Luxurious Kinellen Country House Hits the Market for £800,000

Bell Ingram is proud to announces the sale of Kinellen, a luxurious five to six-bedroom detached country house, now available for offers over £800,000. Nestled in a highly sought-after rural setting near Muir of Ord, this exquisite property boasts spectacular panoramic views across the Conon Valley, extending to Ben Wyvis and the majestic Northwest Highlands.

Constructed in 2005, Kinellen stands as a substantial family home, featuring sandstone exterior walls on its main elevations and set within extensive, beautifully landscaped garden grounds. The house is impeccably maintained and showcases top-tier craftsmanship with high-quality, solid oak fixtures and fittings throughout.

Designed with both elegance and functionality in mind, Kinellen welcomes residents with a striking double-height reception hall, bathed in natural light from an expansive roof window. The kitchen is a chef’s dream, equipped with a double oven Aga and meticulously crafted fittings. Spacious rooms are thoughtfully arranged to maximise the breathtaking views, offering luxurious family accommodations, including the convenience of an internal lift to the upper floor.

The exterior of the property is equally impressive, with a block-paved driveway meandering through a wooded front garden, leading to ample parking for multiple vehicles. A sandstone-paved patio encircles the back of the house, providing an ideal space for outdoor entertainment. The rear garden features a charming stone dyke boundary, with lush lawns, planted beds, borders, and mature trees. The front garden is adorned with ornamental bushes and mature trees, enhancing the property’s tranquil ambiance.

Joanne Stennett, Estate Agent at Bell Ingram, highlights the property’s allure: “Kinellen is a stunning property. The extremely high-quality fixtures and fittings, beautifully proportioned rooms, well-maintained gardens, and far-reaching views make a winning combination.”

For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact Joanne Stennett at 01463 717799 or email joanne.stennett@bellingram.co.uk. 

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Associate
Estate Agency
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About: Joanne heads up the Estate Agency team in our Beauly office and is focused on ensuring her clients have a positive experience when they list their property with Bell Ingram. From country houses to farms and estates, she has been marketing prime residential property in the Highlands and Islands for over 17 years. Joanne is well known in the local area, having developed excellent relationships with buyers and sellers. Interests: Residential Estate Agency, Rural Property Sales.

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    Bell Ingram moves to new office in Kendal serving Cumbria and North Lancashire

    Bell Ingram is delighted to announce the official opening of our new office at Martindale House, Murley Moss Business Park, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria.

    This strategic move marks an important milestone in Bell Ingram’s commitment to providing exceptional service and expertise to clients across Cumbria and North Lancashire.

    The Kendal office will be staffed by a dedicated team of professionals who bring a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the region.

    Andrew Thompson, Senior Associate, is a RICS Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer. He has extensive experience working on a variety of utility and land management projects throughout Cumbria and North Lancashire. Andrew’s expertise and dedication ensure that clients receive the highest level of service and support.

    Joe Greene, Associate, is a RICS Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer specialising in Utilities and Rural Land Management. Since joining Bell Ingram in 2019, Joe has achieved an MSc in Real Estate, passed his RICS professional examinations and developed a strong client base within the utilities and renewables sectors.

    Cameron Dargue, Graduate Land Agent, is a recent addition to the Bell Ingram team. From a farming background, Cameron works across Cumbria, with a focus on supporting clients in the utilities and renewables sectors. He joined Bell Ingram in Summer 2023 and holds a BA (Hons) in Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Andrew Thompson said: “I’m looking forward to working from this purpose-built office space in Kendal as the location is shared with a number of complimentary service providers and has many opportunities to network. It’s the perfect location for us to continue providing excellent service to our clients across the region. The new office will allow us to work more efficiently and collaboratively, which is a huge plus for our team and our clients.”

    Neal Salomon, Head of Utilities at Bell Ingram, continued: “We are delighted to expand our presence in Kendal and enhance our services in this vibrant region. With the opening of our new office, we aim to provide unparalleled expertise and support to our clients, helping them navigate the complexities of land management with confidence.”

    The new Kendal office reinforces Bell Ingram’s dedication to serving the rural communities of Cumbria and North Lancashire. The firm’s comprehensive range of services includes estate management, valuation, utilities and renewables consultancy, tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

    For more information about Bell Ingram and the services offered at the Kendal office, please contact the team on 01539 896 101.

