The Willows, Sheep Park

Whauphill, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, DG8 9PB

Offers Over £425,000

4.39 acres

Bedroom Count icon 3

Reception Count icon 2

Bathroom Count icon 1

  • A traditional Galloway farmhouse & smallholding, a range of outbuildings, a former mill, views over countryside towards the Galloway Hills.
  • 2 reception rooms. 4 bedrooms.
  • Air source heating. Conservatory & Basement .
  • Workshop. Stone shed / Byre.
  • Garden with orchard. In all about 4.39 acres
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The Willows is situated in a quiet rural area of south west Scotland, 1.5 miles from the village of Whauphill, and less than 6 miles from Scotland’s National Booktown, Wigtown. The location of The Willows is also within minutes of two very picturesque bays, Luce Bay to the west and Wigtown Bay to the east, and a number of small fishing villages. Wigtown hosts an annual book festival in late September and the town becomes a hub of activity as people come to listen to authors, visit the many bookshops, eat in the cafés and wander through the ‘Kist’ with stalls displaying work made by local artists and craftspeople. Wigtown has a primary school, church and chapel, post office, supermarket, a number of smaller shops and Scotland’s southernmost whisky distillery is in nearby Bladnoch. There is also a strong local music and arts and crafts community.Newton Stewart is the nearest town, a market town on the River Cree known as the Gateway to the Galloway Hills. Newton Stewart has a number of primary schools, the Douglas Ewart High School, a museum, leisure centre, three supermarkets, a post office, cinema and a wide range of shops, offices, businesses, hotels, restaurants and a modern gin distillery. There is also a strong local music and arts community within Wigtownshire. The area is well known for outdoor pursuits and sports. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre is situated approximately 4 miles from Newton Stewart and is part of the Seven Stanes range of mountain biking trails. Fishing, shooting, golf and equestrian facilities are all readily available throughout the area. Trains to Ayr and Glasgow are available at Stranraer, about 26 miles from The Willows, and ferries to Northern Ireland sail from nearby Cairnryan. Trains also run from the regional centre of Dumfries, 59 miles to the east. Domestic and international flights are available at Prestwick Airport, 60 miles north, and Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports, 90 and 127 miles respectively. Motorway links and trains are available at Lockerbie, 72 miles east, and Kilmarnock, 67 miles north. DESCRIPTION The Willows externally lends itself to a lifestyle market, and forms an attractive 4.39 acres in all, ideal for those seeking equestrian space, livestock, self-sufficiency or simply the privacy and security of outside space to enjoy that belongs to you. A property of broad appeal that could lend to a number of uses specific to the buyer’s needs. The bronze stag sculpture stands proudly at the elevated point of the garden where the views can be best absorbed looking across the surrounding countryside to the Galloway Hills beyond. Constructed in the mid 19th century, entry to the farmhouse is through the conservatory in to the kitchen which is partially open plan to the kitchen/dining area. The galley kitchen has a Belfast sink, wooden worktops and space and plumbing for white goods, including a washing machine, fridge, dishwasher and an electric cooker. The kitchen is open plan above the breakfast bar to the dining area, which has the original quarry tiled floor, and an Aga (oil) is set in to the original fire place in the wall creating a charming feature. A PVC stable style door opens to the garden and views behind the property, where there is an outbuilding/store attached to the side of the property and patio area used for barbeques and dining alfresco. The quarry tiled floor continues in to the hall, through an archway with stone pillars, and doors open to the basement and bathroom, where you can relax in a roll top bath or separate shower, and two sizeable frosted windows allow natural light to flood in lighting up the space. The original well-worn stone ten step staircase leads down to the basement, which has a concrete floor, an abundance of storage space, a window and housing the air source heating unit.The double aspect main sitting room is full of character and original features including the picture rail, a recessed shelf in the stone wall and a log burning stove is set in to the fireplace. A further reception room, currently a bedroom/study, sits adjacent to the sitting room, the fireplace with an ornate tiled surround is still in place now with a gas fire, and the window overlooks the garden. The study could be reconfigured to form an en-suite shower room, or dressing room, depending on the requirements of the new owner. The first floor landing opens to three bedrooms including a Master Bedroom with fitted cupboards an en-suite WC, this bedroom overlooks the smallholding through the dormer window above the conservatory. The other two bedrooms also benefit from dormer windows overlooking the garden, and Bedroom 2 has an additional Velux window which frames the view of the stag sculpture in the garden .Heating in the property is provided by air source heat pumps, with two LG external units and five internal units, in the sitting room, bedroom 4/living room, basement and first floor landing, there are also night storage heaters and panel radiators. Hot water is heated by means of an electric immersion heater and the Aga in the kitchen. The slate roof on the farmhouse was renewed in 2018 and fibre broadband has been installed.The Willows farmhouse is filled with character enhanced by the numerous original features which have been left and embraced within the property. The outbuildings have also been renovated, yet their overall appearance has not been altered to ensure they remain reflecting their former duties as a former mill and byre. They provide great opportunity for a buyer to utilise and make use to their specific needs.Over one thousand indigenous trees have been planted on the land, which would be left to grow, reduced in numbers or removed depending on the requirements of the new owners. The smallholding is rich in wildlife and a variety of species visit on a daily basis enjoying their surroundings. The Willows, occupying a highly appealing rural location with many desirable attributes provides a lifestyle property of broad and continued appeal within the current market. ACCOMMODATION Lower Ground Floor: BasementGround Floor: Conservatory, Kitchen, Kitchen/Dining Area, Bathroom, Sitting Room, Bedroom 4/Living Room, Study. First Floor: Master Bedroom with en-suite WC, Bedroom2, Bedroom 3OUTBUILDINGSFormer Mill - Ground Floor and First Floor rooms (9.66m x 5.32m) (5.15m x 5.32) & 5.62m x 5.32m)The former mill is of stone construction and remains divided into the original rooms, with power and lighting. Stairs lead from the main workshop to the first floor with a further three rooms providing additional space and double doors open from the middle section, which would have previously been used to load and unload crops. Potential to develop subject to relevant consents.A stable (4.7m x 2.75m) has been added to the side of the mill building for ponies Oscar and Snowflake, who could stay on at The Willows, should the new owner desire. Former Byre (11.82m x 4.84)Of stone construction with a new Tapco roof, with roofing tiles made from recyclable virgin Dolomite limestone and polypropylene. The tiles are guaranteed to be temperature resistant, will not crack, break, curl, lift, or delaminate, and they are water impermeable. There is both a pedestrian entrance to the side and an open front. The highest point of the pitched roof is 4.9m.Workshop (9.31m x 7.3m)The workshop is of breeze block construction with a pitched corrugated roof with a number of clear plastic panels allowing an abundance of natural light to flow in. In addition, there is a log store (2.44m x 1.85) and a greenhouse. GARDEN Electric gates open to the driveway leading to a parking area between the outbuildings and the farmhouse The Willows benefits from a garden surrounding the farmhouse, including an orchard with apple, cherry and pear trees as you make your way up to the main viewpoint. There is an area of decking in front of the farmhouse, suitable to place a hot tub, with space for planters, and an area of lawn to the side which leads to the main paddocks a beautiful location to relax and unwind, embracing the peaceful surroundings.DIRECTIONS From Wigtown take the A714 to Whauphill, in the village turn right at the crossroads onto the B7052 and continue for approximately 2 miles, The Willows is on the right hand side, with electric gates at the entrance to the drive.POST CODE DG8 9PB WHAT3WORDSTo find this property location to within 3 metres, download and use What3Words and enter the following 3 words: conspired.glee.rocker