Scurdargue is a productive and highly attractive mixed use farm located in a quiet yet accessible position about 1.5 miles west of Rhynie and about 10 miles south of Huntly in the county of Aberdeenshire. Located between Aberdeen to the east and Elgin to the west, Huntly is an historic town prospering during the 18th Century through the expanding linen industry. Today, amenities include primary and secondary schools, two major supermarkets, a good selection of independent shops, sporting and recreational facilities and a train station providing direct links to Aberdeen and Inverness. The United Auctions Sales Mart is located on the outskirts of Huntly and its regular cattle and sheep sales attract buyers from across the country. Similarly, the Aberdeen & Northern Mart is located at Thainstone, about 23 miles away. The small village of Rhynie has a local shop, church and primary school. Aberdeen (about 37 miles) provides all of the facilities expected from a modern and prosperous city, with an excellent selection of shopping, retail parks and associated services, rail links and an airport (about 29 miles) providing regular domestic and international flights.
Aberdeenshire is renowned as being one of the sunniest and driest counties in Scotland and it has a wide range of excellent places to stay, eat and shop. The county is famed for its breathtaking scenery, long sandy beaches and wildlife and offers wonderful leisure and recreational opportunities. Nearby, the rivers Bogie and Deveron offer superb fishing whilst the area also offers ample opportunities for a wide range of game sports and country pursuits. The Nordic Ski Centre in Huntly provides training for cross country skiing and The Lecht Ski Centre, Glenshee and Aviemore are within relatively easy reach. There are many golf courses accessible within a short drive and as a popular tourist area, local attractions include 'The Whisky Trail', 'The Speyside Way', Cairngorm National Park, together with many ancient monuments, castles, buildings and villages of historical significance.
Scurdargue is a delightful 'mixed' farm located in a very attractive rural setting, enjoying far reaching views over the rolling Aberdeenshire countryside. In recent years, the farm has operated as an arable unit working in connection with another nearby holding. The predominant crops have been winter wheat, spring barley and grass. As a well equipped farm, Scurdargue has an impressive detached farmhouse, a good range of modern and traditional farm buildings and excellent quality arable land and permanent pasture.
Located at the heart of the farm is Scurdargue Farmhouse. Believed to date from the 1860's, the house is constructed of stone under a pitched slate rood and provides very adaptable and well appointed accommodation over one and a half storeys. On the ground floor, double doors lead to a hallway and on to a bright and airy sitting room with a wood burning stove. Located opposite is a generously sized dining room with an attractive fireplace and a large walk in store room. The dining room could also be used as a 4th bedroom if required. A well equipped breakfasting kitchen has a good range of wall and floor units as well as an electric Range cooker (Leisure). Also on the ground floor is a family bathroom, larder with slate shelving, WC, store room, rear hall and a porch / boot room. From the front hall, a staircase leads up to a landing and to two well lit bedrooms with the master bedroom having an 'en suite' shower room. From the rear hall on the ground floor, a separate staircase leads to a landing / sitting area and a third bedroom with a built in wardrobe. Having recently been renovated, the house appears to be in excellent condition and is very tastefully decorated throughout. As one would expect from a house of this quality, it has many fine features including cornicing, fireplaces, dormer windows and some stone slabbed floors. The house benefits from oil central heating. There is a garden area, mainly laid to lawn, to the front and rear and which is nicely sheltered by various mature trees.
There is a substantial 'E' shaped traditional steading built from stone under a slate roof (two sections of roof have been replaced with box profile steel sheeting). The steading has predominantly concrete flooring and power supplies, and includes:
Workshop. About 4.93m x 19.47m
Byre 2. About v23.05 x 6.08m
Barn. About 5.55m x 29.22m
Loft. About 28.69m x 5.55m
Store. About 8.97m x 5.59m
Cattle Court. About 4.29m x 24.31m
Cart Shed. About 5.44m x 5.11m
Implement Store. About 5.74m x 10.44m.
In addition, modern farm buildings comprise:
Grain Store. About 10.6m x 24.9m
Timber framed under a cement fibre roof, concrete floor, sliding steel doors, box profile steel side cladding.
Grain Dryer (Adjoining Grain Store). About 3.6m x 8.6m
Steel portal frame under a cement fibre roof, box profile steel side cladding, concrete floor.
General Purpose Shed. About 8m x 11m
Steel portal frame with low block wall (to about 1m) and box profile steel side cladding and roof, concrete floor, mesh sliding door.
Sitting at a height of between 210m and 320m a.s.l, Scurdargue extends to about 72.17 ha (178.22 acres) in total. Divided between 14 principal enclosures together with various areas of woodland, ponds and copses, the farm provides good quality arable and permanent pasture, ideal for use as a mixed farm. According to the James Hutton Institute (land capability classification), the land comprises a mix of good quality grade 3(2), with areas of grade 4(1) and some smaller pockets of 4(2) and 5. In recent years, the farm has been run in connection with another nearby holding with the better land located to the south of the A941 producing good crops of winter wheat and spring barley. To the rear of the house, north of the A941, the land becomes slightly steeper with the majority of the land here better suited as permanent pasture. Positioned across the farm are various ponds and woodland plantations which not only enhance the general amenity of the farm, but also create a haven for wildlife. The general topography of the farm lends itself beautifully for the creation of an exciting and challenging shoot with the ponds providing some excellent duck flighting.
The farm is not currently entered into any AECS management schemes.. We calculate the current land usage as arable land / temporary grass - 47.15 ha (116.5 acres); permanent pasture 16.34 ha (40.4 acres); trees 6.49 ha (15.9 acres), rough grazing, ponds etc 1.81 ha (4.48 acres) and roads, yards, buildings as 0.44 ha (1.1 acres).