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    Senior Associate
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    About: Andrew is a qualified Rural Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer. He has extensive experience working on a variety of utility and land management projects throughout Cumbria and North Lancashire. Andrew's expertise and dedication ensure that clients receive the highest level of service and support. Interests: Utilities, Private Estate Management, Rural Land Management, MRICS Registered Valuer

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      Joe Greene

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      Associate, MRICS
      Utilities & Renewables Rural Land Management
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      About: Joe is a qualified RICS Chartered Surveyor specialising in Rural Land Management. Since joining Bell Ingram in 2019, Joe has developed a strong client base within the utilities and renewables sectors. He recently achieved an MSc in Real Estate and passed his RICS professional examinations in 2023. Local to Cumbria, he enjoys working within the Lake District, even in the winter! Interests: Rural Land Management, GIS, Pipelines and Utilities

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        Cameron Dargue

        Cameron Dargue

        Graduate Rural Surveyor
        Utilities & Renewables Rural Land Management
        Tel: 01539 896101

        About: Cameron is a recent addition to the Bell Ingram team. Cameron works across Cumbria, with a focus on supporting clients in the utilities and renewables sectors. He joined Bell Ingram in Summer 2023 and holds a BA (Hons) in Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University. Interests: Utilities and Renewables  

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          Scottish Government opens consultation on Crofting Reform

          Crofting has a high historical and cultural importance to the Highland and Islands communities. Unique to Scotland, the land tenure promotes sustainable land use by local individuals where the land has often been crofted by their families for generations.

          According to the Crofting Commission there are approximately 21,500 Crofts recorded. To be a Crofter, the owner or the tenant of the Croft, must ordinarily be resident on, or within 32km of, their croft, they have a duty to cultivate and maintain their croft or put it to another purposeful use and they have a duty not to misuse of neglect their croft.

          The main pieces of legislation relating to crofting are the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993, as amended by the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 and the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2013. Now, the Scottish Government has opened up a consultation on proposals for changes and simplifications to crofting law. They are seeking views on proposals on:

          Entry to crofting

          Crofting communities

          Use of Common Grazings

          Strengthening residency and land use

          Enhance Crofting Commission powers

          Simplifying crofting

          The government wish to build on previous reforms to help more people to become crofters and improve support for existing crofters, enable more and different activities to take place on common grazings such as projects that are in line with environmental initiatives, streamline the process for breaches of crofters duties and to resolve crofting regulatory issues more quickly.

          At present, only one crofter can be registered to a croft and any assignation of a crofting tenancy can only be to one person. One of the proposals considers being able to create a joint crofting tenancy which would allow two people to be registered to a single croft. This is to be inline with other forms of tenancies available in the country such as the residential PRT agreements.

          Senior Surveyor at Bell Ingram, Hamish Hope comments: “The thought behind this is to allow crofters to use more resources from each party and in situations where an older crofter wishes to pass their tenancy to another family member but still wishes to remain as a tenant. The risk here is that a crofting tenancy is a heritable tenancy and if there were joint tenants, there could be a conflict on the future of the croft which would add complications to an already complicated land tenure. The consultation paper discusses this further.”

          Another proposal is in relation to Common Grazings, which are areas of land where multiple crofters have a right to graze the land known as a share. Common Grazings account for approximately 550,000 hectares of land in the country.

          Hamish continues: “Common Grazings are being used less and less with livestock numbers on crofts declining. The government proposes to remove barriers that will allow crofters to use common grazing land for other purposes such as woodland creation, biodiversity enhancement and peatland restoration. This could bring more income to the related crofting community and built stronger relationships. To do this, the roles of Grazing Committees need to be more simple and clear and Crofters need to be encouraged to actively use their shares.”

          To read the full Crofting Consultation Report which covers all aspects of the proposals, please click here. For all information regarding Crofting, please visit the Crofting Commission here.

          If you wish to discuss crofting with one of our land agents, please contact Bell Ingram here.

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          Land Management
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          About: Hamish is an experienced RICS Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer, working across the Highlands with a focus on rural estate management from traditional sporting estates to diversifications. He is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University with MSc Real Estate Management and Investment. Interests: Estate Management, Sales & Lettings, Valuations, Domestic Energy Assessments.

