Ladyurd is a first class livestock farm extending in all to about 561.11 acres (227.07ha) with charming principal house, a let cottage, a large and versatile farm building and an excellent balance of ploughable and grazing land …
Ladyurd is a first class livestock farm extending in all to about 561.11 acres (227.07ha) with charming principal house, a let cottage, a large and versatile farm building and an excellent balance of ploughable and grazing land.
This house is situated in a sheltered location some 250 metres below the farm building. The original farmhouse has been sold however Ladyurd House is an ideal substitute located within the farm boundaries, which provides very attractive family accommodation with oil fired central heating.
Believed to have been built in the 1920s or 1930s as a factors house it is constructed of harled stone and brick under recently renovated slate roofs. Many delightful period features remain in the house including cornices, fireplaces and original plumbing fittings. The ground floor includes a sitting room, a dining room, a study, a parlour and a fitted kitchen with 2 oven oil fired Aga stove. These rooms are serviced by a cloakroom and pantry (both with period plumbing) and a boiler room and utility room. The sitting room, study and dining room enjoy southerly and easterly aspects.
Upstairs there are 4 double bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room.
Outside there is a garage/workshop and a simple, easy to maintain garden.
Ladyurd House is currently let on a Short Assured Tenancy however vacant passion will be given at the date of entry.
This cottage is situated adjacent to the main farm building which is a traditional single storey building of stone under a slate roof with a more modern extension to the rear. The accommodation includes living room, large kitchen/dining room, 3 bedrooms, and bathroom. The cottage has oil fired central heating. There is an enclosed garden to the rear. This cottage is currently let on an assured tenancy which commenced in 1986. The current rent is £150 per month.
The farm building
The farm building comprises a double portal frame Crendon Concrete building about 36m x 40m overall which is divided into 2 cattle court sections each with internal silage storage areas about 8.5m x 31m and two lean to areas 8m x 9m on either side together with a central feeding passage. There is a concrete yard to the front and sheep pens to the south side
Ladyurd Farm is situated in the Scottish Borders about 26 miles south of Edinburgh and about 8 miles west of Peebles on the A72 Peebles Lanark road. The A701 north provides quick access to the A720 City Bypass and Edinburgh city centre, Edinburgh Airport can be reached in about 45 minutes by car. The extensive shopping, commercial, leisure and cultural facilities and amenities provided by Scotlands Capital City are all within easy reach. Peebles is a charming country town with an excellent variety of local shops and facilities including the Eastgate Theatre and the Gytes leisure centre. Ladyurd Farm lies in the catchment area for Newlands Primary School and Peebles High School. The area has a wealth of sporting facilities which include golf courses at Peebles, Cardrona and Rutherford Castle, hill walking in the Pentland and Southern Upland Hills, mountain biking at Glentress and salmon fishing on the River Tweed. Livestock markets at Newtown St. Boswells, Lanark and Stirling provide good outlets for cattle and sheep bred on the farm. There is a thriving local machinery ring and a number of agricultural merchants in the Lothians and Borders.
The land lies between about 646 feet and 1148 feet (197m and 350m) above sea level, within a ring fence. It is classified in grades 4², 5² and 5³ by the John Hutton Institute and falls mainly into payment region 1 for Basic Payment Scheme claims. There is a small area of region 2 on the hill. The whole farm is designated as being in a Less Favoured Area and therefore qualifies for payments under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme subject to the claimants eligibility.
The land can be analysed as follows:-
Ploughable Pasture 251.89 acres
Permanent Pasture 188.30 acres
Woodland 112.72 acres
Other 8.18 acres
The land is in good heart and the fields are well fenced and watered. A considerable number of new hedges have now been established on the farm. The ploughable land is capable of growing all silage and hay required on the farm. The hill land, which lies at the south end of the farm, provides excellent summer grazing. Access to the land from the steading is over the main access road and other tracks. In recent years the land has been let on seasonal grazing licences. There are a variety of woodland plantations on the farm ranging from mature shelter belts to recently planted woodland areas. There would be further potential for woodland planting on the upper land.