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Farm Manager's House

Elmwood College Farm, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5RN


  • A productive arable farm with cottages and buildings

  • 2 blocks of high quality farm land

  • Useful modern farm buildings

  • Traditional C listed stone and slate steading

  • Former farmhouse comprising 2 bed flat, classrooms, office & paddock, offering residential potential

  • 4 bed Manager’s house with good stabling, outdoor arena and grazing

  • 3 bed Dairyman’s cottage

  • Two 3 bed semi-detached bungalows

  • About 66.01 (Ha) 163.09 (Acres) in total


Elmwood College Farm lies in a fertile and accessible part of Fife, a short distance to the south-west of the county town of Cupar which provides an excellent range of amenities and facilities including several supermarkets, banks, a post …

Elmwood College Farm lies in a fertile and accessible part of Fife, a short distance to the south-west of the county town of Cupar which provides an excellent range of amenities and facilities including several supermarkets, banks, a post office, health centre, hospital, primary schools and secondary school as well as several restaurants, cafes and public houses. To the east the historic university town of St. Andrews is within comfortable driving distance with a wider offering of facilities including a cinema and theatre. The University of St. Andrews is one of the oldest in Britain, founded in 1410. Famous as the “Home of Golf”, St. Andrews links offers seven courses including the Old Course which hosts the Open Championship every five years. In terms of the cities, Dundee is about fifteen miles to the north with Perth about twenty-three miles to the north-west.
The independent school of St. Leonards is located in St. Andrews. Dundee High School is also close by with Strathallan, Kilgraston and Craigclowan further afield but within easy driving distance of Cupar. Elmwood College Farm is also well positioned for accessing both St. Andrews and Dundee universities, along with Ninewells Teaching Hospital and the University of Abertay in Dundee.
North-East Fife offers some exceptional countryside and an excellent array of recreational activities. There are superb sandy beaches at St. Andrews, Tentsmuir and Elie with a network of rural footpaths throughout the county. The East Neuk of Fife offers an outstanding coastline with quaint fishing villages and pretty harbours. Shooting and fishing may be taken locally whilst there are nearby riding schools for lessons and hacks.
The area is well provided for by agricultural merchants, dealers and suppliers including a local machinery ring. The annual rainfall is on average 650mm with sunshine averaging in excess of 1500hrs per year.
There are railway stations in Cupar, Ladybank, Leuchars and Markinch with Edinburgh airport about one hour to the south. The regional airport at Dundee offers a good selection of short-haul flights.
Elmwood College Farm (formerly Springfield Farm) is a productive and well located arable farm enjoying an attractive setting a short distance to the south-west of Cupar. The farm comprises two blocks of high quality farm land, a range of useful modern farm buildings, a traditional C listed stone and slate steading, the former farmhouse (with paddock) which currently comprises a two bedroom flat, classrooms and office, the four bed Manager’s House with good stabling, outdoor arena and grazing, the three bed detached Dairyman’s Cottage, and two three bed semi-detached cottages. Elmwood College Farm has been part of SRUC since 1st October 2012 having been acquired from Statheden Hospital in the early 1970’s. The farm steading is accessed off the minor road which runs between Cupar Muir and Springfield with the two blocks of high-quality farm land being divided by Elmwood Golf Course which is not included in the sale. The land rises from about 20 metres above sea level to about 70 metres above sea level with the River Eden running along the southern edge of the southern block of land. The bulk of the land is classified as Grade 3-1 by the James Hutton Institute with some Grade 2 and Grade 3-2. The land is well suited to growing a variety of winter harvested crops with potatoes, broccoli, parsnips and a wide range of cereals having all been grown successfully on the land. The land to the north east of Lot 2 is in grass.
Lot 1: About 24.11 ha (59.57 acres) of land along with the farm buildings
The land in Lot 1 is situated to the north of the holding and is split into four main arable fields together with an assortment of smaller handling enclosures to the north of the steading. An access track runs up the middle of the four main paddocks from the steading. Lot 1 also includes the farm buildings and steading which comprise:
Cattle Court (47.7m x 23m)
Steel portal frame / breeze block construction. Concrete floor. Believed to date from mid 1970’s. Central feed passage, office and two stores. Cattle handling area.
Slurry Tank
Former Silage Pit (37m x 14m)
Steel portal frame, concrete floor. Used as grain store.
Mill & Mix Unit
Grain store, 8 x 32 tonne grain bins
Dutch Barn (31m x 9m)
Steel portal frame.
Calving Unit (23m x 8.4m)
Used by Gamekeeping / Small Animal Unit.
Small Animal Unit potacabin
Six sections, two years old (approx.)
Former Piggery (46.7m x 9.5m)
Mid 1980’s, three compartments. Used by Small Animal Unit.
Old portacabin adjacent to farmhouse – comprising classrooms, common room, offices and ancillary accommodation
Traditional stone steading – dating from 1844 the C listed steading stands to the rear of the farmhouse and comprises cattle courts, stores, workshops, former coachhouses, bothy, hayloft and further ancillary accommodation.
It should be noted that it will be a condition of the sale that the Purchaser(s) agrees to lease back the various Small Animal Care buildings to the Vendors for a period of 3 years from the date of entry. Further information and a draft lease is available from the selling agents.
Lot 2: About 39.41 ha (97.38 acres) of land
The land in Lot 2 lies to the south of the railway and golf course, with the River Eden to the south. Access is off the Cupar Muir to Springfield Road.
Lot 3: Farm Manager’s house with stables, outdoor arena and grazing (About 1.94 ha (4.79 acres))
