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Stirkoke Mains is a productive mixed arable and livestock farm, located in the heart of the Caithness countryside, approximately 3 miles to the west of Wick. The farm lies by the small settlement of Haster, with land on both sides ...
Stirkoke Mains is a productive mixed arable and livestock farm, located in the heart of the Caithness countryside, approximately 3 miles to the west of Wick. The farm lies by the small settlement of Haster, with land on both sides of the A882.
Stirkoke Mains is a particularly attractive and productive farm which has been maintained to a high standard by the current owners and it is without question one of the tidiest farms in the county. Historically Stirkoke was known for its fine Baronial Mansion, designed by David Bryce. Formerly owned by Lord Henry Horne, a distinguished WW1 veteran, the house was often visited by the Queen Mother who was a family friend, and who loved to ride on the farm. The house was sadly destroyed by a fire in 1994, but the sense of history around the site remains.
Lot 1 extends to approximately 527.85 acres (213.60 Ha) centred on a comfortable, modern farmhouse and an extensive steading containing a range of useful farm buildings.
The land is all farmed in-hand currently as a successful arable and sheep farming operation, with some 500 breeding ewes and mainly spring barley. There is a substantial and excellent range of farm buildings, being a mix of traditional and modern design, more than adequate for a holding of this size.
In the past, livestock on the farm have included cattle, pigs and egg production, and the buildings can be readily adapted to suit such enterprises in the future if so required.
The land was comprehensively drained in the 1980s and the drainage system is carefully maintained. The result is well drained fields, easily worked and regularly producing good yields.
The farm benefits from its own private borehole water supply with a 16,000 litre tank.
Throughout the farm, the many stone walls which provide excellent shelter to livestock, fences, gates and roads are also in first class condition and access to all the fields is good.
To allow interested parties flexibility, Stirkoke is being offered for sale as whole or in 3 Lots as indicated on the sale plan:
Arable, about 269.89 acres, (109.22 ha)
Ploughable pasture, about 121.74 acres, (49.26 ha)
Rough grazing, about 61.13 acres, (24.73 ha)
Permanent pasture, about 24.44 acres, (9.89 ha)
Trees, roads and buildings, about 50.65 acres, (20.50 ha)
527.85 ACRES, (213.60 HA)