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Is now the time

to join the EV




Selling your farm?

Demand outstrips

supply in buoyant

market across UK P6

Game on for 2022

Rural events are back

with a bang at GWCT

Scottish Game Fair P8

Living the dream

Do you want to quit

the rat race for a new

life in the country? P12

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Your AMC agents for straightforward farm finance.

A name you can trust, covering the whole of Scotland.

in brief

Plant a tree for The Queen’s

Platinum Jubilee in 2022

Bell Ingram will be working

with our clients and associates

to support The Queen’s Green

Canopy (QGC) project. This is a

unique tree planting initiative

created to mark Her Majesty’s

Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which

invites people from across the

United Kingdom to “Plant a

Tree for the Jubilee”.

The Woodland Trust is

supplying three million trees for

schools, youth groups and local

communities and applications

are now open. Saplings will

be posted to those who apply

on a first come, first served

basis. Trees are also available to

purchase from The Woodland

Trust, or local suppliers, and

advice about planting your

trees is also available online.

From this month, details of any

Jubilee trees can be uploaded,

together with a photograph,

onto the Queen’s Green

Canopy map. Official plaques

to mark the occasion for

generations to come are now

available to order online.

As well as inviting the planting

of new trees, The Queen’s

Green Canopy will dedicate

a network of 70 Ancient

Woodlands across the United

Kingdom and identify 70

Ancient Trees to celebrate Her

Majesty’s 70 years of service.

Find out more at www.

queensgreencanopy.org n

Sarah Tyson

07710 308614

James Petty

07974 934301

Malcolm Taylor

07715 609325

SACGS claim

window extended

The Scottish Government has

extended the deadline for claims

to be submitted under Scotland’s

Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant

Scheme (SACGS) to 31st December

2021. This further extension was

announced in response to delays in

the supply of certain capital items.

Farmers are required to supply proof

of purchase and payment (an invoice

and bank statement) when they

submit their claim and are reminded

that items must be delivered and

fully operational by this date to be

eligible for payment.

Failure to submit your claim and/

or all the necessary supporting

information by 31st December will

result in non-payment of claims and

grant offers will be withdrawn.

The SACGS is a pilot capital grant

scheme that offers farmers funding

to purchase specific items of

agricultural equipment to help cut

greenhouse gas emissions from

farming operations. n

Helping It




The finalists of the

SLE Helping it Happen

Awards 2021 have

been announced, with

nominations for those

who have contributed to

Scotland’s rural economy,

enhanced the environment

or made a success of

their business despite the


Bell Ingram is delighted

to sponsor the Education

Award and we’re looking

forward to joining the

virtual ceremony on 27th

October. A huge well

done to all the finalists,

but especially Bells Brae

Primary in Lerwick, Fresh

Start in Cumnock and

Ringlink Scotland Ltd

in Laurencekirk in our

Education category.

Now in its fifth year, the

Helping it Happen Awards

have become firmly

established in recognising

the role of estates, rural

businesses and community

groups who are helping

rural Scotland thrive.

The full list of finalists

is available on the SLE

website now www.


co.ukguidance. n




our land


Bell Ingram

land agents

Rhona Booth,

Tom Rust,

John Kennedy

and Louise

Finnie will be

sharing their

knowledge at an

SRUC Careers

event in Perth’s


Hotel on 7th

October. Rural



students from

both the

Aberdeen and


campuses will be

attending to find

out more about

careers in the

rural sector. n

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l Far left and left, Head

of Estate Agency Carl

Warden is pictured

charging his Tesla Model

3 at Bell Ingram’s Perth

HQ. Below: The Tesla’s

dashboard display


Joe Fergusson





Bell Ingram has joined the electric

vehicle revolution by installing

workplace charge points at

company HQ in Perth.

Our Head of Estate Agency Carl Warden

is leading the charge in his Tesla 3 which

has so far chalked up over 4,000 miles on

company business.

If you too are thinking of replacing a petrol or


Our friends


Is now the time to join the EV revolution?

diesel car with an electric model there are a

number of pros and cons to consider before

making the leap.

On the plus side, electric cars can greatly

reduce your carbon footprint and save you

hundreds of pounds each year in tax and

fuel costs. The choice and abilities in the

range of EVs on the market is expanding

quickly, and the charging infrastructure is

definitely improving. In fact, there are over

1,800 Chargepoint Scotland public points

(out of over 2,500 installed across Scotland

and 24,600 across the UK) offering free

charging at up to 50kW, which gives around

100 miles of travel for a 30 minute plug-in.

