Inshanks and Slockmill Farms

Drummore, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 9HQ
£2,400,000   Guide price (£2,400,000 )

Description

Highly productive coastal dairy farms on the Rhins Peninsula

Location

Inshanks and Slockmill farms are situated in the Rhins of Galloway peninsula, the most southerly part of Scotland which is renowned for having a mild climate and one of the earliest growing seasons in the country. This part of south west Scotland is a genuinely rural area, well known for dairy and livestock farming, magnificent countryside and dramatic coastline.

The farms lie near to Drummore, a rural village with local amenities including a village shop and Post Office, three public houses, a GP surgery, nursery and primary schooling and a bowling green. Its coastal location also provides local opportunities for sailing and fishing both at Drummore and Portpatrick to the north west (19 miles).

Stranraer is the main town in west Galloway and provides a range of business services, supermarkets, shops, local community hospital, marina, leisure facilities, secondary schooling and a railway station providing services north to Ayr and Glasgow.

Ferry services to Northern Ireland (Larne and Belfast) operate from Cairnryan, only six miles north of Stranraer. In addition to the train and ferry links at Stranraer and Cairnryan, the nearest international airports are at Prestwick (about 72 miles) and Glasgow (about 102 miles).

The A75 and A77 trunk roads are accessible from Stranraer and provide easy access to livestock markets at Newton Stewart (35 miles), Castle Douglas (64 miles), Ayr (68 miles) and Carlisle (110 miles).

For outdoor enthusiasts the Mull of Galloway is also a natural base from which to explore the beautiful countryside the area has to offer. The Southern Upland Way (a 212 mile coast to coast route) runs from Portpatrick on the west coast of the Rhins peninsula, to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard.

Portpatrick itself is a bustling village port, immensely popular with locals and tourists alike having a range of hotels, restaurants, golf course and tourist attractions. Highlights of the calendar include the annual Lifeboat week in summer and the Folk Festival in September.

Further outdoor pursuits including mountain biking are available in the Galloway Forest Park within close proximity to Newton Stewart, 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.

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Further Information

Description

Inshanks and Slockmill farms have been in the current owners' family since 1904, when the family took up a tenancy from Logan Estate. The family went on to purchase both Slockmill and Inshanks in 1947. The farms are run together as a mixed dairy and beef enterprise, presently carrying approximately 200 Ayrshire milking cows (and followers), supplying 1.2 million litres of milk on contract to Nestle; and 22 Limousin cross cows with followers being reared for store cattle. The land sits in two distinct blocks – Inshanks and Slockmill - which are for sale as a whole or in two lots.

Inshanks
Inshanks extends to about 455 acres (184 hectares) and includes a modernised four/five bedroom farmhouse, three bedroom Dairy House, three bedroom Doran Bungalow (Mulrea) and a two bedroom cottage requiring renovation (Navrig). There is a range of predominantly modern buildings including cubicle housing for a total of 350 head and a modern dairy with 24 point Milka-Ware rotary parlour, installed in 2003, with Gascoigne clusters and automatic feeders. The majority of the land sits within Grade 4 according to the James Hutton Institute land classification maps, with the exception of an area of Grade 6 at the north of the farm which provides excellent out wintering for the beef cattle herd.

Slockmill
Slockmill lies approximately 1.4 miles (by road) to the west of Inshanks, adjoining the coast. The farm extends to about 180 acres (72 hectares) and includes a three bedroom farmhouse and mixed traditional and framed buildings. There is a cottage (Erin View) to the south of the steading and Crammag Head lighthouse (a small unmanned station) is located on the coastline to the west of the steading, both of which belong to third parties. The steading provides a mix of traditional stone buildings and framed cattle court/feed shed/silage pit. The land sits within Grade 3 according to the James Hutton Institute land classification maps.

