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Courtcairn Farm

Castle Fraser, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 7LJ


  • A well equipped arable farm

  • Traditional 2 bedroom farmhouse and Bothy

  • Extensive range of portal frame farm buildings

  • Telecommunications mast

  • 734.43 acres (297.22 hectares) of land

  • For sale as a Whole.

Courtcairn is situated 18 miles north west of the City of Aberdeen, being 3 miles north west of Dunecht and 7 miles south west of Inverurie in a well known farming area.

Courtcairn was formerly part of the …

Courtcairn is situated 18 miles north west of the City of Aberdeen, being 3 miles north west of Dunecht and 7 miles south west of Inverurie in a well known farming area.

Courtcairn was formerly part of the Castle Fraser Estate, which dates back to the 12th century when the Frasers of Norman origin took occupation. It passed through the Fraser line until acquired at auction by the 1st Viscount Cowdray in 1921 and remained within his wider family through marriage until the death of Major and Mrs Smiley in 1991. Since 1993 Courtcairn has been farmed on contract by the Ratcliffe family as part of a larger unit.

Courtcairn is a well equipped farm being situated between Kemnay and Dunecht in west Aberdeenshire. The land is generally of a south or westerly aspect, being capable of producing a wide range of spring and winter crops. Whilst the farming policy in recent years has been that of arable production the farm previously had an extensive livestock enterprise, the legacy of which are the extensive range of buildings for this purpose. The farmhouse sits adjacent to the farm steading being accessed from the public road via private drive. Adjacent to the farmhouse is the bothy which has been used in recent years for harvest labour accommodation. To the rear of the farmhouse are an extensive range of portal frame farm buildings which include grain storage, cattle courts, silage clamps and dutchbarns. There is also a former grain storage complex.

The area is particularly well served by a number of agricultural machinery suppliers, merchants, livestock marts and abattoirs.

The farm is close to both Dunecht and Kemnay, the former having a post office and general store with the later providing primary schooling. Secondary schooling is available at Alford which also has a golf course, health centre, heritage centre, several convenience stores and a high class butcher.

Inverurie is some 7 miles distant and has a large selection of shopping and supermarkets in addition to agricultural suppliers, an auction market and abattoir. The town lies between the River Don and Urie being 10 miles from Bennachie and boasts 4 churches and several other places of worship. There are five supermarkets, a retail park, and numerous specialist shops including an award winning butcher. The town has a library, sports centre and a swimming pool and is served by Inverurie Health Centre. Inverurie is home to Garioch RFC, Inverurie Loco Works FC, Inverurie Cricket Club and the 18 hole Inverurie Golf Club. Inverurie railway station provides links to Aberdeen and Inverness.

Aberdeen is some 18 miles distant and has a wide range of shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions which one would expect from the Oil Capital of Europe. Private education is available in the city at Robert Gordon’s College, St. Margaret’s School for Girls and Albyn School. The City also has 2 universities and several colleges for further education. Aberdeen International Airport offers regular domestic and European flights in addition to which there is a train station with regular services to both north and south and an overnight sleeper service to London.

Courtcairn is a well known arable and livestock farm with an excellent range of farm buildings, being situated in west Aberdeenshire in an area well known for its productive and fertile farmland.
The land is currently farmed as part of a larger unit and extends to 297.22 hectares (734.43 acres) excluding roads, yards and buildings and enjoys good access from the public road network. There is an internal farm track system which provides access to most of the fields. The farming policy is currently based on rotational cereals with a break crop of winter oil seed rape. The farm previously supported an extensive livestock enterprise.

The majority of the land is classified as Grade 3(2) according to the Hutton Institute with high yields of malting quality barley, wheat, oilseed rape and grass being often obtained. Other crops including potatoes have been grown in the past. The land is in excellent heart being rotationally farmed in addition to receiving organic manure on a regular basis. The fields have been soil mapped by SOYL since 2003 in order to optimise the indices of phosphate, potash, Ph and magnesium. Fertility enhancing crops, including kale and whole crop have also been grown in recent years.

The land is registered with SGRPID for IACS purposes and is situated between 110 and 180 metres above sea level and is generally of a southerly or westerly aspect. The Sporting Rights have been let in recent years with the topography and nature of the ground being conducive to presentation of sporting pheasants and partridges. There is a diverse range of songbirds on the farm, in addition to a manageable population of roe deer.

