Ellgood FarmSouthwick, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, DG2 8AW
Offers Over £585,000
- An attractive rural smallholding in peaceful location.
- Colvend 6 miles. Dalbeattie 7.5 miles. Kippford 9 miles. Dumfries 16 miles.
- Acreage - 35 acres (14.1 hectares)
- 2 reception rooms. 4 bedrooms. 2 bathrooms.
- Stunning 4 bedroom farmhouse
- Range of outbuildings
- Extensive grounds extending to approximately 35 acres in all
- Equestrian/Agricultural/Tourism/Holiday Let/Development potential
DESCRIPTION Ellgood Farm is a delightful rural offering of considerable appeal within the current market. A substantial semi-detached 4 bedroom farmhouse provides a modern yet typical “farmhouse feel”. The property has been beautifully renovated by the current owners over their tenure with traditional sash and case style double glazed windows, many with working shutters, contributing to the attractive appearance and generous efficiency of the home. From the side entrance, the central staircase hallway provides a beautiful opening entrance space with bespoke French oak flooring which continues through the lounge, snug and office space to the front of the property. The lounge and snug are divided by double doors which can be opened to provide a larger more sociable entertaining space, but likewise closed to create smaller cosier spaces for the winter nights, with both spaces providing large wood burning stoves. The front entrance to the property currently utilised as an office is accessed directly from the lounge. A typical large country kitchen to the rear of the property provides the hub of the home with integrated hob and oven grill, under counter fridge and dishwasher with a range of modern shaker style fitted floor and wall units, which includes a large larder cupboard, around a central dining table. The kitchen is supported by a utility room which has a large standalone fridge and freezer including under counter plumbing hosting a washing machine and drier. A further shower room is situated on the ground floor with modern finish and fittings. To the first floor the farmhouse provides 4 good sized double bedrooms and a modern fitted bathroom, all bedrooms bright and spacious and providing fitted wardrobe space. Bedroom 3 houses the ‘control centre’ for the Central heating which can be cleverly switched from oil (via the boiler) or solid fuel via the wood burning stove for both heating and hot water, offering the new owner a flexibility on how they can efficiently run their home, a reassuring flexibility whilst uncertainty around fuel prices remain. Both attics are floored and provide additional storage space which can be accessed through a number of roof hatches. Ellgood Farm offers huge potential to those seeking rural life, already lending well to equestrian use with the general purpose shed offering 5 stables with tack space and suitable grazing. The outbuildings also offer workshop space, storage space for those looking to work or set up business from home. Likewise the space and outbuildings as a whole offer great potential to adapt to the tourism market, with close proximity to the coast, walking and cycling trails.Ellgood Farm is of a type for which a continued demand exists, a smallholding offering so much already, with great potential to further develop to a buyers specific needs. ACCOMMODATION Ground Floor: Entrance Porch. Central Staircase Hallway. Kitchen/Dining. Utility Room. Shower Room. Lounge, Snug, Office/Sun Room/Front Entrance.First Floor:Master Bedroom. Bathroom. Three further Bedrooms. BUILDINGSThe buildings at Ellgood Farm are diverse, with potential for conversion or development to generate additional income from the holding. The buildings lie to the east of the farmhouse and are accessible from both the public road and fields to the north. General Purpose Shed18.21m x 14.8mTimber frame with breeze block walls and Yorkshire boarding. Concrete floor and corrugated tin roof. This shed currently has 5 stables within and an area utilised for a tack room. Due to the structure of the building it could be used to house sheep, cattle or goats or for storage, if desired. It has both gravity and pressurised water supplies and mains electricity and led flood lighting. Pole Barn18.31m x 10.93mTraditional pole barn with corrugated tin roof and cladding, currently used for storage. We understand this building has had a positive response from the local planning department regarding development into a residential dwelling in order to create a small hamlet at Ellgood, following the local planning development plan Timber Garden Shed 4.0m x 3.0mDry shed for bikes, kayaks outdoor equipment.Bothy 7.11m x 4.79mStone walls with tin roof and cow stalls within. Potential for conversion into basic ancillary accommodation, subject to the necessary consents. Workshop18m x 10.07mPart rendered breeze block walls, part timber clad and tin roof. This building could be very easily adapted to suit a variety of needs. This building has mains electricity, pressurised water and drainage to septic tank.GARDEN The large garden at Ellgood is both peaceful and private. With numerous cobbled pathways and alfresco dining areas, the garden is sheltered due to the woodland that runs to the north. Much like the land, the garden has been landscaped to provide individual areas and hideaways. At the top of the garden there is a willow arch, made from willow