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East Nethershields Farm

Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, ML10 6TY

Offers Over £1,450,000


  • An attractive traditional 4-bed farmhouse with potential to expand further

  • Two productive blocks of Grade 4 farmland well suited to grazing and fodder production

  • An excellent and extensive range of modern farm buildings

  • Existing RHI Income from 200 kW Biomass boiler

  • Modern 40/20 Swingover Westfalia parlour with fully integrated milk recording and herd management system

  • Traditional steading with lapsed planning consent for a second dwelling house

  • Located in a private position a short distance from the popular town of Strathaven

East Nethershields Farm and the Lands at Cloverhill combined comprise an excellent dairy unit situated in a desirable area of rural South Lanarkshire. The farm is situated about 2 miles to the east of the settlement of Chapleton and some …

East Nethershields Farm and the Lands at Cloverhill combined comprise an excellent dairy unit situated in a desirable area of rural South Lanarkshire. The farm is situated about 2 miles to the east of the settlement of Chapleton and some 3 miles north of Strathaven. The farm has been in the same ownership for over three generations and the land and buildings have been extensively improved during that period.

The historic former market town of Strathaven is situated approximately 3 miles to the south of the farm and provides an excellent range of local services including supermarket, leisure centre and library, along with thriving coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. The farm is within easy commuting distance of the City of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest City, being within about 20 miles to the north west of the farm, with world renowned shopping outlets, businesses and entertainment facilities. Glasgow Airport is within a 30 minute drive (24 miles) and offers regular flights to London and a wide range of international destinations. Nearby towns of East Kilbride and Hamilton both have railway stations with regular connections to Glasgow and beyond.

Local primary and secondary schooling is available in Strathaven, with private schooling at nearby Hamilton College or within Glasgow itself offering a wider range of highly regarded independent private schools.

South Lanarkshire provides a wonderful setting for the property with ample opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast with many interesting walks available in the area including the Spectacle E’e waterfalls lying in the Avon Valley. There are a number of golf courses including an 18-hole course at Strathaven Golf Club and the racecourse at Hamilton provides regular fixtures.

Agriculturally the surrounding area of South Lanarkshire provides an attractive location with a combination of productive pasture and arable ground with rolling hills in the distance. The farm lies within 35 miles of both Stirling Auction Marts providing a choice of two outlets for finished livestock produced on the holding. Carlisle Mart is less than an hour and a half’s drive via the M74, and is an excellent outlet for dairy and breeding stock.

East Nethershields Farm presents an excellent and compact dairy unit extending to approximately 104.97 Ha (259.38 Acres) located in an accessible location within South Lanarkshire.

The property includes two productive blocks of arable and pasture land utilised for grazing and forage production which have undergone a regular reseeding policy to maintain and improve the quality of the grass swards. The farm is centred on an attractive traditional farmhouse that provides comfortable family accommodation on two floors including two receptions rooms and four bedrooms with the ability to expand into the former maid’s quarters on the upper level, and two modern shower rooms.

East Nethershields Farmhouse is an attractive farmhouse of stone construction under a tile roof providing accommodation over two storeys and is approached via a short concrete drive which leads from the public road. The enclosed garden is mostly laid to lawn and there is a sheltered patio area to the rear of the property. The farm is equipped with an excellent and extensive range of modern farm buildings which are situated immediately adjacent to the farmhouse and have been comprehensively extended during the Seller’s ownership. The farmland benefits from excellent access onto the public road or via a number of internal farm roads.

The farm is currently run as a dairy unit centred on around 315 dairy cows plus followers, with around 120 acres cut twice a year for silage, with the remainder of the land down to pasture and grazing ground. The farmland is principally classified as Grade 4.1 by the James Hutton Institute and lies in two larger contiguous blocks. The principal land holding surrounds the farmhouse and steading at East Nethershields, with the remaining second block being the Lands at Cloverhill lying adjacent to and partly bisected by the A726 public road, which links Strathaven to East Kilbride. The Lands at Cloverhill form summer grazings and silage ground as a supporting unit to the main holding at East Nethershields.

