Wester Forret is an attractive mixed farming unit situated in a desirable location within rural Fife, a short distance to the north of the popular town of Cupar in north east Fife. Cupar offers a superb range of local amenities …
Wester Forret is an attractive mixed farming unit situated in a desirable location within rural Fife, a short distance to the north of the popular town of Cupar in north east Fife. Cupar offers a superb range of local amenities with a good selection of shops, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities, while just a short drive to the east lies the ancient and historic university town of St Andrews, renowned worldwide as the “Home of Golf”. Fifteen minutes or so to the north over the River Tay lies Dundee, a city very much on the up which is already home to Scott’s ship RRS Discovery and will shortly be the location for the V & A Museum. Dundee provides a comprehensive offering of city shops, services and amenities. Perth is just over half an hour to the north west and Edinburgh is about a one hour drive to the south.
Surrounding Wester Forret is some particularly fine countryside with a lovely mix of farmland, woodland, hill ground and river. The area is home to an array of wildlife and provides great scope for the outdoor enthusiast with walking, cycling and riding all readily available. There are many highly regarded golf courses in the area including championship courses at Carnoustie and the Old Course at St Andrews, both of which regularly host the British Open. Ladybank, The Duke’s Course, Kingsbarns, Elie, Lundin Links and Crail are also nearby whilst the wide open spaces of the Lomond Hills and the pretty fishing villages of Fife’s quaint East Neuk such as Anstruther, Pittenweem and St Monans are within comfortable driving distance. In terms of days out there are good sandy beaches at St Andrews, Elie, Kingsbarns and Tentsmuir, along with a number of popular National Trust for Scotland properties, including Hill of Tarvit, Falkland Palace and Kellie Castle.
State schooling is available locally in Cupar with independent schooling being provided at the High School of Dundee and St Leonards in St Andrews. There are railway stations in Cupar, Leuchars and Ladybank with Edinburgh Airport about one hour to the south. The regional airport at Dundee offers a good selection of short-haul flights.
Fife is well served by a wide variety of agricultural contactors, merchants, and suppliers, and there is a successful local machinery ring which can provide additional farming resources as required. Regular livestock sales are held at the markets at Forfar (22 miles) and Stirling Agricultural Centre (55 miles). Traditionally this area of Fife is known for its fertile land, capable of producing high yields of an extensive range of crops and the area is well suited to intensive cropping and livestock units.
Wester Forret Farm presents an excellent mixed arable and livestock unit extending to approximately 172.21 Ha (425.53 Acres) located in an accessible location within north east Fife. The farm has a substantial two storey traditional stone built B-Listed farmhouse which is located centrally within the holding with a private walled garden with several mature trees providing shelter and amenity and there is a further semi-detached cottage located just to the south of the farmhouse. The holding benefits from an excellent range of modern and traditional farm buildings situated adjacent to the farmhouse which are readily accessible from the public road.
The farmland is situated in two large blocks and access is given to all of the fields from a network of farm tracks or from the public road which splits the farm. The majority of the arable land is located to the west of the holding adjacent to the farmhouse and steading. The remainder of the holding to the east of the public road is a mixture of arable and pasture land with an area of productive grazing land on Forret Hill. The farmland is well suited to growing a wide range of crops including winter and spring barley, wheat and peas, in addition to a range of vegetables such as potatoes and broccoli along with a regular grassland rotation.
The farmhouse is situated centrally within the holding adjacent to the farm buildings and benefits from a southerly aspect and fine views over the surrounding countryside. The farmhouse is accessed via a separate pillared gate entrance which leads from the public road into a large gravel sweep to the front of the house. The B-listed farmhouse is of traditional stone construction under a pitched slate roof and provides spacious, well proportioned family accommodation over two levels with many period features and spacious public rooms on the lower level and a further 4 large bedrooms and box room on the upper floor. The adjoining outbuilding, subject to necessary planning and listed building consent, may present the opportunity to expand the existing footprint of the building. The accommodation is laid out in more detail in the floorplans contained within this brochure.
The farmhouse sits in an attractive walled garden which surrounds the property and is mostly laid to lawn with several mature trees providing shelter and amenity to the property.
