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Brunton Farm, Inverkeilor


Case Study Rural Housing Brunton Farm, Inverkeilor www.helpingithappen.co.uk
Case Study Rural Housing Brunton Farm is based in the heart of the county of Angus. The farm lies approximately 5 miles north of Arbroath and 8 miles south of Montrose. The main enterprises are growing cereals, fattening cattle, fattening sheep and recently starting a small breeding sheep flock. They are constantly looking at ways to diversify the business and recently decided to start utilising some of the redundant assets on the farm.

Two semi-detached cottages on the farm have lain unoccupied for almost twenty years and had fallen into a derelict state. Rather than let the properties fall into ruin, the decision was made to renovate and extend the property to form one generously proportioned rental property to a high quality standard. As well as the garden surrounding the cottage, there is the possibility of the tenant renting a further 1.5 acre adjoining paddock/former farmyard which could house a couple of horses or a few sheep. An old building in this paddock could form a stable.

Three generous bedrooms are now located in one of the cottages. One en suite, one connected to the family bathroom and a third bedroom. The other cottage forms a large kitchen, living, dining area. A flat roof extension at the rear of the property has been renovated into a large family bathroom, utility room and cloakroom toilet.

To maximise the potential rental value, renovations have been completed to a very high standard. Quality kitchen units and appliances have been fitted and the bathrooms are finished to a high standard. Flooring consists of carpets and a new product – LVT – Luxury Vinyl Flooring. A hard wearing, waterproof vinyl tile flooring with wood or stone effect patterns. A new sun lounge was built on the west side of the cottage, giving fantastic views to the Grampian mountains. One feature inside the sun lounge is that they have left a large section of the original house gable end exposed to form a feature wall.

A large front garden has been created with new wooden and wire fencing surrounding the garden to make it pet safe and child safe. A beech hedge has been planted round the front and side of the property. At the rear of the property, a small area of mature Scots Pine trees forms part of the grounds. A stock fence has been constructed round the trees so that pets have a secure area to run around – or an area for chickens!

All of the work on and in the cottage has been carried out by local tradesmen and as many local suppliers as possible were used to help keep the spend in the local economy. The majority of the groundworks and landscaping has been carried out by the farm owners.

For a prospective family the cottage is located in a well-served community. The cottage sits off a quiet side road and is linked to the main A92 Arbroath to Montrose Road. The village of Inverkeilor is only 1.5 miles away and has a primary school. The school bus passes the end of the track to the cottage. Arbroath has two secondary schools and Montrose has one secondary schools. Arbroath and Montrose both have sports centres with swimming pools. The city of Dundee is only 30 minutes away by car, with Aberdeen being one hour away.

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