Castle Douglas, DG7 3JQ
AN EXCEPTIONAL HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE STOCK REARING AND ARABLE FARM LOCATED ON THE PERIPHERY OF THE MARKET TOWN OF CASTLE DOUGLAS WITHIN DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY
Offered for Sale
Blackerne Farm is situated on the periphery of the pretty market town of Castle Douglas. Blackerne Farm is an exceptional stock rearing and arable farm, benefitting from a traditional farmhouse, two farm cottages, modern and traditional farm buildings and about 460 acres of agricultural land. The agricultural land is highly productive and is capable of growing a range of cereal and other forage crops. This season about 63 acres is down to spring barley and the farm is self-sufficient in home grown cereals and forage.
The farmhouse at Blackerne benefits from an elevated site with far reaching views across the surrounding countryside. The property has been well-maintained within the current ownership, but may benefit from some cosmetic upgrading, however, provides a blank canvas for any potential purchaser. There are also two traditional detached farm cottages, which in recent years been let to farm workers and again, require some cosmetic upgrading.
Local services are conveniently located within Castle Douglas (The Food Town), which forms the heart of the Stewartry area. Castle Douglas offers all essential services with a comprehensive range of leisure facilities, a modern health service, wide range of professional services as well as two national supermarkets. The high street is renowned for its niche retailing with a wide range of traditional shops and craft outlets. Primary & Secondary education is available within the town.
This traditional farmhouse occupies an elevated site adjacent to the farmyard, benefitting from mature garden grounds to the side and front of the property. The dwelling is of traditional construction rendered under a tiled roof. The property offers five bedroomed family accommodation over two floors
THE FARM COTTAGES
Located to the west of Blackerne Farm is a pair of detached farm cottages, Kyle & Alva. The cottages benefit from garden grounds, bound by neat dry-stone dykes, they are of traditional construction rendered, Alva under a slated roof and Kyle under a tiled roof with both benefitting from hard-standing parking and a detached single garage. The properties are mirror images of each other and offer one and a half storey accommodation.
BLACKERNE FARM STEADING
The extensive steading buildings are a mixture of modern and traditional construction and span the minor public road, the steading is utilised for livestock housing and fodder storage.
A numbered aerial plan of the steading is contained within the particulars, which should be cross referenced with the details contained therein.
Blackerne Farm extends in total to about 469.66 acres (190.07 Ha), including the areas occupied by the farmhouse, cottages, steading, yards, access roads, woodland etc.
The holding features 28 specific field enclosures, which are currently down to cereals or grass for grazing and conservation (silage). The land is classified as predominantly yield class 4 of the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research (Land Capability Study), as produced by the James Hutton Institute. The farm is self-sufficient in home grown forage and capable of any type of livestock production or cropping. The land has benefitted from a rotational system of reseeding and is well-fenced and watered with good access to all enclosures.
BASIC PAYMENT ENTITLEMENTS
The whole of the agricultural land has been allocated payment region 1. We are advised that the vendors are active farmers (as currently defined under EU Regulation 1307/2013 and the Scottish Statutory Instrument 2014/58). We are further informed that the sellers completed an IACS/SAF submission 2021 (a copy of which can be made available for inspection from the sole selling agents during normal office hours).
Blackerne Farm benefits from 182.66 units of region 1 entitlements with illustrative unit values of €160.66 (Euros). The sellers will use their best endeavours to complete the necessary documentation to transfer any and all established Basic Payment Entitlements.
For the avoidance of doubt any such payments already applied for prior to the completion date, will be retained by the sellers, i.e., the 2021 Basic Payment and 2021 greening payment.
The purchaser upon occupation of the subjects of sale will be required and be responsible to comply with the statutory management requirements and good agricultural and environmental conditions, as laid down within the cross-compliance documentation 2021, this obligation expires on 31st December 2021.
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