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            Bell Ingram brings two productive farming units to market just north of Perth

            Bell Ingram is delighted to announce the release of two highly productive farming units for sale, strategically positioned just north of Perth with easy access to the A9.

            Extending to approximately 91.38 hectares (225 acres), these properties are available as a whole for offers over £2,575,000 or can be purchased in three separate lots.

            The farms feature a combination of predominantly Grade 3(1) land, with certain areas classified as Grade 2. The land benefits from modern agricultural infrastructure, including steel agricultural sheds constructed in 2008, 2010, and 2014, and a traditional four-bedroom farmhouse.

            Property Highlights:

            • Lot 1: North Barns Farm – This lot includes the main farming unit, featuring three sizable steel agricultural sheds and a mix of Grade 2 and 3(1) land.
            • Lot 2: Coltrannie Farm – Also featuring predominantly Grade 3(1) land with easy access provided by the newly constructed Coltrannie road bridge over the A9.
            • Lot 3: North Barns Farmhouse – A traditional stone-built property with two public rooms, four bedrooms (three en suite), garden ground, and an adjacent paddock extending to about 1.08 hectares (2.67 acres).

            The local area is well-served by a variety of agricultural contractors, merchants, and suppliers, with additional farming resources available through a successful local machinery ring. Regular livestock sales are conducted at the Stirling Agricultural Centre, enhancing the convenience for potential buyers.

            Commenting on the property, Estate Agent Carl Warden said: “These two productive farming units, with the benefit of agricultural buildings and a traditional farmhouse, represent a rare and valuable opportunity for agricultural investors and farmers alike. Their prime location, combined with high-quality land and modern facilities, make them an exceptional offering in today’s market.”

            For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Carl Warden at 01738 621 121 or via email at carl.warden@bellingram.co.uk.

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            Carl Warden

            Partner
            Estate Agency
            Tel: 01738 621 121

            About: Carl heads up the Residential Estate Agency division for the company and has a proven track record within the Scottish property sector. He has been marketing property in the Perth and Kinross area for over 35 years and has vast and detailed practical experience and knowledge of selling prime residential property: from period homes to contemporary developments. Carl is well known in the local area, having developed excellent relationships with buyers and sellers. His wider role involves looking after and supporting our Agency teams and colleagues in Oban, Beauly, Ayr and Forfar. Interests: Estate Agency, Market Valuation, Negotiation.

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              Congratulations to our new Senior Land Agents

              We are pleased to announce the well-deserved promotions of Anastasia Young, Hamish Hope, and Henry Jamieson to the position of Senior Land Agent. Their dedication, expertise, and hard work have significantly contributed to our company’s success, and we are confident they will excel in their new roles.

              Ana Young joined Bell Ingram in Spring 2023 and has quickly become an integral part of the Beauly team. As a RICS Chartered Surveyor, she brings her extensive knowledge and passion for rural estate management to our Highlands operations. She specialises in managing traditional sporting estates and exploring diversification opportunities. Ana holds a BA (Hons) in Rural Business Management from SRUC, and her fresh perspectives and innovative approaches have already made a positive impact on our projects.

              Hamish Hope is a professional with a wealth of experience as a RICS Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer. Based in Beauly, Hamish has a strong focus on rural estate management throughout the Highlands, handling everything from traditional sporting estates to diversified land uses. He is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University, where he earned his MSc in Real Estate Management and Investment. Hamish’s comprehensive understanding of the local landscape and his commitment to excellence have been invaluable to our team.

              Henry Jamieson has been a cornerstone of our Ayr office, working across the utilities sector. His extensive experience as a Land Agent is complemented by his role in business development, helping to expand our reach and capabilities. Henry’s career began at his family firm, John Marshall & Sons, where he served as Contracts Manager for 18 years. His practical experience and strategic insight have greatly benefitted our clients and projects.

              Rob Whitson, Head of Land Management, said: “I am delighted to congratulate Ana and Hamish on their well-earned promotions. Their dedication and innovative approaches to rural estate management have been instrumental in our success. I look forward to seeing their continued growth and contributions in their new roles as Senior Land Agents.”

