A productive livestock farm with potential for diversification and environmental projects, enjoying far-reaching views across the Firth of Forth, has just been added to the market.
Roscobie Farm is available via Strutt and Parker as a whole or in two lots with an asking price of offers over £1,600,000.
Diane Fleming, associate director, estates and farm agency at Strutt and Parker, commented on the addition:
“The demand for Scottish farmland continues to be extremely strong, with demand outstripping supply.
"While farmers continue to have the biggest presence in the market, newer entrants such as forestry and lifestyle buyers are increasing.
“That is what makes Roscobie Farm an exciting opportunity. Not often do farms come to the market with all the components already in place to interest a multitude of buyers.
"While an established livestock farm is already present, there is environmental, diversification and equestrian potential. We expect it to be met with a high level of interest.”
Roscobie Farm lies to the north of Dunfermline in rural west Fife. Set on the edge of the Roscobie Hill range, the farm enjoys an attractive southerly outlook over Dunfermline and the Firth of Forth.
The farmhouse is a family home enjoying panoramic views over rolling countryside. The property is spacious with four bedrooms, three reception rooms and three bathrooms.
The garden is mainly laid to lawn and features timber decking which wraps around the house at the south and west. It provides a great outdoor dining space and somewhere to enjoy the impressive views.
Situated to the west of the house, there are a range of traditional and modern farm buildings, providing storage and livestock housing for in excess of 400 sheep and 10 cows with calves at foot.
Four 15kW wind turbines provide electricity to the house and farm buildings and additionally produce an average annual income of £40,000 through Feed In Tariffs.
This not only reduces the property’s carbon footprint but is economical.
Another source of additional income comes from the telecoms mast site. It is currently let to the emergency service and provides an income of approximately £3,000/annum.
The land extends to about 279ac. This includes 98ac of permanent pasture, 59ac of rough grazings, 106ac of woodland and 16.5ac miscellaneous.
The land is classed by the James Hutton Institute as grade 3, 4, 5 and 6. This gives it a range of capabilities from producing high yields of grass to rough grazings.
Much of the land is also suitable for afforestation and is classed as F3, indicating that it is suited for the flexible growth and management of crops of trees.
The current woodland includes 80ac of new commercial plantations, 20ac of shelterbelt and coniferous woodland, and one acre of open grazed woodland, with potential for further afforestation subject to necessary consents.
The new commercial plantations were planted in 2019 supported by a Scottish government woodland creation grant.
The agreement runs until 2023 with annual recurring payments equating to approximately £8,000 being paid for maintaining the woodland.
There is also potential to develop equestrian facilities at the property. The vendors have had plans drawn up for the development of a riding arena with four stables and a tack room, in woodland adjacent to the property