Additionally, there is still ‘hay to be made’

by taking advantage of grants from both

the UK’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles

(OLEV) and from Transport Scotland

towards the installation of new charge

points at workplaces and at homes. And

the tax system remains generous towards

businesses making the switch, allowing year

1 100% capital write down of new vehicles

and 1% of value benefit-in-kind for users.

n the flip side however, EVs still have

Oa shorter range than petrol/diesel

vehicles and recharging the battery takes

time and planning. Added to this, the

upfront cost of buying these vehicles is

still much higher than their traditional

equivalents, although that gap is steadily


To become ubiquitous the EV must be as

convenient as its petrol/diesel equivalent,

with costs on a par, both new and second

hand, and the charging infrastructure must

catch up, enabling urban street-dwellers to

charge from lamp posts and bollards, etc.

What is for certain is that the writing

has been on the wall for the internal

combustion engine (ICE) ever since SONY

commercialised the Lithium-Ion battery for

by Carl Warden

The Tesla is a real

talking point when

out meeting clients

How does a petrolhead feel

about electric cars? Bell

Ingram’s Head of Estate

Agency Carl Warden has

been driving a Tesla Model 3

for almost a year and shares

what it’s really like to own

one of these pioneering EVs …

I’ve always been a petrolhead,

so it came as much of a

surprise to myself as it was to

my colleagues that I was the

first to drive a fully electric


its mobile telephone in 1991. In the 1910s,

Thomas Edison spent much more time

eeking out more miles from his lead-acid

powered EV than he did on his electric

lightbulb; what held him back was energy

density – or kilowatt hours per tonne.

ven without the Kyoto Protocol, all the

Esubsequent COPs and the focus on air

quality in our vehicle-clogged cities, the EV

– sometimes described as ‘a mobile phone

with wheels’ – was only ever waiting for the

battery with sufficient energy density to get

its driver from A to B without having to stop

to re-charge before it suited them to do

so – now achievable with today’s Lithium-

Ion chemistry and continuously-improving

variations on it.

The beautiful simplicity of the EV – body,

battery, computer, motor, wheels –

compared to the fantastically complex

supply chains for the hundreds of

Tesla have made significant

advances in technology and

battery life (estimated range is

360 miles in theory, but more

like 300 in practice on the

Model 3) so I felt the time was

right to take the plunge.

Once I made my decision, Bell

Ingram installed two electric

charging points at our Perth

HQ, and I installed a charger

at home. I also make good

use of local authority charging

points which, in my area, are

currently free after payment of

an annual £20 subscription to

activate the service. This allows

for fast charging and the car

can be topped up quickly

within 30-40 minutes while I

catch-up on paperwork.

Many new EV drivers suffer

from what is called ‘range

anxiety’ and if you are a

‘glass half empty’ character,

you may find this difficult

to deal with initially. I

found myself watching the

battery charge and the

estimated range almost

more than watching the

speedometer! However,

once you understand the

vehicle and how it operates

and performs on everyday

driving, then you soon

readjust and get into the

way of things.

The complete silence from

the initial start is a strange

experience but once you

gather speed and there is

both wind and road noise,

things settle down to a more

normal environment.

additional whizzing, rubbing, grinding

and exploding elements of an ICE vehicle,

means that EVs are the future of personal

transport, like it or not. Their electricity

may come from a fuel cell fuelled by

green hydrogen, catalysed from water by

renewable energy, but with ranges and

charging times improving quickly, in a

decade or so the ICE will become a rare

and specialised thing. n

➤ Want to know more? Renewables

Consultant Joe Fergusson provides

a feasibility appraisal service to any

organisation pondering the viability of

joining in the EV revolution, and can be

contacted at joe.fergusson@bellingram.

co.uk or 07711 552693.

My Tesla 3 is a long-range,

four-wheel drive model and

having driven 4,000 miles

in the vehicle since January,

I am not only amazed with

the overall experience, but

also my own attitude to the


I had not anticipated the

conversations that are

generated by the Tesla - most

of my clients are keen to talk

about the car as it may be the

first time they have got up

close and personal with the


With technology, battery life

and mileage range improving

all the time, it won’t be long

before EVs cease to be a

novelty and become the

norm on UK roads.

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farm sales

farm sales

North of England


Strong demand outstrips

supply In a buoyant

farm sales


Bell Ingram’s

farm sales



to see

a high


for all

land types

throughout Scotland, with

farming properties selling fast

and often for well over the

guide price.

Volumes have remained tight

this year, although there are

possibly a few more offerings

now than at this point in 2020.

Strong demand means that

what does come on the market

moves quickly to a closing date

and we seeing farms achieving

anything between five to 30%

over the asking price.