Situated centrally within the holding adjacent to the farm buildings and accessed via a short drive which leads from the public road. Internally, the property been tastefully refurbished and decorated by the current owners. Of particular note is the expansive living/dining room with a feature wood burning stove which serves both rooms from a central fireplace. The accommodation is laid out in more detail in the floorplans contained within this brochure and is served by the farm biomass boiler providing an efficient abundance of heat during the colder winter months.

The garden ground is easily maintained and is mostly laid to lawn to the front of the house and is enclosed by a small stone wall and adjoining outbuildings. The garden is enclosed by a number of colourful shrubs and small trees which provide shelter and privacy. There is a small patio area to the front of the house with a larger patio area to the rear of the house which is ideal for alfresco dining and is a suntrap later in the day. There a small timber store and dog kennels adjacent to the patio to the rear of the house. The timber barbeque hut is specifically excluded from the sale.

Located immediately adjacent to the farmhouse there is an excellent range of modern and traditional farm buildings, briefly they comprise:

Modern Store Shed (18.5m x 12.5m) of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated roof, box profile side cladding and concrete panel walls. The building contains 4 IAE loose boxes which are specifically excluded from the sale.

Former Stable (12.1m x 5.2m) of traditional stone construction under a tile roof with concrete floor and loft space above. The building benefits from a lapsed planning consent which expired in February 2012, for conversion to a residential dwelling. Planning Reference EK/06/0581.

Garage (12.9m x 2.9m) of steel, brick and stone construction under a tile roof with a concrete floor and an up and over door at one end.

Workshop (9.2m x 8.61) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile roof with block walls, two roller shutter doors and a concrete floor.

Sawdust Store (8.37m x 4.5m) of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated box profile roof with concrete walls.

Small Cattle Court (10.6m x 5.75m) of steel portal frame construction under box profile roof and side cladding with concrete panel and stone walls.

Boiler Shed (17.4m x 5.4m) of traditional stone and brick construction under a tin roof with a concrete floor and housing 200 kW ETA biomass boiler and associated water tank and intake woodchip bin. The boiler is currently in year 4 of a 20-year RHI agreement. The income generated by the biomass boiler is in the order of £45,000 to £50,000 per annum. A purchaser(s) will be responsible upon occupation of the subjects of sale to comply fully with the Renewable Heat Incentive Contract for the remainder of the contract until 2032. Further details are available from the Selling Agents.

PRINCIPAL DAIRY COMPLEX
Bulk Tank Room (6.97m x 5.68m) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile roof with concrete floor. The buildings includes 8200 Litre Fullwood bulk tank, office and plant room.

Cubicle Shed 1 (50.8m x 12.0m) with lean-to (12.3m x 11.5m) of steel portal frame construction with concrete block and panel walls, box profile sheet roof and side cladding with scraped passages, concrete centre feed trough and cubicles.

Milking Parlour (44m x 6.1m) of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated roof. The building includes a 40/20 Swingover Westfalia Parlour which was installed in 2014. The parlour was upgraded 2 years ago and is fully computerised with integrated milk recording and auto recognition herd management system. There is a slatted collection area to the rear, with double foot troughs and automatic feeders outwith the parlour.

Cubicle Shed 2 (31.7m x 6.2m) adjoins the main dairy building with brick walls and timber roof trusses and a mixture of fibre cement and metal profile roof with centre slatted slurry tank and cubicles.

Cubicle Shed 3 (47.4m x 12.4m) situated to the north, of steel portal frame construction with part concrete panel walls, box profile sheet roof and side cladding with two scraped concrete passageways and galvanised cubicles.

The combined cubicle sheds (1-3) have the capacity for approximately 190–200 head and the dairy cows currently move between all three buildings.

Lean-to Shed (8.5m x 7.25m) lean-to main cubicle shed, of steel portal frame construction under box profile roof with concrete floor and housing cattle race.

