CLOSING DATE 12 NOON TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2020
With a backdrop of the Eildon Hills to the north, the more open farmland of Berwickshire to the east, and the Cheviot Hills to the south, Bewliehill sits amongst some of the most beautiful and varied countryside in the south of Scotland. The immediate area is particularly appealing with rolling farmland, quiet hedge-lined country roads, neat coverts and established woodland.
The Borders is a genuinely rural area which is famed for its scenic landscapes, productive farmland and country sports. The nearby River Tweed is one of Scotland’s finest salmon rivers and the well managed grouse moors of the Lammermuirs lie to the northeast. This is also a wonderful area for riding lying in the heart of the Duke of Buccleuch hunt country, with a further three active packs nearby (Lauderdale, Berwickshire and Jedforest hunts) together with their respective pony clubs. Kelso Racecourse is an easy drive to the east and the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre is just 7 miles to the west. There are many golf courses in the area, including the picturesque 9 hole course at St Boswells, the 9 hole course in Melrose at the foot of the Eildon Hills and the championship course at The SCHLOSS Roxburghe near Kelso.
Despite its tranquil rural location, Bewliehill is close to local amenities with the village of St Boswells 4.5 miles to the north east offering a small range of independent shops including a butcher and an award-winning book shop with a café and delicatessen. There is also a popular traditional inn.
Melrose is a thriving town, lying at the heart of the local community, home to the internationally renowned Melrose Sevens and the popular Borders Book Festival. It provides a good range of shops and excellent restaurants. St Mary’s preparatory school sits in the centre of the town. Galashiels and Kelso provide the principal professional services and shopping in the area including supermarkets.
Edinburgh city centre (44 miles) is highly accessible either via the A68 through Lauderdale or via the A7, with the railhead of the new Edinburgh-Borders railway 8 miles away at Tweedbank. Berwick-upon-Tweed lies 35 miles to the east and offers a regular rail service on the main east coast line to London King’s Cross (journey time from 3 hours 40 minutes). Both Edinburgh Airport (51 miles) and Newcastle Airport (60 miles) offer a wide range of domestic, European and international flights.
The area is well served by numerous grain merchants, agricultural suppliers and livestock markets, including St Boswells and Wooler (35 miles). The major agricultural show, The Border Union, takes place in July at Kelso and the annual Kelso Ram Sales in September is the largest event of this type in Europe.
Bewliehill is a most attractive farm lying in a peaceful position within a large bend in the Ale Water. At its heart stands a fine period house approached via a tree lined drive and surrounded by immaculately maintained gardens. The gently rolling land comprises 297.71 acres of productive farmland and 24.41 acres of mature woodland strips, which not only provide shelter and amenity but are a defining feature of the farm.
The land is currently managed under the terms of a contract farming agreement with the present farming system based around an arable rotation which has included spring barley, winter barley, oil seed rape and winter wheat. Typical yields in recent years have averaged 3.6 tonnes/acre for winter wheat, 3.0 tonnes/acre for winter barley, 2.8 tonnes/acre for spring barley and 1.3 tonnes/acre for oil seed rape. The pasture towards the western end of the farm is let on a seasonal basis.
To the rear of the farmhouse is a well maintained range of modern and traditional stone buildings which, subject to gaining the necessary consents, could offer potential for conversion to alternative uses. Both the former granary and cart shed are of a scale and architectural character which may be particularly suitable for residential use. In addition, the fields surrounding Bewlie may offer potential for two house sites subject to obtaining the relevant permissions.
The current owners have enjoyed an excellent informal shoot over the farm and a small number of pheasants have been put down in the past. The farm’s natural topography, coupled with the mature woods and hedges, provide the foundation of the shoot. There are a number of roe deer on the farm which provide the opportunity for the occasional stalking excursion. For the fisherman, the gently flowing Ale Water, an upper tributary of the River Tweed, offers 1.75 miles of trout fishing.
The farm is offered for sale as a whole or in up to three lots, as follows:
Lot 1 Bewliehill Farm
House and gardens
Modern and traditional buildings
174.38 acres arable and pasture
18.88 acres woodland
Fishing on the Ale Water
About 205 acres in total
Lot 2 South Bewliehill
68.50 acres arable and pasture
About 70 acres in total
Lot 3 West Bewliehill
54.83 acres pasture
5.54 acres woodland
About 61 acres in total
Acreage: 61 Acres
From the north, travel south from Edinburgh on the A68 towards Jedburgh and Newcastle. 1.3 miles after St Boswells turn right onto the minor public road signposted Bewlie 3 miles. Follow the road through Longnewton bearing to the right. Continue on this road for 1.5 miles and the entrance to Bewliehill is on the right adjacent to a pair of white cottages.
From the south, travel north on the A68 towards Edinburgh. 7 miles after Jedburgh turn left onto the minor public road signposted Bewlie 3 miles. Continue as above.
The postcode is TD6 9ER.