Private sales continue to be

popular and have resulted from

both competitive closing dates

and one-to-one negotiations.

Farmers who bought land

to the market in the first two

quarters were rewarded with

strong prices.

We are seeing traditional farms

snapped up by local buyers,

often a neighbouring farming

business looking to expand

its area of operations. In this

market, sales are being driven

by death and inheritance,

retirement or a desire to get out

of the business entirely.

Conversely, we are seeing

growing interest in rural

property and farms from buyers

who want out of towns and

cities and are looking to move

into the agricultural sector

for the first time. We are also

seeing farmers selling up in

the south-west of England

with a view to moving north of

the border. Elsewhere, we are

also seeing buyers seeking out

development potential and

some corporate clients looking

for portfolio expansion.

Traditional farms are often

split into individual lots with

the residential element sold

separately. Serious farm

buyers want the land only and

generally aren’t particularly

interested in farmhouses or

steadings, as the latter often

can’t accommodate modern

farming machinery. For

example, one recent buyer in

Perthshire asked if Bell Ingram

would sell the farmhouse as

soon as the farm sale was


It is interesting to see arable

land and the best pasture

land values rising, proof of the

limited supply and continuing

demand, especially where

neighbours have the chance

to buy. Purchasers are often

also pursuing AMC finance,

taking advantage of longterm

loans on competitive

terms and low interest rates,

whether for traditional

farming or diversified rural



Rob Whitson

Head of Farm


07703 822739

01463 717 799

n addition, the forestry

sector is still very strong

with good timber

markets at present. The

unprecedented demand from

investors for land suitable

for tree planting continues

and is now expanding due

to the impact of carbon

sequestration, although values

are very site specific making it

Gartmain Farm on the Isle of Islay is

for sale at o/o £685,000. For more

information about this or our other

listed farm and land properties

please go to our website www.


difficult to apply averages.

Values for sporting interests

remain steady, but again vary

depending upon the particular

estate, location and facilities -

for stalking estates a modern

deer larder that meets current

regulations is essential to

support the sporting asset.

ooking ahead to the

rest of 2021, we expect

Lvolumes to remain at

a low level with demand for

quality farmland staying high.

However, if Scotland follows

the patterns seen in the

English market, we could see

more acres brough to market

in 2022. Factoring in the

adjustments to trade following

Brexit and the lack of detail

around the future subsidy

support scheme to Scottish

farming post 2023/24, we

expect the market for farmland

to remain price sensitive.

It’s a similar picture in the North of England

with demand outstripping supply, says

Derek Tyson from Bell Ingram’s Thirsk


He continues: “While Bell Ingram Thirsk has

seen four farms complete this year, which

is more than we would normally handle,

the general market is short of supply with

demand is outstripping volume and being

driven mainly by rollover and IHT.

“Interestingly, most sales are being

brought to the market due to retirement

or bereavement, and complete farms are

selling in the region of £15,000 to £16,000

per acre.

“Bare arable land is generating a lot

of interest but is again dependent on

demand, with Grade 1 in a desirable area

achieving £15,000/acre while Grade 3 in an

area of less neighbouring demand can be

much lower at £8,000 per acre.”

Interest in rural property and farms for

buyers who want to move out of towns

and cities to work remotely has seen

some farmers sell up in the south-west of

England and move to Scotland, says James

Petty from Bell Ingram’s Aberdeen office.

He continues: “While not previously

unknown this has been a noticeable recent

trend with one of our sales resulting in

such a move.

“Strong demand means that what does

come on the Aberdeenshire market moves

very quickly to a closing date and I am

not expecting any significant increase in

volume as we move into the second part of

the year.

“Demand from lifestyle and amenity buyers

has risen, while forestry demand is very

strong and putting a level in the market as

high as upland livestock buyers can pay.”

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Malcolm Taylor from Bell Ingram’s Forfar

office is feeling optimistic about the market

and is advising both sellers and buyers to

make the most of the current conditions.

He says: “Soaring demand means that first

class farms and good quality arable land are

selling fast across Angus with ‘off-market’

private sales becoming more common in this

competitive market.

“Arable is generating a lot of interest but is

again dependent on demand, with the Angus

average around £10,000 - £14,000 per acre.

“We are seeing farm sales driven by

retirement, usually in families where the

next generation has no interest in farming.

Meanwhile neighbours or those with rollover

funds to invest are still the main buyers.

“Farmers are looking for alternative

finance attracted by low interest rates and

competitive terms on long-term loans offered

by lenders like the Agricultural Mortgage

Company (AMC).”

