Farm Ireland

Saturday 18 November 2017

Scottish offering looks sweet

Scotland, 361ac + 3 houses + planning permission. Asking price: €2.71m

Lot one is the farmhouse on 1.6ac
Lot one is the farmhouse on 1.6ac
The farm, including the array of modern outbuildings and of land make up lot four
Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

The possibility of generating several different income streams from one property makes Whitecross Farm, Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland, an interesting prospect for any farmer.

The prime arable farm consists of 361ac, which is divided into 301ac of tillage ground and 30ac of permanent pasture, alongside some mixed woodland and rough grazing.

A Vodafone telecommunications mast generates an annual income of €3,155 and the farm, which has three residential properties on site, comes to the market with granted planning permission for five new residences.

Forming the south-east corner of Scotland, the Berwickshire coast is an area of great natural beauty, with sandstone cliffs reaching nearly 500ft high in places, and many small coves and natural harbours peppering the shoreline.

The farm, 50 miles from Edinburgh and 14 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed, has coastal views and undulating land. More importantly for prospective farmer buyers, it is laid out in a single block of land with all the farm buildings at its centre.


With an asking price in excess of £2.365m (€2.71m), the property is being offered for sale in its entirety and as several lots.

Lot one consists of Whitecross Farmhouse, a substantial traditional home on 1.6ac. The 3,778ft2 two-storey property consists of six bedrooms, two reception rooms and a large kitchen. Adjoining the eastern side of the house is a range of modern and traditional outbuildings.

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The garden is enclosed on all sides by a traditional stone wall. Beyond the garden, a paddock of 1.6ac includes outline planning permission for the erection of three dwellings.

Lot two is a three-bedroom property known as Whitecross Bungalow. It includes two reception rooms, a conservatory and three bedrooms, a detached double garage and an enclosed garden.

Lot three is the traditional gate lodge, called North Lodge, set on 0.5ac of an enclosed garden. This stone-built residence incorporates a kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and two bedrooms, one of which is en suite.

The bulk of the farm is contained in lot four, Whitecross Farm. This block consists of around 356.5ac, a range of modern farm buildings and a traditional cart shed and granary, with consent for two houses.

The land consists of 301.59ac of arable ground, 28.02ac of permanent pasture, 8.97ac of rough grazing and 14.43ac of woodland.

Farm records show winter wheat yields of 3-3.5t/ac, winter barley yields of 2.5-2t/ac and oilseed rape at around 1.3t/ac.

The former cart shed and granary, located opposite the main farm buildings, have the benefit of full planning permission for conversion to two homes. Some work towards this end has already been started as the previous owners of the building re-roofed and installed skylights in the granary.

The modern farm buildings include a 50x120ft grain store with a Fraser Brothers mobile bruiser, an Alvan Blanche mixer and Elbar grain dresser, a 60x80ft general-purpose shed and a 60x90ft cattle shed.

To the front of the farm buildings is a large concrete apron with a small livestock handling pen and race, while there are large areas of hard standing to the west and north for machinery and general storage.

For more information, contact Knight Frank's Lauder office on 00 44 1578 722814

Irish Independent