Ardgarth Farm and the Lands at Balshando and Ledyatt lie a short distance inland from the City of Dundee on the East Coast of Scotland. They are within an area of open countryside at the foot of the southern slopes …
Ardgarth Farm and the Lands at Balshando and Ledyatt lie a short distance inland from the City of Dundee on the East Coast of Scotland. They are within an area of open countryside at the foot of the southern slopes of the Sidlaw Hills, which splits the Carse of Gowrie bounded by the River Tay to the south, and the fertile Strathmore Valley which lies immediately to the north.
The City of Dundee, some 9 miles to the south east, provides an excellent range of shops and professional services together with good leisure facilities. Home to the Universities of Dundee and Abertay, Dundee is an established centre of excellence in education and life sciences. The City’s renowned cultural facilities have recently been augmented by the new V&A Museum. Perth lies some 17 miles to the south west and provides a wide array of services and amenities including national retailers, supermarkets, banks, theatres, concert hall and a cinema.
The nearby A90 dual carriageway just over 10 minutes’ drive to the south, links Aberdeen via Dundee to Perth and the motorway network of Central Scotland. Scotland’s three principal cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen can be accessed easily both by road and by rail from Dundee. Dundee Airport has direct services to London Stansted Airport with onward connections to many European destinations. Edinburgh and Aberdeen Airports (both within approximately 1.5 hours by road) provide a wide range of domestic, European and international flights.
The area boasts numerous golf courses, both links and parkland. Locally, there is a challenging 18 hole course at Piperdam which bounds the farmland to the south east. Sailing is available on the River Tay and there are attractive sandy beaches along the coast. The Sidlaw Hills also provide wonderful walking country; to the north, the Grampian and Cairngorm Mountains offer more challenging hill walking in an unspoilt environment. The River Tay is renowned for its salmon fishing, and in addition the Rivers Isla, Earn and North and South Esk are all within easy reach.
Local primary schools are found at Newtyle or Birkhill, with secondary schooling at Monifieth High School or in Dundee. Private education is available at Dundee High School and at St Leonards in St Andrews, which offers a dedicated bus service from Dundee. Additionally there is a wide range of private schools in both Perthshire and Edinburgh.
Traditionally this area of Angus is known for its fertile land capable of producing high yields of an extensive range of crops. The surrounding area is well supplied with agricultural merchants and machinery dealers and there is an excellent livestock market at Stirling Agricultural Centre which is just over an hour’s drive from the holding and Forfar Mart which is 20 miles to the north east. Carlisle Mart is just under 3 hours drive via the M74 and is an excellent outlet for dairy and breeding stock.
Ardgarth Farm and the Lands at Balshando and Ledyatt were acquired by the current owners in the autumn of 2014, with the principal aim to create a modern New Zealand style dairy complex. Milking at the brand new Ardgarth site commenced in January 2015. The current farming system is centred on milking 600 dairy cows which are milked on a 54 point Milflos (GEA) rotary parlour which was installed as part of the new dairy complex, and is complemented with cubicle housing and bulk outdoor feed passage for 660 cows, modern calf and young stock sheds, a large slurry lagoon and three silage clamps. The dairy complex is surrounded by a productive block of farmland which is utilised on a grass-based paddock grazing system with a network of 5000 metres of new internal tracks and cow steps which provide access to the majority of the fields from the collecting area at the dairy.
The farmland has benefitted from a significant investment in the soil health and infrastructure via an ongoing program of drainage and reseeding and regular applications of slurry generated from the dairy enterprise. All of the arable and pasture land has been soil tested and has gone through a program of lime and nutrient applications since 2014 to maximise the fertility of the holding.
Ardgarth Farm and the Lands at Balshando and Ledyatt comprise a first class dairy unit capable of supporting an arable enterprise, situated approximately 9 miles to the north west of Dundee, adjacent to the small settlement of Lundie on the southern slopes of the Sidlaw Hills. The property is accessed via a network of private farm roads which lead directly from the public roads which connect with the A923 Coupar Angus to Dundee road. The farmhouse, cottage and range of modern farm buildings are situated to the north of the holding on Ardgarth Farm at the foot of Smithton Hill just to the north west of Lundie.
The farm has a substantial two storey traditional stone-built farmhouse which is located in an elevated position to the east of Ardgarth Hill, with a private garden and views over the surrounding countryside. There is a further brick-built cottage 200m to the east of the house.