Small Slatted Shed (11.5m x 6.29m) of timber and steel frame construction under a corrugated roof with slatted slurry store and brick and stone walls.

Dry Cow/Calving Shed (42.6m x 14.6m) of mono pitched steel portal frame construction under a fibre cement roof with concrete panel walls with box profile cladding and a concrete floor. There are cubicles for up to 60 dry cows with an adjoining calving pen and a feed passage along one side with self-yoking barriers and automatic scrapers.

Modern Cattle Court (36.9m x 12.0m) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile roof and side cladding with block walls and a concrete floor with feed passage along one side.

Young Stock Shed 1 (32.6m x 10.2m) of timber and brick construction under a tin roof with a concrete floor and tin side cladding and space for up to 65 head and automatic scrapers and slatted slurry store at one end.

Young Stock Shed 2 (31.7m x 5.4m) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile roof and side cladding with concrete panel walls and a concrete floor.

lurry Tower - three ring galvanized steel slurry store with capacity for up to 340,000 gallons.

Slatted Shed (32.4m x 5.96m) of timber frame construction under a box profile roof and side cladding with a feed trough along one side, concrete panel walls and slatted slurry store. The shed has capacity for up to 65 yearlings/stirks.

Calf Shed (27.2m x 5.03m) pole barn construction under a box profile roof and side cladding with a stone standing floor and integrated heat vent for winter months.

Woodchip Store/Straw Shed (24.3m x 5.9m) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile roof and side cladding with concrete walls and a concrete and stone floor.

Pump House - of timber frame construction under a tin roof housing water pump for private water supply provided via borehole, 4,000 litre tank and treatment facility.

Silage Pit 1 - principal earth bank silage pit with capacity of around 4,000 tonnes with a concrete floor and effluent drawn off via a pipe which connects with the adjacent slurry store.

Silage Pit 2 - located at the south of steading there is a second earth bank silage pit with capacity for up to 2,000 tonnes with a concrete floor and effluent tank.

Midden - constructed from steel and concrete sleeper walls with a concrete floor.

Yard Area - there is a large yard area which surrounds each of the buildings and is mostly down to concrete. Within the yard area the following items are included:

35 Tonne cake bin serving outer parlour feeders
15 Tonne blend bin
6 Tonne small blend bin
Large water storage tank.
50 Tonne Pot Ale tank
Portacabins

Adjacent to the farmhouse there are two Portacabins which benefits from mains electric, private water and septic tank drainage.

The farmland lies in two separate holdings being East Nethershields Farm and the Lands at Cloverhill with the latter situated approximately 2 miles to the south east of the principal holding. In total the land extends to approximately 103.78 Ha (256.44 Acres) and has been classified as principally Grade 4.1 with some smaller areas of Grade 5.1 and Grade 5.3 by the James Hutton Institute. The majority of the farmland is currently down to grass and is in good heart throughout with most of the fields having been cut for fodder or grown cereals historically. A significant investment has been made in the farmland over the years and the fields all benefit from either privately fed troughs via borehole or have access to a natural source water supply.

East Nethershields Farm lies adjacent to the A723 public road which links Hamilton and Strathaven and extends to about 58.37 Ha (144.23 Acres). The fields are well laid out and are of a generous size which can easily accommodate modern machinery. The enclosures are readily accessible directly from the main public road or via an excellent network of internal farm roads which lead through the farm. The land is of varying aspect lying between 223m and 252m above sea level. The Lands at Cloverhill extend to 45.41 Ha (112.21 Acres) and lie adjacent to the A726 public road which links between Strathaven and East Kilbride. The land is partly bisected by the A726 public road and is of a south westerly aspect lying between 245m and 210m above sea level. The Lands at Cloverhill are predominantly used for summer grazing and as silage ground to the principal holding at East Nethershields. The remainder of the holding being 1.19 Ha (2.94 Acres) is split between roads, yards & buildings.