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Sauchen, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 7RQ


  • An exceptionally well equipped arable farm in a prime agricultural area.

  • For sale as a Whole.

  • Spacious 3 bedroom farmhouse

  • Exceptional range of modern farm buildings

  • 476.71 acres (192.92 hectares) of land

Cairnfold is situated 18 miles north west of the City of Aberdeen, being 4 miles north west of Dunecht and 8 miles south west of Inverurie in a prime agricultural area.

Cairnfold was formerly part of the Castle …

Cairnfold is situated 18 miles north west of the City of Aberdeen, being 4 miles north west of Dunecht and 8 miles south west of Inverurie in a prime agricultural area.

Cairnfold 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 2004 Cairnfold has been farmed on contract by the Ratcliffe family as part of a larger unit.

Cairnfold is an exceptionally well equipped arable farm being situated adjacent to the settlement of Sauchen in west Aberdeenshire. The land is generally of a westerly aspect, being capable of producing a wide range of spring and winter crops. The farmhouse sits in an attractive, elevated position being westerly facing and accessed from the public road via a private tarred drive. To the rear of the farmhouse are an excellent range of modern portal frame structures which include grain and fertiliser storage, machinery sheds, grain drier and a weighbridge.

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

The farm is situated near to the local primary school at Cluny, with Dunecht being some 4 miles distant which has a post office and general store. Secondary schooling is available at Alford which also has a golf course, health centre, heritage centre, transport museum, several convenience stores and a high class butcher.

Inverurie is some 8 miles distant and has a large selection of shopping and supermarkets in addition to agricultural suppliers, an auction mart 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.

Cairnfold is well known as an arable farm with an exceptional 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 192.92 hectares (476.71 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 excellent facilities on the farm would lend itself to developing a storage business.

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 2004 in order to optimise the indices of phosphate, potash, Ph and magnesium.

The land is registered with SGRPID for IACS purposes and is situated between 90 and 180 metres above sea level and is generally of a 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.

Cairnfold farmhouse is an attractive, modernised dwelling with a westerly aspect and enjoys oil fired central heating and is double glazed throughout.

The accommodation comprises:

Ground Floor
Utility Room 1.81m x 1.82m, Living/Dining area 5.90m x 3.21m, Kitchen 3.21m x 4.95m, Study 3.57m x 4.46m, Lounge 4.47m x 3.63m, Shower Room 1.75m x 1.99m.

First Floor
Bedroom 3.75m x 4.29m, Bedroom 3.93m x 4.28m, Bedroom 3.38m x 3.56m and Bathroom 2.75m x 2.10m.

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

Cairnfold is extremely well equipped in respect of farm buildings, comprising an excellent range of modern, portal frame structures as follows:

Grain Store - 19.35m x 68.70m 10m ridge height of steel portal frame construction, fibre cement roof, reinforced concrete block walling with overhead conveyor and chutes. Concrete floor with ventilation ducts. The central section of the store houses an Alvan Blanche double S type Grain Drier with chaff box, and Brian & Carrick pre cleaner. The store has a capacity of 3,000 tonnes.

Fertiliser Shed - 9.86m x 11.63m and 18.63m x 34.56m, 10m ridge height of steel portal frame construction, fibre cement roof, reinforced concrete block walling and concrete floor.

Implement Shed - 9.21m x 22.54m, of steel truss construction, concrete block walls, asbestos roof cladding and concrete floor.

Workshop - 31.23m x 10.64m, of steel truss construction, concrete block walls, asbestos roofing and concrete floor.

Tractor Shed - 33.57m x 12.18m, of steel portal frame construction, concrete block walls, asbestos roofing and concrete floor.

Weighbridge - situated adjacent to the grain store of 50 tonnes capacity.

The land extends to 192.92 hectares (476.71 acres) and comprises 17 enclosures, the majority of which are classified as Grade 3(2). Current cropping includes winter wheat, winter barley, winter oil seed rape and spring barley. Field 10 is currently let under a Seasonal Grazing Agreement until 31/10/18.


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 Cairnfold 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 167.34 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 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 with Field 3 being subject to a restocking grant. The purchaser will be obliged to sign a WGS transfer of obligation form to comply with the ongoing management of the woodlands.

Vacant possession and entry will be given on completion or such mutual time to be agreed by the seller and the purchaser. Notwithstanding the date of entry the seller will require the use of the grain store until 31/12/18. If required early entry to the fields will be granted to the purchaser to establish winter crops for harvest 2019.

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.

Cairnfold 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.

A range of solar panels of 50kW capacity have been fitted to the roof of the grain store. Annual income is in the region of £6,000.

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.

The subjects are sold together with and subject to all existing rights of way, servitudes, wayleaves and others whether contained in the Title Deeds or otherwise, and purchasers will be deemed to have satisfied themselves in all aspects thereof.

The Gallowhill water supply has as its source a spring as marked water pump station in field 18 on the sales plan this being pumped to a cistern at Gallowhill, thereafter gravity feeding West Mains farmhouse, West Mains steading, the Shaggart cistern, Cairnfold Farm and farmhouse, Tighnabruich and the cottage. It is understood that the supply formerly fed Burnside Farm, Broadacres and Drumnahoy Cottage, these now being connected to the public water main. The proprietors of Cairnfold Farm act as factors for the Gallowhill supply with contributions being on a percentage basis by the other users.

Annual income is received in respect of some of the electricity and BT infrastructure on the farm. Cairnfold Cottage and Tighnabruich enjoy a vehicular right of access where marked A/B on the sales plan. The seller enjoys a rights of access (excluding tractors and other machinery) where marked C/D on the plan. A right of access to the Gallowhill cistern on the neighbouring land at Courtcairn is retained.

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.