It is rare to see such an impressively well managed lowland farm come to the market in the Dumfriesshire lowlands area, but such a farm has just been launched in the Solway Firth Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Upper Mains Farm has been placed on the market (Thursday 4th May) at Offers Over £2.45 million.
The sale of Upper Mains Farm, Annan provides a unique opportunity to acquire a very productive farm that has been maintained to such an exceptionally high standard. Extending to approximately 93.39 Ha (230.77 Acres) it is currently laid to grass with the majority of land ploughable and capable of growing high yielding arable crops.
The ring fenced farm sits adjacent to the A75 and is predominantly south facing, with far reaching views across the Solway Firth to the Cumbrian hills.
The new owners of Upper Mains will benefit from a very productive farm with land that has been classified as grade 3.1 and 3.2 by the James Hutton Institute. It is well fenced and stockproof, with a combination of post and wire fencing and hedgerows. The clean pastures are serviced by mains water and the land is in excellent condition with renewed drainage throughout.
The farm is generally level, with a slight southerly aspect and sits around 53 metres (175 feet) above sea level. All 13 of the fields are of regular shape and are of good size with easy access from the central steading.
Historically the farm has supported 500 breeding ewes, with 200 head of store cattle bought each year that have been finished in the farm buildings.
Upper Mains farmhouse is a substantial traditional 2-storey, 5 bedroom house, under a new slate roof that benefits from a private, good-sized garden and vegetable garden to the south. The property benefits from scenic views of the Solway Firth Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cumbrian coastline and Criffel. It is serviced by a mains water supply, with a combination of oil and back boiler central heating with drainage to a septic tank.
To the north of the farmhouse lies an excellent range of traditional and modern farm buildings, a range of timber and steel portal framed cattle courts, and pens.
Andrew Hamilton from Davidson & Robertson said “Upper Mains is the type of farm that many would dream of – ring fenced, good quality land that has been maintained to a very high standard and that offers a range of farming opportunities. The new owners of Upper Mains will be able to walk straight in and focus on developing their farming business. The farm will be very appealing to existing farming businesses looking to expand their operations.”
Upper Mains provides an excellent farming opportunity and is well positioned to key transport links with quick access to the M74 andM6. It lies 5 miles northwest of Annan and 11 miles south of Dumfries, with Carlisle just 23 miles to the south that provides a wide range of services and facilities.
Dumfries, the county town with strong connections with Robbie Burns has a wide range of services including a livestock market and agricultural merchants. Carlisle provides all the services expected of a city, with an excellent cultural offering including Carlisle Castle and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.
Upper Mains is situated only a short drive from the border at Gretna within southwest Scotland. This area enjoys a varied and picturesque landscape, from the rugged undulating hills and moorland and forests of the Galloway uplands to the sandy bays, beaches, and salt marshes of the Solway coastline. The area is nationally renowned for its natural heritage including the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, the Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere and the Solway Firth designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty AONB