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Bents Farm

Stoneyburn, West Lothian, EH47 8EF

Offers Over £450,000


  • 2/3 bedroom farmhouse requiring renovation

  • About 134 acres (54 ha)

  • Useful livestock farm

  • Traditional and modern farm buildings

  • Ploughable and permanent pasture

  • River frontage

  • Woodland

  • Less Favoured Area Status

  • Mainly payment region 1 for Basic Payment Scheme

  • For sale as a whole or in 4 lots

DESCRIPTION
Bents is a traditional, livestock rearing farm encompassing ploughable and permanent pasture and river meadows. The farmhouse requires upgrading but has clear potential to provide charming, family accommodation.
It is suitable for extension subject to planning consent.

The farm-buildings ...

DESCRIPTION
Bents is a traditional, livestock rearing farm encompassing ploughable and permanent pasture and river meadows. The farmhouse requires upgrading but has clear potential to provide charming, family accommodation.
It is suitable for extension subject to planning consent.

The farm-buildings form a yard to the south of the farmhouse and include an L shaped stone/brick building currently used for cattle housing and feed storage, 2 open fronted, steel framed cattle courts (50ft x 30ft and 50ft
x 20ft) and a further steel and timber cattle court (75ft x 60ft). There are 2 redundant pole barns on the west side of the yard.

The land is classified grades 3/2, 4/2 and 5/2 by the Hutton Institute for soil science. It is currently divided into 10 enclosures and can be analysed as follows:-

Ploughable/permanent pasture: 110 acres
Woodland: 17 acres
Other 6.5 acres

About 70 acres lie to the south of the village and about 63 acres lie to the north. Much of the land to the north (lot 4) is ideal for silage and hay. The land between the farmhouse and the Breich Water is sheltered and has very high amenity with mature hardwood trees and river banks. The fences, in the main, are stock proof and the land on lot 1 is particularly suitable for equestrian use.

METHOD OF SALE
Bents Farm is offered for sale as a whole or in the lots as follows:-

Lot 1 Bents Farmhouse, steading and about 26.96 acres
Lot 2 Land at Bents (east) - about 43.76 acres
Lot 3 Land at Bents - about 5.41 acres
Lot 4 Land at Bents (north) – about 57.59 acres

SITUATION
Bents farm lies on the western edge of Stoneyburn 26 miles from Edinburgh & 28 miles from Glasgow. There are good local shops and a primary school in Stoneyburn and a wider range of shopping and commercial facilities in nearby West Calder, Livingston and Bathgate. Junction 4 on the M8 can be reached within 10 minutes by car and there are regular commuter rail services to Edinburgh and Glasgow from West Calder and Bathgate. Bents farm is in the catchment area for Whitburn Academy.

Lanark and Stirling markets provide excellent outlets for livestock reared on the farm.

Recreational and sporting amenities in the area include golf courses at West Calder and Fauldhouse, fishing on Cobbinshaw Loch and hill walking in the Pentlands. There is a multi-screen cinema and a leisure pool in Livingston.

Bents farm is situated on the north bank of the Breich water and lies between 625 and 690 feet (190m x 210m) above sea level. The farmhouse enjoys a south facing aspect.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Viewing:
Strictly by appointment with CKD Galbraith.
Interested parties are advised to take care when entering the farmhouse and farm buildings, which are in poor condition.


Council Tax: Bent Farmhouse falls within band B for Council Tax purposes.

Energy performance rating Band G.

Access: Lots 1, 3 & 4 adjoin public roads.
Access to Lot 2 is over the private road marked A – B on the plan. This road forms part of the farm and third parties have rights of access over it. Maintenance is on a user basis. A public footpath crosses Lot 1 between points C & D on the plan.

Services (Lot 1 only):
Mains water
Mains electricity
Private drainage

Ingoing Valuation: There will be no ingoing valuation.

Basic Payment Scheme: If required, the seller will enter discussions with the buyer/s to transfer at valuation the right to receive Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements or, if applicable, ensure that a 2015 Single Application Form is submitted to enable Basic Payment Scheme
Entitlements to be established. Any payments relating to the 2015 scheme year will, if appropriate, be retained by the seller. If applicable, the buyer/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 Premium Scheme 2015 for the rest of the scheme year. All the pasture land is classified Payment Region 1.

Sporting Rights: The sporting rights are available with vacant possession.

Grant Schemes: There are no current forestry, conservation, building or other grant schemes.

Servitude Rights and Wayleaves etc.
The property is sold subject to all existing servitude and wayleave rights. If sold in lots, all necessary rights of access, servitudes and wayleaves will be granted and reserved as appropriate.

Minerals
The sale is subject to a title condition in respect of the extraction of coal. This condition becomes redundant in 2017. Details are
available from the selling agents.