An attractive four bed single story detached property with an extensive garden. There is a good sand and rubber outdoor arena to the rear along with steel portal frame shed (18.3m x 11.5m) comprising seven boxes and stores. Adjacent is a timber building comprising tack room, hay store and loose box.
There is grazing of approximately 3 acres. It should be noted that there is currently no vehicular access from the Manager’s house to the arena / stables / grazing and the Purchaser(s) will be responsible for the creation of this access and any associated costs. It should also be noted that there are electricity cables to the rear of the house which may restrict access to the arena / stables / grazing for certain heights of vehicles. There will be no access to the arena / stables / grazing through Lot 1. The Purchaser (s) of Lot 3 will be obliged to erect appropriate boundary fences within six weeks of the date of entry at their own cost.
Lot 4: Farmhouse (incorporating classrooms, office & flat) with adjacent paddock
(About 0.38 ha (0.93 acres))
A substantial former farmhouse of stone under a slate roof currently comprising two classrooms, an office, a two bed flat and further ancillary accommodation. It is believed that, subject to all relevant consents and permissions being obtained, there may be scope to return this building to full residential use. Lot 4 includes the paddock to the west of the farmhouse. The farmhouse is category C listed.
Lot 5: No. 2 Cottage
(About 0.06 ha (0.14 acres))
An attractive three bed semi-detached cottage with garden and good views over the golf course. Lot 5 is currently let out by way of Short Assured Tenancy.
Lot 6: No. 1 Cottage
(About 0.05 ha (0.13 acres))
An attractive three bed semi-detached cottage with garden and good views over the golf course.
Lot 7: Dairyman’s Cottage
(About 0.06 ha (0.15 acres))
A detached three bed cottage with garden and views over the golf course.
From the centre of Cupar follow Brighton Road out to Cupar Muir. Once through Cupar Muir continue on past Spruce Gardens and Elmwood College Farm steading is then on the right hand side.
KY15 5RN
Entry will be by mutual agreement
Morton Fraser,
Quarter Mile,
2 Lister Square,
Tel: 0131 247 1000
The 2015 Single Application Form has been submitted to enable Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 Entitlements to be established. If required, the Seller will enter discussions with the Purchaser(s) to transfer the right to receive Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 Entitlements. Further details are available from the Selling Agents. Any payments relating to the 2015 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) 2015 for the remainder of the scheme year. All of the elegible land is classified Payment Region 1.
All of the land is registered for IACS purposes. The Farm Code is 381/0020.
Lot 5: No. 2 Cottage at Elmwood is currently let on a Short Assured Tenancy.
Strathearn House,
Broxden Business Park,
Lamberkine Drive,
Tel: 01738 602000
Fax: 01738 602001
All of the houses are served by mains electricity, water, gas and drainage. It will be a condition of the sale that where required the Purchaser(s) will install deduction meters in relation to water and electricity at their own cost with 6 weeks of the date of entry, all to the Vendor’s reasonable satisfaction.
Elmwood College Farm is within an NVZ.
In so far as these rights form part of the property title they are included with the sale.
All fallen and standing timber is included in the sale in so far as they are owned.
The mineral rights are included in the sale so far as they are owned by the Seller.
There is a right of pedestrian access between the steading and the farmhouse.
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 respects thereof.
If the property is sold in lots a Deed of Condition will be entered into by the Purchaser(s) covering all access, maintenance, shared access, services and boundaries.
The stone steading in Lot 1 is category C listed
The farmhouse is category C listed
The purchaser(s) of the land 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:
1. All cultivations and growing crops on a seeds, labour, lime, fertiliser, sprays and machinery basis with an increment representing the enhanced value of the establishment and age of such crops.
2. All hay, straw, fodder, roots, silage and farmyard manure and other produce at market value.
3. All oils, fuel, fertilisers, sprays, chemicals, seeds, and sundries at cost.
There will be no ingoing valuation once the current crop has been removed.
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 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 Bank of Scotland borrowing rate.
A deposit of 10% of the purchase price shall be paid within seven days of completion of Missives. The deposit will be non-refundable in the event of the purchaser failing to complete for reasons not attributable to the Seller or their Agents.
Viewings are strictly by prior appointment and only through the Selling Agents.
The property is an agricultural holding and appropriate caution should be exercised at all times during inspection.
CKD 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, restructuring debt, and to provide working capital for diversification, improving or erecting farm buildings. For further details and to discuss any proposals in confidence please contact Robert Taylor on 0800 389 9448. Email: robert.taylor@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
1. 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.
2. 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 services and appliances.
3. 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.
4. Closing Date
A closing date may be fixed. Prospective purchasers who have notified their interest through lawyers to CKD 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.
5. Offers
Formal offers in the acceptable Scottish Legal Form confirming; if an offer is in relation to the whole, or a specific lot, or a combination of lots, and if an offer is subject to the sale of a property, whether with proof of funding, should be submitted to: CKD Galbraith LLP, 16 St Catherine Street, Cupar, Fife KY15 4HH. Tel: 01334 659988 Fax: 01334 659218 Email: cupar@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
6. Third Party Rights and Servitudes
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 respects thereof.
7. Photographs taken August 2015.
8. Particulars prepared September 2015.