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Whitehill Farm, Ayr, Ayrshire
KA6 6EU
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
1 receptions

Property Type:

Offers Over £745,000

Property Summary

A livestock farm with amenity.

Property Description

Description
Whitehill is a productive livestock farm with amenity and sporting elements. It lies in a single block with no exclusions from ownership within its boundaries. The farm has been owned by the vendors’ family since the 1940s and comprises a three-bedroom traditional farmhouse and a traditional farm steading. The land includes 170 acres of permanent pasture, 68 acres of rough grazing and 62 acres of woodland. There are livestock handling facilities for both sheep and cattle.

A feature of the farm is its elevated situation with exceptional views to Arran in the west and, on clear days, to Ben Lomond in the north. A further feature is the fact that the farmhouse sits centrally within the farm.

Sportings
The variety and quality of sport at Whitehill is one of the farm’s key attractions and includes driven and walked-up pheasant shooting, flighting for wild duck and geese, rough shooting for mixed game including snipe and woodcock and roe deer stalking.

The principal sport at Whitehill Farm is driven pheasant shooting. With undulating topography and woodland plantations of mixed age and species, there are a number of drives which provide challenging and entertaining sport. The current owner has let the shooting on an informal basis to a local syndicate who enjoy seven days each season plus additional walked-up and rough days.

There are two ponds which are fed to attract wild mallard, teal and wigeon, as well as less common species such as pintail and gadwall. Greylag geese are also attracted and the combination of wildfowl can provide spectacular sport. There are hides at both ponds.

Land
Comprising permanent pasture, rough grazings and a well-balanced combination of mature and young woodland, the land at Whitehill Farm can be analysed as follows:

Description Acres Hectares
Permanent pasture 169.54 68.61
Hill/rough grazing 67.94 27.49
Woods 61.67 24.96
Roads, gardens, buildings and miscellaneous land 6.12 2.48
Total 305.27 123.54

The land rises from 96 metres (315 feet) at the northern end to a high point of 194 metres (636 feet) at the northwest corner of the farm.

The fields are enclosed by dry stone walls and fences. The majority of fields have either a mains water supply or a natural supply.

The permanent pasture is situated at the north of the farm which slopes downward towards Martnaham Loch. The rough grazing lies in the southern part of the farm on the higher ground. The majority of the land falls into payment region 1 for the Basic Payment Scheme, with approximately 59 acres falling into payment region 2.

The land is classed as a combination of grades 32 and 42.

Farming
The farm is farmed in-hand and runs a flock of about 200 breeding ewes combining both purebred Scottish Blackface and Blackface/Bluefaced Leicester cross ewes. The farm trades as a partnership under the registered name of Whitehill Farming Partnership. It owns Entitlements to the Basic Payment Scheme and receives a Less Favoured Area Support Scheme payment.

Although farmed as an in-hand enterprise, much of the practical farming is undertaken by a local farmer under a Contract Farming Agreement.

In addition to those fields farmed in-hand, a number of the fields are leased on a seasonal basis to local farmers for grazing cattle.

Woods
The woods on Whitehill Farm extend to about 61.67 acres in total, laid out amongst a number of plantations of mixed species situated throughout the farm. In addition to mature woods, there are some coniferous shelterbelts. These provide protection for livestock from the prevailing wind and shelter for game birds.

The farm is available for sale as a whole or in three lots as follows:

LOT 1: Whitehill Farm (About 226.01 acres)
Whitehill Farmhouse
The focal point of the farm is Whitehill Farmhouse, which is accessed via a tarmac private drive which leads from a single track minor public road for about 200 metres to the front of the house.

Whitehill Farmhouse is constructed of stone with a harled and painted finish beneath a pitched slate roof. It has a private, elevated position with fine views and has a dual aspect to the southeast and northwest.

The accommodation is over two storeys.

Internal features of the house include timber panel doors with brass fittings, a stove with a stone fireplace and hearth, a staircase with a wooden balustrade and cast iron spindles.

It is served by mains water and electricity supplies, and private drainage. It is heated centrally by oil and is partially double glazed.

