CLOSING DATE SET FOR TUESDAY, 12TH OCTOBER 2021 AT NOON.
Whitmuir Farm is situated in the Scottish Borders some 16 miles south of Edinburgh and approximately 1 mile south west of the popular village of Lamancha. About 4 miles to the north west of Whitmuir is the conservation village …
CLOSING DATE SET FOR TUESDAY, 12TH OCTOBER 2021 AT NOON.
Whitmuir Farm is situated in the Scottish Borders some 16 miles south of Edinburgh and approximately 1 mile south west of the popular village of Lamancha. About 4 miles to the north west of Whitmuir is the conservation village of West Linton, providing a good range of local shops and services. These include a post office, nursery, primary school and tennis, golf and bowling clubs. Peebles (11 miles) complements this offering with a greater range of services including secondary schooling, supermarkets and a range of sporting facilities.
The Edinburgh City Bypass is about 12.5 miles to the north and provides access to all the services Scotland’s Capital City has to offer, including the extensive shopping, commercial, leisure and cultural facilities and amenities. Edinburgh International Airport is just over a half an hour’s drive away.
The current owners acquired Whitmuir Farm in 2000. They have been farming organically for 20 years and sold their own beef, lamb, pork, eggs, turkeys, soft fruit and veg through the farm
shop and delivery service. They also ran a range of educational events and hosted international food and farming related events.
In 2009 they opened a new 500m2 eco-friendly building, with sheep wool insulation, solar thermal panels and a ground source
heat pump which currently hosts the farm shop, 80 seater restaurant and antiques shop. The veg porch looks over a pond leading to the Fairy Walk and behind the café Quercus plant nursery provides an enchanting backdrop to the outdoors seating area. The restaurant has also been used as a venue for weddings, concerts and private parties.
METHOD OF SALE
Whitmuir is offered for sale as a whole. The business assets (equipment, furniture, shop stock, livestock, & machinery) are available to purchase in addition to the heritable property.
Further details will be made available following a formal viewing, confirmation of proof of purchase and a signed non disclosure confidentially agreement. Further details are available from the Selling Agents.
Whitmuir presents a rare opportunity to acquire a renowned and diversified organic farming business within a very accessible location close to the City of Edinburgh. The current organic farm business is centred on a purpose-built farm shop, retail business and café which boasts one of the widest ranges of organic food and produce in Scotland.
Whitmuir is equipped with an attractive farmhouse, range of modern and traditional farm buildings and about 56.27 Ha (139.04 Acres) farmland and woodland. The farmhouse enjoys an attractive and private position to the north of the holding and benefits from range of adjoining traditional farm buildings forming a courtyard, and containing various stores and modern butchery with office space on 1st floor.
Located a short distance to the south east of the house there is a purpose-built modern farm shop and café which has been carefully designed and built with sustainable and green specification to ensure a comfortable, healthy and productive
setting to work without negatively impacting the environment or surroundings.
The farm shop and retail space is complemented by the adjacent organic café which provides a light and spacious area which has been serving local artisan produce for almost 12 years. There is further space to expand with a number of ancillary stores and a separate room used as a gallery. Adjacent to the shop there is a
purpose built plant nursery, and the complex benefits from an extensive areas of car parking and signed farm walks.
Located to the west of the farmhouse, there are several Polytunnel, with a further second range of modern farm buildings situated to the south west of the farmhouse. The farmland at Whitmuir Farm
extends to approximately 56.27 Ha (139.04 Acres) in total and is split into several enclosures but lies in a single ring-fenced block. The land has been classified as Grade 4.2 and 5.1/5.2 by The James Hutton Institute and is well suited to grazing and fodder production.
Whitmuir Farmhouse is an impressive traditional country house built under a slate roof within an extensive and sheltered area of garden grounds. The house has well-proportioned accommodation over two floors with many period features and spacious public rooms. The accommodation is laid out in more detail in the floorplans contained within this brochure. The property is approached by a shared driveway and the building is flanked by the adjacent courtyard steading culminating in a gravel sweep to the rear of the house. The Sellers have recently refurbished part of the lower level of the property to provide a larger living room and entrance vestibule.
The farmhouse benefits from an attractive and extensive area of garden ground which lies to the front of the property with views of the Pentland Hills to the north. The garden area is predominantly laid to lawn with several mature broadleaved trees providing an element of privacy and shelter. The garden also contains a large vegetable patch and polytunnel.