              Geoff Brown, Head of Utilities (Scotland) added: “Henry’s promotion to Senior Land Agent is a testament to his exceptional skills and dedication. His contributions to our utilities projects have been outstanding, and I am confident he will continue to drive success and innovation in his promoted post.”

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              Henry Jamieson

              Henry Jamieson

              Senior Land Agent
              Utilities & Renewables
              Tel: 01292 886 544

              About: Henry is an experienced Land Agent, working across a wide spectrum of clients within the utilities and forestry sectors. His role also encompasses business development for our Ayr office. Henry previously worked for family firm John Marshall & Sons where he was Contracts Manager for 18 years. Interests: Utilities & Renewables, Forestry, Business Development.

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                Anastasia Young

                Anastasia Young

                Senior Surveyor, MRICS
                Land Management
                Tel: 01463 717 799

                About: Anastasia is a RICS Chartered Surveyor, working across the Highlands with a focus on rural estate management from traditional sporting estates to diversifications. She joined Bell Ingram in Spring 2023 and is a graduate of SRUC with a BA (Hons) in Rural Business Management. Interests: Rural land and property management

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                  Hamish Hope

                  Hamish Hope

                  Senior Surveyor, MRICS
                  Land Management
                  Tel: 01463 717 799

                  About: Hamish is an experienced RICS Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer, working across the Highlands with a focus on rural estate management from traditional sporting estates to diversifications. He is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University with MSc Real Estate Management and Investment. Interests: Estate Management, Sales & Lettings, Valuations, Domestic Energy Assessments.

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                    Bell Ingram announces latest round of Senior Associate and Associate promotions

                    Bell Ingram LLP, one of the UK’s leading independent land and property experts, is delighted to announce the promotion of several key members of staff. Effective from 1st June 2024, the following professionals have been elevated in recognition of their exceptional contributions and dedication to the firm.

                    Promoted to Senior Associate:

                    Borzo Taheri MRICS (Northwich): A RICS chartered surveyor, Borzo has been instrumental in managing rural land for clients in the utilities and renewables sector. Since joining Bell Ingram in 2017, he has leveraged his MSc in Rural Estate and Land Management from Harper Adams University to drive success across Northern England.

                    Gregor Dalziell (Ayr): With a BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Environmental Management, Gregor has significantly impacted the utilities sector. He brought his expertise from the Registers of Scotland to Bell Ingram in 2019.

                    Johan McKenzie (Perth): As head of the client accounting department, Johan manages the financial affairs of diverse private and commercial clients. Her qualification as an accountant and her extensive experience ensure meticulous financial management.

                    Waldo Serfontein (Morpeth): Waldo’s background in farming, geology, and the Armed Forces enriches his role in land agency services. Since joining in 2022, he has specialised in land acquisition, access rights, and compensation within the utilities sector.

                    Martin Watson (Ayr): Currently managing a major refurbishment project for a utility client, Martin’s 15+ years of experience in the electricity and water industries have been invaluable to Bell Ingram since his secondment.

                    Promoted to Associate:

                    Bill Crank MRICS (Northwich): Bill’s extensive work in estate and property management, focusing on utilities and agriculture, underscores his value to the Northern England region.

                    Dermot Meehan (Northwich): Dermot manages complex utility projects, ensuring smooth operations and compliance with various statutory consents.

                    Douglas Ogilvie (Perth): With decades of experience in strategic farm management consultancy, Douglas joined Bell Ingram in 2023 and has made substantial contributions to farming consultancy across Scotland.

                    Joe Greene MRICS (Kendal): A local to Cumbria and qualified chartered surveyor, Joe has excelled in rural land management for utilities and renewables clients since 2019.

                    John Kennedy MRICS (Forfar): Specialising in rural estate and farm management, John’s expertise is rooted in his academic background and professional experience since joining in 2021.

                    Lauren Livingston (Forfar): An accomplished Architectural Technologist, Lauren has been a vital part of Bell Ingram Design since 2017, providing exceptional support on projects nationwide.

                    Mark Mitchell, Managing Partner at Bell Ingram LLP, stated: “These promotions reflect our commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent within our firm. Each individual has demonstrated outstanding professional expertise and dedication to their clients. We are excited to see how they will continue to drive Bell Ingram’s success in the future.”

