Dykes Farm comprises a productive mixed farming unit extending to about 141.55 Ha (349.77 Acres) in total and is situated in an extremely accessible location a short distance to the east of the City of Stirling some 3 miles …
Dykes Farm comprises a productive mixed farming unit extending to about 141.55 Ha (349.77 Acres) in total and is situated in an extremely accessible location a short distance to the east of the City of Stirling some 3 miles to the north of Junction 9 of the M9 motorways where the M80 and M9 converge.
The City of Stirling provides for a number of agricultural merchants along with 2 renowned livestock markets and offers an excellent range of shops, retail outlets, and other professional services together with good nearby leisure facilities, a college and Stirling University. The nearby settlements of Fallin, Bannockburn and Stirling together provide for a full range of amenities to include pre-school to secondary education opportunities and a wide range of facilities to meet every requirement. The property sits a very short distance to the east of the A91 which links the M9 junction 9 to the eastern side of Stirling. Stirling provides for excellent transport infrastructure with the M8, M9 and M80 motorway system being accessible within a few minutes and both Glasgow and Edinburgh international airports only around 30 minutes away offering regular domestic and international flights. There are local train stations in Stirling and Larbert.
Dykes Farm includes a principal 4 bed farmhouse located in a central position within a courtyard setting. The positioning of the farmhouse within the steading, along with some well thought out sympathetic tree planting, provides a considerable amount of privacy to the farmhouse whilst maintaining attractive views to the north towards Wallace Monument and the Ochil’s beyond. Torview and Dykes Farm Cottages sit a short distance to the west of the farmhouse and farm steading provide options for use as rental properties or for use as other ancillary accommodation. The farm buildings comprise an excellent range of modern agricultural buildings which have been used for the existing livestock and arable operations on the farm, but would also be suited to alternative non-agricultural use subject to obtaining the necessary planning/change of use consents.
The farmland extends to about 134.67 Ha (332.77 Acres) in total and the current owners have carried out a continuous programme of ditching and drainage works, to ensure the land is farmed to its maximum potential throughout their ownership. The farming system was historically based on a mixed arable rotation with the finishing of around 300 head of cattle at any one time up until 2018, before a change in farming policy in recent years to focus on more arable and fodder/hay production. The farmland has benefitted from a regular application farmyard manure and since the departure of the cattle, mushroom compost from a neighbouring local farm has been applied to boost the level of organic matter on the land.
Crop rotations, as detailed in the schedule of the cropping history contained at the end of this brochure, have been based around spring cropping with spring oats and spring barley being the main cereals produced. All the oat straw has been chopped and ploughed back into the ground, to maintain the organic matter and aid fertility. The grassland fields have been used to produce grass for hay, haylage and also silage when cattle were finished on the farm.
METHOD OF SALE
The property is for sale as a whole or in 3 lots.
Please note Lots 2 and 3 will not be sold prior to the sale of Lot 1.