A compact residential and farming estate in the heart of Donside
Culquoich is a private and secluded residential and farming estate with opportunities for driven shooting, stalking and fishing. Situated at the centre of the estate and lying to the south of the River Don is Culquoich House, which is set in mature gardens with a number of specimen trees and rhododendrons across the policy grounds. The estate has over three miles of right bank trout fishing on the River Don.
Culquoich Estate (under the brand Strathdon Deer) is well-known and highly regarded for the quality of its deer and has sold breeding stock throughout the UK as well as to Europe. The focus has always been on developing the performance of the deer enterprise through improved genetics and careful management, and this has been reflected in the high demand for deer from the farm. It was also a founding member, in 2009, of the First Venison cooperative, which supplies meat to a leading UK supermarket, and over the past 10 years has continuously featured as one of the top performing producers in the group.
In 2014 Culquoich was selected as the Scottish Government Deer Farm Demonstration Unit and hosted five demonstration days for potential and existing deer farmers, which were designed to encourage and inform new entrants to the industry, as well as demonstrating best farming practice. In addition to the demonstration project, the farm regularly hosts educational visits from schools, colleges and farm groups.
A private gravel drive leads up to the house from the north through mature woodland. Culquoich House dates from the late 19th century and is set in attractive gardens. The current owners purchased Culquoich in 2001 and the house underwent significant renovation at that time, including the extension to the south providing a large dining kitchen and sunroom on the ground floor and two further bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor.
The house benefits from double glazed sash and case windows, oil fired central heating and electricity from solar panels.
Gardens & Grounds
Outside is a four bay oak-framed garage with slate roof. Specimen trees such as Serbian Spruce, Copper Beech and Cypress form part of the mature gardens which are laid to lawn with herbaceous borders and rhododendrons.
In addition to Culquoich House, a further three residential properties are included in the sale, located across the estate.
The deer farm at Culquoich was established in 2004 and has since grown to its current size of 200 breeding hinds covering an area of about 81 Ha (200 acres). The enterprise produces both animals for meat as well as breeding stock for other farmers. The farm is equipped with excellent modern deer handling facilities and is laid out to facilitate movement of the deer between the fields and the handling area. Many of the fields are double-fenced with hedgerows planted between, providing shelter for the deer as well as environmental benefits. Two purpose-built agricultural sheds provide wintering for the deer calves at the main farm. In addition to the deer herd, a flock of 100 Shetland and Shetland/Cheviot ewes are run on land outside the deer farm.
The land extends in total to some 975.55 acres (394.79 ha) and includes 247.95 acres (100.3 ha) of pasture, 292.42 acres (118.34 ha) of rough grazing and hill, including Clachcurr (422m), 224.87 acres (91.00 ha) of open hill woodland grazing and 167.61 acres (67.83 ha) of commercial and amenity woodland with the remaining area comprising residential property, buildings, roads, tracks and river solum. The land ranges from 223m to 422m above sea level and the areas of pasture are classified from class 3(2) to 4(2) by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research. The soil belongs to the Tarves series and is made up of brown forest soils with a sandy silt loam. The pasture land is predominately set in large, well fenced fields and grazed as part of the established deer farm or used for sheep and forage production.
The commercial and amenity forestry extends to 167.61 acres (67.83 ha) of mixed softwoods and broadleaves, with a further 224.87 acres (91.00 ha) of mixed open grazed amenity woodland and shelterbelts across the estate. Further details of the Forest Plan are available from the selling agents.
Fishing on the River Don
3.15 miles of single, right bank trout fishing on the River Don.
Shooting and Stalking
Areas of woodland, pasture and hill land offer exciting opportunities for shooting and stalking, as well as a pond for duck flighting. Previously a small driven shoot has operated across the estate providing up to five days sport. Wild red and roe deer are present on the estate giving the opportunity for open hill and woodland stalking.
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