Argyll and Bute

One of the most noticeable developments

is the rise in clients looking for rural lifestyle

opportunities, says Andrew Fuller from Bell

Ingram’s Oban office.

He says: “The Oban office has certainly been

busier with farm and land sales over the

last 18 months. We are setting closing dates

for many farms and achieving up to 30%

over asking prices in some cases. There are

a mixture of circumstances behind our

farm listings, everything from retirement

and bereavement to inheritance and

lifestyle change.

“Elsewhere, corporate clients looking for

portfolio expansion are becoming more

common and we are also seeing a strong

demand for amenity farms and rural

lifestyle properties with purchasers seeking

development potential. For example,

we have Barmore Farm Cottage and

Steadings, a wonderful blend of property

offering substantial income potential

with the added advantage of five prime

development plots.”

● Agricultural businesses have faced significant change over the last few years. If you need

financial help and support for any project, Bell Ingram’s specialist team of AMC Agents is on

hand with an understanding of agriculture’s unique funding needs.

James Petty – 01224 621 300 ❘ Malcolm Taylor – 01307 462 516 ❘ Sarah Tyson – 01738 630904



Game On!

l Managing Partner Mark

Mitchell addresses the audience

at SLE’s Chairman’s Breakfast

which was sponsored by Bell


It’s showtime for Bell Ingram

l Fiona Van

Aadrt, North

East Regional


Officer, SLE

and Lucy


Director, SLE. l Sarah

Alison Lowson

Associate Marketing


01738 621121

07584 093354

Covid has hastened the speed of digital change at a

pace none of us could have predicted, and it’s been

inspiring to watch the rural sector adapt to new

ways of working over these past 18+ months.

The way in which many events switched from live

to digital platforms to unite and showcase the

sector during 2020/21 has been particularly remarkable. The Royal Highland Showcase

organisers have even managed to create a complimentary product that looks likely to

survive the pandemic and run in tandem with future shows!

Tyson, Partner

and Head of


Bell Ingram


Yet, no matter how clever the technology, I would argue that these virtual shows and

conferences are no substitute for the real thing.

From Farming Scotland in February to the Royal Highland Show in June, from the

Game Fair in July right through to AgriScot in November, these industry staples are the

lifeblood of relationship building and brand awareness for rural professional services

companies like Bell Ingram and a much-missed part of our yearly calendar.

These are occasions when we can meet and entertain our clients and contacts, as well

as catching up with colleagues in a more relaxed and informal setting. In short, they are

both a fun and highly effective way of doing business in our sector.

So, when I heard that the GWCT Scottish Game Fair was going ahead this year, I felt a

mixture of excitement tempered with a certain amount of trepedation.

Excitement … because it’s one of the highlights of Bell Ingram’s events calendar when we

partner with our friends at Scottish Land & Estates on their ringside marquee to sponsor

their Chairman’s breakfast.

l Mark Tennant (left),

Chairman of Scottish

Land and Estates, and

Ian Robertson (right),

Executive Director,

Countryside Learning


l From left to right: Murdo

Fraser MSP, Marcus Humphrey,

GIS Manager, Bell Ingram, Ian

Robertson (right), Executive

Director, Countryside Learning

Scotland and Stephen Young,

Head of Policy, SLE.

l Mark Mitchell,

Managing Partner,

Bell Ingram, and Mark

Tennant, Chairman

of Scottish Land and


Trepidation … because after two years without attending any sort of live gathering I was

nervous about the potential ramifications of exposing colleagues and contacts to large

crowds and social interactions.

At first glance, however, the so-called “new normal” felt a lot like the “old normal”. The

hunting, shooting and fishing brigade were all present and correct, alongside the main

ring and the usual shopping and foodie attractions.

But scratch beneath the surface, and the organisers had obviously spent a great deal of

time and effort behind the scenes ensuring they complied with Covid protocols and that

the public felt safe.

Fast track entry, track and trace, hand sanitisers, improved toilet and washing facilities,

face masks and elbow bumps (instead of hugs and handshakes) were very much

in evidence around the showground which had been sensibly reworked to avoid

bottlenecks and allow for much wider avenues between stands and marquees.

But whether it was the slick organisation or the outdoors nature of the Game Fair (the

weather was unseasonably warm and sunny for late September!), I felt considerably safer

at Scone than I often do at my local supermarket.

Bottom line is that the success of the Scottish Game Fair bodes well for next year and

although there’s still a question mark over some indoor events, I’m hopeful that the

usual calendar of outdoor agri shows will return to some sort or normality.

