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Mains of Airleywight &Backmill Farm

Bankfoot, By Perth, Perthshire, PH1 4AN

Offers Over £4,500,000

  • About 822.18 acres (332.70 ha)

  • Mains of Airleywight Farmhouse – 3 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms

  • Backmill Farmhouse – 2 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms

  • Coral Cottage – 2 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms

  • Extensive range of outbuildings including cattle courts, implement shed and general purpose shed

  • 427.52 acres (173 ha) Arable

  • 275.87 acres (111.60 ha) Permanent pasture

  • 6.05 acres (2.4 ha) Rough grazing

  • 98.30 acres (39.80 ha) Woodland.

  • Highly convenient location within easy reach of A9

  • Outstanding views to Birnam Hill, Obney Hill and the Grampians beyond

  • EPC = E-F

  • For Sale as a Whole

Mains of Airleywight and Backmill Farm lies within a highly fertile and accessible part of Perthshire close to the village of Bankfoot and some ten miles to the north of Perth.

Bankfoot provides good day-to-day services including a primary ...

Mains of Airleywight and Backmill Farm lies within a highly fertile and accessible part of Perthshire close to the village of Bankfoot and some ten miles to the north of Perth.

Bankfoot provides good day-to-day services including a primary school, village shop, Post Office, two pubs, church and renowned visitors centre. The City of Perth offers an extensive range of services and facilities including national retailers, banks, mainline railway station, modern concert hall, theatre, cinema and supermarkets. The Royal Burgh of Dunkeld lies some 8 miles to the north with individual retailers, Dunkeld Cathedral and a railway station with regular links north and south including the London Sleeper service. Dundee, known as the ‘City of Discovery’, lies approximately 35 miles to the east with extensive city facilities including two universities, Ninewells Hospital, a concert hall and the new V&A Museum which is due to open this year and forms the centrepiece of Dundee’s waterfront regeneration project.

The A9 trunk road is a short distance from Mains of Airleywight and Backmill Farm, providing convenient access to Perth and Dundee and links to the M9 and M90 giving swift journey times to Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively. Edinburgh airport is within about an hour’s drive.

There are a number of independent schools within an easy school run from Mains of Airleywight and Backmill Farm including Craigclowan Preparatory School, Kilgraston, Strathallan, Glenalmond, Morrison’s Academy and Ardvreck Preparatory School.

Perthshire boasts a diverse range of recreational activities including a variety of hillwalking routes in the surrounding hills and glens together with winter sports at Glenshee lying approximately an hour’s drive to the north. For the golfer, there is the championship course at Rosemount in Blairgowrie, an 18 hole course at Dunkeld whilst some 25 miles to the south is Gleneagles Hotel offering three championship courses. Dewars Centre ice rink is the home to the renowned and very active Perth Curling Club. In addition there are rugby and cricket clubs in Perth.

Perthshire is well-served by agricultural merchants, machinery dealerships and the local machinery ring with local livestock markets situated in both Stirling and Forfar.

Mains of Airleywight and Backmill Farm is an extensive mixed arable and stock unit extending to about 822.18 acres (332.70 ha) in total with a most attractive ‘B’ listed, principal farmhouse, a secondary farmhouse, Coral Cottage and extensive range of farm buildings. The holding lies within a single contiguous block and has good access from the two minor public roads lying adjacent and via internal hard tracks. The fields are of a good workable size and layout and are naturally well-drained.

Mains of Airleywight Farmhouse is a ‘B’ listed period farmhouse of traditional stone construction under a slated roof dating from the early 1800s. It sits in an elevated position within the heart of the farm and enjoys a southerly outlook over the subjects. Lying to the north-east of the farm yard and buildings, the farmhouse enjoys its own tree lined drive and is enclosed by a sheltered garden with an orchard.
Mains of Airleywight Farmhouse provides well-proportioned rooms and boasts many period features throughout including fine cornicing, panelled doors, deep skirtings and an attractive staircase.

The accommodation over two floors comprises:

Ground floor:- vestibule, hall, sitting room, family room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, farm office, bathroom

First floor:- 5 bedrooms, family bathroom

Backmill Farmhouse lies immediately to the north of the minor public road leading from Bankfoot and to the west of the Backmill Farm buildings. It sits in a sheltered position with a southerly aspect. It is of stone construction under a slated roof and the accommodation comprises:

Ground floor:- porch, hall, sitting room, family room, kitchen, bathroom

First floor:- 3 bedrooms

Immediately to the front of the farmhouse is a yard area with a small range of useful storage outbuildings adjacent.

