Curling Farm

Midlem, Selkirk, Scottish Borders, TD7 4QL

Offers Over £825,000

160.27 acres

  • Productive block of arable land
  • Excellent range of modern farm buildings
  • Large yard area providing ample space for storage
  • Useful area of grazing ground and amenity woodland
  • Potential to expand sporting and environmental interests
  • Rural and secluded yet accessible location close to amenities

SITUATIONCurling Farm is situated in a private position about 2 miles to the south west of the village of Midlem. This desirable area of the Scottish Borders is some 6 miles south east of Selkirk and roughly 45 miles south east of Edinburgh. The nearby towns of Selkirk and Galashiels provide an excellent range of business services and recreational facilities, whilst Edinburgh is highly accessible either via the A68 through Lauderdale or via the A7, with rail travel via the Edinburgh-Borders railway which is 8 miles away at Tweedbank.Berwick-upon-Tweed lies 40 miles to the east and offers a regular rail service on the main east coast line to London King’s Cross (journey time from 3 hours 40 minutes). Both Edinburgh Airport (50 miles) and Newcastle Airport (64 miles) offer a wide range of domestic, European and international flights. Traditionally this area of the Borders is known for its mixed farming units combining fertile land capable of producing good yields of a broad range of crops and extensive areas of pasture and grazing land well suited to the rearing of livestock. The area is also renowned for its spectacular countryside and its many rural pursuits including hill walking, mountain biking, horse riding and the sporting opportunities afforded by local Estates and the River Tweed and its tributaries.Agriculturally, the local area is well provided for by merchants and suppliers, with the nearby St Boswells Mart (7 miles), Longtown Mart (48 miles) and Borderway Mart at Carlisle (56 miles) as outlets for livestock which the area is renowned for producing.DESCRIPTIONCurling Farm comprises a compact mixed farming unit equipped with an excellent range of modern farm buildings which are located centrally within the holding, and an area of farmland extending to approximately 64.86 Ha (160.27 Acres) in total. The farmland is situated in a single ring fenced block and has been classified as Grade 4.1 and 4.2 with smaller areas of Grade 5.2 by The James Hutton Institute. The fields have access from an internal network of farm tracks and are mostly down to arable crops with several areas of pasture and amenity woodland. The woodland areas comprise a mixture of commercial and amenity trees. Thirteen acres have been planted in the last thirteen years sympathetically for shelter, aesthetics and environmental benefits. To enhance the woodland approximately two and half kilometres of hedges have been planted to link the woods. The farm is equipped with a range of modern buildings which are currently used for housing the sheep flock and for machinery and grain storage.FARMING HISTORYThe current owners acquired Curling in 2007, after previously farming the land for two years on behalf of the former owner. The farming system has been centred on a mixed arable enterprise system to improve and maintain the fertility and structure of the soil. The farm steading has been used as a base for the current owner’s arable and sheep business with around 1250 ewes lambed on site each year.METHOD OF SALEThe farm is offered for sale as a wholeFARM BUILDINGSThere is a range of modern farm buildings and a large yard area located centrally within the holding. The buildings briefly comprise:Mono-pitch Pole Barn (23.6m x 17.6m)Of timber frame construction under a corrugated steel roof with corrugated steel cladding, part concrete panels and one bay concreted and a quarried stone floor.General Purpose Shed 1 (30.2m x 19.5m)Of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated roof with ventair side panels, concrete panel walls and a quarried stone floor. There is a small container situated adjacent to this shed which is used during lambing as a site office.General Purpose Shed 2 (22.8m x 14.5m)Of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated steel felt lined roof and side cladding, with part concrete panel walls and a quarried stone floor.In addition to the modern farm buildings there are 3 Polytunnels comprising;Polytunnel 1 (9.5m x 42.65m)Of steel portal frame with a quarried stone floor used for indoor lambing and providing capacity for up to 450 ewes.Polytunnel 2 (9.5m x 42.65m)Of steel portal frame with a quarried stone floor used for indoor lambing and providing capacity for up to 450 ewes.Polytunnel 3 (8.8m x 34m)Of steel portal frame with a quarried stone floor used for indoor lambing and providing capacity for up to 350 ewes.Mobile HomeSituated to the east of the farm steading and adjacent to the farm road, there is a modern mobile home which has historically been used by lambing staff each year. The site originally benefited from planning permission for use as temporary living accommodation in favour of the previous owner but the planning permission has since lapsed. Planning Ref: 05/01785/FUL. The site may potentially present an attractive position for a house site subject to obtaining necessary planning consents and building warrants. The mobile home is served by solar PV panels and benefits from septic tank drainage.Yard AreaThere is a large area of hard standing created from stone from a small quarry located to the east of the farm buildings. The yard area surrounds the buildings and provides ample space for fodder, farm yard manure, and machinery storage.FARMLANDThe farmland at Curling Farm extends to approximately 64.86 Ha (160.27 Acres) in total and is made up of arable and pasture land as well as several small areas of woodland. The ploughable farmland has principally been classified as Grade 4.1 & 4.2 by The James Hutton Institute, with a small area of Grade 5.2 along the southern boundary. The majority of the enclosures are down to cereals with several smaller areas of ground down to pasture or amenity woodland. The land is largely of a southerly aspect rising from 190m along the southern boundary following part of the Chesterknowes Burn, to 260m above sea level to the north of the land holding. The land benefits from an excellent network of internal farm tracks providing vehicle access to every enclosure. The current owners have previously entered into a number of environmental schemes which have allowed for the