That said, the pressure will be on events’ organisers to continue to make both exhibitors

and attendees feel secure in this post pandemic landscape. It’s not enough to talk the

talk, you have to walk the walk and ensure that protocols are observed.

Bell Ingram staff are

hoping to attend a full

calendar of events next

year. Watch our social

medial channels

for details.

l From left to right: Louise Finnie (Assistant Land Agent, Highland), Carl Warden (Partner, Estate Agency), Rob Whitson (Partner, Highland), Mhairi Walker (GIS Technician),

Marcus Humphrey (GIS Manager), Sarah Tyson (Partner and Head of Valuations), Mark Mitchell (Managing Partner), Carrie McLelland (Assistant Land Agent, Highland), Moira

Webley (Estate Agent), Murray Chisholm (Property Assistant).

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land agency


estate agency

Land agency

isn’t a job,

it’s a vocation

Mhairi Walker

GIS Technician

Rural Land


01738 621121

I wanted a career where I

could continue to learn and

gain practical experience in

the GIS field

Bell Ingram welcomed Dundee University

graduate Mhairi Walker to our GIS mapping team

this month. GIS technician Mhairi will be based in

Perth but covering client work UK-wide.

Charlotte Gilfillan

Senior Associate Highland




Bell Ingram is currently

recruiting for qualified chartered

surveyors for positions across

Scotland. Please check out our

website for more details of these

positions www.bellingram co.uk


pivotal shift in how land is being

managed means it is an exciting

time to join the vibrant and growing

rural land management sector.

The Climate Change Emergency and

Biodiversity Crisis have been major

catalysts in developing new ideas, new opportunities and new technologies.

Natural Capital, Carbon Offsetting and the Green Recovery are at the heart of

this and are driving the demand for more professionals, specifically qualified

chartered surveyors and foresters, who have the knowledge and expertise to

help clients maximise their assets.

There is perhaps a misconception that the only route to becoming a

qualified chartered surveyor and securing chartered status, involves having

an RICS accredited degree and undertaking the Assessment of Professional

Competence while working for a firm. In fact, there are many routes available

through the RICS, including senior professional, specialist or academic

assessment, direct entry and preliminary review for those with more than five

years relevant work experience with any degree. These alternate routes are

increasing in popularity and helping facilitate changes in profession later in life.


myself did not consider moving into land agency until my late twenties,

having worked on a number of sporting estates in Scotland prior to

joining Bell Ingram. My experience on the ground gave me an intimate

understanding of how the land and the people worked and provided a crucial

foundation on which I would build (and continue to build) future knowledge

and expertise. Many of my rural colleagues have also come from different

backgrounds including farming, military, commercial surveying, insurance and

health and safety. This diversity of life experience coupled with professional

competence is something that adds a lot of value to the work we do for our


One thing we all have in common though is our passion for managing land.

From meetings with lawyers in smart Edinburgh offices looking at Option

Agreements for a new windfarm, to bumping out the hill in a Land Rover

to look at a deer fence with a keeper, no two days are same. We travel to

some of the most beautiful places in Scotland, places that others may only

ever see on a screen, and we get paid to do it. One of my colleagues likes to

call it ‘professional tourism’. We manage people as much places, cultivating

relationships with clients, staff, tenants, guests, visitors, statutory bodies,

communities, and everyone in between. We are problem solvers, lateral

thinkers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Land agency is not just a job to us, it’s

not just a career, it’s a vocation. n

Talking about her route into this fast-growing

sector, Mhairi says: “I have always been interested

in understanding the significance of geographical

patterns and interactions in both human and

physical environments from studying geography

in school and going on fieldtrips to Peru, Tanzania

and within the UK.

“I became particularly interested in GIS during

my undergraduate BSc Honours Geography and

Environmental Science degree at the University

of Dundee. For my dissertation, I travelled to a

remote cloud forest in Honduras to complete

fieldwork measuring trees with the aim of

determining total carbon stocks across the forest

using remote sensing techniques. This experience

made me curious about the other uses of GIS for

displaying and analysing geographic data.

“I furthered my knowledge and understanding

of GIS by undertaking postgraduate study in

MSc Geographical Information Science at the

University of Edinburgh. During this year I also

completed an internship within the GIS team of

an energy company to gain experience of GIS in


“Following completion of my Masters, I wanted

a graduate job where I could continue to learn

and gain experience in the GIS field. Bell Ingram’s

variety of expertise attracted me to the company

since I saw the opportunity to work across

multiple fields to gain widespread knowledge of

GIS applications.

