‘Highly significant’ sale of prime Roxburghshire farmland

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A rare opportunity to buy an arable farm in the Borders has come up with Harrietfield – 900 acres of prime Roxburghshire land – going on the market.

The land lies close to Kelso and it lies in a particularly attractive and fertile part of the Tweed Valley which is renowned for the high quality of its farmland.

A planning application has been submitted for the creation of a substantial new 4/5-bedroom farmhouse to the west of the existing farm steading, and permission is likely to depend on this property being occupied by farming owners or agricultural tenants.

The farm itself is already equipped with a useful range of farm buildings, including grain-drying facilities and storage for 1,950 tonnes.

Luke French, associate director of selling agent Savills, said: “It’s been a number of years since an arable farm of this size and quality has come on the market in the Borders, so this is a highly significant sale. Farming families keen to establish themselves in this most beautiful and productive region will jump at this opportunity, particularly with the potential of a brand new farmhouse in the mix.”

Harrietfield is neatly contained within one continuous block, intersected by minor public roads and a network of good hard farm tracks, which together allow for straightforward access.

The fields are well laid out and generously-sized, easily accommodating modern machinery. Split between Class 2 and 3 (1) by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research, the land at Harrietfield contains: 821 acres of arable land; 19 acres of pasture and 46 acres of woodland.

In recent years, the farm has been managed as part of a larger in-hand farming business with field operations mostly undertaken by a local contractor, based on a rotation involving winter wheat, winter oats and oil seed rape.

The present owners enjoy a driven shoot over the farm as part of the larger estate shoot, but Harrietfield offers real potential to establish its own smaller standalone shoot, benefiting from the appropriate scale, covers and land topography.