Due to the interest shown in this property we are instructed by our clients to set a CLOSING DATE for best offers on WEDNESDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2020 AT 12.00 NOON.
This famous Border Estate is beautifully situated in lovely open countryside within a first class arable farming area just 1 mile south of the River Tweed and the Scottish Border.
The Estate is served by a series of minor roads which connect to the A697 and A698 at Cornhill-on-Tweed (1½ miles) and these in turn provide direct access to Edinburgh and Newcastle, both of which have international airports. Additionally, there is a main line railway station on the east coast route at Berwick-upon-Tweed (13 miles) with direct connections to Edinburgh (45 minutes), Newcastle (45 minutes) and London (3¾ hours).
Cornhill-on-Tweed provides good local facilities which include The Collingwood Arms Hotel, a farm machinery dealership and an excellent village shop, whilst Berwick-upon-Tweed and Kelso offer all the services normally associated with thriving market towns. There are primary schools at Norham, Ford and Berwick with high schools at Berwick, Duns, Eyemouth and Kelso. Private schooling is available in and around Edinburgh in addition to Longridge Towers, Berwick and St Mary’s in Melrose. The area is well served by numerous agricultural suppliers, grain and machinery merchants and there are livestock markets at Wooler (11 miles) and St Boswells (22 miles).
North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders remain remarkably unspoilt and provide the opportunity for an excellent quality of life. This is an area of low population and contrasting landscapes ranging from the upland expanses of the Cheviots and Lammermuirs through to the fertile farmland of the Tweed Valley and beyond to the rugged cliffs and golden sands of the east coast. There are popular sports and arts centres at Berwick and, for the golf enthusiast, a number of links and inland courses which include those at Goswick, Bamburgh, The Hirsel and the championship course at the SCHLOSS Roxburghe. There are several local riding schools, excellent hacking and walking throughout the area and national hunt racing at both Kelso and Musselburgh near Edinburgh. Kelso ice rink is a well supported curling venue and the east coast, which is less than 12 miles distant, provides dramatic scenery, magnificent beaches, sailing, surfing, sea fishing and exceptional diving.
Hunting is available with the North Northumberland College Valley, Berwickshire and Percy hunts whilst the River Tweed and its tributaries provide renowned salmon and sea trout fishing opportunities. A number of upland and low ground estates offer excellent game shooting
The sale of East Learmouth provides a rare opportunity to acquire an exceptional diverse residential, agricultural and sporting Estate located in the heart of the Tweed Valley in a lovely private situation.
The Estate is well shaped and lies within a single ring fence divided only by the minor public roads which run through it. The topography is gently rolling with most of the land lying between the 30m and 60m contours and running up to a top height of 89m at Sandy’s Folly Plantation. The Estate’s large, well shaped fields are entirely suited to modern agricultural practices. Most of the land is classified as Grade 2 under the Ministry Land Classification Plan.
Soils vary, but generally constitute easily worked, fertile, deep, free draining, light-medium loams (Wick Association) which have the versatility to grow a wide variety of combinable crops and vegetables including potatoes. The arable land benefits from a full underground irrigation system which draws from the reservoir in enclosure 17.
Field drainage is good and the land is clean with no significant weed ingress. The Duddo Burn, a minor tributary of the River Tweed, runs through the farm and this, together with one or two other smaller streams and a number of field troughs, provide water to most of the permanent grass. The Estate is served by several minor, unclassified public roads. These, together with the good private hardcore track running through the main eastern block and several other shorter internal tracks, enable direct access to the majority of fields.
Most of the arable land is sown down to winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, winter and spring barley (grown to malt) with a further 130 acres or thereabouts of main crop potatoes grown for chipping. In recent years dairy young stock has been summered on the grass although, latterly, much of the grass has been licensed for seasonal grazing purposes.
East Learmouth steading provides extensive cover and includes a purpose built potato store. Planning consent (now lapsed) for conversion of the secondary steading at Branxton Buildings to three dwellings was obtained in 2013.
East Learmouth House is a handsome traditional family house with tremendous scope. Centrally situated just east of the main steading, it overlooks a lovely garden with ornamental ponds and open views to Monylaws Hill to the south east.
Additionally, there is a modern bungalow, five traditional farm cottages all of which have been substantially modernised, and a recently converted house within the farm steading.
The Estate woodland combined with the natural topography provides the basis for a well established quality driven pheasant shoot.
The property is offered for sale either as a whole or in two separate lots:
Lot 1: 863.90 acres (349.61 hectares) including all eight dwellings and the main farm steading.
Lot 2: 279.03 acres (112.92 hectares) including the secondary steading at Branxton Buildings.
Acreage: 1142 Acres
Drive to the centre of the village of Cornhill-on-Tweed and, at approximately the mid-point between the hotel and the roundabout, take the minor road which is signed Learmouth 1, Mindrum 4. After 1 mile turn left into East Learmouth. The postcode is TD12 4QB.