Two hill farms in Cheviots up for rent

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Prospective tenant farmers were viewing hill farms in the Cheviot foothills near Yetholm yesterday (Wednesday, August 20).

Landowners Roxburghe Estates hope to let the two productive units on long-term tenancies said a spokesperson last week.

Neighbours Cocklawfoot Farm, at the end of the Bowmont Valley, and Swindon Farm, on the way up the valley, are both being let on 15-year minimum Limited Duration Tenancies.

Roxburghe Estates factor Roddy Jackson said: “These farms are both very productive hill farms and, as an estate committed to supporting the tenant farming industry in Scotland, we are pleased to offer the units on long term tenancies.”

The farms can be rented individually or together. The well-equipped Cocklawfoot is 1,917 acres with farmhouse and steading and currently stocked with 1,160 breeding ewes and 260 hoggs.

And Swindon Farm is a 739-acre hill farm currently with 588 breeding ewes and 188 hoggs. An estates spokesperson added: “It has a useful range of buildings and a cottage can be provided if required.

“The sheep stock have the benefit of being hefted and would therefore require to be taken over at the entry date.”

The closing date for tenders is September 17 and the date of entry to the farms is expected to be in November this year.

For more information and further particulars, contact Roxburghe Estates Office on telephone number 01573 223333.