New Heaton and Stickle Heaton Farms are a pair of first class, well shaped, extremely productive commercial arable and dairy farms occupying a private, yet easily accessible, position in a much sought after area. The two farms are contiguous and have been farmed as one unit for many years.
The land lies between the 50m and 95m contours and has an average annual rainfall of approximately 650mm. All the land is classified as grade 3 under the Ministry Land Classification Plan. Fields are large and well shaped with minimal waste. Virtually the entire working acreage is in arable rotation.
Soils are relatively uniform and comprise deep, fertile, relatively stone free medium loams (Brickfield and Salop Associations) with a significant clay fraction and are well suited to the consistent production of high yielding grass and cash crops, particularly winter wheat.
Field drainage is good and a number of fences have been renewed in recent years. There is trough water to most fields and the land is clean with no significant weed ingress. A good internal part concrete, part hardcore road links Stickle Heaton to New Heaton and this, together with the minor public road serving New Heaton and various internal hard tracks, enable direct access to the majority of fields.
Until recently the farm carried approximately 360 Friesian-Holstein dairy cows plus young stock. All slurry emanating from the dairy herd has been returned to the land and, as a consequence, soil fertility is thought to be high.
New Heaton is farmed on a mixed system in conjunction with other land in the same ownership and lends itself either for use as a specialist dairy unit or as a pure arable farm. Additionally, approximately 353 acres are sown down to crop, principally winter wheat and winter barley.
New Heaton and Stickle Heaton Farms are located in north Northumberland in the heart of the Tweed Valley, an area acclaimed both for the quality of its land and its stunning scenery.
Both farms enjoy considerable privacy, yet are readily accessible being served by two minor public roads, one of which terminates adjacent to the main New Heaton farm steading.
Both the A697 and A698 pass within two miles of the property and the farms are within easy reach of A1 trunk road (11 miles), the main London- Edinburgh east coast railway line station at Berwick-upon-Tweed (11 miles) and the international airports of Newcastle (60 miles) and Edinburgh (60 miles).
Cornhill-on-Tweed provides excellent local services which include the Collingwood Arms Hotel, a farm machinery dealership and a thriving village shop, whilst the larger settlements of Berwick, Coldstream and Kelso afford a broader range of facilities.
There is a good choice of schools for all age groups in the immediate area together with private schools at Longridge Towers, Berwick and St Mary’s in Melrose. Local livestock markets include Wooler (12 miles) and St Boswells (24 miles) and the farming community is well served by numerous local grain and machinery merchants.
Northumberland and the Scottish Borders is an essentially rural community which offers a first class quality of life within an area that remains delightfully unspoilt and The Heatons are well placed to enjoy all the recreational and sporting opportunities for which the area is justifiably renowned. There are several excellent local golf courses, quality riding and walking throughout the area, national hunt racing and curling at Kelso and first class opportunities for those interested in field sports.
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