Mossdale, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire

£4,250,000 - SALE

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Hensol House – an A-listed House overlooking the River Dee with 4 reception rooms, conservatory, 10 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
Lovely gardens, grounds and wooded policies, with private driveway. Useful outbuildings and a courtyard cottage.
Lodge Cottage, Riverside Cottage, Pine and Garden Cottages with Walled Garden.
Home Farm with farmhouse and steading.
94 acres grass leys, 134 acres permanent pasture, 460 acres rough grazings, 352 acres commercial and amenity woodland.
Sportings in the form of an established driven pheasant shoot, duck flighting, roe deer stalking, 2 miles of frontage to the River Dee.
The site of a radio mast yielding an income of £4,500 per annum.
Frontage on to Loch Ken with a boathouse. Superb ornithological and bird watching on the Ken-Dee Marshes.
About 1,068 Acres (432 Ha) in total.
For sale as a Whole


Hensol is an all-round lowground estate with a useful combination of main house, farmhouse, five cottages, productive farmland, commercial and amenity woodlands, various sportings, the site of a telecommunications mast, and a very attractive wildlife reserve. Of particular note is the privacy of the estate, being situated beside the River Dee and Loch Ken.

Residential Property

At its core, overlooking the River Dee, is Hensol house, a magnificent category ‘A’ listed property of Gothic/Tudor design, constructed from local granite stone. The house has lovely views down the River Dee towards Loch Ken.

In addition to Hensol House, the estate includes a courtyard cottage situated in the grounds of Hensol House, a gate lodge, a farmhouse, and three cottages.

Land and Farming

The estate extends to about 1,068 acres in total. It is ring fenced with a number of attractive dry stone walls. It consists of 94 acres of grass leys, 134 acres of permanent pasture, 460 acres of rough grazings, 352 acres of woods, and 28 acres of miscellaneous/unclassified land.

The land lies between 50 and 139 metres above sea level and the soil type consists of brown soils derived from lower Palaeozoic greywackes and shales.

The farmland qualifies for agricultural grants under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme.


The estate has an established driven pheasant shoot, and also has the capacity to enjoy less formal walked-up days. A keen shooting enthusiast will identify with the contours, habitat and scale at Hensol.

The proximity of the river provides duck flighting; there is roe deer stalking; and rough shooting for pigeon, snipe and woodcock. The estate has two miles of single bank river frontage on the River Dee.

Information regarding the fishing rights is available from the selling agent on request.

There is a boathouse on Loch Ken.


The forestry element of Hensol covers almost a third of the estate, and is a particular feature. Of the 352 acres of woodland, 182 acres are conifers and 170 acres are mixed broadleaves.

The woods are a key part of the landscape. They provide amenity, shooting coverts, timber production, and livestock shelter.

The vendor has a long term forest plan (prepared by Langholm based consultants, Forest and Land Management Ltd.) which began in 2014 and runs up until 2034. It identifies plantations which can be maintained, thinned and in due course felled.

The objectives of the forest plan incorporate a cash flow for the estate, create a long term positive carbon sequestration sink, protect and improve environmental and archaeological features, and increase the estate’s sporting capability.

There is considerable potential for a large scale afforestation programme.

Method of Sale

Hensol Estate is being offered for sale as a whole.


Interested parties should note the vendors also own the adjoining 1,188 acres to the south which include a modern dairy farm, two farmhouses, two cottages, and old mill, and a combination of modern and traditional farm buildings. The vendors may consider a sale of these subjects in combination with Hensol Estate.


Hensol Estate is situated in the heart of Kirkcudbrightshire in the southwest of Scotland, situated beside the Black Water of Dee river and Loch Ken.

Dumfries & Galloway is a region of contrasting landscapes ranging from the high tops of the Galloway hills to the sandy coastline of the Solway Firth. It is an area of Scotland which is renowned for its dairy and livestock farming, due to the mild climate. The estate is located in relatively close proximity to a busy livestock market in Castle Douglas which hosts weekly sales. There are also markets at Carlisle and Longtown.

The nearby Mossdale village is serviced by a local shop. It is one of the gateways to The Galloway Kite Trail where Red Kites and other wildlife can be observed from a network of cycle paths and walks, which form part of Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s largest forest park. The estate lies within the dark skies catchment area from which viewing the night sky is particularly clear.

Castle Douglas is 9 miles distant. It is an 18th century market town now known as Scotland’s ‘Food Town’, and provides a range of services including supermarkets, shops, banks, cafés, restaurants, a post office, secondary school, hotels and leisure facilities. The town also hosts the Stewartry Agricultural Show annually in August.

The Royal Burgh of Dumfries, 26 miles to the east, is historically famous as the town where Robert Burns lived out his final few years prior to his death in 1796. It is now an important centre of commerce serving southwest Scotland and has a good range of shops, leisure facilities and professional services plus a college of higher education.

Though nestled into a lovely private setting, the estate is easily accessible by transport networks. The M74 which connects Scotland to England is situated to the east and provides easy access to both the north and south. Prestwick Airport is 48 miles to the northwest and provides international links to destinations outwith the UK. Glasgow airport and Edinburgh airport have domestic and international flights. The nearest mainline train station is in Dumfries with regular services to Glasgow and Carlisle. Cairnryan ferry port provides daily sailings to Northern Ireland.

The region has plenty of sporting opportunities. For the golfer, there is a selection of courses to choose from. The closest 18-hole course is located at Gatehouse of Fleet and there is a nine-hole course nearby at New Galloway. There are international championship courses at Royal Troon, Prestwick, and Turnberrry. For the watersports enthusiast, Galloway Activity Centre on Loch Ken offers sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing.

The southwest of Scotland has a mild, Gulf Stream climate which promotes the growth of a much wider range of plant species than in other parts of Scotland. Within the region there are some spectacular gardens which are open to the public including Threave Gardens at Castle Douglas, and both Logan Gardens and Castle Kennedy near Stranraer.

Date posted: 31/10/17