Lower Ashtrees, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, TD8 6PH
Lower Ashtrees, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, TD8 6PH
Offers Over £565,000
- An attractive, privately situated and productive small farm
- About 42.37 hectares (104.69 acres)
- Traditional three bedroomed farmhouse
- Excellent range of modern buildings
For sale as a whole
Lower Ashtrees is situated in the heart of the rolling Southern Borders countryside approximately 5 miles south of the former county town of Jedburgh and with good access from the A68 public road which links Edinburgh and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Jedburgh has a population of around 4,000 and offers a good range of services with a High school, leisure centre and a variety of shops for day to day needs. The larger centres of Galashiels (20 miles), Hawick (12 miles) and Kelso (15 miles) all provide a wider choice and national retailers.
The Borders area is well known for the quality of life offered with something to appeal to everyone – from internationally recognised field sports and fishing, to horse racing and a championship standard golf course at Kelso, local culture including civic weeks and common ridings as well as events such as the annual Melrose Sevens rugby tournament and more recently established book festival.
Driving South from Jedburgh on the A68 turn left after 2 ½ miles, signed for Chesters. Follow this minor road for approximately 2 miles. Ashtrees is signed to the left and situated at the end of a private road after about 500 metres.
Lower Ashtrees is a compact livestock farm with clear residential appeal, situated in an attractive south facing position and lying within a ring fence. The position offers both privacy and accessibility with the A68 only 2 miles distant.
The land extends to 41.59 ha / 102.77 acres registered under the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS). It is currently all laid to grass or rough grazing and has supported a flock of around 300 Texel and Texel cross breeding ewes with high health status having been maintained as a closed flock for the last 13 years with only MV accredited tups bought in. All lambs have been fattened and mainly sold through the ring at St Boswells.
A small beef suckler herd has also been maintained.
Lower Ashtrees farmhouse is a traditional stone and slate, three bedroomed, detached house. It would benefit from some modernisation but offers comfortable accommodation with scope for extension if required.
The modern farm buildings are a particular feature, providing extensive covered space.
Lower Ashtrees Farmhouse
The farmhouse sits in an elevated position to the west of the farm buildings and looking south over the majority of the land. It was refurbished 25 years ago and, although comfortable, would benefit from some updating.
The accommodation comprises:
Front Entrance Vestibule, Hall, Lounge, Dining Room, Shower Room, Kitchen and Utility Room / Rear Hall.
Landing, Master Bedroom with En-suite bathroom and two double bedrooms.
Good sized garden surround laid mainly to grass but with a variety of trees and shrubs. Gravelled parking area to the side and more extensive tarred yard lying between the house and the modern farm buildings.
Attached to the rear of the house is a useful timber built fuel store.
Situated a short distance to the east of the farmhouse. The farm buildings are mainly of modern construction and comprise:
1. Five bay galvanised steel portal framed general purpose building (circa 23.1m x 9.15m) with blockwork walls and profile sheet and spaceboard cladding above, all under a fibre cement sheet roof. Concrete and hardcore floor.
2. Attached five bay lean-to (circa 23.1m x 7.55m) with concrete floor under a fibre cement roof, part fitted with diagonal steel feed barrier.
3. Two bay steel portal framed cattle court extension to building 1 (9.15m x 9.15m) with concrete floor, part blockwork and spaceboard walls, feed barrier to side.
4. Five bay steel portal framed cattle court (30.5m x 13.7m) with external feed trough and diagonal steel barriers to southern elevation. Concrete floor, blockwork walls with spaceboard above and fibre cement roof sheeting with protected open ridge.
5. Three bay steel portal framed store / machinery shed (13.9m x 19.45m). Fully enclosed with corrugated steel sheet roof and cladding. Hardcore floor.
Lower Ashtrees includes 41.59 ha / 102.77 acres of IACS registered land of which there is 35.85 ha / 89.59 acres of grassland assessed as Region 1 for Basic Payment Scheme purposes, 4.95 ha / 12.23 acres of rough grazing included as Region 2 and 0.79 ha / 1.95 acres of woodland.
The land lies between 210 and 255m above sea level and is included within the Less Favoured Area for support purposes.
Historically, it is understood that most of the land has been cropped and is included within Class 4 of the Macaulay Land Use for Agriculture Scale. Recent policy has been entirely livestock based and the land has been maintained in productive grassland.
There are two small areas of coniferous woodland extending to 0.79 ha / 1.95 acres.
Private water and drainage. Water is pumped from a spring at Andersons Well, in the dean to the south of the steading, to a holding tank behind the farmhouse. There are a number of wells in the dean which are connected into pipes serving the former water supply to Jedburgh and still maintained by Scottish Water.
Oil fired central heating to the farmhouse.
Lower Ashtrees farmhouse is assessed to Council Tax Band F
The farmhouse has an EPC rating Band E
Basic Payment Entitlements
The business holds 35.77 units of Region 1 and 4.46 units of Region 2 entitlement under the Basic Payment Scheme which may be available for purchase by separate negotiation.
Mineral rights are included in so far as they are owned.
Servitudes, Wayleaves and Easements
Lower Ashtrees has the benefit of a right of access over a private road (shown blue on the sale plan) connecting to the public road.
An annual wayleave payment is received in respect of a Scottish Power overhead line crossing the north of the farm.
There are no tenancies affecting the property.
Strictly by prior appointment through the sole selling agents, Edwin Thompson LLP.
Lower Ashtrees is a compact livestock farm extending to 42.37 ha / 104.69 acres and situated in an attractive south facing position in the heart of the rolling Southern Borders countryside and includes a traditional three bedroomed farmhouse which sits in an elevated position to the west of the farm buildings and looking south over the majority of the land.