Lying immediately to the north of the principal farm entrance is Coral Cottage, a traditional, single storey, stone and slate cottage. It has a well-tended garden lying to the rear with a garage to the north with parking.

The accommodation over one floor comprises:

Hall, sitting room, family room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom

Mains of Airleywight and Backmill Farm is well-equipped with an extensive range of agricultural buildings. The principal farmyard lies at the heart of the farm to the south-west of the principal farmhouse with further buildings lying next to Backmill Farmhouse.

The Mains of Airleywight agricultural buildings, comprise:

Cattle court/general purpose shed (24m x 22.5m)
Steel portal frame with brick walls and corrugated asbestos roof. Central feed passage and water troughs. There is an inspection pit at the north end of the building.

Cattle court 1 (60m x 17m)
Steel portal frame with brick walls, box profile steel roof, concrete floor and side feed passage. With two lean to structures.

General purpose shed 1 (45m x 16.8m)
Steel portal frame with blockwork walls, box profile roof cladding, concrete floor and spray foam insulation.

Former silage pit (22.9m x 8.7m)
With Dutch barn style roof, concrete floor and concrete panel walls. Currently providing useful storage.

General purpose shed 2 (24m x 15m)
A traditional stone building which has been extended and adapted using steel portal frame and box profile roof and cladding with concrete panels and concrete floor.

Cattle court 2 (30m x 24.5m) with adjoining feed store. With stone and block walls, ventilated box profile cladding, steel portal frame, corrugated roof and side feed passage.

Range of traditional cart sheds and stores
Cattle handling facilities
Bunded diesel tank
Howard Harvestore tower
Earth-walled silage pit with effluent tank

The Backmill Farm Steading comprises:
Straw store (27m x 9m)
Steel portal frame Dutch barn with corrugated iron roof and cladding, earth floor.
Grain store (22.6m x 21.4m)
Steel portal frame with blockwork wall, box profile cladding and fibre cement roof.
Lying opposite Backmill Farmhouse is a former stone built mill building which is no longer in use.

Mains of Airleywight and Backmill Farm extends to about 822.18 acres (323.70 ha). It is a ring-fenced unit with good access off either two minor public roads intersecting the farm or via internal hard tracks. The land ranges between 72m – 127m above sea level, is mostly gently sloping and is classified as Grade 3(1) and 3(2) by the James Hutton Institute. The area benefits from an average annual rainfall of about 889 - 1016mm (35-40 inches). The fields are of a good workable size. The land is predominantly free draining Brown Forest soils. It is in good heart with all manure being returned to the fields together with fertiliser and lime being applied as required. The farm policy has allowed for a sound rotation of the land with crops grown being spring barley, winter wheat and potatoes, with peas having been grown in previous years. The permanent pasture enclosures are stocked by both the farms commercial cattle herd and sheep flock.

Mains of Airleywight and Backmill Farm have enjoyed a family shoot for many years. The topography of the farm, together with the various woodlands, offers a most enjoyable low ground shoot which could be further developed to incorporate numerous and varied drives. Further, roe and fallow deerstalking has been enjoyed over the subjects, together with duck flighting.

All the farmland is registered for IACS purposes and the farm code is 689/0068.

Basic Payment Entitlement was established on 15th May 2015. The Basic Payment Entitlements will be included in addition and will be available for sale by separate negotiation. Further details of the Basic Payment Entitlement are available from the Selling Agent.

Any payments relating to the 2018 scheme year will be retained by the Seller. If applicable, the purchaser(s) will be responsible upon occupation of the subjects of sale to comply fully with the Statutory Management requirements to maintain the farmland in Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) as laid down under the Cross Compliance rules of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 for the remainder of the scheme year.

Mains of Airleywight Farmhouse is ‘B’ Listed by Historic Scotland.

All fallen and standing timber is included in the sale in so far as it is owned by the seller.

The mineral rights are included.

A high pressure mains gas pipe runs through Mains of Airleywight and Backmill Farm. The statutory restrictions apply over the pipeline route. Further information is available from the Selling Agents.