“At Bell Ingram, I will be providing GIS services to

clients including estate management, forestry

and utility companies, assisting with GPS surveys

and supporting and developing GIS services

throughout the company. n

Bell Ingram is currently recruiting for

qualified chartered surveyors for positions

across Scotland. Please check out our

website for more details of these positions

www.bellingram co.uk

Bell Ingram: A special agent

for your special property

When it comes to

these extraordinary times.

presenting your home

for sale, a special

property needs a

special agent to

navigate the market in

From market appraisal to conclusion

of missives, Bell Ingram’s estate agents

always go the extra mile to ensure your

expectations are not just met but exceeded.

We have residential property teams in

Perth, Beauly, Oban, Ayr, Aberdeen, Forfar,

and Thirsk, covering Scotland and the North

of England. Specialising in desirable rural

properties, we also have extensive expertise

selling farms, estates, crofts, commercial,

lifestyle, plots and woodland.

So, whether it’s a grand Victorian shooting

lodge or a high-end retirement apartment,

a farmhouse with attached holiday

cottage lets or an historic thatched island

blackhouse, we are perfectly placed to find

you the right buyer or the right property.

At Bell Ingram, our agents pride themselves

on a highly personal approach, outstanding

service and attention to detail. The high

levels of staff retention also mean that our

clients can be sure of dealing with highly

qualified and experienced people at all


Drawing on over 100 years’ experience

in the prime property market, we offer

our clients an extensive database which

provides relevant, comparable evidence

for market appraisals when marketing

properties and matching buyers to

suitable homes.

And our in-depth understanding of

regional and national markets enables

our team to achieve the best possible

result for your sale or purchase.

ead of Estate Agency Carl Warden

says: “Bell Ingram’s estate agents

Hhave seen unprecedented housing

market activity across Scotland during

the last 18 months of the pandemic.

“High buyer demand coupled with

a shortage of stock has driven up

valuations with residential properties

achieving anything between 5% to 30%

over the asking price, and I expect this

upward trend to continue.

“It’s 100% a sellers’ market at the

moment with properties being

snapped up within days of going live

on the market, particularly if they are in

desirable locations like Perth and Kinross,

Highlands and Islands, or Argyll and


The pandemic is also driving a race for

space. Larger detached properties at the

upper end of the market with plenty of

outside space and spare room that could

be used as an office are in high demand

as hybrid and work-from-home changes

mean buyers are no longer tied into city


arl Warden continues: “Lifestyle

properties have also been

Cattracting a lot of attention from

buyers looking for a beautiful home

with a business attached. Bell Ingram is

currently marketing a number of such

opportunities which tick all the boxes for

purchasers wanting to quit the rat race

for a new life in the country.

“The rise in house prices has meant buyers

were able to pay off the LBTT due on

properties above £400,000, with equity.

And with interest rates expected to rise

a little earlier than previously predicted,

I’d advise buyers to take advantage of the

current low rates,” he adds.

➤ Based in key locations across

Scotland, Bell Ingram’s estate

agents will provide a comprehensive

marketing service. For a free market

appraisal of your property, please

contact our team on 01738 621 121

or email perth@bellingram.co.uk

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l Bell Ingram’s

Head of Estate

Agency Carl


estate agency

estate agency

Four of the best homes with

lifestyle businesses attached

Lifestyle properties have been attracting

a lot of attention from buyers looking for a

beautiful home with a business attached.

Bell Ingram is currently marketing four such

opportunities which tick all the boxes for

purchasers wanting to quit the rat race for a

new life in the country.

We speak to the sellers and find out why

they are moving and what drew them to buy

their unique properties in the first place …

If you are spiritually

inclined, Inverliever

Lodge has a natural

healing ambience

After 16 blissful

years running the


renowned Yoga

retreat Ecoyoga at Inverliever

Lodge near Lochgilphead,

Nick and Rachel Loening are

embarking on a new chapter.

They’re selling up and moving

back to the big city.

What’s clear though is that a

piece of their hearts will always

remain at this hidden gem

where they embarked on an

incredible journey in 2004.

“Back in the early noughties I

used to run a busy city centre

yoga studio in Edinburgh,”

explains Nick (pictured below).

“When Rachel and I began a

family, we loved the idea of

running a retreat centre. We’d

visited centres all over the world

and there wasn’t anything like it

in Scotland, so we decided we

wanted to start our own one.”

The first time they saw

Inverliever Lodge they knew

they’d found the perfect place

for their business and to build

a family home. Since then, the

Loening family have welcomed

visitors from all over the world,

from California to China.

