Meiklerig Farm comprises a first class mixed farming unit situated in an elevated position to the east of the desirable village of Stenton, benefitting from panoramic views overlooking East Lothian countryside with the Firth of Forth beyond. The local area …
Meiklerig Farm comprises a first class mixed farming unit situated in an elevated position to the east of the desirable village of Stenton, benefitting from panoramic views overlooking East Lothian countryside with the Firth of Forth beyond. The local area is home to some of the most fertile farmland in the country and known for its easily worked and highly productive soils, capable of producing high yields of an extensive range of crops well suited to intensive cropping and other versatile farming operations.
The agricultural nature of the area ensures it is well provided for by a number of established agricultural merchants and contractors, grain traders, and local machinery dealerships. There are several livestock markets within just over an hour’s drive of the farm with the choice of two outlets in Stirling to the west, and St Boswells and Wooler to the south.
Meiklerig is located on the eastern edge of Stenton, a picturesque conservation village, which is ideally located for easy access to all that East Lothian has to offer and has an active community with a primary school, a church, a bowling club, a thriving horticultural society, an active amateur dramatics group and a village hall.
Everyday services can be found in nearby Dunbar which offers a wide range of amenities whilst serving as a strong commuter town to Edinburgh. The A1 from Dunbar to Edinburgh provides a fast link to the city centre. There are regular trains into Edinburgh from Dunbar which is on the main line from Edinburgh to London. Edinburgh airport, providing regular domestic and international flights, is a mere 40 miles away.
The nearby towns of North Berwick and Haddington supplement this offering with supermarkets and a range of high street shops, banks, professional services, hotels and restaurants. There are three well regarded independent schools in the area: The Compass School in Haddington, Belhaven Hill, the co-educational prep school, on the outskirts of Dunbar and Loretto in Musselburgh. All of the highly regarded fee paying schools of Edinburgh are within easy reach and many have direct bus services or pick ups from the village.
Situated in the heart of the stunning East Lothian countryside, the area offers a wealth of leisure activities, including excellent grouse and pheasant shooting, horse riding and fishing. The area is famous for its golf courses with Muirfield, Gullane, Luffness, Archerfield Links, The Renaissance Club, Dunbar and North Berwick all within easy reach. The John Muir Country Park, a haven for wildlife, is only a short distance away and there are some wonderful walks nearby, Pressmennan Wood and Lake just to the south, and Tyninghame and Belhaven beaches as well as the popular John Muir Way. For horse riders, there are plenty of off road rides nearby, including the expansive and beautiful beaches of East Lothian supplemented by the new equine competition and training facility at Rockrose.
Access to Edinburgh is by car along the A1 and there is a frequent train link to Edinburgh from North Berwick and Drem, and a railway station in Dunbar serving the London mainline.
Meiklerig Farm presents a first class mixed farming unit located in an elevated position within East Lothian benefitting from a good range of modern and traditional buildings and a block of productive arable and pasture land. The farm steading is situated centrally within the holding and benefits from a planning consent for the development of seven residential units.
The farmland surrounds the farm steading and, in total, extends to approximately 10511 Ha (261.74 Acres) including roads yards and buildings and is split into two parcels by the public road which links Stenton to Dunbar. There are several blocks of amenity woodland located on the eastern periphery of the holding and adjacent to the Sauchet Water to the north west of the holding.
The farmland is well suited to growing a wide range of crops including winter and spring barley, wheat, oil seed rape, and oats. In addition, some of the fields have historically (but not in the last 20 years) been let for potatoes and vegetables as part of a regular grassland rotation. The majority of the enclosures benefit from electric stock-proof fencing and either mains or natural source water supplies.
All of the land has benefitted from regular applications of farmyard manure generated on the farm from the cattle enterprise. The whole farm has been regularly soil tested, with lime, phosphate, potash and farmyard manure all being applied through the use of soil and field zoning analysis.
The arable land can be worked to a good depth and a continuous programme of ditching and drainage works, have ensured the land has been farmed to its maximum potential. The land is relatively free draining allowing for both establishment and harvest to be successfully completed at the extreme ends of the season. The fields are well laid out and of a generous size, easily accommodating modern machinery, and are readily accessible directly off the main public road or via an excellent network of internal tracks.