Scallastle Farm is an attractive, residential and amenity farm which combines a beautifully designed contemporary farmhouse, a 3-bed cottage, associated farm buildings and 356 acres of land set within an incredibly picturesque location.
The vendors purchased the farm in 2013 and have since invested significantly to create a wonderful family home and lifestyle. This has included the construction of a bespoke farmhouse, the renovation of Scallastle Cottage, repair and maintenance of the traditional buildings, considerable groundworks to form a large area of hard standing and the introduction of a herd of Luing cattle which they have built up into an operational farming business.
There is scope to further develop the farm through potential diversification, development opportunities, and afforestation on the hill, subject to the necessary consents.
The individual components of the estate are described as follows:
Scallastle Farmhouse Situated at the heart of the farm is Scallastle Farmhouse, a fusion of traditional and contemporary design. Completed in 2017 and built on the site of the former farmhouse, the property was designed by Reynolds Architecture, Dingwall. It takes on the shape of the previous dwelling and sits comfortably, positioned to enjoy the stunning views across Scallastle Bay and The Sound of Mull.
The rooms are set out over an L-shaped plan with two sections, one of three storeys and the other a double height space. The three-storey section is of traditional construction under a pitched slate roof with gable ends. From the front, the design is symmetrical and features bay windows, a central covered entrance, dormer windows and chimneys. Details include Caithness stone window sills and a stone base course.
Contrastingly and sympathetically, the double height section sits behind, clad in vertical larch, featuring large contemporary windows and horizontal cedar clad shutters. The modern design is mirrored internally with a modern day open plan layout.
The house has been finished to a high specification throughout and is well suited to modern family living.
On arrival in the hallway you are greeted with a beautifully designed wooden staircase. The hallway leads to the shower room, boot room, utility, large study and spacious double height dining kitchen and living area, featuring a fireplace and multi-fuel stove. The wall behind the stove is designed to hide the TV and incorporates an inbuilt shelving unit. It also serves as an access to the hidden den, an additional and private lounge.
On the first floor is the principal suite, complete with a bedroom, dressing room and en-suite. Also on this floor is a large family bathroom, two double bedrooms and a linen closet.
The second floor accommodates two further double bedrooms and a shower room.
The layout and dimensions are shown on the floor plans.
Externally, there are paved patios, allowing for outdoor dining, agravel driveway with ample space for parking and a garden, mainly laid to lawn.
The house is served by mains water with drainage to a private septic tank, mains electricity and a good broadband connection. The property benefits from under floor heating from a ground source heat pump which qualifies for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments.
Scallastle Cottage The cottage is located northwest of the farmhouse and also benefits from an attractive outlook. The cottage is of traditional construction with a render finish, painted white, under a tiled roof.
The accommodation is across one level and comprises a sitting room, dining kitchen, utility, three bedrooms and bathroom.
During the past five years a new kitchen and bathroom have been installed, as well as double glazed windows and doors, oil central heating and new carpets.
Farm Buildings Lying a short distance to the rear of the farmhouse is a useful range of traditional farm buildings including a traditional steading.
The farm buildings include the following:
1. Stable (6m x 12m) A traditional steading, consisting of three looseboxes. It is constructed of stone walls with a timber frame roof. Lately, it has been re-roofed with sarking and corrugated cladding.
2. Traditional Steading (7m x 16m) Of traditional construction, this part of the steading is used to house livestock. It has recently been re-roofed. It has the potential to be developed to provide extra accommodation for the farm, subject to the necessary planning consents.
3. Lean-to (10m x 12m) A lean-to with a timber frame, concrete floor and corrugated roof, used to store hay and house livestock. It incorporates an adjoining cattle handling facility with holding pen and cattle crush.
4. Workshop (7m x 13m) with lean-to (4m x 10m) A shed with concrete floor and a timber frame, enclosed with corrugated cladding.
5. Silage Pit With concrete walls and a capacity of 40 tonnes.
6. Feed Silo Collinson 6.5-tonne feed bin.
In addition, the farm benefits from a large area of hard standing which would be ideal for a range of purposes including the erection of a new modern shed.
Land and Woodland Extending to approximately 356 acres in total, Scallastle sits with a northerly aspect, between 10 and 140 metres above sea level. The land comprises 46 acres of in-by pasture and 282 acres of rough grazing/ hill ground.
The soil composition of the lower ground is brown earths derived by basaltic rocks, yet the majority of Scallastle is peaty gleys. The topography is characterised by gentle terrain and terraced hill sides with steep slopes.
The productive pasture is classified by the James Hutton Institute as grade 5.2, which is capable for use as improved grassland, creating few problems with regard to pasture establishment.
Fencing across the farm is in good condition, providing stock proof compartments. The fields are accessed via well-maintained internal tracks and through interconnecting fields. Most fields have water supplies from either natural source or water troughs.
The hill provides excellent wintering and bracken is controlled and managed by spraying the hill once every five years.
There are no crops of commercial woodland on the farm, yet a shelterbelt of trees lines the banks of Scallastle River, which intersects the farm and provides extensive habitat for a range of birds, mammals and a benefit to the livestock by providing shelter. The river can be crossed either from the public road or by using one of three fords situated on the farm.
There may be potential, subject to the necessary consent, for a diverse and well-designed forestry scheme.
Farming System An in-hand farming business is operated and managed by the current owners.
The farm currently has a herd of pedigree Luing cattle which has been granted with high health status through the HiHealth Herdcare Health Scheme. The vendors are members of The Luing Cattle Society.
The stock numbers equate to 36 cows which calve
This property has 356 acres of land.