Richard and Anna Black are the 3rd generation owners of Braeside of Lindores; a working arable and stock farm diversifying into tourism and actively re-investing in the land to add value and sustainability. The family business are making the most of the biggest asset ‘land’ and moving into markets that are a natural fit with the landscape, weather, seasons, cropping, stock management and environment. The farm has a commercial herd of Simmental cross cattle, a flock of Mule/Texel and Lleyn ewes and grows malting barley for the whisky industry. The business contract farms locally and a proportion of land is let out for growing potatoes and broccoli.
The farm has diversified into equestrian training and has evolved its private let property portfolio with luxury self-catering accommodation. In the winter months the business adapts and leases out to a gamekeeper to offer first class pheasant, partridge and duck shooting for clients over the winter season. The growth of the business hasn’t just been about future proofing for future generations. A large amount of growth and direction has been driven from customer feedback and openness to listen and learn from customers.
The equestrian enterprise is called Lindores Cross Country and it has expanded its proposition to offer full eventing training so training camps are now a weekly occurrence. It has 30 stables, luxury lodges, camping pitches, 85 acre cross country training course, show jumping paddocks, sand school, toilets, showers and a sociable Bothy. The setting is simply stunning having been voted ‘9th best hack in Scotland’ by Scottish Field EQy magazine. Lindores Cross Country and Lindores Lodge are both continually being given 5 star feedback across Facebook, TripAdvisor, from customers from all walks of life.
The business has taken on local employees and the growth in customer numbers visiting has in turn driven spend in the local area of Fife.
Richard is passionate about the natural landscape and wildlife. He has recently been successful in applying to the Agri Envioronment Scheme which has allowed him to plant over 1000 meters of hedging connecting a number of woodlands acting as wildlife corridors. Game cover, grass margins, deferred grazing and a pond all help to create habitats for some of the species that have recently been in decline such as the Corn Bunting, Curlew, Lapwing and Grey Partridge.
Anna and Richard who manage Braeside of Lindores have ambitious plans for developing their business. This year will see the opening of two further 5-star luxury lodges; one a couples retreat and the other to sleep up to four. Throughout the year, they also host a number of riding camps for
adults and children.