Dyke Farm is situated just ½ a mile to the north of the popular settlement of Slamannan and approximately 5.5 miles south west of the town Falkirk providing an excellent range of shops, retail outlets, and other professional services …
Dyke Farm is situated just ½ a mile to the north of the popular settlement of Slamannan and approximately 5.5 miles south west of the town Falkirk providing an excellent range of shops, retail outlets, and other professional services together with good leisure and recreational facilities.
Dyke Farm is conveniently located within Central Scotland only a short distance from all main arterial routes including the M9 and M8 allowing swift access to Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh, with Edinburgh Airport and the Forth Road Bridge beyond. Rail links are available from nearby Polmont and Falkirk train stations, both with services to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a regular bus service leads from Avonbridge to surrounding areas as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Nursery and primary schooling is available at Slamannan Primary school which is located just under a mile from the property, with secondary schooling available at Falkirk High School located some 6 miles from the property.
The surrounding area is well catered for by established agricultural contractors and suppliers alongside excellent and ever growing equestrian and agricultural outlets at Stirling Agricultural Centre about 22 miles to the north west of the property.
Dyke Farm comprises a productive and versatile mixed farming unit extending to about 147.52 Ha (364.52 Acres) in total and is centred on an attractive traditional farmhouse and an adaptable range of traditional and modern farm buildings. The farmhouse and farm buildings are located centrally within the holding and are accessed directly off the minor public road which leads east from the B803. The farmland is split into 6 separate blocks by a network of public roads which lead in various directions from the farmhouse and farmyard.
The land has been classified as a mixture of Grade 4 and Grade 5 by the James Hutton Institute and is predominantly all down to a mix of silage, pasture and grazing ground.
The current owners acquired the farm in 1988 and the farming system has been centred on a mixed livestock and sheep enterprise with cereals grown as part of the rotation and with grain and straw used for home consumption. The land has benefitted from a healthy application of farmyard manure over the years helping 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 livestock and sheep enterprise, and although latterly stocking numbers have been reduced in recent years, the farm with the addition of approximately 200 acres let on a seasonal basis, originally carried around 145 suckler cows plus followers with 1,100 sheep.
METHOD OF SALE
Dyke Farm is offered for sale a whole or in 5 lots as follows:
LOT 1 – DYKE FARMHOUSE, STEADING TO THE SOUTH OF THE ROAD AND LAND EXTENDING TO 12.68 HA (31.33 ACRES)
Dyke Farmhouse is located centrally within the holding and is accessed directly off the minor public road which leads east from the B803 culminating in a large area of tarmac and concrete to the rear of the house providing ample space for parking for a number of vehicles. The farmhouse is of traditional stone construction set under a slate roof and benefits from southerly views over the surrounding countryside towards Slamannan. The house provides spacious and well laid out accommodation over two levels and benefits from a sufficient area of surrounding ground which may provide the opportunity for potential extension of the existing accommodation. The accommodation and room dimensions are set out in more detail in the floor plans contained within these particulars.
To the front of the farmhouse there is an attractive area of garden ground which is mostly laid to lawn and is enclosed by a stone wall to the front and a number of mature trees to the west providing a significant level of shelter and privacy. To the north west of the property there is a further area of lawn and a drying green which is accessed via a separate drive which leads to the rear of the farmhouse and adjacent traditional building. There is a small tin roofed store adjacent to the farmhouse.
The farm buildings within Lot 1 are situated in a group adjacent to the farmhouse and to the south of the minor public road. They provide an excellent range of adaptable modern and traditional buildings as follows:
Traditional Barn (21.0m x 6.5m) located adjacent to the farmhouse of stone and slate construction with a concrete floor. The building may present further development opportunities for alternative residential or business use subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents. The barley bruising, mixer and bins situated in this buildings are included in the sale.
Pole Barn (22.7m x 18.2m) of timber frame construction under a tin roof with block walls and a stone floor with a central feed passage.
Implement Shed (28.3m x 8.5m + 18.2m x 4.95m) of steel portal and timber frame construction under a tin roof with a part concrete and part stone floor. The buildings is currently used as a workshop and for machinery storage.
Modern Store (12.1m x 7.32m) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile roof and side cladding with a part concrete and earth floor.
Pair of adjoining straw sheds:
Straw Shed 1 (24.3m x 12.1m) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile roof with concrete panel walls and an earth and stone floor.
Straw Shed 2/Grain Store 2 (30.4m x 12.1m) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile roof with concrete panel walls with a part concrete
and earth/stone floor.
Cattle Court (30.9m x 17.7m) of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated roof with block walls, Yorkshire board side cladding, and a stone floor with a central feed passage.
Timber Stable (7.31m x 3.65m) located in the yard area of timber frame construction providing two stables.
