UNDER OFFER – Lot 3 – South Artrochie
Ellon lies 17 miles north of Aberdeen and three miles inland from Scotland’s north east coast. Historically associated with the infamous breed of Aberdeen Angus cattle, which are favoured throughout the world, this part of Aberdeenshire is ell suited for mixed farming enterprises. Along the coast from Aberdeen (17 miles) to Peterhead (15 miles) and Fraserburgh (24 miles) the traditional fishing industry continues to thrive with much of the produce being transported to southern Europe.
The hinterland around Aberdeen has benefitted much from the oil industry over the last 20 years with a heavy investment in new housing and transport links. As a result, Ellon boasts three primary schools and a new Academy in addition to state of the art recreational facilities on the edge of town. The town itself is bypassed by the A90 which offers convenient access south to Aberdeen and north to Peterhead and Fraserburgh.
Aberdeen Airport at Dyce (19 miles) offers daily domestic services to some of the major cities in the UK and Europe. There are direct train services from Aberdeen to London, including a sleeper service. Aberdeen is a vibrant city with its corporate headquarters, universities and colleges and provides all the services expected of a major city. Private schools include Robert Gordon’s College, the Hamilton School, St Margaret’s and Albyn as well as the newly built International School of Aberdeen. Gordonstoun (private co-educational) is also with easy reach (68 miles).
The county of Aberdeenshire offers extensive opportunities for field sports with driven pheasant and partridges on many of the lowground estates and grouse shooting and stalking on the upland estates to the west of the county. The rivers Dee, Don, Deveron and Ythan offer the opportunity to fish for salmon and sea trout.
There are numerous golf courses including Trump International at Balmedie and the world renowned Royal Aberdeen. More locally, there are challenging 18 hole courses at Newburgh and Cruden Bay, and a six hole course at Ellon.
The area is well served by agricultural suppliers with a weekly livestock market at Thainstone Agricultural Centre near Inverurie (21 miles).
South Artrochie is situated to the south east and is also bounded by the River Ythan to the south. The land is serviced by a farmhouse and a range of farm buildings. South Artrochie House is situated towards the centre of the farm in a secluded private location with views over the surrounding farmland. The house, constructed of stone, requires refurbishment to restore it to a comfortable family home. The accommodation is over two storeys and comprises: entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and utility room on the ground floor; and four bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. Adjoining the farmhouse to the rear is a garage and to the side of the property there is a useful store (9.1m x 5m). To the front of the farmhouse lies a garden enclosed by mature broadleaved trees.
There is a useful range of farm buildings, arranged around a courtyard, situated to the north of the farmhouse. The approximate dimensions are as follows:
General Purpose Shed (37.7m x 11.7m) block/stone walls under a timber truss roof. Concrete floor.
Traditional steading range constructed of stone under a slate/ corrugated roof which comprises a store 1 (19.5m x 7.5m), workshop (20.5m x 7.5m), store 2 (27.2m x 7.4m), store 3 (17.9m x 5.3m) and Bull Pens (15.3m x 12.1m).
The fields at South Artrochie are considered to be some of the most productive land with 485.48 acres utilised for arable cropping. There is 24.51 acres of pasture and 135.31 acres of shelter belts and amenity woods throughout the farm. A number of compartments have recently been felled and restocked with mixed broadleaves. To the south of farm there is a useful quarry which is used to provide material for maintaining and upgrading roads.
Please be advised that the seller has waived exemption/opted to tax the subjects of sale and VAT will be payable on the purchase price. Further details are available from the selling agents.
Acreage: 680 Acres