Today, the retreat, on the

market with Bell Ingram, has

27 bedrooms with options to

expand, private three-bedroom

owner’s accommodation as

well as a fully equipped yoga

studio with massage room and

renewable energy to power the


“Many of our visitors come

to Ecoyoga, then go touring

Scotland,” says Nick. “The

incredible location is just so

special and makes visiting

all the more memorable for

people. If you’re spiritually

inclined, there’s a natural

healing ambience to the place

which people often comment

on when they visit.”

Nature is at the heart of

Inverliever. It’s an incredibly

“Nature is at

the heart of


pure natural environment. The

water is freshly sprung from

the mountains nearby and the

air is fresh. There are hot baths

next to a spectacular waterfall

which many repeat visitors

come back for year-upon-year.

With the rise in popularity of

wild swimming, guests like

to enjoy the hot baths before

plunging into the cold fresh

water beneath the waterfall,

then back into the hot baths.

“After visiting, it’s like emerging

from a cocoon,” says Nick.

“People genuinely look and

feel better. People comment

on this time and time again. A

feeling of rejuvenation. We are

very unique in that respect and

it’s something people only fully

appreciate when they come to


ith serene natural

surroundings that

Wlend themselves to a

retreat style of business, Nick

believes the space could be

used for all sorts of retreat-style

businesses. “There are so many

opportunities for expansion

or introducing new activities

to this special space. Group

activities around mindfulness,

meditation or perhaps arts,

crafts or writing retreats. There’s

so much potential here.”

In the time Nick and Rachel

have developed Egoyoga,

their babies have grown

into teenagers, which has

prompted their move back

to Edinburgh, but the place

will always be special to the

Loenings. “Above all else, it

has been a wonderful family

home for us and we know it

could be again for another

family or couple looking

perhaps looking for a lifestyle

change. Living and working

here is ideal for the kind of

person who is up for living in

the countryside. It’s 12 miles

to the nearest shop so it really

is exceptionally peaceful

and remote here. A genuine

retreat.” n

We don’t look at the clock…

that’s the beauty of


When Richard and

Vicky Pollock

decided to

holiday on the

West Coast of

Scotland, they

were looking

for an escape.

Having lived and worked in some of the

UK’s busiest cities, a peaceful change of

pace was in order. Little did they know

that their trip north would take them on a

journey to a new life.

“Six years ago we went on holiday to

Scotland and discovered Ardnamurchan,”

says Richard. “To get there, it’s a single

track road which is 35 miles one way and

far away from Route 500. People don’t

stumble upon Ardnamurchan, they seek

it out.”

Richard and Vicky instantly fell in love with

the place. “The beautiful surroundings,

incredible wildlife, friendly community and

the relaxing way of life really appealed to


At the time, they were looking for a second

home. Then, when the Ardnamurchan

Natural History Visitor Centre came onto

the market, it proved an easy decision for

the couple to relocate. “After working in

London, you reach a point where you want

to leave the rat race, the pollution and

find somewhere to escape to. People who

come here can get away from the hustle

and bustle, and that’s exactly what we did.”

Running the visitor centre and a coffee

shop has never felt like a job to Richard

and Vicky. “It really isn’t work at all talking

to customers and making friends. We don’t

look at the clock. We often don’t know the

time or even the date. That’s the beauty of


The couple have built lasting friendships in

the area too with many locals coming to

visit for coffee and a catch-up every week.

“It’s a real community hub. The people

here are wonderful and so welcoming. It’s

“The people

here are

wonderful and

so welcoming”

not always like that when you move to a

new place, so it’s very special here in that


Closing every year from the end of October

until just before Easter means Richard and

Vicky can take the time to visit friends and

family during the off-season. In the past,

they have travelled abroad, exploring the

world during the winter months, but have

always been ready to return home. “Where

we are in the world, it would never beat

Ardnamurchan. It’s an absolutely stunning

place to be.”

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ow looking to retire fully, Richard

and Vicky are selling the visitor

centre and home, but have no

intention of leaving the area - they couldn’t

imagine being anywhere else now.

They are hoping that another couple

looking for an escape to a more peaceful

and relaxed way of life will take the

opportunity to take over the business.

“We’re not just selling the business. We

are selling a lifestyle – a way of life. People

really need to come here and experience

the place and the way of life to fully

appreciate how beautiful it is.” n

➤ For more information or to arrange

a viewing of any of these properties,

please get in touch with our agency

team on 01631 566 122 or email


estate agency

estate agency

There are few places in Scotland or, in fact,

in the world, more breathtaking to see than

the coastline along the Isle of Mull. Matthew

and Julia Reade have been admiring the

spectacular view for over three decades.

As the owners of Calgary Café on the

north-west point of the island, the Reade

family have been welcoming visitors to this

exceptional spot to soak up the landscape,

wildlife and sense of peacefulness for the

past 34 years.

