Highly productive dairy farm in the Machars peninsula
Claunch Farm is situated close to the Solway Firth, about 2 miles inland from Wigtown Bay, on the southwest coast of Scotland. Wigtownshire is a genuinely rural area of Scotland, well known for dairy and livestock farming, magnificent countryside and dramatic coastline. Sorbie is a small village with village shop and Post Office, parish church, villagehall, restaurant and playpark, while nearby Garlieston provides primary school education. Wigtown offers further local amenities and is famed for its National Book Town status, with a popular festival taking place annually in September. There is secondary schooling and a good range of business services, supermarkets and shops in the market town of Newton Stewart, which also serves as the centre for the large rural area that includes the broad peninsula of the Machars to the south of the town where Claunch is situated. The town is also a natural base from which to explore the Galloway Forest Park which covers a vast and sparsely populated landscape stretching to the north and east and is one of only four national parks in the western world to have official Dark Sky status.
The rolling landscape, extensive woodland and unspoilt coastline provide many opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Country sports in the area include fishing on the nearby rivers Bladnoch and Cree, as well as pheasant and partridge shooting on surrounding estates. The quiet country roads are popular with walkers and cyclists, and there is golf on local courses at Wigtown, Monreith and Newton Stewart. The coastline offers excellent sailing and sea fishing, and there are safe anchorages at Port William and the Isle of Whithorn. There are livestock markets at Newton Stewart, Dumfries, Castle Douglas (43 miles), Ayr (57 miles) and Carlisle (94 miles).
Communication links in the area are good with railway stations in Stranraer (32 miles), Barrhill (30 miles) and Dumfries. The M74, linking the north and south by road, lies about 73 miles to the east. The nearest international airports are at Prestwick (about 64 miles) and Glasgow (about 97 miles). Prestwick has regular flights to an increasing number of foreign destinations. Cairnryan lies about 34 miles to the west and is the main ferry terminal for Northern Ireland with services to both Larne and Belfast.
Lot 1 Claunch Farm
Claunch Farmhouse is a detached period farmhouse located to the south of the main steading with a southeasterly aspect over an enclosed and private garden. The property is thought to date back to the 1600s with later additions in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is of stone and slate construction with accommodation over two floors as shown on the accompanying floorplans. There is a bright and spacious conservatory accessed from the garden where there is a parking area for two cars.
This leads to a small hallway from which the ground floor accommodation is accessed, including drawing room, dining room, bedroom, family room, kitchen, boot room and bathroom. Stairs lead from the hallway to the first floor where there are four spacious bedrooms, box room and a shower room. The farmhouse benefits from UPVC double glazing and oil fired central heating via a Stanley stove in the family room. There is also a wood burning stove in the drawing room.
An attractive enclosed garden to the southeast of the farmhouse is predominately laid to lawn and shrubs, providing excellent family space and outdoor dining in the summer months.
Situated towards the south of the holding (on the main drive) the cottages are a pair of single storey semi-detached cottages each with kitchen, living room, three bedrooms and bathroom. One cottage is presently vacant and requiring renovation. The second cottage is occupied by a long standing tenant on an Assured Tenancy. The cottages benefit from double glazing and oil fired central heating. There are generous gardens to the front and parking area/garaging to the rear.
The farmland at Claunch extends to 390.40 acres in total, and sits in a ring fenced block rising from 30m to 61m above sea level. The land is generally undulating and while predominantly down to grassland, much of the farm is capable of growing good silage or arable crops. The fields are stock proof with a combination of drystone dykes and post and wire fencing. The field enclosures benefit from a combination of private and mains fed water troughs, or a natural water supply. The majority of fields are accessible from either of the two public roads to the south and east, or via the farm road and former railway track (the solum of which is owned).
Lot 2 Land at Kilsture
Located east of the A746, the land at Kilsture (Lot 2) extends to 122.07 acres and is accessed from the public road and thereafter internally over a series of tracks. Historically, access has also been openly taken from the adjacent Kilsture Woodland (without challenge). The land is gently sloping and rises from 25m towards the western boundary to 53m on Kilsture Hill. Much of the land is bounded by the forestry block to the north providing good shelter for livestock, and is generally stock proof with a combination of drystone dykes and post and wire fencing. The field enclosures are down to grass for grazing or silage, and benefit from private water via troughs or natural water supply.
Acreage: 512 Acres
From the M74, follow signs to Dumfries and thereafter take the A75 towards Newton Stewart. At the Newton Stewart roundabout, exit the A75 onto the A714 towards Wigtown. About 1 mile north of Wigtown turn right to Bladnoch on the B7005. Continue through Bladnoch and join the A746 at the mini-roundabout just before the bridge over the river. Continue on the A746 towards Whithorn and Port William. Follow this road until reaching Braehead/Kirkinner villages. After passing through Kirkinner village continue on the A746 for approximately 2 miles. Then turn right onto the B7052, where after approximately half a mile Claunch will be situated on the right hand side. The postcode is DG8 8AJ.