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                    Mark Mitchell

                    Mark Mitchell

                    Managing Partner, FRICS
                    Rural Land Management
                    Tel: 01738 646 584

                    About: Mark is responsible for the strategic direction and overall performance of the firm. He specialises in all aspects of Estate and Facilities Management for private, corporate and public sector clients. He is experienced in the acquisition, disposal and management of estates and farms, rental negotiation and management of residential property. Interests: Estate Agency, Private Estate Management, Rural Land Management, FRICS Registered Valuer.

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                      Beautifully designed modern-day home with period features

                      A substantial and beautifully presented country house has come to the rural Perthshire property market.

                      Enjoying a peaceful location in the rural hamlet of Moneydie, rural property experts Bell Ingram is delighted to bring Newhouse to the market for offers over £850,000.

                      The small hamlet of Moneydie is an idyllic, rural location, but as the A9 is just under three miles away, it is also easy to reach the amenities of nearby Perth.

                      The Newhouse is a delightful property which presents extremely well. It was traditionally constructed in 1998 to include many features you would expect to find in a period house, making it blend well with the surrounding properties.

                      Real attention to detail is evident in the large public rooms and bedrooms, high ceilings, fireplaces, cornicing, and the pitch pine staircase with mid landing and feature window. 

                      In addition to the good balance of living accommodation, there is a large utility room with a separate laundry room and pantry. Externally there is a game larder/kennel, a double garage with cart arch openings and a hayloft, all reminiscent of older properties. 

                      A tree-lined driveway is enclosed by wrought iron gates. The boundaries are clearly marked with a mix of stone walling and hedging. The grounds, which extend to about 0.73 acres, are extensively laid to lawn with features such as box hedging and mature planting providing colour and variety, specimen trees and magnolia bushes. Gravel driveway leads to a courtyard parking area and then to the sheltered southwest part of the garden.

                      Commenting on the property, Estate Agent, Carl Warden says: “This is a beautiful family home. It has an excellent balance of accommodation and has well thought out features reminiscent of a period property – perfect for modern day living.”

                      The traditionally constructed double garage, extending to 53.6 m2, has two cart arch openings with timber doors and a side door and window. Internal staircase leads to a floored hayloft with hayloft doors on the gable end and south facing Velux windows. This upper floor, extending to 40.9 m2, could provide opportunity for development as a studio or granny/au pair accommodation, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.

                      For more information, or to arrange a viewing contact Carl Warden on 01738 621 121 or email carl.warden@bellingram.co.uk 

                       

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                      Carl Warden

                      Carl Warden

                      Partner
                      Estate Agency
                      Tel: 01738 621 121

                      About: Carl heads up the Residential Estate Agency division for the company and has a proven track record within the Scottish property sector. He has been marketing property in the Perth and Kinross area for over 35 years and has vast and detailed practical experience and knowledge of selling prime residential property: from period homes to contemporary developments. Carl is well known in the local area, having developed excellent relationships with buyers and sellers. His wider role involves looking after and supporting our Agency teams and colleagues in Oban, Beauly, Ayr and Forfar. Interests: Estate Agency, Market Valuation, Negotiation.

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                        Changes in Scotland’s Private Rented Sector

                        Since September 2022, there have been regulations in place to control rent increases and safeguard against evictions for privately let residential properties, established under the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022. However, effective April 1st, 2024, these restrictions, including the 3% rent increase cap, will be lifted.

                        To mitigate the risk of significant rent hikes, pending parliamentary approval, the process for rent adjudication will be temporarily adjusted for one year, starting April 1st, 2024. This adjustment aims to provide a fair approach to resolving rent disputes during this transitional period.

                        Here’s what landlords need to know about rent reviews in April:

                        Private residential tenants can dispute a rent increase, with disputes reviewed by Rent Service Scotland or the First-tier Tribunal.

                        Rent will be determined based on the lowest of three figures: the open market rate, the rent requested by the landlord, and a comparator based on the difference between the market rate and the current rate.

                        Proposed regulations necessitate the use of a rent taper formula if a tenant applies for rent adjudication:

                        • If the rent increase is 6% or less than the market rent, the landlord can increase the rent by the proposed amount.