The well planned range of modern dairy buildings are situated in a sheltered position in a central location and are readily accessed from the public road. They were designed and built with capacity for up to 660 dairy cows plus followers.
The farmland, although all down to pasture and fodder ground at present, is well suited to growing a wide range of arable crops including cereals and a range of vegetables such as potatoes and carrots. The remainder of the holding is made up of productive pasture and hill grazing ground well suited to out-wintering cattle with several areas of amenity woodland located throughout the holding providing overall shelter and amenity.
The majority of the arable land has been classified as Grade 3.2 and Grade 4.2 by The James Hutton Institute with the remainder of the grazing ground to the north and west being classified as Grade 5.
Ardgarth Farmhouse benefits from a prominent position overlooking the farm and surrounding countryside. Of traditional stone construction set under a slate roof, the property has been completely renovated in recent years and provides spacious accommodation over two levels including an open plan kitchen/living area, sitting room, dining room, office, utility room, boot room, WC, master bedroom with en-suite and dressing room along with 3 further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The accommodation and room dimensions are set out in more detail in the floorplans contained within these particulars.
The farmhouse benefits from a garden mostly laid to lawn with a south east facing patio on the eastern elevation. There is ample space to the rear of the house providing parking for vehicles.
A short distance to the north of the farmhouse is the footprint of the former traditional farm buildings which have been demolished with only one wall retained. There is a more modern Dutch barn of steel portal frame construction under a tin roof which provides additional storage for the farmhouse.
Located to the east of the farmhouse, there is a small cottage of brick construction set under a pitched slate roof. The property has been renovated and provides spacious accommodation over one level including an open-plan kitchen/living area, 2 bedrooms and family bathroom. The accommodation and room dimensions are set out in more detail in the floorplan contained within these particulars.
The farm buildings are situated in two separate sites comprising:
The original Ardgarth Farm buildings, situated to the south east of the farmhouse.
Pole Barns (35.63m x 19.85m)
Two adjoining timber framed cattle courts with a lean-to (35.63m x 4.64m) on the western elevation, all under box profile roofing with Yorkshire board cladding and a concrete floor. There is a raised central feed passage along the centre of the building.
Straw Shed (18m x 8.6m)
Adjoining the pole barn to the east, this shed is of timber frame construction under box profile roof with an earth floor.
Silage clamp with concrete and steel walls and concrete floor with capacity for approximately 600 tonnes.
The second site is the modern dairy complex built in 2014 comprising the following:
Cubicle Shed (96m x 27m)
Of steel portal frame construction with concrete panel walls under a corrugated roof with a concrete floor and Yorkshire board cladding. The building has cubicles for up to 668 cows at 1.1m centres with rubber cow mats.
Bulk Feed Passage (96m x 17m)
Adjacent to the cubicle shed there is an outdoor purpose-built bunker feed system comprising concrete feed troughs and several concrete passages and collecting yard.
The cubicle shed and bulk feed passage are built on 1:40 gradient and are equipped with an automatic flood wash system which is served by several large water tanks adjacent to the buildings, with all of the waste water being pumped to a 15,000 m3 purpose-built lagoon which sits above the steading to the west of the complex. There is a small midden built of concrete panels at the end of the feed passage.
Dairy Complex (24.0m x 18.09m)
Of steel portal frame construction set under a fibre cement roof with concrete floor and box profile side cladding. Internally the building is equipped with a 54 point Milflos (GEA) rotary parlour, bulk tank room (housing a 18,000 litre bulk tank direct expansion cooling and heat recovery system), plant room and separate staff area with a kitchen, WC and office. Adjacent to the building there is a diesel back-up generator and a 30 tonne Roxwell feed bin which serves the automatic feed hoppers within the parlour.
Calf Shed (66m x 15m)
Of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated roof with concrete walls and a stone floor. Gale breakers offer shelter as a cladding equivalent. The shed is currently fitted out for 26 pens with a central passage.
Two earth-banked silage clamps with capacity of 2000 tonnes each with a concrete floor and effluent discharge into the slurry lagoon.
The site of the dairy complex benefits from a large area of hardstanding which surrounds the buildings and is used for machinery and fodder storage.
Planning Consent – Second Shed
Planning consent was obtained for a second building adjacent to and running parallel with the calf shed. Further details are available from Angus Council quoting planning reference 17/00195/FULL.