Exceptional Livestock And Arable Farm For Sale On The West Coast Of Scotland
An idyllic farm on the tip of the Cowal Peninsula, overlooking the Island of Bute, has been placed onto the market through CKD Galbraith.
Auchafour Farm, an exceptional livestock unit, is set in a beautiful elevated position overlooking the Firth of Clyde and is a highly desirable holding which offers comfortable living accommodation, together with a range of useful modern and traditional buildings and about 82.97 Hectares (205 acres) of good quality arable and grassland.
The land at Auchafour is situated in two blocks lying either side of the minor public road to the west of the village of Toward. The access driveway to the farm continues past the steading to the end of the farm giving good hard access to most of the fields which is ideal for moving livestock or getting access to fields for silage and cultivations.
All in, the land extends to about 82.97 Ha (205 Acres) and is currently run in conjunction with another nearby farm as one unit. The individual field enclosures are all of a reasonable size and are well fenced with the land largely classified as principally grade 3(2) and 4(2) by the James Hutton Institute. The farm provides an excellent mix of good quality silage ground and high quality grazing with approximately 150 acres capable of being cropped or mown for silage.
The remainder of the land is made up of roads, yards and buildings as well as some rough grazing and woodland. The fields are primarily south facing and have either natural or trough water supplies from the private farm water supply. The farm currently carries a flock of approximately 250 sheep and 80 suckler cows.
Auchafour Farmhouse, which sits close to the centre of the property, is a traditional five bedroom stone farmhouse that benefits from UPVC double glazing throughout and electric storage heaters. The farmhouse is currently occupied on a short-assured tenancy with a rent of £650 per month.
To the rear of the house are a range of conventional stone built outbuildings, some of which require renovation if they are to be used for livestock accommodation and storage. However, the buildings also have planning consent for conversion to five separate residential properties.
Other outbuildings include a cubicle shed for 80 cattle, a 290,000 gallon Permastore slurry store, two silage clamps with capacity for 500 tonnes each, a store shed and an 18 ton corrugated feed bin.
Auchafour could also - with further feasibility advice - potentially benefit from the creation of a micro hydro electric scheme, with a supply from a burn to the north of the farm steading. This may provide further income in the future and would be worth exploring as part of the purchase.
Duncan Barrie, senior associate at CKD Galbraith’s National Farm Sales Centre at Stirling, said: “Auchafour Farm is an exceptional unit that provides an excellent mix of good quality farmland and a useful range of farmbuilings. The farm is well suited to traditional livestock farming but also presents a number of different diversification possibilities. The land has been well managed, and is accompanied by attractive dwelling house. The farm has the added benefit of planning permission for new residential accommodation, plus the potential for a micro hydro electric scheme the latter will certainly appeal to a number of non farming interests.
The farm is situated within a desirable area of the West Coast of Scotland benefiting from good access onto the public road with excellent links to nearby Dunoon and Glasgow beyond. It is therefore anticipated that the farm will potentially attract considerable interest particularly from local farmers hoping to increase the size of their holding and benefit from economies of scale, but also from non farming interests as some investors may seek alternative opportunities given the financial markets are still cautious and lenders are being very selective.”
Auchafour Farm is being marketed by CKD Galbraith at offers over £830,000.