                        • If the gap between the market rent and the current rent exceeds 6%, the landlord can increase it by 6% plus 0.33% for each percent that the gap exceeds 6%. The total rent increase cannot exceed 12%.

                        Read the Rent Adjudication (Temporary Modifications)(Scotland) Regulations 2024 here..

                        As demand for rented property rises, many privately let properties with existing tenants now have below-market rent due to the 3% cap in place since 2022. This is likely to lead to widespread rent increases across the country, although the full impact on the market remains to be seen.

                        Before these restrictions are lifted, further changes are set to take effect on March 1st, 2024, with new measures being added to the Repairing Standard, which applies to all privately let residential properties and Short Term Lets. These include:

                        • Safe Kitchens

                        • Fixed Heating System

                        • Safe Access to Common Parts

                        • Consent to Work on Common Parts

                        • Safe and Secure Common Doors

                        • Residual Current Devices

                        • Properties must be free of lead pipes, or a water quality test must be carried out.

                        • Other fuels, such as oil installations, must meet the same repair standards as gas and electricity installations.

                        For full information regarding the changes to the Repairing Standard, click here. While many properties will already meet these additional requirements, there is a risk, primarily to older tenancies, that may not meet the new requirements, necessitating additional works.

                        For further discussions on how these changes affect your property, please contact our professional letting agents at Bell Ingram.

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                        Hamish Hope

                        Hamish Hope

                        Senior Surveyor, MRICS
                        Land Management
                        Tel: 01463 717 799

                        About: Hamish is an experienced RICS Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer, working across the Highlands with a focus on rural estate management from traditional sporting estates to diversifications. He is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University with MSc Real Estate Management and Investment. Interests: Estate Management, Sales & Lettings, Valuations, Domestic Energy Assessments.

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                          Bell Ingram Announces Promotion of Rhona Booth

                          Bell Ingram, leading land and property management specialist, is pleased to announce a significant milestone within the organisation with the promotion of Senior Associate Rhona Booth to the position of Forfar Office Manager, effective April 1, 2024.

                          Rhona’s elevation to this pivotal role reflects her unwavering dedication, extensive expertise, and profound understanding of the Angus and Perthshire farming communities, positioning her as the ideal choice to lead the Forfar office into a new era of success.

                          With 20 years of experience as a highly accomplished RICS Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer, Rhona has been an invaluable asset since joining Bell Ingram in 2020. Her exemplary skills in estate and farm management, coupled with her strategic acumen, have consistently driven business growth and forged enduring relationships with clients and partners alike.

                          Rhona’s unparalleled knowledge and extensive network within the Angus farming community are standout qualities that will undoubtedly contribute to the continued expansion and prosperity of the Forfar office. Her deep understanding of the local landscape, combined with her established relationships, will be instrumental in solidifying Bell Ingram’s presence in the region and enhancing service delivery to clients.

                          Bell Ingram’s Forfar office is situated in the heart of the Angus’ agricultural community and provides a full spectrum of advice to clients on farm valuation, land management, farm sales and opportunities surrounding renewables.

                          While assuming the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the Forfar office, Rhona will collaborate closely with Senior Partner Malcolm Taylor, who will retain overall control. Malcolm’s strategic guidance will complement Rhona’s local expertise, ensuring an approach that maximises Bell Ingram’s impact in the region.

                          Mark Mitchell, Managing Partner at Bell Ingram, said: “Rhona’s commitment to our company’s goals, coupled with her proven track record, makes her the ideal choice for this role. I have full confidence that under Rhona’s leadership, the Forfar office will achieve new heights of success.”

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                          Rhona Booth

                          Rhona Booth

                          Senior Associate, MRICS
                          Rural Land Management
                          Tel: 01307 462516

                          About: Rhona is a highly experienced RICS Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer working across Perthshire and Angus advising on all aspects of estate and farm management, including landlord and tenant negotiations, telecommunication mast agreements, utility projects and CPO compensation claims. In addition, Rhona can undertake a range of rural valuations for a variety of purposes as a Registered Valuer. Rhona joined Bell Ingram in 2020 and has over 20 years’ experience in the sector. Interests: Rural Land Management, Valuations, Utilities, Renewable Energy, Agricultural Tenancy Advisor, MRICS Registered Valuer.