grown at Ellgood and a surrounding daffodil garden which blooms full of colour in spring. The greenhouse and vegetable garden provide the perfect facilities for growing home-grown produce which can be further expanded by the apples from the orchard and lends to that self-sufficient lifestyle.To the rear of the house, there is a private lawn area used as a drying green. This area contains two mature apple trees and would make well for additional kitchen garden space. A stream runs through the woodland and in summer, is deep enough for a dip or paddle. An additional area of land lies to the south of the public road and can be accessed via a picket gate. This provides privacy from the neighbour and protects the countryside views to the front of the farmhouse. Pergola - External seating area Water Shed – Housing sunken 7000 litre water tank and filtration process for private supply. Garden Bothy Part stone construction, in need of renovation but could provide scope for redevelopment, mains electricity, pressurised water and drainage to septic tank.LANDThe land at Ellgood Farm extends to approximately 34.52 acres (13.97 hectares) and has been managed in a way to attract wildlife and biodiversity. The current owners graze horses on the paddocks and they are well presented for this use, alternatively, they could be grazed by a small number of other livestock. The land is classified as grade 4(1) and 5(2) according to the James Hutton Institute and we understand a hay/haylage/silage crop has been taken for the last 12 years the most recent in 2021, around 10 acres are regularly cut with approximately 10 hard packed bales to the acre or around 1200 small bales. A series of mown pathways lead the way to the fields to the north, from which there are fantastic views over the Solway Firth and lake district hills in the background.The land has been well designed so that there are designated areas utilised for different uses including an orchard, grass riding arena and seed willow growing area. The orchard contains several heritage varieties of eating, cooking and cider apples, from a renowned local supplier.Numerous pockets of tree species, both native hardwoods and conifers have been planted across the smallholding.The land has an area of 1.67 acres of mature woodland that provides ample firewood from wind fall and forest management each year.The current owners have recently taken advantage of the Scottish Government grants for a carbon audit on the smallholding, prior to a Forestry assessment. Both of which passed.SITUATION Ellgood Farm is situated in a peaceful and much sought after rural location surrounded by countryside, it is ideally situated to benefit from the “best of both worlds”. Occupying a generous site with an abundance of outside space, yet within easy reach of local towns and amenities. The nearest village Colvend having a good village shop, post office and primary school, whilst there is a broader range of shops, schools and services in both Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas. The nearby town of Dalbeattie has a good range of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants, primary and secondary schools, doctors’ surgery, dentist, solicitor, garages, filling station and a park with a boating lake and bandstand. The market town of Castle Douglas, around 10 miles west, has local individual shops, schools, supermarkets, health services, veterinary services and a thriving livestock market. The regional capital Dumfries, around 12 miles east, provides a wider range of schools, university and college campuses, high street shops, retail outlets, and a large hospital. The South West of Scotland is well known for its mild climate, attractive unspoilt countryside and the diversity of sporting and recreational pursuits. There is good hill walking in the nearby Galloway Hills and cycling along some of the new designated cycle routes as well the Seven Stanes mountain bike routes, including Dalbeattie Forest and the Galloway Forest Park. Kayaking, canoeing and power boating on Loch Ken and the surrounding lochs, particularly pleasant is the Raiders Road Forest Drive for wild swimming, kayaking and forest walking. For the coastal walking enthusiast there are many lovely walks in the area for all abilities including from Kippford to the village of Rockcliffe along the Jubilee Path, and walks along the cliffs at Portling to Sandyhills, providing one of the most popular beaches in Dumfries and Galloway. The property has access to private tennis courts for an annual subscription within walking distance. There are other sporting opportunities such as shooting and stalking, as well as trout and salmon fishing on the regions numerous lochs and rivers. For golf enthusiasts there is the nearby championship course at Southerness, 5.5 miles away, and there are several other courses nearby including Colvend, Dalbeattie, and Castle Douglas. The Solway coast is popular with sailors and Kippford and Kirkcudbright have safe moorings. The nearby RSPB Mersehead offers attractive walking, beaches and an opportunity to enjoy many wetland bird species.The Red Kite Centre at Lauriston is also a mecca for birdwatchers.Communications to the area are good. There are mainline railway stations in both Dumfries and Lockerbie, providing excellent links to both the north and south. The M74 motorway network is 40 miles distant either East or South.