Basket Farm had the largest arable Farm area in the Parish but had nowhere near the same size steading as say nearby Calderside.
The farm had a thrashing mill installed after 1750, which existed right up until the 1990’s. The mill was powered by horsepower. Today, Basket Farm is owned by the Raeburn family, who also own nearby Lodgehill and land at Calderside although up for sale in September 2016, this seems likely to change.
Basket Farm lies within Kilbryde Parish, just slightly over the Blantyre boundary. As of September 2016, the farm steading and surrounding land is for sale. There is no farmhouse, so opportunity exists to rebuild one for any new developer.
The land is productive Grade 3.2 and 4.2 arable and grassland with a range of modern farm buildings and silage clamp.
The farm steading at Basket is located to the north of the holding and accessed via a private farm road which leads from Calderside Road. The farm buildings are situated in a group. They comprise:
Shed 1 (54.50m x 26.40m) of steel portal frame construction under a corrugated sheet roof with concrete wall panels, Ventair side cladding and a concrete floor. There is a raised central feed passage and has capacity for up to 120 head of cattle.
Shed 2 (24.00m x 20.00m) of steel portal frame construction under a box profile sheet roof with mixed brick and concrete panels over a stone floor.
Silage Clamp (27.00m x 32.00m) with concrete wall panels with earth bank reinforcing and a concrete floor.
The land at Basket Farm extends to about 89.33 Ha (220.73 Acres) which surrounds the farm steading and is bound to the west by the Calderside Glen. The land rises from 100m above sea level at its lowest point on the western boundary within the Calder Glen to 175m above sea level at the highest point on the southern boundary adjacent to Calderside Road. Basket Farm and surrounding farmland benefit from good access with all land parcels being accessible either from the farm steading or adjoining public roads.
The current owners have undergone a programme of improving the land and several of the fields have been re-drained and new stock proof fencing has erected throughout. In more recent years an extensive programme of cultivation and re-seeding has taken place across the holding to improve the grass swards and a number of fields have grown cereals. All of the fields benefit for either a mains water supply to field troughs or are fed by natural source.
Basket Farm has historically carried in the region of 85 beef cows with calves and all forage with all the cereals grown for home consumption. Located to the west of the holding there is a large area of amenity woodland, which runs along the western boundary known as Calderside Glen, an area with huge opportunity to be developed into something far more accessible to walkers and tourists.
As of September 2016, the farm steading is up for sale for offers over £650k, and a further £320k for surrounding land at Calderside. This further land is described as, “Extending up to 60.36 Ha (149.15 Acres) in all and provides an additional area for grazing and fodder production. The land also provides for a number of blocks of amenity woodland on both sides of Calderside Road. The land is of a varying aspect rising from 130m above sea level in the Calder Glen to the west up to 200m above sea level on the eastern boundary. The majority of the fields have direct access from the adopted public roads which dissects the farmland.”
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016