Situated in beautiful open countryside in the tranquil village of Broughton, Ratchill Farm represents a rare and exciting development opportunity, brimming with endless potential. It consists of two plots (under separate title deeds, but now sold together as one), covering a massive 8 acres of fertile land. Additionally, the larger plot has lapsed planning permission granted for the construction of a new house, allowing buyers to develop their ideal country home from the ground up in truly sublime surroundings. It also allows the possibility of utilising the development as a potentially lucrative holiday let, as included within the price are numerous farm buildings ripe for renovation, from a 3/4-bedroom stone-built country cottage, to a two-bedroom byre, a large barn with scope to be turned into further accommodation, and an open shed. On top of these features, there are various parking areas and extensive garden grounds, plus a sizeable stream-fed pond and pathed woodlands (that fringe the larger plot) for idyllic morning walks. The resulting development will benefit from the farm’s spectacular open outlook and breath-taking countryside views.
To access the grounds, Ratchill Farm has an inviting tree-lined approach and a grand entrance framed by decorative walls and iron railings, in front of which are four impressive sculptural artworks of majestic deer. It features two separate gates allowing prospective buyers to separate the cottage and byre from the new home built with planning permission, further reinforcing the plot’s potential as a countryside rental or a holiday site.
The cottage itself offers spacious accommodation and surrounding gardens that would become an alfresco haven for dining and socialising once tended. It has three or four bedrooms depending upon the configuration of the living space, which includes a dining room and a generous conservatory, and an en-suite shower room, offering true potential to be restored to its former glory as a modern dwelling for main use or use as a guest house or rental. When finished, it could also be utilised as temporary accommodation, whilst construction work begins on a contemporary home using the lapsed planning permission.
Both the land and farm buildings offer a tremendous amount of potential and an endless array of possibilities that given the right time and imagination could blossom into an outstanding development. The large barn, for example, could be converted into a one-of-a-kind home, set within the existing structure (subject to planning permission). Such dwellings are often very attractive, particularly when they incorporate charming original details, such as the rustic exterior, structural posts, and exposed ceiling beams. Again, this would further attract the possibility of using the site as a holiday let.
The lapsed planning permission for one house sits on the larger, incredibly generous plot of land. It represents another exciting opportunity, this time to develop (from scratch) the perfect dream home for contemporary family living. If desired, it houses the possibility for numerous bedrooms and spacious dimensions, which could be lit by that attractive interplay of light and space with lots of glazing. Best of all, this home would be set within an unrivalled location amongst the rolling hills and farmlands of Broughton. Finally, the entire 8 acre development also provides various parking areas to accommodate the needs of families and guests alike.
• Rare countryside development in Broughton
• Covering a massive 8 acres of fertile land
• Situated in beautiful open countryside
• Endless potential & possibilities for use as a holiday let
• Grand, double gated entrance with sculptural artworks
• Lapsed planning permission for constructing one house
• Traditional 3/4-bedroom, stone-built cottage for renovation
• A two-bedroom byre with a conservatory
• A large barn with scope to become additional accommodation
• Extensive garden grounds with rural outlook
• Various parking areas & an open shed
• A stream-fed pond & pathed woods for walks
Positioned by the A701 between Peebles and Biggar, the tranquil village of Broughton offers a picturesque rural retreat within commuting distance of Edinburgh, which is less than thirty miles away and, approximately, an hours’ car drive. The village is nestled within scenic surroundings and is defined by its traditional white cottages and stone-built bungalows. It has a lovely community spirit and a welcoming village hall, as well as select amenities, including the Laurel Bank Tea Room and Bistro Bar, a handy convenience store, a garage, and a primary school. For more extensive facilities and shopping, nearby Biggar (5.5 miles) and Peebles (12.7 miles) enjoy thriving amenities, from various independent shops, to supermarkets, newsagents, cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Straiton Retail Park is also a forty minutes’ journey away, offering a wealth of fashionable stores. The beautiful surroundings of Broughton village, with rolling hills and extensive farmland, provide a wealth of countryside walks right on the doorstep. It is also well-placed for exploring the best of the Scottish Borders and for hiking in the Pentland Hills Regional Park. Furthermore, there are excellent cycling, horse riding, and fishing opportunities to be enjoyed within the area.