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Williamwood Makes Use Of CKD Galbraith's All-round Service

Williamwood at Kirtlebridge, one of the best-known farms set in the rolling beauty of rural Dumfries & Galloway, is a good example of how a business can best utilise the comprehensive range of consultancy services offered by CKD Galbraith.

The 300 acre farm, which had been previously owned by Lord Monro of Langholm, a former Conservative MP and government minister, was purchased in 2008 by Mr Michael Clarke and family.

Following the acquisition, the Clarkes immediately embarked on a programme of investment for the farm and its properties and sought the best advice to ensure the ongoing success of each aspect of the business.

Their initial aim was to undertake a series of upgrades and redecoration on three self-catering holiday cottages Dairy Cottage, Beckhead Cottage and Williamwood Cottage - located on the farm. All three properties were subsequently awarded a four star rating by Visit Scotland and the family chose our sister firm, Cottages & Castles, to market the properties to tourists visiting the region.

Further improvements were also made to other properties on the farm, including a cottage that was to be let on a long-term lease. Following the success of marketing the holiday letting business, our Castle Douglas office was chosen to find a tenant for the property a let the firm achieved successfully within a short period of time.

Aside from the farm cottages, the owners also aimed to introduce a number of projects to develop the land. We were asked if it could provide expertise in relation to funding streams and subsequently, Andy Morrison began to advise the family on the range of options available under the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP). The move has led to a number of new initiatives, including approval for two Jubilee Woodlands and further applications to introduce a new agri-environment scheme.

The success of the Clarkes' in developing Williamwood Farm led to a Nature of Farming Award in 2011.  For more information, please visit www.williamwoodfarm.com.