A splendid estate in the rolling Dumfriesshire countryside
Stroquhan Estate lies in a very private and secluded position in the heart of the beautiful Dumfriesshire countryside. The area is well known for its livestock production which makes up a large proportion of the local economy, and the landscape reflects this, with attractive undulating farmland interspersed with woodland against a backdrop of heather hills.
Despite its feeling of relative remoteness, the A74(M), the main route from England to Scotland, is only about 23 miles to the east and provides a motorway connection both north to Glasgow and south to Carlisle and central and southern England. The nearest railway station is 13 miles to the south in Dumfries. The international airports of Glasgow (79 miles), Edinburgh (93 miles) and Newcastle (97 miles) are all within easy reach, as is Prestwick airport (55 miles). The recently refurbished Carlisle Airport (47 miles) offers direct flights to London Southend, Belfast and Dublin.
The market town of Dumfries has a good selection of shops, supermarkets, leisure facilities, restaurants and local services, as well as a range of professional services, secondary schooling and the main regional hospital. The local primary schools are located in Dunscore (2 miles) and Thornhill (12 miles). Private schooling is available near Carlisle at St Ursula’s School, Lime House School and Austin Friars St Monica’s School. The village of Dunscore also has a community run village pub.
Dumfries and Galloway is well known for its high quality traditional sport, including salmon fishing, roe deer stalking and pheasant shooting. The area is well suited for the keen golfer with 18 hole courses at Southerness and Powfoot and a further three courses in the Dumfries area.
Extending to about 699 acres in all, Stroquhan is a diverse and manageable property possessing all the ingredients of a classic estate: a principal house, cottages, forestry, farming and quality sport.
At the estate’s core lies Stroquhan House, an elegant Category B Listed Georgian country residence set amongst majestic wooded policies including a productive walled garden. In addition to the main house, there are a further three estate dwellings, and an attractive former stable block which may offer potential to develop further dwellings subject to obtaining the relevant permissions. The estate is accessed by two separate private entrances passing the Lodge and the farm steading respectively.
Stroquhan includes a productive and well maintained in-hand farm which lies to the south of the main house and rises from the River Cairn up to Stroquhan Moor to the southwest. The combination of silage and grazing ground and are best suited to livestock farming. It currently carries a small fold of pedigree highland cattle with the remainder of the land let on a seasonal basis. Extensive woodlands provide shelter for stock and the foundations for the driven shoot. The hill ground could provide the opportunity for further forestry and amenity woodland. The layout and good network of fenced estate roads facilitates quick and easy access to most parts of the estate.
The estate is offered for sale as a whole or in up to three lots, as follows:
Lot 1: Stroquhan House
Stables and garage block
Gardens and policies extending to about 51 acres
Offers over £1,050,000
Lot 2: Skinford Farm
Skinford Cottage Nos. 1 & 2
Modern and traditional farm buildings
167 acres pasture
23 acres forestry
Offers over £950,000
Lot 3: Craighead Plantation & Stroquhan Hill
36 acres pasture
315 acres hill and rough grazing
96 acres forestry
Offers over £900,000
The estate lies within a ring fence with the majority of the farmland situated towards the south and west of the house, centred on Skinford Cottages and steading. The undulating land rises from 70m above sea level by the River Cairn to 315m on Upper Stroquhan Hill. It is well fenced for stock, and a continuing programme of work has improved the stone dykes. Most of the fields benefit from troughs fed by a private supply or natural watering points.
The farm has historically carried about 800 breeding ewes and 100 suckler cows plus followers. Although a small fold of highland cattle are managed in hand, the majority of the grazings are let to a nearby farmer on a seasonal basis from the 1st April to 30th October. For those not wishing to farm the estate themselves, the current arrangement is extremely workable for any new owner. About 70 acres of silage are cut and baled each year.
The natural topography of the estate, coupled with the extensive woodland coverts and outstanding policies, produces driven pheasants of the highest quality. There are six main drives and a number of secondary drives. Whilst the sellers do not plan to release birds for the forthcoming season, in previous years approximately ten days of sport have been enjoyed each season with the emphasis placed on the excellence of birds presented to the guns.For the keen angler, the gently flowing River Cairn offers a short stretch of salmon and brown trout fishing.
The woodlands, which extend to about 129.70 acres in total, are actively managed for sport, amenity and commercial return and are interspersed amongst the rolling contours of the estate. The result of this dedication and investment by past and present owners provides outstanding surroundings for the estate.
The policy woods, extending to about 9.50 acres, contain various specimen trees, including beech, wellingtonia, lime, maple and sweet chestnut. Many of these are underplanted with an extraordinary range of rhododendrons, daffodils and bluebells which flower in abundance throughout the spring and early summer.
The commercial forestry extends to about 120.33 acres and is situated further up the hill. The soils are mostly mineral and the climate is conducive for production of good timber. Consideration has been given to a new forestry scheme, as much of the hill is highly suitable for planting subject to obtaining the required consents.
Acreage: 699 Acres
From the south M74, take the A75 signposted for Dumfries, once on the Dumfries bypass, take the fifth exit from the fourth roundabout signposted for the A76 Thornhill. Turn left on to the B729 signposted for Dunscore. In Dunscore village turn left at the war memorial roundabout, the property is approximately 1.6 miles on the right hand side. The post code for Stroquhan is DG2 0UP.