COMPACT AND VERSATILE FARM IN THE CLYDE VALLEY
Langholm is situated in the gently undulating countryside of South Lanarkshire overlooking the River Clyde in a quiet yet accessible location with both Edinburgh and Glasgow within easy reach. The area is renowned for its productive dairy and stock farms and the land bounding the banks of the River Clyde has long been famous for its productivity due to the moderate rainfall and well drained soils.
The village of Lamington is about 1 mile away and has a primary school. There is secondary schooling in Biggar. The former market town of Biggar has a thriving centre which offers a wide array of independent shops, supermarkets and professional services. Lanark, 10 miles to the north west, also provides a wide range of amenities and a railway station in addition to its livestock mart. Other livestock markets are located at Lockerbie (39 miles), Longtown (59 miles) and Carlisle (64 miles).
Communications in the area are good with excellent access to the M74, the main route from England to Scotland, only seven miles to the south west, while the international airports at Glasgow, Prestwick and Edinburgh are all within 60 miles of Langholm.
The Southern Uplands, with their rolling landscapes, extensive woodlands and hill ranges, provide a wealth of opportunities for outdoor pursuits including golf (Biggar, Lanark and Carnwath), shooting and hill walking.
Langholm is a compact grassland farm situated in an attractive location in the Clyde Valley and lies in a sheltered position between the River Clyde and the lower slopes of Lamington Hill to the east. The farm is serviced by a range of traditional and modern farm buildings, a farmhouse, cottage and about 186 acres of farmland.
The farm benefits from a long access road enhancing privacy and security and leads to the farmhouse, cottage and steading. There is a good balance of arable/ploughable land and pasture. The majority of the fields have been sown in cereal crops in the past with the current faming system focussing on the production of silage for feed with the remainder being used for grazing.
The farm offers an excellent opportunity for local farmers to add additional acres to an existing unit or for satellite unit for a family member. A lifestyle purchase might be drawn to Langholm given its readily accessible location and ability to generate income from letting land and cottage.
The farmhouse occupies a central position within the farm overlooking the surrounding farmland to the hills beyond. It is conveniently situated near the steading for ease of livestock management.
The traditional stone and slate farmhouse provides comfortable family accommodation. The ground floor has a sitting room, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, farm office, drawing room, two bedrooms and hallway with stairs leading to the first floor which has two further bedrooms. The room dimensions and layout are shown on the accompanying plans.
There is a small garden to the rear of the farmhouse and a driveway and parking area to the side. There is a garage adjoining the house which contains the wood pellet fuelled boiler.
Situated at the entrance to the farm Langholm Cottage has a south easterly outlook with long ranging viewing towards Lamington Hill. The traditional cottage is constructed of harled stone under a slate roof. The accommodation comprises: kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and three bedrooms. The cottage is surrounded by an enclosed garden and car parking space.
At the centre of the farm there is a useful range of modern and traditional buildings serviced by a private water supply (with mains backup) and single phase electricity. The steading area is largely concreted and enables easy movement of stock. The approximate dimensions and construction are as follows:
1. Cattle Court (29.4m x 20.8m) – part steel/part wooden frame, concrete floor, central feed passage and barriers, part Yorkshire boarding, corrugated fibre cement roof and cladding.
2. Silage Pit concrete floor and walls. About 1,000 tonne capacity.
3. Traditional range stone built under a part fibre cement/part slate roof. The buildings include a feed store with loft, grain bruiser, stables and calf pens. To the rear there is a sawdust store.
4. Cart Shed (19.3 x 5.1m) stone/brick construction, concrete floor under a slate roof. Divided into calf pens, stores and workshop area.
5. Workshop (4.5m x 4.2m) timber frame construction, block walls, concrete floor, corrugated roof.
6. Parlour (11.9m x 11.3m) Dairymaster 12/24 herringbone parlour. Adjoining the parlour is a tank room housing two stainless steel bulk tanks (2,100 litres and 2,000 litres).
7. Collecting Yard (19.9m x 4.7m)
8. Cubicle Shed (16.8m x 15.4m) timber frame construction, concrete floor, corrugated roof. 120 cubicles.
9. Cattle court (19.3m x 18.2m) steel portal frame construction, concrete floor, stone walls, corrugated roof, two feed passages.
10. Silage Pit earth bunded with concrete floor.
11. Pits concrete floor and walls. Used for storing feed and draff.
12. Slurry lagoon
The land lies between 210m and 230m above sea level and is classified as predominantly Class 31 by the James Hutton Institute of Soil Research. The fields are naturally well drained. An effective internal network of tracks allows easy movement of stock and the majority of the fields are watered either by troughs or a natural supply.
The farm is classified as being in a Less Favoured Area (LFA) for the purpose of grants and subsidies. The whole farm extends to 194 acres in total and includes about 130 acres of silage ground and 56 acres of pasture. Typically there are two cuts of silage and is therefore highly suited to the production of grass and has been run as a dairy unit for the last 70+ years.
Langholm offers the flexibility to continue as a dairy or alternatively it could be used for rearing and finishing livestock.
Acreage: 194 Acres
From Edinburgh, follow the A702 south west to Biggar. Continue on the A702 until Lamington. Turn right into Lamington then right again. Continue along the single track road until you reach Langholm Farm.
From the south and Glasgow take the M74 to junction 13. Take the A702 towards Biggar and continue for 12 miles until Lamington. Turn left into Lamington then immediately right. Continue along the single track road for 1.5 miles until you reach Langholm Farm.