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                            First class portfolio of farms comes to market in Stirlingshire

                            A large portfolio of farms in Stirlingshire including agricultural land and six dwellings has come to the open market.

                            Rural Estate Agents, Bell Ingram is marketing the farms, which total 513.5 hectare (1,268.70 acres), as a whole at offers over £8,450,000 or in six individual lots.

                            Bonnyhill Farm, Dykehead & Seabegs and Bonnyside Farm are all located within close proximity of the town of Bonnybridge and within about three miles of centre of Falkirk.

                            The main farming units at Bonnybridge are used as a base for a dairy enterprise whilst the farms and land further east, near Larbert and Falkirk, are used mainly for the rearing of beef cattle and also for the growing of arable crops. The farms also include areas of woodland and include a number of dwellings and farm buildings.

                            Estate Agent, Carl Warden comments on the sale: “We kick off the 2024 farm sales market with this large portfolio of businesses in Central Scotland. These first-class farming properties are currently used for a variety of different agricultural enterprises including dairy, beef cattle, arable crops and woodland. This sale presents an excellent opportunity for a diverse farming business looking to expand production.”

                            Lot 1 – Bonnyhill Farm Dairy is a first-class dairy farm with a range of purpose-built dairy buildings and equipment, principal farmhouse and two detached modern bungalows. It extends to about 96.20 hectares (237.60 acres) and is the base for a 270-cow dairy herd. It has an asking price of offers over £2,300,000.

                            Lot 2Dykehead and Seabegs farms include a cottage, outbuildings, farmland and woodland – 67.30 hectares (166.40 acres). It also includes an area of land at Reilly Road, which is held under Option. The land parcels are divided by railway lines and also by the Forth and Clyde Canal. Offers over £870,000.

                            Lot 3 – Bonnyside Farm including outbuildings and land lies to the north of Bonnyhill Farm and adjacent to the village of Bonnybridge. The farm and land, extending to about 108.10 hectares (267.00 acres), currently operates in conjunction with the dairy enterprise and includes a farmhouse and two farm buildings which lie within the village. Offers over £1,550,000.

                            Lot 4 – Househill Farm – 158.70 hectares (392.10 acres) including principal farmhouse, outbuildings and a range of land.  The farm is used as a base for a beef farming enterprise. It lies to the west of Larbert and to the southwest of the Forth Valley Hospital, adjacent to the M876 road. Offers over £2,700,000.

                            Lot 5 – Arable land at Hardilands extending to approximately 62.80 hectares (155.10 acres).  Lying to the south of the Kincardine Bridge and to the northeast of Skinflats, within close proximity to the River Forth, it has an asking price of Offers over £750,000.

                            Lot 6 – Arable land at Inches extending to approximately 20.40 hectares (50.50 acres) in all and lies to the north of Larbert. Offers over £280,000.

                            For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact Carl Warden on 01738 621121 or email carl.warden@bellingram.co.uk.

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                            Carl Warden

                            Carl Warden

                            Partner
                            Estate Agency
                            Tel: 01738 621 121

                            About: Carl heads up the Residential Estate Agency division for the company and has a proven track record within the Scottish property sector. He has been marketing property in the Perth and Kinross area for over 35 years and has vast and detailed practical experience and knowledge of selling prime residential property: from period homes to contemporary developments. Carl is well known in the local area, having developed excellent relationships with buyers and sellers. His wider role involves looking after and supporting our Agency teams and colleagues in Oban, Beauly, Ayr and Forfar. Interests: Estate Agency, Market Valuation, Negotiation.

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                              New UKFS edition released after comprehensive review

                              By Sam Guthrie, Forester

                              A new (5th) edition of the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) has been published following an extensive review process.

                              This latest update reflects the improvements in scientific knowledge, developments in international approaches to forestry, new or amended legislation, and new information about best forestry practice.

                              Enforced across all four UK nations, the UKFS is the reference standard for all foresters to follow, ensuring new forests and woodlands are sustainable – balancing environmental, economic, and social interests. It applies to all woodland, regardless of who owns or manages it.

