Harcarse Hill, Swinton, Duns, TD11 3HY

Asking Price £950,000

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An unexpected opportunity to acquire a substantial farmhouse with beautiful formal garden and orchard providing potential for diversified income derived from 4 farm cottages, ancillary agricultural buildings and land extending to approximately 8 Acres (3.23 Ha) across the 14.45 Acres (5.89 Ha) site.

Duns 6 miles, Berwick 14 miles, Edinburgh 46.5 miles, Newcastle 65 miles.

Approximately 25 miles to Tweedbank train station, 13.5 miles to Berwick train station and 53 miles to Edinburgh Airport.

Beautiful traditional farmhouse with 3 public rooms, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen with breakfasting area, large utility/pantry and home office.

Formal garden grounds including a young orchard, summerhouse, cedar "Gabriel Ash" glasshouse, pavilion and water features.

Extensive range of agricultural buildings which might be converted for a variety of uses including stabling, garages, workshops, food production or let on a commercial basis for storage.

Planning permission for the alteration and extension of the farmhouse and the formation of an extensive new cattle shed, including solar PV panels

Approximately 8 Acres (3.23 Ha) of land, of which about 6.5 acres are grazings, 0.72 acres are a newly planted shelterbelt and 0.5 acres are ring fenced paddock.

A row of four, two-storey, two-bedroom farm cottages with enclosed gardens, garages and ample additional off-street parking.

Harcarse Hill Farmhouse:

A substantial and traditionally built Victorian-style sandstone farmhouse over two floors under a pitched timber-framed slate-covered roof, together with extensive gardens and adjoining paddock extending in all to approximately 9 acres.

The accommodation comprises 5 bedrooms, 1 shower room with WC, a family bathroom, playroom, large utility/pantry, kitchen with breakfasting area, a large and small office (the larger of which might be used as a 6th bedroom on the first floor), sitting room, dining room and sun room.

In total the property extends to approximately 352m2.

Development potential:

Harcarse Hill Farmhouse benefits from detailed planning permission 18/00402/FUL for a change of use and extensive alterations to form conference centre with supporting accommodation.

Gardens and Wider Grounds:

Externally, the extensive garden grounds are laid mainly to lawn immediately to the south with a variety of mature trees and herbaceous borders giving way to the exceptional formal garden, orchard and entertaining area that in turn extends eastwards.

The formal garden has been designed by Lee Ducker and from the outset was conceived to have strong structural elements to "flavour" all seasons. To this end, there is a framework of beech hedging, box parterre and some 300 feet of rope and pillar to create a curtain of roses on which the entire garden hangs.

The chess garden is furnished with a bespoke pavilion, creating a convivial place of rest and play softened with a variety of grasses.

A scent and sense garden adorns the avenue allowing one to ambulate with a feeling of peace and seclusion, heady with the scent of rose and lavender. A water fountain and tactile feathery grasses complete the sensory experience.

There are three water features in the central avenue connected by a rill, creating movement within movement. A further natural pond, overlooking the Cheviot Hills, is positioned at the far end of the peripheral, more relaxed part of the garden.

A maturing orchard of apple, pear, plum, quince and cherry cushion the cedar "Gabriel Ash" glasshouse and provide shelter for the garden to the north.

While featuring many changes of level, all parts of the garden are accessible to wheelchair users.


The Property comprises approximately 9.96 acres (4.03 ha) of land, of which approximately 6.72 acres (2.71 ha) are grazings, 0.5 of an acre (0.20 ha) is a standalone enclosed paddock and 0.72 acres (0.29 ha) are a newly planted shelterbelt. A further 3.84 acres (1.55 ha) are roads, yards and buildings and includes the lagoon/foundation area to the rear of the agricultural building, which could presumably be reclaimed for additional grazing following the requisite earthworks.

According to the classification system used by the James Hutton Institute, the land capability for agriculture at Harcarse Hill is categorised as predominantly Grade 3.1, which denotes land capable of producing good yields of a narrow range of crops, principally cereals and grass, and/or moderate yields of a wider range including potatoes, some vegetable crops (e.g. field beans and summer harvested brassicae) and oil-seed rape.

The land has been registered to receive entitlement to Direct Payments support, but we understand that this has not been claimed for some time and does not form part of the sale. An application would therefore require to be made to SGRPID (the department) for an allocation from the national reserve. ?

Development potential:

Harcarse Hill benefits from detailed planning permission 17/00744/FUL providing for the erection cattle shed, including the installation of PV panels to the roof of the new structure, associated ground works and landscaping. We understand that while work commenced with the removal of material to form foundations, no further progress was made before the property was allocated for sale.

The previous proprietors have also applied for planning permission for the Installation of 600kW anaerobic digestion plant – application number 18/00623/FUL. At the time of marketing a decision is still outstanding due to further information being required to support the application.

As mentioned above, the farmhouse benefits from detailed planning permission 18/00402/FUL for a change of use and extensive alterations to form conference centre with supporting accommodation.

Harcarse Hill Farm Cottages No 1 to 4:

The cottages form a traditionally built two storey terraced row. The accommodation in each comprises a living room, kitchen with adjoining utility area, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Each cottage benefits from double glazing throughout, mains water and drainage and oil-fired central heating.

Externally there is ample off-street parking and turning areas as well as enclosed gardens to the rear and a garage for each.

Agricultural Buildings:

The building group is currently comprised of a feed house, cattle courts, hydroponic food grade growing and preparation area, a partially completed hydroponic building, workshop, bio-security office, and double garage with up-and-over door.

A full 3D virtual tour of the main house and cottages as well as the Home Reports are all available via our website


Strictly by appointment with the Selling Agent.

Closing Date:

A closing date may be fixed, and prospective purchasers are advised to formally note their interest, through their solicitors, with the Selling Agents. Prospective purchasers should note that unless their interest in the property is formally noted, no guarantee can be given of a closing date being set or communicated and consequently the property may be sold without further correspondence or notice being given.

01738 630666

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