Whiteknowes Farm, Craigievar, Alford, AB33 8LR
Offers Over: £1,200,000
271.46 acres

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A well equipped mixed arable and livestock farm in a peaceful yet accessible part of Aberdeenshire. Incorporating a traditional farmhouse, range of agricultural buildings and 109.86ha (271.46 acres) or thereby of productive farmland - avaliable as whole or in two lots.


By appointment via Mrs Rhona Melvin - 07443 451 200

or the selling agents;

Aberdeen & Northern Estates - 01467 623 800


Heading from the north or south on the A980 Alford to Banchory road, turn right (approaching from the north) or left (approaching from the south) at the crossroads a short distance to the south east of Muir of Fowlis, which will be signposted Leochel-Cushnie 3. After about 1.25 miles on this minor road, turn left, following this  relatively straight road for about a mile  until reaching a junction. Here, turn right, following another straight stretch of road for 0.75 of a mile until rounding a sharp left bend—Whiteknowes farm steading will be on your left shortly thereafter.


Whiteknowes Farm is an attractive mixed arable and livestock farm equipped with a useful range of agricultural buildings and traditional farmhouse. The farm is laid out in a peaceful yet accessible location in the area known as Craigievar between the Howe of Alford and River Dee valley. 

The farmhouse and buildings lie in a roadside setting yet retain a good level of privacy and shelter, owing to their layout. An additional block of land, known as Hallhead & Warkbraes, lies close at hand to the west and benefits from good access  directly from Whiteknowes steading on a farm track, or from two other access points.

Whilst the farm enjoys a rural setting, the town of Alford lies a short distance to the north east and provides a broad range of services. Alford is the principal town serving Donside and offers a supermarket, health centre, banking, post office, filling station and hotels. Alford also has great recreational facilities including a swimming pool, dry ski slope, 18-hole golf course, country park, museums and salmon & trout fishing on the River Don. The Lecht Ski Centre is only thirty miles away and within easy reach, as is the Cairngorms National Park. The village of Aboyne on Deeside lies to the south, being similarly distant and offering another option for a broad range of services.

Whiteknowes Farmhouse (Lot 1)

The dwellinghouse at Whiteknowes is a traditional one-and-a-half storey farmhouse which affords a good deal of public space and four bedrooms. The house benefits from double glazing throughout and heating is by way of oil-fired central heating. Open fireplaces provide additional space heating. Whilst the interior of the house would benefit from modernisation, attractive period features, such as picture rails, double-height skirtings, presses, wood panelling and shutters have been retained. The farmhouse is east facing and a private mature garden is laid out on this face of the house, whilst a useful yard area and terrace of outbuildings lies to the rear. The internal layout is shown on the floor plan overleaf, but in summary the accommodation comprises:

Ground Floor

Scullery, larder, bathroom, kitchen/dining room, living room, bedroom, sitting room, sunroom

First Floor

2x double bedrooms, box bedroom

Council Tax 

Band E 

Energy Performance Certificate

Band G


Mains Electricity, Private Water, Private Drainage, Telephone Connection.


Farm Buildings at Whiteknowes (Lot 1)

Whiteknowes benefits from a range of useful buildings forming the heart of the agricultural operation. The steading is split between a northern and southern complex of buildings, linked by an extensive concrete yard area. A traditional stone farm-workers bothy lies between these two elements and the format of the steading can be seen in the image overleaf (taken with a north-west aspect).

The northern complex is made up of two large steel portal framed GP buildings whilst the southern complex incorporates the traditional stone-built steading, which has been developed and expanded by way of the addition of timber spanned ‘Stuart of Old Rayne’ shed. In all, the covered shed space totals approximately 1750m2 (GEA).

The current format of the buildings allows for a good level of storage for machinery, inputs and winter keep as well as the husbandry and housing of livestock. Useful pens and handling facilities for the handling of both cattle and sheep have been thoughtfully integrated into the steading. Within the southern complex is a floor grain dryer and the majority of the covered space in the steading has been laid to concrete. 


The majority of the land offered for sale is good ploughable  land, being a combination of Grades 4.1 & 4.2 per the Macaulay Land Capability for Agriculture maps and extends to approximately 109.86 ha (271.46 acres) of IACS registered land overall.

The land is in good heart owing to it having been worked as part of a mixed arable and livestock system in recent years and is notable in being largely stone-free. Fencing is in good stockproof order and the land is mainly served with field troughs.

Land at Whiteknowes (Lot 1)

The land at Whiteknowes extends to approximately 48.06 ha (118.76 acres) of IACS registered land and is predominantly arable land, shown bounded and shaded in red on the sale plan. The majority of the fields here have roadside access.

Land at Hallhead & Warkbraes (Lot 2)

The land at Hallhead & Warkbraes extends to approximately 61.80 ha (152.71 acres) of IACS registered land and is a mix of arable land and productive grazing ground, shown bounded and shaded blue on the sale plan. Access to the land here can be taken directly off of the public road in the south of the subjects, but also by way of right of access along the two access routes marked green on the sale plan.


By agreement.

Common Agricultural Policy

BPS Entitlements are held but available by separate negotiation.

Mineral Rights & Sporting Rights

Included in the sale, insofar as they are owned.

Local Authority

Aberdeenshire Council, Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven, AB39 2DP. Telephone: 01569 766549





Coronavirus update - 05/01/2021

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