Aberdeenshire farm with intriguing Cotswolds connection

Woodhead is an ideal property for a horse lover.

A romantic connection with the Cotswolds makes historic Woodhead Farm one of Aberdeenshire’s most fascinating properties.

Presented for sale by Bell Ingram as a whole, or in two separate lots, at offers over £720,000 the beautiful five-bedroom farm cottage was rebuilt in the late 19th century by Sir Arthur Grant, the 9th Baronet of Monymusk.

The story goes that Sir Arthur’s young English bride, unused to the architecture of the North East, persuaded her husband to rebuild the home he had earmarked for her in the style of her native Cotswolds.

A stone plaque above the front door records that Woodhead farm was re-built by Sir Arthur Grant Bart. of Monymusk in 1889.

The historic stone plaque.

Woodhead Farm is also understood to be the prototype for the housing designs used in rebuilding the Estate Village of Monymusk.

More recently Monymusk was referenced in Trump International’s planning application for its proposed village at Menie, near Balmedie.

Current owners Raymond and Moira Wight moved into Woodhead as a young couple in 1992 and raised their two daughters on the idyllic 43-acre farm.

Raymond Wight said: “Woodhead is a very special place to live and it would be tremendously satisfying to see another family get as much enjoyment and pleasure from living and working here as we have done over the past three decades.

“It’s not been an easy decision to sell. However, the farm is in peak condition and Moira and I feel that the time is right to pass it onto new owners.”

With direct access to woodland, Woodhead is also the perfect property for horse lovers. And its location near the famous Pitfichie Trails and the iconic Bennachie range of hills makes it ideal for walking and mountain biking. 

The C-listed farmhouse provides comfortable family accommodation over one-and-a-half storeys and has been extended to the north. The house retains many of the original features from the Victorian remodelling including the lattice glazing, and double interior entrance doors.

The spacious extension provides a beautiful open plan kitchen/ dining room/family room featuring a modern woodburning stove and rangemaster cooker.

The property also benefits from double glazing in the extension and has oil fired central heating throughout.

There is a large formal garden space including lawn and shrubs in front of the property. The house and garden are surrounded by farmland and woodland, providing a secluded rural haven.

The farmland at Woodhead sits at an altitude of approximately 150 metres above average sea level. The land is classified by the James Hutton Institute as predominantly Class 3.2, indicating the land is capable of producing a moderate range of crops including high yields of barley, oats and grass. Other uses may include potatoes and forage crops. This classification is typical of the area.

There are a number of farm buildings included in the sale: a modern steel portal frame shed (15.5m by 6.1m) previously used to house cattle; a steel portal frame shed (17.6m by 13.4m) suitable for housing livestock; an L-shaped steading (11m by 4m and 18.8m by 4m) with stalls and horse stabling; a large dog kennel.

All the farm buildings are in an excellent condition and benefit from mains electricity and a water supply. The L-shaped byre and barn was reroofed in recent years.

James Petty, from Bell Ingram’s Aberdeen office, said: “Woodhead is an exceptional farm in an excellent location likely to appeal both to buyers looking for an equestrian property or a small farm. Land and farms of this quality rarely come up for sale in this area of Aberdeenshire, so we expect a great deal of interest and early viewing is recommended.”

For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact James Petty on 01224 621 300 or email james.petty@bellingram.co.uk

Published on 9th August 2019