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VID: 730ac residential cattle & arable farm with €3.4m guide has it all

Kirkmabreck Farm, Creetown, Newton Stewart, extending to 730.89-acres of agricultural and recently created woodland and comprising a farmhouse, a cottage, and a range of traditional and modern farm outbuildings, has just hit the market through Threave Rural.

According to the selling agents, the farm is a “highly productive, exceptional” stock-rearing and arable farm, with agricultural land ranging from good mowing and cropping land to productive permanent pasture.

The farm is 9 miles from Newton Stewart, 8.5 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet, 40 miles from Drumfries and 75 miles from Carlisle.

The area of the farm also includes the site of a disused granite quarry and further established woodland.

Kirkmabreck house

The house at Kirkmabreck has been a family home for many years, which has been “sympathetically modernised and maintained to a really high standard”.

It benefits from a spectacular elevated site with far-reaching views across Wigtown Bay and beyond.

The house offers spacious, presented family accommodation over two floors, including a rear entrance porch, a cloakroom, a rear hallway, a farm office and a kitchen/diner on the first floor.

Meanwhile, on the first floor, there is a split landing, four double bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Services include oil-fired central heating, a mains electricity connection, private drainage, a private water supply, a wood-burning stove, a telephone line and a CCTV system with nine cameras covering the farmhouse and steading.

Kirkmabreck Farmhouse benefits from its own dedicated access, which isolates it from the working farm, offering “a degree of privacy”.

A tarmac driveway gives access to parking and a detached double garage, while well-maintained garden grounds offer dedicated areas for alfresco dining and family or social entertaining.

Meanwhile, the farm cottage at Kirkmabreck is in “excellent order” and, at present, is occupied on a short-assured tenancy, although vacant possession can be given at the time of completion.

Fertile, well-drained & fenced

Kirkmabreck is a “highly productive” livestock and stock-rearing unit.

The land is classified as mainly yield classes 4 & 5 of the Macaulay Land Capability Scale as produced by the James Hutton Institute.

The land is fertile, well-drained and fenced and benefits from a modern agricultural steading, the agent noted.

The farm is well laid out with access tracks and shelter belts, which give a degree of sporting potential.

The farm benefits from a farm woodland grant scheme covering 62.91 hectares of conifers & 18.59 hectares of broadleaves.

The management payments continue until 2025 and provide a useful income stream.

It should be noted that the farm road is within the local authority council control and maintained by them.

Land

Kirkmabreck Farm extends in total to about 730.89 acres (295.79 hectares), including the areas occupied by the farmhouse, cottage, steading, access roads, woodlands, etc.

The agricultural land lies within a ring fence and is well-serviced with a network of farm tracks giving good access to most of the field enclosures.

The land lies within 33 specific, good-sized field enclosures.

The land is fertile, well-fenced and watered, and the farm is self-sufficient in-home grown forage.

Kirkmabreck is “well renowned” for the quality of its livestock, and the cattle are normally sold as forward stores.

The steading consists of mainly steel portal structures, which are being used for the over-wintering of the beef herd, forage storage and general farming activity.

They include a range of traditional barns and byres, a general-purpose steel portal open frontage shed, a traditional Dutch barn, a stone-built former barn, a silage clamp, two cattle sheds, a slurry ring and a Collinson-type feed bin.

Forestry

Besides, Kirkmabreck entered into a forestry grant scheme in 2020 which is located to the north-eastern end of the farm.

The contract ref, 20FGS50264 / 001, covers 62.91 hectares of conifers and 18.59 hectares of broadleaf trees.

The management agreement runs to 2025 with an annual payment of £11,547.36 for the broadleaf trees and £13,085.28 for the conifers.

The sellers and their forestry agents will provide a successor form at the completion of the missives to allow the purchaser to continue with this scheme, according to the agent.

Basic Payment Entitlements

The whole of the agricultural land has been allocated to payment region 1 & 2.

The agents have been advised that the vendors are active farmers (as currently defined under EU Regulation 1307/2013 and the Scottish Statutory Instrument 2014/58).

The firm is further informed that the sellers completed an IACS/SAF submission 2023 (a copy of which can be made available for inspection from the sole selling agents during normal office hours).

Kirkmabreck Farm benefits from 204.99 units of region 1 entitlements with illustrative unit values of €165.63 & 69.92 units of region 2 with an illustrative value of €36.16.

“The sellers will use their best endeavours to complete the necessary documentation to transfer any and all established Basic Payment Entitlements,” the firm noted.

For the avoidance of doubt, any such payments already applied for before the completion date, will be retained by the sellers, i.e., the 2023 Basic Payment, 2023 greening payment and LFASS.

The property is guiding at £3,000,000, which equates to just over €3,485,500.

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