A graceful Georgian house in an idyllic setting in the heart of South West Scotland
Spottes Estate lies on the edge of the quiet village of Haugh of Urr in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright within about 3 miles of Castle Douglas and 7 miles from the Solway Coast at Kippford. The estate is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, hedge-lined lanes and woodland. The area is known for its mild climate, unspoilt landscapes and the diversity of sporting and recreational opportunities. The Galloway Forest Park and surrounding countryside offers shooting, stalking, trout and salmon fishing as well as hiking, cycling and mountain biking. In addition, the Solway Coast is less than 20 minutes away by car where there are many great beaches, marinas and safe moorings.
Castle Douglas is the nearest town where there is a good range of shops and services, while Haugh of Urr has a church, pub and village hall. There is a highly regarded primary school in the adjoining village of Hardgate.
Dumfries is the main county town about 12 miles east with a wider range of shops as well as a cinema, leisure complex, High School, colleges and the main regional hospital. The train station in Dumfries links to the main West Coast Line at Carlisle. There is also a West Coast Line station at Lockerbie (35 miles).
Lot 1 Spottes House
The lands of Spottes Estate were originally bought in 1785 and have remained with the family since that time.
The house was completed in around 1790 (it was then known as Spottes Hall) before major later additions in 1873 and 1887 extended the house to its current layout. The house has an asymmetric style with a mix of granite with sandstone dressings and it sits in an elevated position with a south-westerly outlook.
It was listed Category B in 1971 for its architectural interest and is an excellent example of its type.
The house was most recently renovated in the late 1990’s when the roof was replaced, and electrics and central heating updated. The kitchen, which has an oil-fired Aga, has been modernised within the last two years.
The basement area is extensive and offers considerable scope to provide additional bedroom, recreation or storage space. The self-contained caretaker’s apartment has a spacious sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom.
There is also a separate guest apartment which has a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom.
The flexibility of the accommodation lends itself to a variety of different uses including being split into separate apartments, run as an exclusive use venue or even converted to a small country house hotel. Interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries of the local authority planning department.
Garden and Grounds
The gardens and grounds of Spottes are a special feature of this charming estate. A terraced lawn steps down from the house opening up picturesque south westerly views. Sweeping lawns at the approach to the house are framed by Rhododendrons and mature specimen trees and include Wellingtonia, Beech and Oak. Beyond the Victorian grass Bowling Green, the woodland spreads out and provides shelter and interest to a beautiful pond, with islands and a boathouse with a wooden jetty.
The pond is a haven for wildlife, with coots, mallard and teal on the water and trout and pike beneath. Herons, swans and roe deer are regular visitors to the water’s edge. Around the pond are an old curling house and a Japanese open-sided ‘tea house’. Beyond lies a 3.5 acre field suitable for horses or livestock grazing.
An Oriental arboretum has been planted outside the walled garden with some interesting ornamental trees, bridging the gap between the formal garden area and the wilder amenity woodland. Mature woodland is a feature of Spottes which is mostly hardwoods, predominantly Beech. There is a small pheasant pen in the main wood, providing space in which to rear birds for a small family shoot at Spottes.
Lot 2 The Courtyard
To the east of Spottes House and accessed off the main drive are the original stables, carriage house and outbuildings which once served Spottes House. The Courtyard has been converted and now provides a second house which could be let for holidays providing useful supplementary income. The Courtyard house has an open plan kitchen/dining room, two large sitting rooms, six bedrooms and three bathrooms and adjoins the walled garden which has four lawns and a vegetable bed. Beyond the terrace outside The Courtyard is a tennis court, which would now benefit from re-surfacing. The other traditional stone and slate buildings include the old coach house, stables, tack room, granary, kennels and workshops which also offer scope for conversion.
Lot 3 Farmland & Woodland
The main house and woodlands are surrounded by productive Grade 3(2) grassland fields extending to about 33 acres. These fields are let on an annual grazing basis and are used to produce silage and graze sheep and cattle.
Lot 4 Fishing
Spottes Burn runs along the eastern side of the estate and is an attractive feature. It flows into the Urr Water, which forms the southern boundary up to its centre point. The fishing along this stretch of river is let to the local Angling Association, while the house retains fishing rights for two rods throughout the season.
Prospective purchasers should note that Lots 2, 3 & 4 will not be made available for sale separately until such time as the sale of Lot 1 is complete.
Lot 1 Spottes House, gardens and grounds. About 28 acres
Lot 2 Courtyard House and gardens. About 5 acres
Lot 3 Farmland and woods. About 33 acres
Lot 4 Fishing Rights on River Urr
Strictly by appointment with Savills Edinburgh office (0131 247 3720).
Any offer by a purchaser(s) who is resident outwith the United Kingdom must be accompanied by a guarantee from a bank which is acceptable to the sellers.
It is intended to offer the property for sale as described, but the seller reserves the right to divide the property into further lots, or to withdraw the property, or to exclude any property shown in these particulars.
Should there be any discrepancy between these particulars, the General Remarks and Information, Stipulations and the Missives of Sale, the latter shall prevail.
Servitude Rights, Burdens, Wayleaves and Statutory Public Access Rights
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private. The property is also sold subject to the rights of public access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied themselves as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others.
The Council Tax and all other outgoings shall be apportioned between the seller and the purchaser(s) as at the date of entry. All properties are supplied with mains water and electricity and private drainage.
Fixtures and Fittings
All fitted carpets and light fittings are included in the sale. Certain curtains, rugs and items of furniture may be available by separate negotiation.
Spottes House, Walled Garden and Stable Yard – Category B.
Offers in Scottish Legal Form are to be submitted to the selling agents, Savills, Wemyss House, 8 Wemyss Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6DH. A closing date for offers may be fixed, and prospective purchasers are advised to register their interest with the selling agents following inspection.
Servitude rights, burdens and wayleaves
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes, whether contained in the Title Deeds or informally constituted and whether referred to in the General Remarks and Stipulations or not. The Purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied himself as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others.
Forestry Grant Schemes and Timber
All standing and fallen timber is included in the sale. There are no existing woodland grant schemes in place.
The minerals are included within the sale insofar as they are not reserved by statute or common law to third parties.
Within 7 days of the conclusion of missives a non-returnable deposit of 10% of the purchase price shall be paid. The balance of the purchase price will fall due for payment at the date of entry (whether entry is taken or not) with interest accruing thereon at the rate of 5% above Bank of Scotland base rate. No consignation shall be effectual in avoiding such interest.
Should any discrepancy arise as to the boundaries or any points arise on the Remarks, Stipulations or Plan or the interpretation of any of them, the question shall be referred to the arbitration of the selling agents, whose decision acting as experts shall be final.
Acreage: 70 Acres
To reach Spottes take the A75 heading west from Dumfries. After about 12 miles, having been through the villages of Crocketford and Springholm, turn left, signposted to Haugh of Urr (B794) and the grey gateposts to the house are second on the right after about half a mile.
The Satnav will suggest entering the village, but the house is on the right hand bend, before the village signs appear: DG7 3JX