, orchard and ornamental ponds
  • 3 holiday/letting cottages
  • Traditional outbuildings with potential for development
  • Range of modern farm buildings
  • Potential for woodland creation
  • Fishing rights on the River Clyde

CLOSING DATE: TUESDAY 10 AUGUST 2021 EXCEPTIONAL GRASSLAND FARM IN THE CLYDE VALLEY OF HIGH RESIDENTIAL AND AMENITY APPEAL

About this property

  • Overburns is a productive grassland farm situated in an attractive location in the Clyde Valley and lies in a sheltered position between the River Clyde and the lower slopes of Overburns Hill from which the farm takes its name. The farm is serviced by a range of traditional and modern farm buildings, a farmhouse, three cottages and extends in total to about 367 acres. The farm is bounded by the A702 to the east and partly by the River Clyde to the west.

    The farm benefits from a long access road enhancing privacy and security which leads down to the farmhouse, cottages and steading beyond. There is a good balance of ploughable land and permanent pasture with scope to further enhance the amenity of the farm through woodland creation. The majority of the fields have been sown in cereal crops in the past with the current farming system focusing on the production of silage for feed with the remainder being used for grazing of both sheep and cattle. White Hill is the highest point on the farm and from there the surrounding views are extensive with the impressive Tinto Hill (2320ft) to the north west. The source of the River Clyde in the hills above Elvanfoot can be seen in the far distance to the south.

    The farms offers an excellent opportunity for local farmers to add additional acres to an existing unit or operate as a satellite unit. A lifestyle purchaser might be drawn to Overburns given its readily accessible location, charming farmhouse and ability to generate income from letting both land and cottages whilst enjoying the benefits of countryside living.

    Overburns Farmhouse
    The farmhouse is situated in a sheltered position at the end of a ¼ mile long, private, tree-lined drive which leads down from the public road. The drive continues to a gravelled courtyard to the rear of the farmhouse which is enclosed by a range of traditional outbuildings which provide useful garaging, loose boxes and a range of stores. These buildings offer potential for further development for a wide variety of uses.

    Constructed of stone under a slate roof, the two storey period farmhouse was completely renovated by the sellers in 2000 and was extended by incorporating the adjoining traditional cart shed. Many original features such as the flagstone floors in the front porch and entrance hall, and the astragal windows, have been retained enhancing the charm of the farmhouse which overlooks a delightful garden that can be enjoyed from all three reception rooms and the principal bedrooms above. The principal reception room is an elegant drawing room with an Adams style fireplace which was created at the time of renovation and enjoys views of the garden beyond. It is accessed off a more intimate cosy sitting room centred around an open fireplace which lies across the hall from the dining room, conveniently located off the kitchen.

    The spacious family kitchen with four door AGA is at the core of the farmhouse and encompasses a dining and seating area with direct access through a French door to the garden. Beyond the back door is a bootroom and utility area, pantry with gun room off, drying room and a separate WC. A back staircase leads up to a half landing leading to the farm office and to two guest double bedrooms and bathroom. Room dimensions and layout are shown on the accompanying floor plans.

    The formal gardens are a riot of colour from early spring with many varieties of azaleas and rhodendrons leading on from early flowering bulbs. Two small burns converge within the gardens, the Hawmoor Burn coming from a spring on Overburns Hill, the other leading down from an attractive pond beyond the orchard which is a particularly peaceful spot from which to enjoy the surrounding flora and fauna. An orchard of apple, pear, plum and damson trees has been created in addition to a number of raised vegetable beds. The formal garden continues above the burn around the south side of the house to a drying green area, greenhouse and cold frames.

    Forming the north side of the courtyard, originally converted from the traditional steading, are two very well appointed holiday or letting cottages, Duck & Drake, which benefit from a separate access thus retaining a high degree of privacy around the farmhouse. Each cottage has a small enclosed area of garden to the front and enjoys an open outlook toward White Hill.

    Drake Cottage is currently available to let on a weekly basis through Scottish Country Cottages and is a recent recipient of a Customers Choice Award for 3 years.

    Constructed of stone under slate roofs, each cottage is single storey and finished to a high specification.

    Whitehill Cottage is a detached one and a half storey cottage surrounded by an enclosed garden which enjoys an open outlook over the River Clyde to Tinto Hill in the west.

