Keen Irish interest is anticipated for mixed Scots farm
DEMAND from Irish farmers and those south of the Scottish border is expected for a 775-acre mixed farm near Kelso.
"There is a great demand from Irish buyers who can sell their current farm for an exceptional price and move to a larger acreage in Scotland," said Andrew Smith, Strutt & Parker, "And English buyers looking to move up into Scotland often quote Kelso as one of the areas where they would happily relocate to."
Blakelaw Farm, Roxburghshire, which has an asking price of offers over £1.1m for the whole, includes 469 acres of class 3 arable land which rises from 350-700ft above sea level. Cropping ranges from wheat which averages 3-3.5t/acre to potatoes and the 209 acres of permanent pasture carry a 600-head grey face ewe flock and 75 suckler cows.
The range of modern and traditional farm buildings include general purpose and grain storage and a cattle court. Accommodation at Blakelaw Farm includes a five-bedroom farmhouse and three farm cottages.
The farm also has 93 acres of mature and semi-mature coniferous plantations and some areas of young mixed woodland. This supports a shoot which recently has been let and during last season bags averaged between 60-90 pheasants.
Nearby in Selkirkshire, the firm is selling Thornylee Farm at Clovenfords. On the bank of the River Tweed the 558-acre stock farm is for sale as a whole guided at offers over £345,000 or in three lots.
"The farm is offered in three lots to give local farmers the opportunity to purchase additional land and also to attract residential buyers to the farmhouse and buildings," said Mr Smith.
About 125 acres of the land which is all classified as a severely disadvantaged less favoured area is ploughable with the remainder permanent pasture, hill grazing and woodland. Currently the farm carries 600 ewes and 25 store cattle are grazed on the farm during the summer.
The farm also has single bank fishing rights, a small low ground shoot and some duck flighting.