Courtcairn farmhouse is a traditional dwelling of stone built construction under a slate roof with a westerly aspect and enjoys oil fired central heating and is double glazed throughout.

The accommodation comprises:

Ground Floor
Kitchen 4.24m x 7.41m, Living Room 4.24m x 4.52m, Lounge 3.11m x 4.47m, Bathroom 2.71m x 2.19m.

First Floor
Master Bedroom 3.60m x 4.23m, Bedroom 3.60m x 3.40m.

The farmhouse is currently let on a Short Assured Tenancy with the rent being £800 per month.

The Council tax band is F with the EPC rating being F.

Adjacent to the farmhouse is the Bothy which has been used for housing harvest employees.
Courtcairn has an excellent range of farm buildings, comprising portal frame structures as follows:

Cattle Court 1 – 18.20m x 51.14m, concrete portal frame construction, stone walls, asbestos roof, concrete floor with centre feed pass with a capacity of 140 fattening cattle.

Cattle Court 2 - 18.20m x 51.14m, concrete portal frame construction, stone walls, asbestos roof, concrete floor with centre feed pass with a capacity of 140 fattening cattle.

Silage Clamp - 8.96m x 51.14m, of steel portal frame construction, reinforced concrete walls, asbestos roof and concrete floor.

Cattle Court 3 - 20.70m x 66m, concrete portal frame construction, block walls, asbestos roof, concrete floor with centre feed pass with a capacity of 160 fattening cattle.

Cattle Court 4 - 20.70m x 66m, concrete portal frame construction, block walls, asbestos roof, concrete floor with centre feed pass with a capacity of 160 fattening cattle.

Silage Clamp - 12.44m x 66m, of steel portal frame construction, reinforced concrete walls, asbestos roof and concrete floor.

Dutch Barn - 11.85m x 49.50m, of steel portal frame construction with fibre cement roof.

Dutch Barn – 18.00m x 36.00m, of steel portal frame construction with fibre cement roof.

Storage Shed – 17.74m x 42m, of steel portal frame construction, concrete panel walls, fibre cement roof, concrete floor with 8.35m Lean to of steel rafter construction, fibre cement roof, earth floor.

Workshop/Fertiliser Store – 6.79m x 40.23m, of steel truss construction, block walls, asbestos roof.
Former Grain Complex - on a footprint of 1,233m2 with storage capacity for 900 tonnes.

The Cattle Courts have a capacity of 600 fattening cattle and are currently let to a third party with the current agreement due to expire on 30th September 2018. All dung produced in the courts is retained on the farm.

The land extends to 297.22 hectares (734.43 acres) and comprises 45 enclosures, the majority of which are classified as Grade 3(2). Current cropping includes winter wheat, winter oil seed rape and spring barley. The grass fields 29, 46, 55, 58 and 80 are currently let on a Seasonal Grazing Agreement which expires on 31 October 2018.

Telecommunications Mast - There is a telecommunication mast on the farm which is currently let to Vodafone with the annual rent being £4,400.


Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Johnston House, 52 – 54 Rose Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1HA. Telephone 01224 408408.

Aberdeenshire Council, Gordon House, Blackhall Road, Inverurie, AB51 3WA. Telephone 01467 530777.

Thainstone Court, Inverurie, AB51 5YA, Tel: 01467 626222. Farm Code 040/0052. On completion of the sale the purchaser will be required to apply to RPID for a new holding number as Courtcairn forms part of a larger holding.

For sale as a Whole.

The majority of the land is eligible for claiming Basic Payments. The Basic Payment Scheme entitlements have been established by the seller and are not included in the sale of the land. A buyer(s) will take over and pay for at valuation the Basic Payment Scheme entitlements established on the land for sale. All payments relating to the 2018 year will be retained by the seller. The buyer(s) will be responsible upon occupation of the subjects of sale to fully comply with the statutory management requirements to maintain the farmland in Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition as laid down under the cross Compliance Rules of the Basic Payment Scheme 2018 for the rest of the scheme year. It is understood that 239.30 units of Region 1 @ €164.81/unit + greening of Basic Payment Scheme entitlements are available.