Local information

  • Overburns is situated in the picturesque gently undulating countryside of South Lanarkshire overlooking the River Clyde in a quiet yet accessible location with both Edinburgh (34 miles) and Glasgow (44 miles) within easy reach. The area is renowned for its productive dairy and stock farms and the land bounding the banks of the River Clyde has long been famed for its productivity due to the moderate rainfall and well drained soils. The Clyde Valley was historically regarded as the greenhouse of Scotland on account of the intensity and productivity of market gardening on its fertile warm soils.
  • The small settlement of Lamington is about 1.5 miles away and has a primary school. The former market town of Biggar (5 miles to the north) has a thriving centre which offers a wide array of independent shops, supermarkets, cottage hospital, professional services and secondary schooling. Lanark (15 miles to the northwest) also provides a wide range of amenities and a railway station in addition to its livestock mart (Lawrie & Symington). Other livestock markets are located at Lockerbie (Harrison & Hetherington - 43 miles), Longtown (C&D Auction Marts Ltd - 59 miles) and Carlisle (Harrison & Hetherington - 65 miles).
  • Travel connections in the area are good, with excellent access to the M74, the main route from England to Scotland only 7 miles to the southwest, while the international airports at Glasgow and Edinburgh are both within 50 miles of Overburns.
  • The Southern Uplands, with their rolling landscapes, extensive woodlands and hill ranges, make for an attractive landscape and provide a wealth of opportunities for outdoor pursuits including golf (Biggar, Lanark and Carnwath), shooting, cycling and hill walking.

Additional information

  • Farm Buildings - Located below the farmhouse, at the heart of the farm on a gently sloping site, there is a useful range of modern farm buildings serviced by a private water supply (with mains backup) and single phase electricity.
  • Land - The land lies between 210m and 260 above sea level and is classified as predominantly Class 3/1 - Class 3/2 by the James Hutton Institute of Soil Research. The higher fields are naturally well drained with the lowest lying field adjacent to the River Clyde protected by a flood bank. An effective internal network of tracks allows easy movement of stock and the majority of the fields are watered either by troughs or a natural supply. All the fields are well fenced and gated with a preference for post and rail fencing around the farmhouse and steading.
  • The farm is classified as being in a Less Favoured Area (LFA) for the purpose of grants and subsidies. The farm extends to 367 acres in total and includes about 152 acres of land suitable for temporary grass or root crops and about 191 acres of permanent pasture. The White Hill encompasses about 18 acres of steeper grazings.
  • The farm is highly suited to the production of grass and typically there is one cut of silage each season with the potential for two. The soil organic matter will have been enhanced by the application of manure and the grazing of both sheep and cattle (current stocking levels 600 ewes and 35 suckler cows).
  • In recent years the farm has been managed by a contract farming agreement with an enthusiastic local farmer which has suited both parties. The Basic Payment Scheme entitlements are owned and will be included in the sale of the farm.
  • About 3 acres comprise woodland compartments although most fields are bounded by mature deciduous trees offering shade for livestock in the summer. Potential exists to create new woodlands to further enhance the amenity and sporting potential around the farm which lies within the fringe and outer core areas of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN). Further details are available from the selling agents.
  • Field numbers 1 & 2 abut the right bank of the River Clyde and are therefore naturally rich in sand and gravel deposits.
  • The right to fish for trout, grayling and other non-migratory freshwater fish on the River Clyde are included in the sale and are currently leased to the Lamington & District Angling Improvement Association on a yearly basis.
  • There are three ponds located across the farm attracting snipe and duck during the winter months, and also a number of smaller garden birds around the farmhouse.
  • Viewing - Strictly by appointment with Savills. Given the potential hazards of a working farm, we request you take care when viewing the property, especially around the farmyard.
  • Directions: From Edinburgh, follow the A702 southwest to Biggar. Continue on the A702 for approximately 5 miles. Turn right onto the single track road signposted Overburns and continue along the driveway until you reach Overburns Farmhouse. The postcode for sat nav purposes is ML12 6HP. From the south and Glasgow take the M74 to junction 13. Take the A702 towards Biggar and continue through the village of Lamington (6 miles) and Overburns is a further 1 mile. Turn left onto the single-track road signposted Overburns and continue along the driveway until you reach the farmhouse. What three words: empire.tanked.describes
  • EPC Rating = F