The holdings are farmed together as a traditional grass based system with two cuts of silage taken annually (approximately 200 acres first cut and 100 acres second cut), as well as small acreages of cereal and wholecrop on rotation. Both units benefit from the favourable Gulf Stream climate; the area is noted for its mild weather and long growing season, both of which have contributed to the southwest of Scotland being one of the most productive livestock areas in the United Kingdom. Both holdings benefit from private or natural water supplies to the fields.
Inshanks and Slockmill Farms are being offered to the market as a whole or in 2 lots as follows:

Lot 1: Inshanks Farm - Farmhouse, 3 cottages, range of farm buildings and farmland extending to 455 acres
Lot 2: Slockmill Farm – Farmhouse, range of farm buildings and farmland extending to 180 acres

Lot 1: Inshanks Farm

INSHANKS FARMHOUSE
Inshanks farmhouse is believed to have originally been a hunting lodge for Logan Estate. The house is situated towards the south of the steading, within an enclosed walled garden, with a south easterly aspect over the garden and open farmland. The property is a well proportioned traditional farmhouse of stone and slate construction with generous accommodation presented over two floors as shown on the accompanying floorplans.

The front door opens into a porch with traditional tiled floor, leading to a large hallway which provides access to a formal sitting room, living room, dining room/bedroom (with en suite shower room), dining kitchen and utility room. A wooden staircase leads to the first floor landing where there are four bedrooms, a study and bathroom. The farmhouse benefits from UPVC double glazing, oil fired central heating (boiler) and a five door Aga in the kitchen.

Inshanks Farm benefits from three additional residential dwellings:
Inshanks Dairy House (2 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms)
Navrig (1 reception room, 2 bedrooms)
Mulrea (1 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms)

Inshanks Farm Buildings
The farm benefits from a large range of predominantly modern farm buildings providing extensive cattle accommodation on cubicle beds (350 head). Inshanks steading provides the main base for the dairy enterprise with Slockmill providing beef accommodation.

Inshanks Farmland
Inshanks sits mainly to the north east of the public road, with an altitude ranging between 70 – 160 metres above sea level. The majority of the farm is ploughable pasture of grades 4(1) and 4(2) quality according to the James Hutton Institute land classification maps. There is an area of rough grazing to the north eastern tip of the farm which is grade 6(2) and provides ideal out wintering for beef cattle. Accessibility is good with a combination of the public road providing direct access to the northern and southern parts of the farm and internal tracks.


SLOCKMILL FARMHOUSE
Slockmill farmhouse is detached and stands at the north west of the steading at Slockmill, with a westerly aspect over the open farmland towards the coast. The property is predominantly of stone and slate construction, with a 2 storey brick and tile extension to the front, and offers spacious accommodation over two floors as shown on the accompanying floor plans.

The front door opens into an inner hallway providing access to the ground floor accommodation of sitting room, living room, study/bedroom 4, bathroom, kitchen and utility room. There are three bedrooms on the first floor.

The farmhouse benefits from UPVC double glazing, a five door Aga which provides heat to the kitchen and an open fire and living flame gas fire in the living room and lounge
respectively. An oil fired boiler provides hot water. The farmhouse benefits from a large garden with patio area and lawn to the front of the house which enjoys unrestricted views towards the coast. An attached workshop provides potential for further extending the farmhouse subject to the necessary consents. There is a detached brick built garage.

Slockmill Buildings
The steading at Slockmill is a mix of traditional and modern buildings and complements Inshanks by providing cattle accommodation for the beef herd.
Concrete frame, concrete panel and brick walls, asbestos sheet roofing.

Stockmill Farmland
The land at Slockmill sits mainly to the west of the public road, with the majority being ploughable or permanent pasture sitting predominantly within grade 3(2) quality, except small areas adjacent to the coastline. Slockmill lies between 25 - 75 metres above sea level. All fields can be accessed from the public road or via the farm steading and there is an internal track leading to the lighthouse at Crammag Head. Part of the coastline from Crammag Head to the south falls within the Mull of Galloway Site of Special Scientific Interest and Crammag Fort is a scheduled monument where the lighthouse is now located.

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Contact Property Agent

Kay Paton

Savills Dumfries Rural Agency

28 Castle Street

Dumfries

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Savills Dumfries Rural Agency

Wemyss House

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