Mains of Rhynie Farmhouse is constructed of stone under a slate roof and enjoys a sheltered setting surrounded by open woodland close to but set away from the farm steading. The residential element of the farm is contained within a stone wall with its own driveway and gravel parking area to the side. The garden is laid predominantly to lawns and extends into a wooded area of mature hardwood trees which is gradually being incorporated into the area under management. A small burn (stream) runs through and could be contained to create a water feature to encourage wildlife.
The farmhouse, which has oil fired central heating (new system and boiler installed 2014) and hardwood double glazing throughout, is a spacious and comfortable family home with accommodation on two floors as shown on the floor plans.
The Sitting Room lies off the Entrance Hall and enjoys a triple aspect making it a light a spacious room efficiently heated by a new wood burning stove. The Dining Room and Study/Office lie opposite with a large open plan kitchen and family room beyond. The kitchen has windows to the north and south with a glazed door leading directly out onto the south side of the house. The fitted wall and floor units form a functional working space with integrated applicances (Samsung double oven and electric induction hob, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer). A sizeable kitchen table can be positioned in front of the open fireplace on the far wall.
Stairs lead up to a split landing off which a master bedroom suite has been created with en suite shower-room. There are three further bedrooms and a sizeable bathroom with free standing bath and separate power shower. A boxroom provides access up to the floored attic which benefits from three velux windows.
There is a sizeable basement accessed externally which provides ideal dry storage space.
Centrally located within the farm lies an excellent range of modern and traditional farm buildings. The current owners have invested significantly in the farm buildings at Mains of Rhynie taking down the majority of the traditional steading range and replacing it with buildings of a scale and suitable for modern farming practices.
1. General Purpose Shed (35.5m x 22.7m)
2. General Purpose Shed (35.5m x 13.7m)
3. Cattle Court (30.2m x 27.5m)
4. Traditional Steading (26m x 4.3m) + (19.3m x 5.95m)
5. Dutch Barn (51.66m x 6.96m)
There is a former mill Pond to the west of the farm buildings with a lade running down through the farm steading and wooded area behind the farmhouse.
The land at Mains of Rhynie forms one contiguous block with only one field not being accessible from the central core. The majority of the land is Grade 3 (2) and is mostly stone free. The land lies between 190m and 323m at the top of Quarry Hill.
The soils are a mix of sandy silt loams, silty loams and clay and are regularly tested (current pH average 5.92). Over the past three years more land has gradually come into the arable rotation which is based around 100 acres of winter wheat followed by spring barley followed by oats. Straw is chopped and ploughed back in along with approximately 900-1000 tonnes of manure from neighbouring stock units on an annual basis. Historically potatoes have been grown at Mains of Rhynie and some land is considered to be suitable for carrot production.
Average yields are recorded as:
Winter Wheat 3.50 tonnes/acre;
Spring Barley 2.45 tonnes/acre;
Spring Oats 2.8 tonnes/acre.
Grass is currently let on a seasonal basis for silage/hay and for overwintering (sheep only). The farm is particularly well fenced with all fields benefitting from Rylock.
The 2017 cropping plan is as follows:
Winter Wheat 100 acres
Spring Barley 200 acres
Spring Oats 60 acres
Grass 100 acres
Wind Turbine Sites
Full planning permission was granted by Aberdeenshire Council (Ref: APP/2010/3029) on 1st April 2011 for the erection of three 25 m high 15kW wind turbines and meter house in field 34. The base foundations for each of the three turbines are in place with the grid connection in the meter house.
Further interest has been expressed by an energy company in respect of another site on the farm. Further details are available from the selling agents.
Potential Development Sites
The remains of a former dwelling lie within the wooded grounds to the north of the current farmhouse. Evidence of a former building exists adjacent to the driveway and may, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents, be a suitable site for a dwelling.
Mains of Rhynie is being offered for sale as a whole or in two lots.
Lot 1 Mains of Rhynie Farm 496 acres Offers over £2.45 million
Lot 2 Mains of Rhynie Quarry 32 acres Offers over £150,000View payable LBTT Calculator for this property