Balgowan Farm

Ardwell, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland, DG9 9NB

Offers Over £1,775,000

163.51 acres

Bedroom Count icon 4

Reception Count icon 2

Bathroom Count icon 2

  • High quality and highly productive arable land
  • Acreage 163.51 acres (66.17 hectares)
  • Farmhouse (in need of Refurbishment).
  • Traditional Farm Buildings.
  • 2x Coastal Cottages.
  • Predominantly Grade 3(1) and Grade 3(2)
  • Productive Land with Farmhouse & 2 Coastal Cottages on the Rhins of Galloway Peninsula.
  • For sale as a whole or in 3 Lots.

Balgowan Farm is situated on the Rhins of Galloway peninsula. FARMLANDThe Land at Balgowan Farm extends to approximately 63.72 Hectares (157.46 Acres) of highly productive arable and grassland with generous yields having been produced in recent years. The land benefits from free-draining soils and is principally classified as Grade 3(1) and 3(2), with a small area of Grade 4(2) and Grade 5(2) on the periphery of the field boundaries to the north and south, according to the James Hutton Institute. The fields are gently undulating, with those closest to the shore sloping towards sea level. The land rises from approximately 3m to 37m above sea level at its highest point and is all bound by a combination of post & wire and post & rylock fencing as well as dry stone dykes. Situated in an area with an extended growing period, the land lies to the east of the A716, following the shoreline along the coast. Access to the fields is taken direct from the A716, from the track leading to Balgowan Farmhouse, or from field to field access. There is a Core Path named New England Bay to Ardwell (Path ID – KIRK/401/1) which runs along the coastline boundary of the property. The land is served by mains water. At the centre of the southern block of land is an area of Rough Ground and Woodland, with former pheasant pens located within (the land was originally part of Logan Estate). There is a Mast Site, located in a separate pocket of land to the south of the land, on a lease to the MOD until 2027. Further details are available from the selling agent.The Land at Balgowan is renowned for being some of the most productive land in the local area. The land benefits from rough grazing and woodland areas to assist in meeting possible future environmental requirements, whilst the ploughable land is capable of producing high yields. FARMHOUSE & STEADINGBalgowan Farmhouse and Steading sits in a slightly elevated position with uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside, Luce Bay and the coast beyond. The striking curved architecture with conical roof to the front sets this property apart from more traditional farmhouses in the region. Balgowan Farmhouse provides a blank canvas in its current condition and is in need of updating throughout, however it has the potential to be a stunning country home within walking distance of the beach. The front door opens to the entrance vestibule, which leads through to a spacious hallway with doors opening to the sitting room, kitchen and rear hall. The sitting room benefits from a bay window which floods the room with natural light but also frames the view, and an open fire. The kitchen adjacent, has quarry tiled floor and the original servant’s bells are still on the wall, there are also some more modern features including a breakfast bar and electric range cooker. A few steps lead down from the kitchen to the utility room where the boiler for the central heating is housed, together with a double Belfast sink. The utility room can also be accessed from outside the property.Double doors open from the rear hall in to bedroom 6, a room filled with natural light from the front facing bay window. Steps from the hall lead to a former bar, an area previously used for socialising. The bar has painted stone walls and a lean-to roof and is open plan through to the store and former games room adjacent. Both these rooms could be adapted to fit the requirements and needs of the new owners, subject to the relevant consents. The main bathroom is situated on a half landing as the perfectly curved staircase rises to the first floor, and there is both a spacious shower and Jacuzzi bath. There are four bedrooms on the first floor and a bathroom, the grey painted walls of bedroom 3 showcase the curved architecture. The traditional steading is approximately 90m from the farmhouse and has a range of stone outbuildings with corrugated pitched roofs, a former byre and a feed storage bin. The steading has not been actively used for an extended period of time. Balgowan is a former working farm, with dilapidated farm buildings. These should not be entered and interested parties should take care when navigating the grounds and areas around the buildings for uneven ground, rubble or former farm machinery & Equipment.BALGOWAN COTTAGES1 & 2 Balgowan Cottages offer a beach retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a real escape to the country with uninterrupted views over Luce Bay and a small paddock. At present they are two semi-detached properties with a shared outbuilding known as ‘The Bothy’ but there is the potential to convert the cottages in to one substantial property, subject to the relevant planning permission and consents. 1 Balgowan Cottage has a porch/boot room which opens in to the kitchen, a bright and well-lit room with views over the garden behind. The same layout in each property, a small hall opens to the bathroom and sitting room, a double aspect room which has stunning sea views and a multi-fuel stove to warm you up after long walks along the beach. Bedroom 1 adjacent, the smaller of the two bedrooms overlooks the garden and the more spacious bedroom 2 overlooks the bay.2 Balgowan Cottages is very similar, a mirror image of 1 Balgown Cottages with the exception of the porch. Both properties have a small entrance vestibule opening out to the front garden with a strip of concrete paving leading towards the beach. A small outbuilding (approx. 70 sq.m) situated beside 2 Balgowan Cottages is known as The Bothy, a rustic beach store constructed of corrugated tin with a pitched roof which provides storage for garden and fishing equipment and would be ideal for larger items like paddle boards or kayaks. The Bothy occupies a site which could be utilised for further development subject to the necessary permissions and consents.There are a few properties dotted along the coast, but the single track road from Balgowan Farmhouse and Steading only leads to 1 and 2 Balgowan Cottages plus one other neighbouring property.Ardwell is the nearest small village approximately 2 miles north of Balgowan Farmhouse, and Port Logan approximately 2.4 miles west is a peaceful hamlet set in a stunning coastal location with a beach, picturesque harbour, and the world’s oldest Marine Life Centre, Logan Fish Pond. Logan Botanic Gardens, Scotland’s most exotic garden is less than 2 miles from Balgowan Farmhouse, where a variety of tropical plants flourish in the warmer climate, a result of the Gulf Stream being prevalent in this part of the region. Primary schools, village shops, and GP’s surgeries are all available in the nearby villages of Drummore and Sandhead. The Mull of Galloway, Scotland’s southernmost point, is approximately 9.8miles south of Balgowan. At the Mull of Galloway you can climb the Lighthouse, visit the Exhibition of Lighthouse History, walk around the RSPB Scotland nature reserve and enjoy food and drink at Scotland’s most southerly coffee house, Gallie Craig. The nearest town, Stranraer, has a secondary school, primary schools, hospital (Galloway Community Hospital), supermarkets, shops, offices, hotels, restaurants, and a train station. Trains to Ayr and Glasgow are available at Stranraer, trains also run from the regional centre of Dumfries, 76 miles to the east. Domestic and international flights are available at Prestwick Airport, 66 miles north, and Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports, 103 and 136 miles respectively. Motorway links and trains are available at Lockerbie, 89 miles east, and Kilmarnock, 77 miles north. DIRECTIONS Drive through the village of Ardwell on the A716 and continue for approximately 1.8 miles, past the junction on your right signposted for Logan Botanic Gardens. The entrance to Balgowan is on the left just at the beginning of the long straight, known locally as the Balgowan Straight, and Balgowan Farmhouse is directly in front of you.POST CODE DG9 9NB WHAT3WORDSTo find this property location to within 3 metres, download and use What3Words and enter the following 3 words: distilled.latched.visual