Spectacular estate with an imposing baronial castle and productive farmland
Gilford Castle Estate is an exceptional residential, agricultural and sporting estate with amenity extending to about 207 acres (84 hectares) in total. The historic, category B1 listed castle occupies a commanding position within the heart of the estate and dates from circa 1865. It is constructed in the Scottish baronial style and includes well proportioned principal accommodation, plus two flats. Adjoining the castle is an extensive range of traditional outbuildings, including a former farm yard, sawmill and kennels. There are two flats within an impressive tower which formerly served as the coachman's quarters and forms part of the traditional outbuildings. The estate includes attractive formal gardens, a walled garden and parkland. The agricultural element of the estate comprises productive arable land which is presently let on a Conacre basis and lies in a contiguous block. There is a general purpose farm building. Due to the topography, the established woodlands provide the foundation of an exciting driven pheasant shoot. The River Bann, Northern Ireland's longest river, passes through the estate and provides fishing. The estate is partially enclosed by a traditional stone wall. There are many lovely walks within the estate, with a network of paths and tracks to follow, which are particularly attractive by the river.
The agricultural element is a key feature of Gilford Castle Estate. Situated within a contiguous block, the land lies on either side of the River Bann. It rises from about 100 feet above sea level on the River Bann and to about 200 feet above sea level on the southern boundary. The topography is undulating and a feature is the excellent access throughout the estate, via the public road and a network of internal roads and tracks. The arable land is generally free-draining and is laid out in fields of a good size and shape for modern agriculture. The depth and quality of the soil make it capable of growing a wide variety of arable crops, which have, in recent years, included potatoes, beet, cereals and excellent grass swards. The farmland is let on a Conacre basis to a number of local farmers.
The land can be classified as follows:
Land Type Acreage
Road, yards, buildings, river, etc 17
The woods at Gilford Castle Estate include some outstanding specimen trees which provide shelter, shooting coverts, amenity, timber and privacy. Extending to about 63 acres in total, they are spread throughout the estate and are a key part of the landscape. The woods comprise a variety of mixed, mature deciduous species and some younger plantations. The estate enjoys a wide array of colour throughout the year from the varied plants, shrubs and trees.
The topography and woods at Gilford Castle Estate form the basis of an exciting driven pheasant shoot. The estate also has the capacity to enjoy less formal walked-up days. The shooting rights are presently let to a shooting syndicate and are shot in conjunction with adjoining land. There are reported bags of 160pheasant on driven days. The estate has single and double river bank frontage on the River Bann. The fishing rights are presently leased to Gilford Angling Club. Information regarding the shoot and fishing is available from the selling agent on request.
METHOD OF SALE
Gilford Castle Estate is being offered for as whole or in 5 lots.
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