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Lot 1 Westerton Farm

Muthill, Crieff, PH5 2BT

Offers Over £550,000


  • Productive block of Grade 3.1 and 3.2 arable land

  • Useful range of traditional and modern farm buildings

  • Rural yet accessible location close to amenities

  • Development potential (subject to planning consents)

  • Private position with panoramic views over countryside

  • About 11.25 Ha (27.80 Acres) in total

CLOSING DATE SET FOR WEDNESDAY, 7TH JULY 2021 AT NOON.

SITUATION
Westerton Farm is situated in a private position about 2 miles to the south of the attractive settlement of Muthill and about 6.5 miles north west of the popular town of Auchterarder within the fertile Vale of Strathearn.

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CLOSING DATE SET FOR WEDNESDAY, 7TH JULY 2021 AT NOON.

SITUATION
Westerton Farm is situated in a private position about 2 miles to the south of the attractive settlement of Muthill and about 6.5 miles north west of the popular town of Auchterarder within the fertile Vale of Strathearn.

Auchterarder provides an excellent array of day to day services and both highly regarded primary and secondary schools, health centre, cottage hospital, churches and a variety of clubs and societies. The Fair City of Perth lies some 16 miles to the north east and offers a wider range of facilities including national retailers, concert hall, theatre, cinema and both railway and bus stations. There are a number of independent schools in the local area including Morrison’s Academy and Ardvreck both in Crieff (6 miles), Craigclowan in Perth, and Strathallan, Glenalmond, and Kilgraston all within easy reach of Westerton Farm.

Westerton lies within easy reach of the A9 dual carriageway, approximately 5 miles to the south east, linking Perth to the north, Stirling to the south with Edinburgh and Glasgow beyond. Gleneagles railway station (6 miles) provides daily services north and south including daytime and overnight sleeper services down to London with further rail services available from both Perth and Dunblane. Glasgow and Edinburgh can be reached in about an hour’s journey by car, both providing international airports and vast array of city amenities, services and attractions.

The County of Perthshire offers a diverse range of recreational activities. For the golfer, numerous courses are nearby including three championship courses at Gleneagles Hotel, an 18 hole course at Auchterarder whilst, to the north, Crieff offers both 9 and 18 hole courses. Gleneagles Hotel, and Crieff Hydro each provide excellent facilities to members including a swimming pool, sports facilities, equestrian centre, shooting school and a number of restaurants including the 2 Michelin star Andrew Fairlie Restaurant at Gleneagles. Loch Earn, lying some 20 miles to the north-west, has a sailing club and further water sports are available at Loch Earn. The Dewars Centre in Perth is home to the well-respected Perth Curling Club. 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 Tay and its tributaries. Skiing is available at Glenshee which can be reached in about an hour and a half’s journey by car.

Perthshire is well-served by agricultural merchants, suppliers and machinery dealers with a successful local machinery ring available to provide additional resources as and when required. There are two livestock markets in Stirling (18 Miles) and a market in Forfar just over an hour’s drive to the north east.

DESCRIPTION
Westerton Farm is a highly productive and compact arable unit extending to about 68.70 Ha (169.76 Acres) in total with a traditional farmhouse requiring modernisation and an attractive and adaptable range of traditional and modern farm buildings. The farmhouse and buildings lie in an elevated position to the south of the A822 public road and benefit from commanding and panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. The land has been classified as a mixture of Grade 3.1 and 3.2 and is predominantly all down to arable with a small parcel of amenity woodland.

The fields are all well laid out and are of a generous size and can easily accommodate modern machinery and are readily accessible directly from the private farm road that leads south from the A822 or directly from Machany Road.

FARMING HISTORY
The current owners bought Westerton in 1984, and the farming system has been centred on a mixed arable enterprise including a rotation of cereals, potatoes, shopping swedes, together with temporary grass. All of the land has benefited from regular applications of farmyard manure generated from the seller’s existing livestock enterprise. The land can be worked to a good depth and regular soil and lime tests have been carried out and a continuous programme of ditching and drainage works, which have ensured the land is farmed to its maximum potential. In addition, a significant proportion of the existing fences have been renewed in recent years. A schedule of the cropping history is contained at the end of this brochure.

