Extensive arable and dairy farm.
Drum Farm is situated in the north-east of Scotland, to the east of the town of Keith in an area known for its productive farmland.
Keith has a good range of shops, together with business, banking and leisure facilities, which include tennis courts, cricket and bowling clubs, a sports and community centre and swimming pool. Keith Golf Club has an 18-hole parkland golf course. Other courses in the area include Buckpool at Buckie, Banff, Macduff, Elgin and Lossiemouth.
The nearest primary schools are in Keith, with secondary education at Keith Grammar School. Gordonstoun is about 27 miles away.
Inverness and Aberdeen Airports are easily reached via the A96 and Inverness and Aberdeen provide all the facilities expected of a major city. There is a railway station in Keith on the Aberdeen to Inverness line.
The Moray coast, about 10 miles to the north, is famed for its high sunshine rate, beautiful beaches, dolphins, wonderful sailing, and traditional fishing villages and towns, such as Portsoy and Banff. To the south-west lie the Cairngorms, offering wonderful walking and mountaineering. There is skiing at the Lecht ski centre and at Cairngorm Mountain near Aviemore.
The farm is situated close to the famous Speyside area of the Scottish malt whisky distilling industry, that is not only a popular draw for tourists following the Malt Whisky Trail, but also a useful outlet for malting barley.
Moray is well served by agricultural merchants and grain merchants and there is a successful local machinery ring which can provide additional farming resources as required.
The property extends in total to about 452 acres comprising 324 acres arable/ploughable pasture, 117 acres permanent pasture and 7 acres woodland. The land, ranging from 105m to 155m above sea level, is predominantly flat with some steeper pasture to the south of the farm towards the Burn of Drum. The majority of the land, which has a mainly southerly aspect, is classified as Class 3(2) by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research with some Class 4(1).
The arable fields are of a good workable size and layout with good access from the public roads and a network of internal tracks. The pasture to the south-east of the farm has a 3m fenced cattle track for easy movement for milking.
All winter fodder is produced on the farm and silage can be taken off the majority of farmland, with about 200 acres of barley grown in the rotation. With regular applications of manure the land is in good heart. The unit currently carries 120-180 commercial Holstein milking cows plus followers. 500 Cheviot Hoggs are bought in August to be finished. The milk is currently sold under contract with Muller Wiseman.
LOT 1 DRUM FARM 417 ACRES
The farmhouse occupies a private position, divided from the working farm steading by the traditional stone buildings. It is stone built under a slate roof and provides a spacious family home with well laid out accommodation. A short drive diverts from the main road to gravelled parking areas to the front and rear of the house. The accommodation over two storeys is as shown on the accompanying layout plans.
The front door opens to the hallway. Off this are the three reception rooms, being the sun room, dining room and the sitting room. There is direct access from the sun room to the sitting room, as well as through the hallway. The kitchen, which is at the back of the house, is fitted with wooden wall and base units with tiled splashbacks and incorporating a Neff double oven and hob, sink and plumbing for dishwasher. The rear hallway gives access to a fitted utility room, farm office and WC.
Upstairs off the landing is the master bedroom with ensuite shower room, four further bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower, wash basin and WC.
There is an attractive main area of garden at the front of the house with lawns and borders. To the rear of the house is a double garage and woodshed.
Nos. 3 & 4 Drum Cottages are a pair of semi-detached two-storey cottages situated adjacent to the traditional steading range. The accommodation in each comprises a sitting room, kitchen, four bedrooms and a bathroom. Both cottages benefit from double glazing. To the front of the cottages is space for parking and enclosed gardens mainly down to lawn.
Drum Farm is equipped with an extensive range of modern buildings with housing for cattle as well as about 1,000 tonnes of grain storage. It benefits from direct access off the public road.
1. Nissen Shed with lean-to garage 14.3m x 8.7m
2. Workshop 22.9m x 8.7m
3. Grain Storage 32.4m x 11.1m
4. Workshop 14.4m x 6.4m
5. Grain Storage and Dryer 24.6m x 18.1m
6. Calf Shed 31.8m x 17.3m
7. Covered Silage Pit 31.6m x 17.4m
8. Covered Silage Pit 61.6m x 18.1m
9. Cattle Court 48.4m x 15.2m
10. Cubicle Shed 28.2m x 21.6m
11. Traditional Range 26.4m x 4.1m
12. Cattle Court 31.2m x 15.1m
13. Cubicle Shed 26m x 15.7m
14. Milking Parlour 23.2m x 20.4m
15. Traditional Range 27.6m x 5m
16. Slurry Tank
Lot 1 extends to 417 acres in total and comprises 292 acres arable/ploughable pasture, 113 acres permanent pasture and 7 acres woodland. The majority of the land is arable/ploughable pasture but to the south of the farm, running down to the Burn of Drum, lies some steeper land more suited to permanent pasture.
LOT 2 FIELD AT NORTH DRUM 35 ACRES
Lying to the north of the farm, this block of land is accessed directly from the A95 public road. The land extends to 35 acres in total and comprises 31 acres arable/ploughable pasture and 3 acres permanent pasture. DRUM
LOT 3 NO.5 DRUM COTTAGE – (SOLD)
Acreage: 452 Acres