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Stirling Witnesses Soaring Demand For Lifestyle Homes

Stirling, and the surrounding central belt of Scotland, has always offered house hunters the perfect combination of a historical and picturesque region in which to live but still within easy commuting distance to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth.

The popularity of the county, however, has rarely been stronger amongst buyers, with CKD Galbraith reporting ever-increasing competition for rural properties across the region.

CKD Galbraith recently reported a growing national trend of buyers willing to forego city living for a taste of the good life and according to the firm's Stirling office, nowhere is this becoming more apparent than around the rural central belt. 

These findings are supported by Registers of Scotland's recent Quarterly House Price report (April- June 2016) which demonstrated that the volume of property sales in Stirling for the second quarter of the year had increased by over 30% compared to the same period last year, whilst the value of residential sales rose by 38%.

Head of sales at CKD Galbraith's Stirling office, Jennifer Campbell, said that the last year had seen a marked increase in Stirlingshire's popularity as a homebuyers' destination.

Jennifer said:

The return of confidence to the Scottish property market has led to high demand nationally for lifestyle' properties and nowhere has this trend been more marked than in Stirlingshire and the surrounding locations. 

We have seen more and more buyers wanting to purchase properties with a small amount of land that can be used for a variety of purposes such as equestrian use, small holding or residential development. 

This has been a boon for Stirling and the surrounding areas which have so much to offer potential buyers in terms of good transport connections, employment opportunities, entertainment and highly recommended state and private schools. Good quality houses in the area tend to sell extremely quickly and buyers can come from across the UK and even internationally, resulting in highly competitive sales.

Currently on the market through CKD Galbraith's Stirling office are the following:

The Granary, also located in Thornhill and approximately ten miles from Stirling, is an exceptional converted granary and mill building with two reception rooms and five spacious bedrooms. The property sits within beautiful garden grounds with an amenity woodland and around 1.49 Ha (3.68 acres) well suited for grazing or equestrian use. There are also a number of useful outbuildings that are currently used for hay storage, log store, a garage and a gym.

The Granary, Thornhill, is available for offers over 545,000.

Dykehead House and Cottages are situated in the small settlement of Dykehead to the east of the Lake of Menteith. Dykehead Farmhouse is an attractive B listed country house with two holiday cottages, all of which have been tastefully modernised by the current owners. The three separate dwellings are for sale as a whole or individually. If bought as a whole this offers the purchaser the opportunity to continue to run the two cottages as popular holiday homes. 

The properties lie around five miles from Buchlyvie which provides a rich array of amenities and services as well as a number of art and pottery galleries. Stirling is 14 miles to the east whilst Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, is only 24 miles away offering a wide range of shopping, leisure and entertainment options and an international airport. 

Dykehead House and Cottages, Port of Menteith, is available as a whole for offers over 685,000.

12 miles from Glasgow is Wetshod Farm, nestled near the foot of the Campsie Hills close to the village of Torrance.

The Farmhouse is a spacious three bedroom bungalow sitting on approximately 12.93 Ha (31.95 Acres) of land currently rented by neighbouring farmers for growing crop and grazing. The outbuildings at Wetshod Farm comprise a range of traditional and modern agricultural buildings. The property holds excellent agricultural, small holding or equestrian potential. The outbuildings present development potential subject to obtaining the necessary consents.

Wetshod Farm, Lennoxtown, is available for offers over 465,000. 

CKD Galbraith's Stirling office also offers a comprehensive lettings service to tenants and landlords. The Stirling lettings team manage town and country homes from West Lothian to the West Coast and offer first rate expertise and local knowledge. 

For further information on the properties mentioned above or the firm's lettings service please contact Jennifer Campbell at CKD Galbraith's Stirling office on tel: 01786 434600.