To the rear and side of the farmhouse is an enclosed garden that is laid to lawn. The garden is enclosed by a post-and-wire fence

The farmhouse is currently let under a Short Assured Tenancy at a monthly rent of £400.

Farm Buildings
The Whitehill steading is arranged around a courtyard and features a combination of single and double storey buildings. It covers an area of circa 700 square metres. The buildings are of traditional stone construction beneath a slate roof. The courtyard has a hardcore base and provides ample parking and turning space for vehicles. The steading consists of a workshop/store, feed store, byre, granary, stabling with looseboxes and a bothy in need of refurbishment.

The buildings provide extensive equipment storage and utilitarian space. A part of the steading is used as a lunch room on shoot days.

Adjoining the traditional steading is a set of cattle handling facilities, a 4-bay Dutch barn (16.35m x 6.23m) and a 3-bay former cart shed. A short distance away is a sheep fank.

Land
The land within Lot 1 lies in a ring-fenced block and extends to 226.01 acres. It comprises 95.98 acres of permanent pasture, 67.94 acres of rough grazing, 56.74 acres of woods and 5.35 acres of miscellaneous ground.

LOT 2: Land at Round Hill (About 33.83 acres)
Land
Lot 2 is a single enclosure extending to about 33.83 acres and comprises 28.23 acres of permanent pasture, 4.93 acres of woods and 0.10 acre of miscellaneous ground. It has road access on two sides.

LOT 3: The Tilery and Scar Fields (About 45.43 acres)
Land
This lot includes two fields of permanent pasture extending to about 45.43 acres. It comprises 45.33 acres of permanent pasture and 0.10 acre of miscellaneous ground. There is access directly from the public road.

Farm Code
The AFRC-RPID code for Whitehill Farm is 182/0024.

Situation
Situated 5 miles east of the former Royal Burgh town of Ayr, Whitehill Farm has a commanding position with views across Martnaham Loch to Ayr and beyond to the Firth of Clyde and Isle of Arran. The farm is accessed via a single track road and is about 2 miles from the A70 which provides access to Ayr in the west and Edinburgh in the east. The A77 is 5 miles distant and leads south to Stranraer and north to Glasgow.

The farm is situated 2 miles south of the village of Coylton, which provides for all local conveniences including a primary school. A wider range of shops, supermarkets and professional services are available in Ayr (5 miles). Secondary education is available at Ayr Academy and private co-educational schooling for pupils from the ages of 3 to 18 is also available at Wellington School in Ayr. The Scottish Agricultural College has a campus at Auchincruive outside Ayr.

Ayrshire is famous worldwide for golf with globally renowned championship courses including Royal Troon and The Trump Turnberry golf resort within easy reach. With its ‘famous four’ rivers – The Ayr, Doon, Girvan and Stinchar – Ayrshire is a haven for salmon fishermen. Game shooting is also a feature of the area with driven shooting available to rent on a number of estates locally. For those keen on horse racing, Ayr Racecourse, home of the Scottish Grand National, is 6 miles distant.

Trains run regularly north to Glasgow and south to Stranraer from Ayr. Prestwick Airport (12 miles) has frequent flights to London and European destinations, plus there are daily ferry crossings from Cairnryan (46 miles) to Ireland.

Whitehill is surrounded by some of Ayrshire’s most beautiful scenery and the area is renowned for its mild climate, unspoilt countryside and a diverse range of sporting and recreational pursuits. Ayrshire is one of the most agriculturally fertile regions of Scotland, with potatoes being grown on the low flat ground near the coast and livestock of distinction being raised on the edges of the Galloway hills in the south of the county.

Travel Directions
From Glasgow travel south on the A77 to Ayr. At Ayr take the A713 signposted towards Dalmellington, travel south on the A713 for approximately 3 miles before turning left onto a single track road. Continue on this road for about a mile before entering the farm drive straight in front. From Stranraer, take the A77 north towards Ayr and, at the first roundabout at Ayr, take the third exit onto the A713 signposted to Dalmellington. Continue on the A713 for approximately 3 miles before turning left onto a single track road. Continue on this road for about a mile before arriving at the farm.