The Sporting Rights are included in the sale, insofar as they are owned. The Sporting Rights have been leased in recent years to a third party with the current lease due to expire on 1 February 2019. The shoot is well known in the district being capable of producing testing birds in an extremely scenic location.

The Mineral Rights are included in the sale, insofar as they are owned.

All fallen and standing timber is included in the sale insofar as they are owned. The farm participates in a Woodland Grant Scheme and the purchasers will be obliged to sign a WGS transfer of obligation form to comply with the ongoing management of woodlands.

Vacant possession and entry will be given on completion or such mutual time to be agreed by the seller and the purchaser.

The purchaser(s) shall, in addition to the purchase price, be obliged to take over and pay for at a valuation to be agreed by a mutually appointed valuer(s) with respect to the following:

All cultivations and growing crops on a seeds, labour, lime, fertilizer, sprays and machinery basis with an increment representing the enhanced value of the establishment and age of such crops.

All hay, straw, roots, silage, whole crop and farmyard manure and other produce at market value. All oils, fuels, fertilizers, sprays, chemicals, seeds and sundries at cost.

Note: If the amount of the valuations has not been agreed on the date fixed for completion, then the purchaser shall pay to the seller such a sum as the selling agents shall certify on account at the valuation pending agreement. Should the payment not be made within seven days then the interest will become payable on outstanding monies at 8% over the Bank of Scotland borrowing rate as adjusted from time to time.

Courtcairn is served by private water supply in addition to 3 phase mains electricity. Foul water disposal from the farmhouse is via septic tank and soakaway, this being registered with SEPA.

Informal discussion with Aberdeenshire Council Planning Department suggests that consent may be granted for an additional residential unit on the farm provided that it can be demonstrated that this is essential to house someone employed on the farm. Potential purchasers are recommended to make their own enquiries with the planners on this matter.

A deposit of 10% of the purchase price shall be paid within seven days of the completion of Missives. The deposit will be non-refundable in the event of the purchaser(s) failing to pay the purchase price or failing to complete for reasons not attributable to the seller of the seller’s agents.

The property is an agricultural holding and appropriate caution should be exercised at all times during inspection, particularly in reference to the farm buildings.

Galbraith are approved agents for the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) and we can assist you in securing finance loans for a variety of farming purposes including the purchase of land and property, facilitate and reschedule debt, and to provide working capital for diverse creation, and improving on erected farm buildings. For further details and to discuss any proposals in connection please contact Robert Taylor on 0800 3899448. Email: robert.taylor@galbraithgroup.com

A closing date may be fixed. Prospective purchasers who have noted their interest through lawyers to Galbraith, in writing, will be advised of a closing date, unless the property has been sold previously. The Seller will not be obliged to accept the highest, or indeed any offer, and has the right to accept an offer at any time or withdraw the property from the market. The Seller will not be liable for any costs incurred by interested parties.

Formal offers in the acceptable Scottish form should be submitted, through a Scottish Lawyer, to Galbraith, 337 North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen, AB15 9SN.

Courtcairn water supply sources are that of a borehole and spring, these also feed the neighbouring properties of Bristows Cottages and West Achath. There is a separate borehole in field 84 which is exclusive to Achath House, Cottage and Achath steading development. There is a water pump in field 75 which feeds Glack Hill, this is currently disconnected. The farm enjoys a right of water supply from the neighbouring Glack Hill field which also supplies a number of adjoining properties in addition to field troughs. Annual income is received in respect of some of the electricity and BT infrastructure on the farm. The owners of Achath House and Steading Development enjoy a right of access where marked A/B on the sales plan, with the owners of West Achath enjoying a right of access where marked A/C on the sales plan.

These particulars are intended to give a fair and overall description of the property. If any points are relevant to your interest, please ask for further information, prior to viewing. Prospective purchasers are advised to seek their own professional advice.

Areas, measurements and distances are given as a guide. Photographs depict only certain parts of the property. Nothing within the particulars shall be deemed to be a statement as to the structural condition, nor the working order of service and appliances.

These particulars shall not be binding on our clients whether acted on or otherwise, unless the same is incorporated within a written document, signed by our clients or on their behalf, satisfying the requirements of Section 3 of The Requirements of Writing (Scotland) Act 1995.

Particulars were prepared and photographs taken in April 2018