Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead, PA30 8ER
A hill farm with wonderful views of Loch Fyne
Brenfield Estate has a remarkable elevated position to the south of the settlements of Ardrishaig (1.5 miles) and Lochgilphead (3.5 miles). It offers spectacular open views down Loch Fyne towards the Isle of Arran.
Lochgilphead is the larger of the two settlements. It sits in a sheltered glen at the head of Lochgilp, an arm of Loch Fyne. The town originated as a fishing and market village but is now a prosperous town and the main centre for the area of Mid-Argyll. The town provides a variety of amenities and shops including a sports centre and library as well as the main primary and secondary schools. The local hospital is currently being extensively upgraded to provide an even better local service to the community. The neighbouring village of Ardrishaig is at the start of the Crinan Canal and is renowned for sailing and other watersports. The Crinan Canal provides a link from the Firth of Clyde to Crinan and the Sound of Jura to the Western Isles. Other recreational pursuits in the area include fishing (river and loch), hill walking, climbing and bird watching. Most villages also have established local clubs.
A small hill farm with a spectacular position, Brenfield Estate comprises Brenfield Mains, a substantial family home and bothy of some 4000 sq ft, Brenfield Farmhouse, a compact farmhouse of some 1400 sq ft, and extensive farm outbuildings including stable block, barns and workshops. Set in about 89 acres Brenfield sits high above Loch Fyne and until last year had operated for the last 35 years as a well respected riding centre. It has been one of the UK's leading trail and riding holiday centres, renowned for its spectacular highland landscape and it has been said that its arena has probably the best views of any arena in the United Kingdom.
Rarely for a west coast farm, Brenfield benefits from a network of farm roads which have been compressed with aggregate and allow for easy access around the estate.
Brenfield Mains is the main house on the estate and combines home, office and bothy accommodation for visiting riders. It has wonderful views down Loch Fyne.
The entrance porch gives access to a utility room and to the farmhouse kitchen with units at wall mounted and counter levels, Esse oil burning stove, additional electric hob and oven. Beyond the kitchen is a reception hallway which doubles as the formal dining room. Off this reception hallway/dining room are a shower room, downstairs bedroom, sitting room, conservatory and drawing room. The drawing room has an open fire and a large picture window with spectacular views. Off the drawing room are a study and an additional office. Upstairs are six bedrooms, a family bathroom and a separate shower room.
Brenfield Main is heated by the Esse, as is the water with the addition of an electric immersion heater.
The Bothy is attached to Brenfield Mains, is self contained and provides bunkhouse accommodation for visiting riders. It is accessed off the courtyard and comprises kitchen, dining area and dormitory bedroom.
Brenfield Farmhouse is a farmhouse which was upgraded by the present owners in 2009 to include a new kitchen and bathrooms. The flexible accommodation is formed over two levels and comprises porch/sun room, sitting room, dining kitchen with hob and oven and downstairs bedroom with en suite shower room. Upstairs are three further bedrooms (two en suite) and a family bathroom.
Until recently, Brenfield Farmhouse was let out on a Short Assured Tenancy.
Brenfield's outbuildings are quite extensive and have been vital to the operation of their equestrian business. They include a large barn with stalls, tack room, hay barn and 5 loose boxes. The first stable block has up to 8 loose boxes and the second stable block has 5 further stables, three stalls and three substantial food stores. There is also kennelling for up to 4 dogs.
The land at Benfield extends to about 89 acres.
Rough grazing approx 40 acres
Hill approx 42 acres
Woodland approx 7 acres
The land is predominantly used as grazing for cattle and horses. Since 2009 some open field drains have been reinstated and approximately 3500m of new fencing has been erected on the western boundary and roadside.