CLOSING DATE NOVEMBER 28TH 2017
Collielaw Farm is located 4 miles north of the ancient burgh of Lauder in the Scottish Borders, an area renowned for its productive farmland and country pursuits. The area is well served by good local shops in Lauder (4 miles), Earlston (11.5 miles) and Melrose (18 miles), with larger supermarkets and a greater variety of choice in Galashiels (17 miles). Despite the secluded and peaceful rural surroundings, Edinburgh is within daily commuting distance (23 miles). Edinburgh Airport is 31 miles away offering both national and international flights.
Lauder has an excellent range of local facilities including a number of independent retailers, cafés and hotels. The farm also lies within the catchment area of the highly regarded Earlston High School and the local primary school in Oxton, Channelkirk Primary School. The preparatory schools of St Mary’s and Longridge Towers are located at Melrose and near Berwick-upon-Tweed (37 miles) respectively. In addition, the private schools of Edinburgh are within reach.
The area is well served by numerous grain merchants, an active machinery ring and agricultural suppliers and there are regular livestock markets at St Boswells (17 miles). The main agricultural
show, The Border Union, takes place in July at Kelso and the annual Kelso Ram Sales in September is the largest event of its type in Europe.
There is an active local hunt (Lauderdale Hunt), and shooting and fishing are available nearby. There are opportunities to take shooting throughout the Borders and Lothians, while the River
Tweed, one of the world’s most revered salmon rivers, lies 14 miles to the south.
Collielaw Farm occupies an attractive position in Lauderdale surrounded by rolling farmland with the backdrop of the Lammermuir Hills to the east. This productive arable and stock farm is equipped with two attractive houses and an extensive range of modern buildings towards the centre.
The farm also benefits from a Biomass system which not only supplies the houses, workshops and grain drier with an efficient heat source but is also capable of generating a useful diversified income.
The farm extends to 581.59 acres in total, is classified by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research as a mixture of Class 3, 4 and 5, and slopes gently from the eastern boundary at about
220m to the top of Collie Law, towards the western boundary, at 381m above sea level. While formerly run as a mixed livestock and arable unit, for the last nine years the focus has been on arable production and the owners have carried out a detailed nutrient analysis across the farm and implemented a management plan to maintain consistent nutrient levels. The farm has also benefited from an annual spreading of compost over the last four years. For the last two years this has comprised about 1,000 tonnes per year and previous years in the region of 400 tonnes.
The present farming system is based on a rotation of winter wheat, oil seed rape, winter barley, spring barley and temporary grass or oats.
The holding lies within a single contiguous block intersected only by a minor public road which facilitates easy access to a number of fields with the remainder largely accessed off internal hard
tracks. The fields are well laid out and of a generous size accommodating modern machinery.
The land on Collielaw is analysed as:
Arable – 525.05 acres
Pasture – 17.79 acres
Woodland – 24.43 acres
Other – 14.24 acres
Total – 581.59 acres
In addition to the arable enterprise, approximately 200 ewes are grazed on the pasture with the lambs normally sold finished off grass in the late summer.
In recent years, about 200 head of cattle have been over wintered in two of the general purpose sheds on a “Bed & Breakfast” basis, with the manure being applied across the farm.
The farm is offered for sale as a whole or in up to three lots as follows:
Lot 1 Collielaw Farm
Farm buildings and biomass plant
378 acres farmland
About 414 acres in total
Lots 2 & 3
Lot 2 – 100 acres of arable
Lot 3 – 63 acres of arable
LOT 1 COLLIELAW FARM
Collielaw Farmhouse is an attractive Georgian farmhouse occupying a south facing position affording fine views southwards down the Lauderdale valley. It is principally constructed of stone under a pitched slate roof with harled and painted walls. Internally it retains many original period features including corniced ceilings, picture and dado rails, working window shutters and wood panelled doors, and the sitting room features a fine curved wall and cupboard.
The accommodation is well laid out for a farming family, providing space, practicality and ample room for entertaining, as shown on the accompanying layout plans and photographs. The principal rooms on the ground floor include a sitting room, dining room and a large kitchen with doors opening onto the garden, all of which are generously proportioned with plentiful natural light. At the centre of the house a staircase leads from the hallway to five bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Collielaw Bothy is a deceptively spacious house sympathetically converted from a former bothy and adjoining byres by the owners in 2010 and then extended further in 2013. Where possible the owners have used locally reclaimed materials to retain the character of the building while also creating a modern and functional home. The focal point of the house is the large open plan kitchen and sitting room which has large dual aspect windows opening onto the garden and flooding the room with natural light. The later extension has high vaulted ceilings and a mezzanine room above the kitchen area. At the centre of the house is a dining hallway off which there is a sitting room and conservatory. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, a bathroom and a dressing room.
Collielaw is serviced by a 995kW Lin-ka biomass district heating plant which was accredited by Ofgem in June 2017 and has a 20 year tariff lifetime. The plant, together with the conveyor, is
housed between two sheds (Nos. 7 and 8) towards the centre of the steading which enables easy and efficient distribution of heat via underground pipes to the two residential properties, the workshop buildings and the grain dryer.
The boiler is primarily fuelled by straw which is fed via an automatic conveyor and shredder but can also burn wood chips. The system is equipped with an automatic extraction auger which deposits ash in an enclosed bunker accommodating up to 12 months storage.
The anticipated Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) income is reported to be about £75,000 per annum based on current usage, but the boiler system could have capacity to be eligible for up to about £140,000 at maximum output.
The farm buildings at Collielaw are primarily of modern construction and are well laid out and easily accessible from the public road. The buildings are serviced by three phase electricity and water from the private supply. The workshops and grain drier are heated off the biomass system.
Lot 1 extends to about 414.11 acres in total and comprises 360.73 acres arable, 17.79 acres pasture and 24.68 acres woodland. It is contained within a ring fence and ranges from 220m above sea level near the steading to about 381m. The land is mainly classified by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research as Class 4 and 5.
Lots 2 & 3
Lots 2 and 3 are located on the eastern edge of the farm and are both accessed directly off the public road. These four productive arable fields are classified by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research as Class 3(2) and sit at between 200m and 235m above sea level. Lot 2 sits to the south of the road and extends to 103.63 acres in total and Lot 3 sits to the north extending to 63.85 acres in total.
Acreage: 581 Acres
From the north, follow the A68 southwards towards Lauder. At Carfraemill, continue straight over the roundabout, remaining on the A68. 1.1 miles after the roundabout turn right (signposted Pilmuir and Bowerhouse). Continue for 0.5 miles before turning right again (signposted Collielaw). Follow the road for 0.5 miles and then take the first left. Continue on the road for a short distance and the farm is situated straight in front. From the south, follow the A68 northwards towards Edinburgh. 2.5 miles north of Lauder turn left (signposted Pilmuir). Follow directions as above.