LOT 1 – WESTERTON FARMHOUSE, FARM BUILDINGS AND LAND EXTENDING TO 11.25 HA (27.80 ACRES)

Westerton Farmhouse
Westerton Farmhouse is located centrally within the holding and lies in an elevated position benefiting from panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. The farmhouse is approached from a private farm road that leads south from the A822 public road. The farmhouse has been vacant for approximately 4 years and requires complete modernisation throughout, but benefits from a sufficient area of surrounding ground which may provide the opportunity for potential extension of the existing accommodation. The farmhouse is of traditional stone construction set under a pitched slate roof with a rendered harled finish. The accommodation and room dimensions are set out in more detail in the floorplans contained within these particulars.

Ground
The Farmhouse benefits from a small area of walled garden that lies to the east of the property which is all down grass and includes mature shrubbery. There is also an area of the land to the front of the house included in Lot 1 which currently forms part of a field but could also form part of a larger garden area.
Farm Buildings
There is a useful and adaptable range of modern and traditional farm buildings which are situated immediately to the north and west of the farmhouse. The buildings present the opportunity for a variety of potential business and amenity uses, subject to obtaining necessary planning consents, briefly they comprise:

Traditional Barn (31.3m x 4.95m)
Adjoining the farmhouse to the east, the building is split on the lower level, and currently forms additional accommodation to the house. Of stone construction under a corrugated roof with a concrete floor. There is large loft area on the upper level, and the lower level is split into several separate areas which are currently
used for storage.

The building would present the opportunity for re-development or form an area for potential extension of the existing farmhouse accommodation subject to obtaining necessary planning and building consents. The sellers had instructed a local architect to produce proposed development drawings for the redevelopment of the farmhouse and steading buildings. Copies of the drawing are contained within the brochure but they are for illustrative purposes only and no pre-application discussions or formal planning application have been submitted to Perth and Kinross Council.

Traditional Roundel (7.5m x 7.5m)
Of stone and brick construction under a tin roof with a concrete floor.

Dutch Barn with Lean-to (27.5m x 9.97)
Of steel portal frame construction under a tin roof, with part concrete and part earth floor, and containing a number of cattle pens and a feed passage.

Mono-pitch Cattle Court (14.3m X 8.63m)
Of steel portal frame construction under a tin roof with a concrete floor and housing ancillary cattle pens.

Modern Store (30.8m x 13.8m)
Of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated roof with brick walls and a concrete floor including former grain dryer pit.

Brick Store (17.05m x 5.63m)
Of brick and stone construction with a concrete floor under a timber and box profile sheet roof.

Farmland Lot 1: About 10.95 Ha (27.06 Acres)
The farmland in Lot 1 extends to approximately 10.95 Ha (27.06 Acres) in total and surrounds the farmhouse and buildings with fields 1 and 2 being accessed directly from the private farm road that leads south from the A822. The land has been classified as Grade 3.2 by the James Hutton Institute and is currently all down to pasture but field 1 has historically be utilised for cereal and potato production. The land is relatively flat throughout Lot 1 and rises from 140m to 146m above sea level at its highest point on the north western boundary of the holding.

DIRECTIONS
From Perth: travel south on the A9, before leaving the A9 at the Gleneagles junction sign posted for A823. Follow the A823 north, past the Gleneagles Golf Resort. At the mini roundabout continue on the A823 for about 3.8 miles and then turn left onto the A822, sign posted for Braco/Stirling (A9). Continue on this road for about 300m before taking the next farm road on left and Westerton Farm is located at the end of the private farm road.

From Stirling: travel north on the A9, before leaving the A9 at the Greenloaning junction sign posted for A822/Crieff. Follow A822 for about 6 miles, travelling through the villages of Greenloaning and Braco, and Westerton private farm road is located on the right just before the junction with the A823. Then continue as above along the farm road.

POST CODE
PH5 2BT

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