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 …
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.
The farmland in Lot 1 extends to approximately 380.28 Ha (939.67 Acres) in total. The farmland comprises a mix of excellent arable ground, good quality grazing and silage ground and improved areas of in-bye pasture on and around Smithton and Ardgarth Hills. The principal block of land originally comprised two holdings forming Ardgarth and Balshando to the north of the public road and surrounding the modern dairy complex. The remainder of the productive arable ground is separated by the minor public road and located to the north of the A923 road surrounding the former steading at Ledyatt and comprises a mix of pasture used for grazing and fodder production. The arable land has historically been cropped for cereals and winter harvested vegetables and would be well suited to a mixed arable rotation. The remainder of the pasture and hill grazing has been classified as Grade 4 and Grade 5 and there are two areas at Balshando Loch and at Ardgarth Hill which have been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). In addition an excellent network of farm roads and cow walkways connect the dairy complex with the land. Each field benefits from concrete water troughs which are connected to either a 63mm or 50mm pipe and are served via private or mains water supply.
The land lies between approximately 178m at its lowest point adjacent to Lundie Loch and 324m above sea level at its highest point on Smithton Hill. The majority of the arable and pasture land is generally sloping and varying in aspect before rising to Smithton and Ardgarth Hills to the west of the holding. There are two Lochs on the holding being Lundie Loch to the north of the farm buildings and Balshando Loch to the south west, which add to the overall amenity of the holding but also present further opportunity to develop the sporting dimension of the holding.