creation of a number of areas of mixed woodland and hedgerows over the years, adding to the overall sporting and amenity dimension of the holding. The fields are all well laid out and are of a generous size and can easily accommodate modern machinery.SERVICESThe buildings and enclosures are served by a gravity fed private water supply from a natural spring located within enclosure 9. The buildings benefit from power and light which is generated from four 250 kW PV solar panels located within the farm steading. The power is stored on site via a bank of 210 amp batteries converting the output to about 2500 kW overall.DIRECTIONSFrom Edinburgh travel south on the A68 towards St Boswells. Follow the A68 through the town towards Jedburgh, before taking the first right after leaving St Boswells A699 to Selkirk Follow this road for approximately 5.4 miles before turning left onto the B6453 signed to Midlem. Follow this road for about 2.2 mile south east through Midlem and you take a right at the shared entrance to Chesterknowes and Curling farm. Follow this shared private road for 1½ miles and the farm steading is located on the right just to the east of a block of woodland.POST CODETD7 4QLWHAT3WORD (Only Via Apple Maps)BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME (BPS) 2021Any payments relating to the 2021 scheme year will be retained by the Seller. If applicable, the purchaser(s) will be responsible upon occupation of the subjects of sale to comply fully with the Statutory Management requirements to maintain the farmland in Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) as laid down under the Cross Compliance rules of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) for the remainder of the scheme year.The Seller may enter discussions with the Purchaser to transfer the right to receive Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Entitlements in addition to the heritable property by separate negotiation. Further details are available from the selling agents.LESS FAVOURED AREA SUPPORT SCHEME (LFASS)Curling Farm lies within a Less Favoured Area and any payment made in relation to the current farming year (2021) will be retained by the Seller.IACSAll of the land is registered for IACS purposes. The Location Code for Curling Farm is 93/801/0040. However a purchaser will be required to apply for a new holding number on entry to the farm given the current holding forms part of a larger farming holding under the same number.INGOING VALUATIONThe purchaser(s) of Curling Farm shall, in addition to the purchase price, be obliged to take over and pay for, at a valuation to be agreed by a mutually appointed valuer(s), with respect to the following:1. All cultivations and growing crops on a seeds, labour, lime, fertiliser, sprays and machinery basis with an increment representing the enhanced value of the establishment and age of such crops.2. All hay, straw, fodder, roots, silage and farmyard manure and other produce at market value.3. All oils, fuel, fertilisers, sprays, chemicals, seeds, and sundries at cost.There will be no ingoing valuation once the current crop has been removed.Note: If the amount of the valuations has not been agreed on the date fixed for completion, then the purchaser shall pay to the Seller such a sum as the Selling Agents shall certify on account at the valuation pending agreement. Should the payment not be made within seven days then the interest will become payable on outstanding monies at 5% over Bank of Scotland borrowing rateENTRYA date of entry will be by mutual agreement.FIXTURES AND FITTINGSThere are a number of containers within the farm steading which are specifically excluded from thesale. No other items are included unless specifically mentioned in these particulars.SPORTING RIGHTSInsofar as these rights form part of the property title they are included with the sale.TIMBERAll fallen and standing timber is included in the sale insofar as it is owned. There are some areas of woodland on the farm which are subject to historic Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) Scheme which has now expired, but there are remaining Annual Recurrent Payments to be received with respect to these areas of woodland until 2027.The woodland within enclosure No 15 has recently been clear felled. The seller will complete the current woodland replanting obligations of the site, with the purchaser(s) being responsible upon occupation of the subjects of sale to comply fully with the Statutory Management requirements to maintain the woodland thereafter. MINERALSThe mineral rights are included in the sale insofar as they are owned by the Seller.THIRD PARTY RIGHTS AND SERVITUDESThe farm is accessed via a private road that leads west from the B6453 which is shared with several third party properties.There are rights to draw water from a natural spring supply within Curling Farm in favour of the owner of Friarshawmuir (comprising of two residential dwellings) which are located to the north of the subjects of sale, and also the property known as Curling Farmhouse which is located to the south east of the subjects of sale.The subjects are sold together with, and subject to, all existing rights of way, servitudes, wayleaves and others whether contained in the Title Deeds or otherwise, and purchasers will be deemed to have satisfied themselves in all respects thereof.DEPOSITA deposit of 10% of the purchase price shall be paid within seven days of completion of Missives.Such Deposit will be non-refundable in the event of the purchaser failing to complete for reasons not attributable to the Seller or their Agents.VIEWINGViewings are strictly by prior appointment and only through the Selling AgentsHEALTH & SAFETYThe property is an agricultural holding and appropriate caution should be exercised at all times duringinspection.ANTI MONEY LAUNDERING (AML) REGULATIONSPlease note that under the 2017 AML regulations we are legally required to carry out money laundering checks against purchasers. To enable us to complete these checks purchasers will need to provide along with their offer either:• originals of primary (eg a passport) and secondary (eg current council tax or utility bill) ID; or• copies of such primary and secondary ID certified and dated by the purchasers’ solicitors as truecopies along with written confirmation from the purchasers’ solicitors that they accept that we will be relying on this copy ID for AML purposes.Failure to provide this information may result in an offer not being considered