Westloch Farm - The Whole
Westloch is a first class livestock farm with a delightful, traditional farmhouse, good farm buildings and an excellent balance of ploughable pasture, permanent pasture and rough grazings. It currently forms part of the Portmore Estate.
The land lies between about 900 and 2,000 feet (275 and 620m) above sea level within a ring fence. It is classified grades 5/1 and 5/3 by the Hutton Institute and falls into payment Regions 1 & 2 for Basic Payment Scheme claims. 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 claimant's eligibility.
The current stocking is 1,600 ewes plus hoggs and 50 suckler cows and calves. The sheep flock includes about 360 acclimatised Blackface ewes, 160 gimmers and 160 hoggs, and about 180 acclimatised Cheviot ewes, 30 gimmers and 75 hoggs.
The north end of the farm (lot 2) is particularly suited to forestry investment and includes 2 areas of standing timber and extensive planting land which benefits from a recently constructed timber haul road.
Westloch is a modernised, traditional farmhouse lying close to but detached from the farm buildings. It is an ideal house of an appropriate size for the holding providing comfortable, family accommodation.
There are 3 reception rooms, a kitchen with Rayburn stove, utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor and 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite) on the first floor.
Lying behind the house is a stone building known as The Bothy incorporating 2 double bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms and a garage.
The cottages are situated on the north side of the public road to the east of the farm buildings. They are traditional, single storey, semi-detached cottages built of stone under slate and felt roofs.
The accommodation is similar in each and includes living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, shower-room (en-suite) and bathroom. Both have oil fired central heating and No. 2 has double glazing.
The farm buildings comprise 2 ranges of traditional and modern structures including 2 sheep sheds, general purpose storage shed, cattle court, straw shed, Dutch barn and sheep and cattle handling areas.
METHOD OF SALE
Westloch is offered for sale as a whole or in 2 lots as follows:-
Westloch Farmhouse and Bothy, Nos 1 and 2 Westloch Cottages, the farmbuildings and about 1316 acres (533 ha).
North Westloch - about 1226 acres (496ha)
Westloch is situated in the Scottish Borders about 15 miles south of Edinburgh and about 8 miles north of Peebles on the edge of the Moorfoot Hills.
The A701 provides quick access to Edinburgh city centre, the A720 City bypass and to Peebles. Edinburgh Airport can be reached in about 30 minutes by car at off peak times.
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.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Farmhouse, Westloch Farm - F
1 Westloch Farm Cottages - F
2 Westloch Farm Cottages - G