                              A prerequisite for the approval of forest plans, felling and replanting operations, woodland creation proposals and forestry grants, is that forest owners, managers and contractors are responsible for ensuring that forest operations and activities are delivered in accordance with the UKFS.

                              Additionally, the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) certification builds on the foundations set out by the UKFS. Benefits of achieving certification can include higher prices and easier movement of certified timber.

                              But what does it all mean for forest managers?

                              As you might expect given government emphasis on tackling climate change and nature loss, sustainability is front and centre of this refresh, with biosecurity, tree pests and deer control at the heart of this new edition.

                              Importantly, the guidance aims to make forests more resilient to a changing climate and the increased risk of pests and diseases so they can continue to deliver multiple benefits.

                              Where necessary, good practice requirements have been amended or added to encourage more direct action to ensure forests remain, healthy, vibrant habitats providing timber and a range of environmental benefits to help meet net-zero ambitions.

                               Key changes include:

                              • The maximum proportion of a single species specified will be reduced from 75% to 65%. This will further diversify the range of species in woodland creation and restocking. Forest Plans submitted after October 1st 2024 will be required to show a transition to the new proportions over time.

                              • Requirements to use deer management plans more widely to reduce browsing pressure to acceptable levels and enable the use of natural regeneration.

                              • Requirements to plan and implement biosecurity measures across managed land to reduce the risk of introducing or spreading pests and diseases.

                              A 12-month transition period is now in place to allow guidance to be updated, users to become familiar with the new edition, and draft woodland plans to be finalised. It will be applied from October 1st 2024.

                              The new (5th) edition of the UKFS is available on the Scottish Forestry website.

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                              Sam Guthrie

                              Sam Guthrie

                              Forester
                              Forestry Management
                              Tel: 01738 621 121

                              About: Sam works across Scotland with a focus on delivering woodland management projects on the ground for a range of corporate and private clients. He has seven years’ experience in the sector and began his forestry career as a planter. Sam is currently studying for a PDA in Forestry Operations from the Scottish School of Forestry. Interests: Woodland Creation, Silviculture, Ecological Restoration.

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                                Thriving café business and home for sale on popular tourism Isle

                                A rare opportunity to acquire a thriving café and gift shop business together with a large Victorian stone-built three-bedroom house in a popular tourist destination in the northwest of the Isle of Lewis has arisen.

                                Highlands & Islands Estate Agent, Bell Ingram is delighted to bring The Wobbly Dog Café and residential opportunity to the market for offers over £290,000.

                                The sale of the Wobbly Dog Café is a superb opportunity to acquire a thriving and profitable business in a popular tourist destination on the Isle of Lewis. It is an ideal purchase for someone looking to take on a thriving business adjacent to their home.

                                Established in 2019, it has consistently high ratings on Google and TripAdvisor, the cafe/shop maintains much of the original style and charm of yesteryear, with original heavy wooden counter, glass display cases and fitted shelving. All fixtures, fittings and equipment are included in the sale.

                                There are rural views across croft land towards the Atlantic on the west and the Minch on the east making the eatery a popular destination with tourists looking for lunch with a view.

                                Attached to the café is a spacious three-bedroom home which has been upgraded throughout while at the same time retaining the charm of some original features.  In addition to a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor, there are two further bedrooms and WC on the upper floor. The kitchen has a Rangemaster gas cooker and attractive Fired Earth tiling on the floor.

                                Commenting on the property, Estate Agent, Joanne Stennett says: “The Isle of Lewis is a favourite holiday destination and the café and residential property offer an excellent opportunity to have a change of lifestyle and take on a thriving business in this beautiful part of Scotland”.

                                For more information, or to arrange a viewing contact Joanne Stennett on 01463 717799 or email joanne.stennett@bellingram.co.uk 

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                                Joanne Stennett

                                Joanne Stennett

                                Associate
                                Estate Agency
                                Tel: 01463 717 799

                                About: Joanne heads up the Estate Agency team in our Beauly office and is focused on ensuring her clients have a positive experience when they list their property with Bell Ingram. From country houses to farms and estates, she has been marketing prime residential property in the Highlands and Islands for over 17 years. Joanne is well known in the local area, having developed excellent relationships with buyers and sellers. Interests: Residential Estate Agency, Rural Property Sales.

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