Traditional Steading Range
Adjacent to the farmhouse and forming a courtyard formation there is a range of traditional farm buildings comprising:
Adjoining the farmhouse to the west, of traditional stone set under a slate roof, the building contains various stores, former
joiner’s workshop and a garage.
Adjoining the farmhouse to the east there is a traditional barn which is currently let to a local antiques dealer.
Farm Office and Butchery
Forming the southern wing of the traditional steading, of traditional stone set under a slate roof, housing a purpose-built butchery comprising Processing Room, Chill Units, WC and
Kitchen. The upper level of the building has been converted into an office and storage space.
The courtyard buildings 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 accommodation and dimensions for each building are laid out in more detail in the
WHITMUIR FARM SHOP AND CAFÉ
Situated on the opposite side of the car park from the traditional steading, there is a purpose-built Farm Shop and Café of timber frame construction
under a slate and high spec rubber roof with a concrete floor and timber side cladding.
In addition to the traditional farm buildings and the shop, there is a range of modern buildings including:
Old Silage Shed (15.0m x 7.35m)
Of timber frame construction under a corrugated roof with a concrete floor.
Located to the south west of the farmhouse and traditional steading there are 6 Polytunnel, and a Keder House, with over half an acre in total of protected cropping. Adjacent to the polytunnels
there is an orchard and further veg growing area, plus a set of beehives (operated by a beekeeper).
Caddy Store (4.25m x 3.15m)
Of timber frame construction under a box profile roof with a concrete floor.
Further up the track from the principal range of traditional buildings there is a further range of buildings comprising;
Cattle Court 1 (26.8m x 10.18m)
Of timber frame construction under a box profile roof with Yorkshire board side cladding.
Cattle Court 2 (40m x 11.7m)
Of timber frame construction under a box profile roof with part concrete floor and Yorkshire board side cladding. The building benefits from feed barriers along one side.
A roof-mounted 50Kw solar panel array feeds into the new building, offsetting much of the power used in summer months and generating an income in excess of £4,000 per annum.
Store Shed (13.0m x 8.3m)
Of timber frame construction under a box profile roof
Located at the foot of the small hill and to the south of the modern buildings there is a large Yurt which is served by mains water and power and has been used both for accommodation
and for educational meetings (seats 20-30).
The land at Whitmuir extends to approximately 56.33 Ha (139.19 Acres) in total and is split into several enclosures but lies in a single ring-fenced block. The land has been farmed on an organic system for 20 years, producing beef, lamb, pork and vegetables for sale in the Farm Shop. A small area of land adjacent to the polytunnels is primarily used for vegetables and fruit with the remainder of the holding run as a livestock enterprise. The farmland is serviced by an excellent internal farm track which leads south from the farm steading to the top of the hill providing a good level of field to field access to almost every enclosure. The farmland has principally been classified as Grade 4.2 and 5.1/5.2 by The James Hutton Institute and is well suited to grazing and fodder production.
The woodland areas comprise a mixture of commercial and amenity trees and several new woodland areas have been sympathetically planted over the last 21 years improving the level of shelter and amenity but also adding other environmental benefits. All of the farmland is situated to the south of the A701 public road and is generally of a slight northerly aspect rising from 258m above sea level at its lowest point adjacent to the public road to 375m above sea level at the top of the hill. The farmland is currently in year 3 of a 5 year Organic Maintenance Scheme.
The missives of sale will be subject to the purchaser(s) granting a standard security in favour of the Sellers to clawback 25% of the uplift in value, in the event of planning permission being granted for any residential or large scale renewable development purposes within the subjects of sale being obtained subsequent to the date of entry for a period of 25 years. Further details are available from the Selling Agents.
The lease for the terraced area of ground which is currently let to company called Quercus is due to expire on 31th December 2021. The existing timber building and surrounding fencing are deemed to be tenant’s fixtures and would therefore be excluded from the sale. Junk Shop Antiques currently lease part of the modern farm shop as gallery the existing agreement is due to expire in December 2021. Further details of on both arranagments are available from the selling agents.
EMPLOYEES & TRANSFER OF UNDERTAKINGS (PROTECTION OF EMPLOYMENT) REGULATIONS (TUPE)
Further details of the employees and their terms and conditions will be made available following a formal viewing, confirmation of proof of purchase and a signed non disclosure confidentially agreement. Further details are available from the Selling Agents.
From Edinburgh travel south on the A701 from the Loanhead junction A720/By-pass. Follow this road for about 12 miles and the property is located on the left about ½ a mile after leaving the village of Lamancha. Whitmuir is accessed directly off the A701 via an access road which leads to a large car park adjacent to the traditional farm buildings.