Lot 1 Whitlaw Farmhouse

Lauder, Scottish Borders, TD2 6QA

Offers Over £595,000

5.61 acres

Bedroom Count icon 5

Reception Count icon 2

Bathroom Count icon 3

  • Traditional farmhouse with 5 bedrooms and 3 public rooms
  • Productive block of pasture and grazing ground
  • Rural and secluded yet accessible location close to amenities

SITUATIONWhitlaw Farm is situated in a private position about 2 miles to the north west of Lauder, a popular small Borders town located in the upper valley of the Leader Water. The town benefits from a good range of amenities including a modern and well regarded primary school, church, shops, hotels, petrol station and modern health centre. Secondary schooling is at the popular and highly regarded Earlston High School with further school options at St Mary’s Preparatory School in Melrose or via the wider range of independent schools in Edinburgh.This desirable and highly accessible area of the Scottish Borders is only 20 miles south east of the Edinburgh City By-pass and is within very easy reach of nearby Earlston (9 miles), Galashiels (12 miles) and Kelso (20 miles) which provide an excellent range of business services and recreational facilities. Edinburgh City is highly accessible either via the A68 through Lauderdale or rail travel via the Edinburgh-Borders railway which is 7 miles away in Stow.Edinburgh Airport (35 miles) offers a wide range of domestic, European and international flights and Berwick-upon-Tweed lies 35 miles to the east and offers a regular rail service on the main east coast line to London King’s Cross (journey time approximately 3 hours 40 minutes). Traditionally this area of the Borders is known for its mixed farming units combining fertile land capable of producing excellent yields of a 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 (13.5 miles), Stirling Mart (67 miles) and the Borderway Mart at Carlisle (75 miles) used as outlets for livestock which the area is renowned for producing.LOT 1: WHITLAW FARMHOUSE, GARDEN, OUTBUILDINGS AND PADDOCK 2.27 HA (5.61 ACRES)Whitlaw FarmhouseThe farmhouse is situated centrally within the holding and to the east of the range of farm buildings. The farmhouse benefits from a private and elevated position with south easterly views over the surrounding countryside. The property is of traditional stone construction set under a pitched slate roof and provides spacious accommodation over two floors. The accommodation and room dimensions are set out in more detail in the floor plan contained within these particulars.Garden GroundThe property is surrounded by an attractive area of garden which is mostly laid to lawn with a large area of gravel to the west providing a sufficient area for parking a number of vehicles. There is also a patio and outdoor dining area located to the east of the house. The garden is enclosed to the north and south by areas of mature broadleaved trees, which provide shelter and privacy from the adjacent properties. Located immediately adjacent to the farmhouse there is a former Walled Garden area which separates the farmhouse from the adjoining third party property known as Ladypart House.OutbuildingsAdjoining the farmhouse to the west are several traditional outbuildings set under slate roofs comprising wood and coal stores and an outdoor WC.Boiler Shed (5.13m x 3.32m)Located to the rear of the farmhouse, of block construction, under a tin roof with a concrete floor. The building houses a domestic biomass boiler which was installed in 2016 and serves the farmhouse.Nissan HutLocated to the rear of the Walled Garden, of steel portal frame under a tin roof with an earth floor.Land & GroundsThe land area accompanying Lot 1 extends to approximately 2.27 Ha (5.61 Acres) in total and comprises a mix amenity woodland to the north and south of the house with a small paddock to the east extending to approximately 1.1 Ha (2.72 Acres). The paddock has principally been classified as Grade 4.2 by The James Hutton Institute. The paddock can be easily accessed from either the shared access road or the farmhouse and would be well suited for the grazing of livestock or equestrian use. The land sits between approximately 236m to 249m above sea level at its highest point on the northern boundary directly above the residential dwelling.THIRD PARTY RIGHTS AND SERVITUDESThe farm is accessed via a private road that leads west from the adopted public road at Lauder Industrial Estate. The private road is shared with another 4 proprietors and also forms part of the Core Path which leads west from Lauder. Any repair or an obligation to contribute towards the cost of the upkeep of the farm road is shared on a user basis.The “Girthgate Course” which was originally a Medieval Road and now forms a public right of way crosses part of the hill ground towards the western boundary of Lot 2. There is also a right of way passing through Lot 4.The Modern Straw Shed and part of the yard area to the north of the farm steading (as outlined on the sale plan) will be subject to licence to occupy arrangement in favour of the Sellers until 30th of April 2024.The purchaser(s) of enclosures 8-12 to the west of Lot 2 and land forming Lot 4 will be responsible upon occupation of the subjects of sale to comply fully with a restricted grazing regime as part of the neighbouring woodland plantation scheme which lies to the north of the subjects of sale. Further details are available from the Selling Agents.In conjunction with the neighbouring woodland plantation scheme, the purchaser of Lot 4 will be fully responsible upon occupation of the subjects forming Lot 4, for all future maintainence, repair and renew of the deer fence, which will run along the north eastern boundary of the enclosure between points C-D-E on the sale plan. Further details are available from the Selling Agents.There is private water pipe which crosses part of the land forming Lot 3 and serves the properties known as Whitlaw Farmhouse, Whitlaw Cottage, Trabrown Hill, and Ladypart House.The purchaser of Lot 3 will benefit from a right of access over the area ground to the south of modern cattle shed which is shown in green on the sale plan.In addition, please note the Modern Straw Shed and part of the yard area to the north of the farm steading (outlined in yellow on the sale plan) will be subject to licence to occupy arrangement in favour of the sellers until 30th of April 2024.In the event the farm is sold in lots, a deed of condition will be entered into by the purchasers governing access, maintenance, shared access, service media and boundaries.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.