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North-east farm shop put on the market

The farm and farm shop is for sale as a whole or in five lots.
The farm and farm shop is for sale as a whole or in five lots.

A leading north-east farm shop and dairy business has been put up for sale for offers over £930,000.

Bishopston Farm, at Devenick-Banchory on the outskirts of Aberdeen, is available to buy as a whole or in five lots.

The 136-acre farm is home to the Tin Coo farm shop and cafe and the successful cheese-making business Devenick Dairy.

Richard Groat, whose family has been at Bishopston since 1959, said the farm was being put up for sale following his decision to retire.

The majority of the family’s dairy herd has already been sold and Richard’s eldest son Ian plans to continue running the Devenick Dairy cheese business from a different location and using milk sourced from a nearby organic dairy farm.

The farm is a mix of Grade 4 and 3.2 land and the sale includes a five-bedroom farmhouse, the farm shop and cafe, a range of farm buildings including a milking parlour and cubicle housing for cattle, and a 20kW wind turbine.

“We believe there’s a huge opportunity for a buyer here,” said Richard.

“We’re just a few miles from Aberdeen with its population of 225,000 people.”

He said prior to the Covid-19 crisis the cafe and shop, which includes a soft play area for children, was busy and customers enjoyed watching cows being milked from a special viewing platform.

Cara Thomson, from selling agent Aberdeen and Northern Estates, said she expected strong interest in Bishopston.

She said the property had a strong track record as a diversified farm business and there was potential to diversify further due to its proximity to Aberdeen.

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