A NEW opportunity to develop a family home alongside a diverse rural business in the rolling Sidlaw Hills in Angus, has hit the market.

Wester Keith includes land extending to about 133.5 hectares in total and offers the potential to create one or two bespoke residential dwellings, rural business premises and a separate two-bedroom cottage all set within an area of productive farmland complemented with blocks of native woodland and a beautiful, rural outlook.

Ian Hope of Galbraith, who is handling the sale, said: “The sale of Wester Keith represents an excellent opportunity for the purchaser to continue the farming business or to create a rural business hub. The farm buildings could be developed for use by local businesses, following the example of other landowners who have successfully established commercial lets of this kind. There is a substantial demand for compact rural business units from start-ups and small businesses in a variety of sectors across Scotland, most specifically from those wishing to enter into the expanding agri-tourism market.

“In addition, there is significant development potential, with full planning consent granted for a generous three-bedroom home, as well as the potential to develop the site of the former farmhouse into a separate residential property, subject to planning consent. The cottage also has permission to extend into a two bedroom dwelling.

“The properties offer the possibility of an additional income stream either through traditional letting or as part of a wider agri-tourism offering on the holding.

“As a whole, Wester Keith offers significant potential to increase the value of the asset in conjunction with running a rural business within close proximity of one of Scotland’s most up-and-coming cities, taking advantage of the amenities and excellent transport links Dundee has to offer.”

Wester Keith is an attractive livestock farm with planning consent and full architectural drawings to create a substantial three-bedroom home, in an elevated position with far-reaching views.

In addition, there is a traditional one-bedroom cottage with its own garden which benefits from planning consent to extend. This is a charming property, quietly situated, which has great appeal whether for long-term tenants or holidaymakers.

The buildings at Wester Keith include a brand new open-span steel portal frame shed with adjoining lean-to, extending to about 18 metres by 18 metres. The shed could be used for general purpose storage or would be ideal for use by a local business. There is also a range of traditional farm buildings which have largely fallen into disrepair but offer potential for development to add value to future commercial enterprises.

Separately a pre-planning enquiry has been submitted to Angus Council regarding the construction of a residential property on the site that the former farmhouse used to occupy at Wester Keith. This pre-planning enquiry was made by the current owners with a view to applying for planning permission in early course.

The in-bye pasture land is classified as Class 3 by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research with a good working depth. Some of the pasture on Wester Keith is capable of growing arable crops. The fields are of a good workable size and layout and are naturally well drained. The land is currently carrying a suckler cow herd and ewe flock which are based at Wester Keith all year round.

The woodlands comprise primarily broadleaf native species and alongside the farm’s natural topography provide the foundation for a small yet exciting driven shoot to be developed. There is also potential to create ponds for duck flighting on the lower lying land.

The land holding lies within a single block and has good access from a minor public road. A well-maintained stone track leads to the residential properties and buildings with further internal tracks to the land beyond.