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Stonehouse Farm

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland, DG8 8AN

Guide Price £600,000

  • Farmhouse and land with traditional farm outbuildings extending to 72.18 acres.

  • Three Reception Rooms. Kitchen. Utility Room. Boot Room. Three Bedrooms. Bathroom, Shower Room, Conservatory.

  • Three Dutch barns

  • Three former byres

  • Range of stone/brick outbuildings including Stable & Tack Room

  • Workshop

  • General storage building

  • 32.25 acres (13.05 ha) grazing

  • 36.38 acres (14.72 ha) Dowalton Loch, Site of Special Scientific Interest

Stonehouse Farm is a wonderful small farm with a traditional stone built farmhouse under a slated roof. The Entrance Vestibule opens in to the hallway, with doors opening to the Sitting Room and Dining Room. A number of period …

Stonehouse Farm is a wonderful small farm with a traditional stone built farmhouse under a slated roof. The Entrance Vestibule opens in to the hallway, with doors opening to the Sitting Room and Dining Room. A number of period features have been retained within the property, including an eye catching Royal Doulton glazed ceramic fire surround in the Dining Room. The Sitting Room has a wood burning stove, two recessed cupboards and opens in to the Conservatory, which overlooks the well maintained garden. Double doors open from the Conservatory to the Kitchen where an oil fired Aga provides cooking facilities, in addition an there is an electric cooker in the Utility Room, plus a second sink and drainer. The adjacent Boot Room houses the Worcester Danesmoor boiler for the oil fired central heating, and offers space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. The Boot Room opens out to the Garden where you can access the rear steading and hen house.
The staircase from the hall leads to a half landing opening to a small ante room with a spacious fitted cupboard, then to Bedroom 3, with a Velux window and fitted storage space, the hot water tank is concealed within. A few more stairs lead to the first floor with two spacious bedrooms and a Bathroom, Bedroom 1 has fitted wardrobes and both Bedrooms have views from the dormer windows over the surrounding farmland.

A small wooden garden shed/garage (5.16 x 3.67) sits to the front and left of the property, it is currently used to house garden tools and equipment.

Twelve solar panels are fitted to the Near Byre roof, and a further four are fitted to the roof of the Store, the quarterly income from the solar panels from feed-in tariff (FIT) payments is between £1700 and £2000 per annum.

The Land
Stonehouse Farm extends to approximately 68.63 acres (27.77 ha) of woodland and grazing ground. The grassland is principally classified as Grade 3(2) and 4(2) by the James Hutton Institute and is currently used for grazing sheep and horses. The land can be accessed directly from the steading and is all watered by either natural sources or water troughs. The land is bound by a mix of post and wire fencing and dry stone dykes.
There is an area of woodland and marsh extending to approximately 32.25 acres (13.05) which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its Lowland Grassland and Fen Woodland – namely the Dowalton Loch (Site Code 529). This wetland area is home to a wide range of habitats and attracts a number of plant and wildlife species – perfect for nature lovers to explore.

Water supply
Mains water is supplied to the farmhouse and a separate private supply, pumped from a well, is piped to field troughs for livestock.

Stonehouse Farm is situated deep within rural Wigtownshire, in an area known as the Machars. The farmhouse overlooks the grazing land, and the surrounding countryside. The farm is at the end of a single track road, about 2.4 miles from the small village of Sorbie, which is midway between Wigtown and Whithorn. Sorbie has a local shop and restaurant, and primary school children fall in to the Garlieston Primary school catchment area, which is partnered with Whithorn Primary School. Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town, just over 6 miles distant Stonehouse Farm is a very popular town, especially between the end of September and beginning of October, when it hosts its famous annual book festival. The town becomes a hub of activity as people come to listen to speakers, visit the many book shops, eat in the cafés and pop-up food establishments, and wander through the ‘Kist’ with stalls displaying work made by local artists and craftspeople.

Newton Stewart is the nearest larger town with a wider range of shops including three supermarkets, offices, leisure centre, primary schools cinema, secondary school, health services, veterinary services and a livestock market.

The south west of Scotland is well known for its mild climate, attractive unspoilt countryside and for the diversity of its sporting and recreational pursuits. As well as walking in the nearby Galloway hills, and sailing and sea angling on the Solway, the area’s rivers and lochs provide good opportunities for both salmon, sea trout and trout fishing. There are several golf courses within a short drive and the area offers numerous opportunities for cycling along the quiet country roads as well as the more arduous mountain bike centres of the Seven Stanes, which include the nearby routes at Kirrroughtree.

The communications to the area are good, with regular flights to London and mainland Europe from Prestwick 64 miles north, and also Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports 93 and 130 miles respectively. There is a main line railway stations in Stranraer, Dumfries and Lockerbie. The M74 motorway network is accessible at Gretna.

Stonehouse Farm
Accommodation over two floors comprises:

Ground Floor:
Entrance Vestibule, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Study, Shower Room, Kitchen, Utility Room, Boot Room, Conservatory

First Floor:
Bedroom 1, Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3, Bathroom.

The garden is south facing and mainly laid to lawn, with planted borders bursting with colour along the dry stone wall field boundary, enhancing the view from the Conservatory. There is also a designated area for vegetables and a greenhouse, plus a more mature orchard nearby which has a range of fruit trees including pear, plum and apple trees.

Farm Buildings
Stonehouse Farm benefits from a useful range of traditional buildings, currently used for equestrian purposes but which provide the flexibility for alternative farming uses or residential development, subject to the necessary consents. The farm has historically been used for dairying and evidence of this enterprise remain, particularly in the former byres where cubicles and past milk jars reside.

Traditional Courtyard
At the entrance to the farm, lies a courtyard steading with a range of buildings predominantly of stone and slate construction and which would lend themselves to residential development subject to the necessary planning consents. The attractive building at the forefront of the courtyard is currently used as stables and has a timber tack room contained within. A two storey building adjoins the former byres, to the rear of the stables, and provides ample storage with an adjoining workshop to the left. At the centre of the courtyard is a brick-built barn and a tin outhouse, both of which could meet agricultural requirements or provide additional storage. The traditional buildings are incredibly versatile, allowing a purchaser the opportunity to create further equestrian facilities, agricultural housing or additional residential accommodation.