Lower Swinnie Farm is a productive livestock farm with the ability to grow excellent crops of silage. The farm extends to about 267 acres and has attractive panoramic views.
The farm was purchased by the vendors in 2004 and includes a traditional four-bedroom farmhouse and an extensive range of modern and traditional farm buildings. The land comprises grass leys,permanent pasture, rough grazing and woodland.
The area is renowned for the high quality livestock it produces and, as a result, there are a number of livestock markets serving the area including St Boswells, Longtown, Hexham and Carlisle, as well as a number of agricultural machinery dealers and veterinary practices.
The farmhouse is situated on the northern boundary of the farm below the public road and the farm steading. It is accessed from the main farm entrance and then over a private drive running to the rear of the farmhouse where there is ample space for parking.
The farmhouse comprises two parts; the earliest dates back to the 17th century. Both are of harled stone construction under pitched slate roofs, part of which has recently been re-roofed.
The south-facing property has attractive views south over farmland towards the Cheviot Hills. A modern sunroom has been built on the southern façade creating an excellent space to appreciate the views and enjoy the heat of the sun.
The spacious family accommodation is split over three levels. On ground floor the accommodation comprises a family farmhouse kitchen featuring a Rangemaster cooker, dining room, sitting room, WC, utility room, and office/pantry.
On the first floor there are four good sized double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a shower room.
In part of the house there are attic rooms, which could be converted to provide additional accommodation. More detail on the size and layout of the internal accommodation can be seen on the floor plans provided.
Internal features include decorative cornicing, panelled doors, log burner and double glazed windows.
The enclosed garden to the east of the farmhouse is mainly laid to lawn and includes beds and borders planted with flowering plants and shrubs. There is a drying lawn to the north and a slabbed patio area to the south, accessed from the sunroom.
An extensive range of farm buildings is situated adjacent to the farmhouse. They provide accommodation for livestock, as well as general purpose storage. There is also a cattle court located to the south of the farmhouse and an outlying Dutch barn to the east. The buildings are served by single phase mains electricity and a private water supply from a borehole.
The farm buildings are positioned to the northern boundary of the farm with access from the main road.
Lower Swinnie currently has a herd of 80 cows (100 cows in previous years) which are run with Limousin and Aberdeen Angus bulls. The majority of the herd is out wintered and calve in the spring. Selected progeny heifers of the Aberdeen Angus bull are kept as replacements. Stock is sold at around one-year-old from the farm.
In addition to the cattle, some grazing is let on a seasonal basis to a local farmer for out wintering sheep.
All silage required is produced on farm, with on average 1,400 round bales produced from the two cuts taken annually. In previous years, break crops of barley for home consumption have been grown.
The farm receives income through the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS). It is registered through SGRPID, with a farm code of 778/0011.
Lower Swinnie Farm is situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Nestled in a valley overlooking the Swinnie Burn, the farm has an attractive southerly outlook over rolling countryside towards the Cheviot Hills.
Situated three miles northeast of Lower Swinnie is the historic Royal Burgh of Jedburgh which provides a new Intergenerational Community Campus opening in spring 2020 (which provides nursery, primary and secondary education alongside further education and a community hub). It also has a range of sports clubs and facilities including tennis courts, bowling green, golf club and rugby club.
A wider range of shops, supermarkets and professional services are available in Hawick and Kelso.
Private co-educational schooling for pupils from the age of 3 to 18 is available in Edinburgh or Berwick. St Marys prep school in Melrose is approximately 17 miles north.
As with most Border towns, Jedburgh plays host to the annual Jethart Callants Festival where the elected Jethart Callant leads several ride-outs on horseback around the towns historic marches during the months of June and July culminating in a festival day. The Southdean ride-out passes through Lower Swinnie Farm on the last Saturday of June each year.
The farm is very accessible, only one mile from the A68. This main trunk road provides access to the A1 motorway at Newcastle (situated to the southeast) and the Edinburgh ring-road (situated to the north).
The capital city of Edinburgh, 50 miles to the north, provides a wide range of services and cultural activities, as would be expected from Scotlands capital.
Each year, in August, the city hosts the Edinburgh International Festival and the worlds largest arts festival known as The Fringe.
The closest airport is Newcastle Airport (50 miles), which offers a wide range of flights to domestic and international destinations. Alternatively, there are also regular domestic and international flights from Edinburgh Airport, 58 miles north.