Office (3.6m x 2.39m) located adjacent to the farmhouse, of brick construction under a tin roof with a concrete floor.
LOT 1 FARMLAND EXTENDING TO ABOUT 12.68 HA (31.33 ACRES)
The farmland in Lot 1 extends to approximately 12.68 Ha (31.33 Acres) in total and is located to the south of the farmhouse and buildings and is accessed directly from the farm steading or via the public road which bounds the land to the west. The land has been classified as Grade 4 and Grade 5 by the James Hutton Institute and is currently all down to pasture. The land is generally of a southerly aspect rising from 147m adjacent to the River Avon to 167m above sea level at its highest point to north western boundary of the farm steading.
LOT 2 – LAND EXTENDING TO ABOUT 57.17 HA (141.27 ACRES)
A productive and accessible block of farmland and woodland located to the north west of the holding extending to about 57.17 Ha (141.27 Acres) in total. The land is split into 5 enclosures including an area of amenity woodland and has been classified as Grade 4 and 5 by the James Hutton Institute. The enclosures are all of a good size and are accessed either directly from the B803 or via a shared private road which leads to Garbethill to the west. The majority of farmland is of a southerly aspect with field 4 facing to the north, and overall the land rises from 170m on the southern boundary to 190m above sea level at its highest point adjacent to the private road. The farmland provides an excellent mix of arable, ploughable pasture and productive grazing ground. There is large concrete plinth within field 6 which offers an excellent area for fodder or manure storage.
LOT 3 – FARM BUILDINGS AND LAND EXTENDING TO ABOUT 39.43 HA (97.43 ACRES)
Located on the opposite side of the public road from Lot 1, there is the remainder of the modern farm steading comprising:
Pole Barn 2 (24.7m x 8.8m) of timber frame construction under a box profile roof with concrete panel walls and a stone floor.
Outdoor Silage Pit with concrete walls and floor and capacity for approximately 2,000 tonnes plus.
Lambing Shed (48.7m x 9.06m) of steel portal frame construction under a tin roof with block and concrete panel walls, a stone floor and Ventair side cladding.
Principal Cattle Shed (48.7m x 23.2m) of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated roof with block walls and two raised concrete feed passages.
Adjoining to the principal Cattle Shed there are two Lean-to Sheds:
Shed 1 (48.7m x 8.4m) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile non-drip sheet roof, block walls, box profile side cladding and a stone floor.
Shed 2 (48.7m x 8.4m) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile non-drip sheet roof, block walls, Yorkshire board side cladding and a stone floor.
Yard Area located to north of the buildings there is large area of hard standing used for machinery and fodder storage.
LOT 3 FARMLAND EXTENDING TO ABOUT 39.43 HA (97.43 ACRES)
The land within Lot 3 extends in total to approximately 39.43 Ha (97.43 Acres) and is located to the north of farm buildings and comprises a mix of ploughable pasture and grazing ground. The land is of a southerly aspect and rises from 165m on the southern boundary to 180m above sea level at its highest point on the northern boundary of the land holding. The enclosures are accessed from the farm buildings or directly from the B803 or the minor public road which bounds the land to the west and south respectively. The farmland is classified as Grade 4 and 5 by the James Hutton Institute.
LOT 4 – LAND EXTENDING TO ABOUT 26.09 HA (64.47 ACRES)
A productive block of arable and pasture land located to the south east of the holding and extending to about 26.09 Ha (64.47 Acres) in total. The land is split into 4 enclosures which are of a good size and can easily accommodate modern machinery. The farmland is classified as Grade 4.1 and 5.2 by the James Hutton Institute. The land is accessed from the public road which bounds the land to the north. The arable land is generally of a southerly aspect with the pasture ground being level, overall rising from 146m to 170m above sea level.
LOT 5 – LAND EXTENDING TO ABOUT 12.15 HA (30.02 ACRES)
A block of grazing and pasture land located to north east of the holding and extending to about 12.15 Ha (31.02 Acres) in total. The land is situated in a single enclosure and is classified as Grade 5.2 and 5.3 by the James Hutton Institute. The land is accessed via a private track which leads from the minor public road to the south west of the subjects. The farmland is generally of a slight southerly aspect rising from 180m to 190m above sea level at its highest point on the northern boundary of the subjects.
At junction 4 of M90 take the southern exit of the roundabout onto the A801 signed to Bathgate. Follow this road for about 1.75 miles, and at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the B825 signed to Avonbridge/Standburn. Follow this road for about 4 miles through and to the west of Avonbridge before turning right onto the B8022 signed to Slamannan. Follow this road for a further 2.75 miles, then in the main street of the village of Slamannan turn right onto the B803 signed to Falkirk. Follow this road for about ½ mile before taking the next minor public road on the right signed to Shieldhill. Dyke Farmhouse and steading are situated on the right immediately after this junction.