Now, after many joyful years, Matthew

and Julia are retiring and selling the

business. “We felt it was the right time to

give somebody else the opportunity to live

and work here,” says Matthew. “We’re not

moving far as we’ve built a house nearby

overlooking the bay. We couldn’t imagine

living anywhere else.”

When Matthew ventured to Mull as a

teenager, he had no idea the lifelong

connection with place he was about to

forge. “I grew up working on a dairy farm

in Somerset,” says Matthew. “When I was

about 16, my father sent me and my

brother to start a dairy farm on Mull. Then

I met Julia and eventually we bought

Calgary Farmhouse together.”

A derelict farm originally, Matthew and Julia

renovated the space into a seven-bedroom

hotel and restaurant, combining Matthew’s

passion for woodwork and sculpture for the

furnishings and Julia’s catering background

for the restaurant. “We were accidental

hoteliers,” Matthew remembers. “I was

22-years-old and had barely any experience

of staying in hotels, so it was a real learning


After 22 years as a hotel and restaurant, and

once their two sons, Tom and Charlie, were

older, Matthew and Julia converted the

hotel into self-catering accommodation.

Is there anywhere else in

Scotland you can finish

your day with a swim in the


The one constant has been their café. “It’s a

very busy spot,” says Matthew. “We welcome

a lot of day trippers and many people who

return to Mull every year. There’s people

who have been coming here all the years

we have been here.”

Right next to the Calgary Café is Calgary

Art in Nature, a popular woodland trail

featuring sculptures that celebrate the

beauty of nature. Even on a wet day people

come to enjoy the Art in Nature trail which

brings many visitors into the café.

Situated next to the beach, Matthew says

it's one of the best places for a family

to live. “Our boys grew up here with the

beach on our doorstep which they just

loved. We employ seasonal staff in the

summer and when they finish a shift they

run down to the beach and swim in the

sea. Is there anywhere else in Scotland

you can finish your day with a swim in the


The Reades are excited to see what the

next owners of Calgary Café do. “It doesn’t

necessarily need to be a café,” Matthew

adds. “It could be a licensed restaurant, or a

yoga retreat, or a recording studio. It’s such

a versatile space.” n

We can’t wait to see

what adventures

the next owners of

Barmore Farm go on


hen listening to

Graeme and Liz

Scott talk about

Barmore Farm,

their home and

business for the

past 36 years, it’s

a story of family,

hard work and an unwavering passion for

the building and its history.

A stunning converted farm steading and

detached residential cottage with five

premium development plots sitting in

10 acres of land near the popular coastal

village of Tarbert, Graeme and Liz originally

bought Barmore Farm 1983 when they

worked at nearby Stonefield Castle.

The buildings were derelict at the time,

having not been inhabited in over

50 years. Since then, the couple have

redeveloped the steading, from digging

the floors out to insulating the two feet

thick walls. In the early days they opened

a restaurant before developing the

business into six beautiful self-catering

cottages, each completely unique from

the next, which they let today.

“The steading is a listed building featuring

the same sandstone as Stonefield Castle,”

says Graeme. “In the courtyard you can

see it was a dairy farm and we haven’t

changed anything. Externally, it is still as it

would have been in the late 18th into early

19th century.”

Graeme and Liz raised their family at

Barmore and have many fond memories

of living there. “We’ve been here for 36

years which tells a story in itself,” Graeme

continues. “We’ve spent a huge amount

of our lives here. Our children went to the

excellent school nearby in Tarbert and had

a wonderful childhood here. For kids, it’s

absolutely idyllic.”

ow, after more than three decades

at Barmore Farm, Graeme and Liz

Nare looking to retire, but aren’t going

far. “We love the area, always have, so we

are planning to build a new home nearby,”

adds Graeme. “It’s time to take things a

little easier and enjoy spending more time

with our young grandchildren.”

They are excited to see what the next

owners do with the space. “Being older

now, we can see a younger individual or

couple really seizing an opportunity here,”

Graeme concludes. “There’s so much

potential. As self-catering holiday lets,

the occupancy rates are extremely high,

so somebody could walk straight in and

continue that, but it really is a blank sheet

for whatever anyone wants – it’s all there.

We can’t wait to see what adventures the

next owners of Barmore Farm go on.” n

➤For more

information or to

arrange a viewing please

get in touch with our

agency team on

oban@bellingram.co.uk or

01631 566 122. Go to


for more details about

these and Bell Ingram’s

other properties

for sale.

“The steading is a listed building

featuring the same sandstone as

Stonefield Castle”

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