Garage/Store (6.87m x 2.8m)
Adjoining the farmhouse to the rear of the property there is a garage store, of traditional stone construction under a slate roof with a concrete floor.
WESTER FORRET FARM COTTAGE
Situated to the south of the farmhouse, there is a semi-detached 2-bedroom cottage of brick construction with a harled exterior under a red tile roof. The cottage has a small garden area to the front and benefits from views to the south and north. The cottage is currently let on a residential tenancy basis at a passing rent of £475.00 per calendar month. The accommodation is laid out in more detail in the floorplans contained within this brochure.
Located in a group to the north of the farmhouse there is a range of modern and traditional farm buildings. Briefly they comprise:
Chemical Store (5.64m x 3.13m)
Of traditional stone construction under a tile roof with stone walls and a concrete floor.
Stable Block (7.0m x 5.66m)
Of traditional stone construction under a tile roof with stone walls and a cobbled floor.
Modern Cattle Shed (30.01m x 27.2m)
Of steel portal frame construction under a box profile roof with block and stone walls, Yorkshire board side cladding and a concrete floor. The building has capacity for 120 head and is served by a central feed passage. The feed barriers and central passage are designed to be removed to allow for grain storage during the summer months.
Grain Store (29.2m x 5.56m)
Of traditional stone construction under a tile roof with stone walls and a concrete floor.
Cart Shed (18.6m x 5.62m)
Of traditional stone construction under a tile roof with an earth and concrete floor and loft space above.
Cattle Handling Shed (15.8m x 6.3m)
Of steel portal frame and stone construction under a corrugated roof with a concrete floor.
Lean-to Calf Shed (37.0m x 7.87m)
Of steel portal frame construction under a tin roof with stone walls and a concrete floor.
Straw Shed 1 (39.2m x 6.07m)
Of steel and timber frame construction under a tin roof with an earth and stone floor.
Straw Shed 2 (50.0m x 5.4m)
Of timber and steel construction under a box profile roof with a stone floor.
Earth Bank Silage Pit
Earth bank walls, concrete floor and effluent tank with capacity up to 1,000 tonnes.
Cattle Shed (80m x 12.7m)
Of timber and steel frame construction under a corrugated roof with block walls and a concrete floor with a feed passage along one side.
L-shaped Cattle Court/Bull Pens (18.5m x 5.6m and 11.5m x 5.83m)
Of stone construction under a corrugated roof with a concrete floor.
Lean-to Store (15.8m x 4.99m)
Of timber construction under a tin roof with stone walls and a concrete floor.
Dutch Barn/Workshop (8.98m x 6.62m)
Of steel portal frame construction under a tin roof and side cladding with brick walls and a concrete floor.
Fertiliser Store (10.3m x 9.96m)
Of steel and timber frame construction under a corrugated roof with brick walls and a concrete floor.
Sheep Shed (9.7m x 6.3m)
Of timber and steel portal frame construction under a corrugated roof with an earth floor.
Implement Store (9.2m x 3.96m)
Of timber frame construction under a tin roof and side cladding with brick walls and a concrete floor.
Outside WC (1.25m x 1.25m)
Of steel portal frame construction.
The farmland at Wester Forret extends to approximately 172.21 Ha (425.53) Acres) and is largely classified by the James Hutton Institute as Grade 3.1 and Grade 3.2 with some Grade 2, with the remainder of the grazing ground on Forret Hill to the east being classified as Grade 5.2. The majority of the arable land is located to the west of the holding adjacent to the farmhouse and steading and is well suited to a wide range of crops and is currently down to a mix of cereals with some of the fields in potatoes and broccoli. The remainder of the holding to the east of the public road is a mixture of arable and pasture land with an area of hill grazing. The arable land can be worked to a good depth and regular soil and lime tests have been carried out over the years with a continuous programme of ditching and drainage works which have ensured that the land is utilised to its maximum potential. It is relatively free draining allowing for both establishment and harvest to be successfully completed at the extreme ends of the season, and the fields are well laid out and of a generous size, easily accommodating modern machinery, and readily accessible directly either off the main public road or via an excellent network of internal tracks.