Excellent potential on 208ac livestock and arable farm near Fife

Situated in the historic county of Fife is Scotstarvit farm, an attractive livestock and amenity holding on 208.23ac in total.

Fetching near £5,700/ac, the farm is for sale whole at £1,200,000 through Galbraith estate agents. The property occupies a private position between Tarvit Hill and Walton Hill to the south of the River Eden and is located 3 miles to the south of Cupar.

Cupar town offers a good selection of shops, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities, to name a few.

Agricultural setting

For any agricultural venture, it is good to know the land, services and facilities nearby which may bolster and boost the business.

Fife is traditionally well known for its fertile land, capable of producing high yields of an extensive range of crops. The area is also well suited to livestock.

The county is well served by a wide variety of agricultural contractors, merchants and suppliers. Not only this, but there is a successful, local machinery ring which can provide additional farming resources.

It doesn’t end there – there are a number of markets, such as Forfar (23 miles) and Stirling Agricultural Centre (56 miles), which provide for livestock selling and buying.

Scotstarvit farmhouse

The residence is a two-storey farmhouse, nestled comfortably amidst mature trees which provide shelter and privacy.

The property also comes with its own garden grounds, containing a greenhouse. It is accessed via a private road.

The ground floor comprises: a kitchen; three public rooms; a bedroom/playroom; and a shower room.

The first floor comprises: three further bedrooms; a family bathroom; and a box room.

Outbuildings and farmland

To the west of the farmhouse lies the outbuildings, which are presented on a traditional courtyard.

Such outbuildings include:

  • Two byres;
  • A wash house;
  • A coal store;
  • A former piggery;
  • A cart shed;
  • Three loose boxes;
  • A loading area;
  • Two cattle courts;
  • A stable;
  • A hay store;
  • A general purpose shed;
  • A barn;
  • An electric meter store;
  • A garage;
  • A cart shed;
  • A mill ring;
  • Three additional stores; and
  • A pigsty.

The buildings are currently used in conjunction with the existing agricultural operations on the holding. However, they may present the opportunity for residential or additional business use – subject to planning permission.

The farmland is situated in a single block and comprises a mix of rolling pasture and productive arable land. The land has been classified as a Grade 3, with a small area of Grade 5.

Historically, the land was used and carried: 70 suckler cows; a flock of 150 ewes; and planted 45ac of barley.

All of the land has benefited from the regular application of farm manure generated from the cattle on the farm.

In addition to the farmland, there is a small area of woodland – 16.43ac in total. It contains some mixed broadleaf trees and conifer areas, and provides shelter and amenity.

‘Alternative source of revenue’

According to Duncan Barrie, the agent handling the sale of the farm for Galbraith, who said: “This property offers a number of benefits for farmers and we expect it to attract a considerable degree of interest.

In addition to the high quality and well-maintained farmland, there is a lovely farmhouse and the steading buildings offer the potential to be developed for alternative use, perhaps as an equestrian or tourism business.

“The purchaser could therefore potentially benefit from an alternative source of revenue in the future while also maximising the value of the property for future generations or for future resale.”

More information on Scotstarvit farmhouse can be found on Galbraith’s website.