Monachyle Beag lies in a highly scenic rural setting at the end of Loch Voil close to the historic village of Balquhidder in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Balquhidder, considered by some as one of the most beautiful of all Highland Glens, lies to the north of the Trossachs and Loch Katrine, separated by a chain of peaks, including Stob-a-Choin and Ben Vane, with Ben Ledi lying to the south east. The village of Balquhidder was home to Rob Roy Macgregor, the famous Scot and indeed the south side of Balquhidder Glen was the scene of one of his last acts of the 1745 Jacobite rising. Balquhidder is overlooked by the dramatic mountain terrain of the Braes of Balquhidder and is popular for fishing, nature watching and hill walking.
Nearby Strathyre provides a village shop, post office, primary school and hotel whilst Callander lies approximately 13 miles to the south west and offers more extensive services including a supermarket, library, health centre, secondary school and individual retailers. Situated some 29 to the west is Stirling which offers excellent services including supermarkets, shopping centres, railway and bus stations and banks whilst the cities of both Glasgow and Edinburgh, with their international airports and extensive city services, can be reached in about a 90 minute car journey.
Lochearnhead lying some 5 miles to the north east offers water sports whilst for the golf enthusiast there are a number of courses within comfortable distance of Monachyle Beag including an 18 hole course in Callander, 9 hole course in Comrie and a championship course in Crieff.
Monachyle Beag is a delightful residential, farming and sporting estate extending to approximately 950.28 acres (384.56 hectares) and lying amidst some of the most breathtaking countryside of north Stirlingshire. It rises from the shores of Loch Voil (125 metres) through Stob Monachylebeag, up to Creag Nan Speireag (625 metres) and onto Meall na Frean (753metres) at its highest point. Within the hill are quiet Lochans and Burns giving interest to the Monachyle Beag lands. At its core is the pretty Monachyle Beag Farmhouse enjoying a southerly aspect. There is permanent pasture ground extending around the farmhouse and down to the shores of Loch Voil with a mixed deciduous woodland block lying to the south east. The hill extends in a north easterly direction and offers exciting stalking. Until recently the current owners farmed the lands of Monachyle Beag with their own flock of sheep.
Monachyle Beag Farmhouse, sitting in an elevated position above Loch Voil and commanding breathtaking views, is a pretty whitewashed farmhouse with a slated roof.
Under the current ownership it was sympathetically extended to the north approximately 20 years ago and now provides a practical and well proportioned family home. The good sized boot room/utility room leads directly on to the most welcoming kitchen centred on an Aga and enjoying a southerly outlook. Beyond the staircase hall is the sitting room with double aspect and feature stone wall, together with an open fireplace. The dining room lies within part of the extension and has French windows leading out to thekitchen garden. The four bedrooms lie on the first floor and are serviced by both the family bathroom and the shower room situated on the ground floor.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Monachyle Beag sits within a pretty garden with an extensive gravelled parking area lying to the east. The lawned garden is enclosed by hedging with mature shrubs together with a pretty cherry tree. To the rear is a delightful kitchen garden with raised beds, fruit bushes and greenhouse, enclosed by a combination of a fence and stone wall.
Lying immediately to the south east of the traditional farmhouse is a stone built outbuilding lying under a corrugated iron roof. It is believed to be one of the oldest stone outbuildings still in use in the area and has been used as a sheep handling shed with pens and fanks to the rear.
Monachyle Beag offers interesting stalking. The land rises from Loch Voil to the summit of Meall n Frean. Access to the hill is either by foot from the farmhouse or via a Forestry Commission track lying to the west of the Monachyle Beag subjects, together with a further access track through a neighbouring property to the east. Both informal arrangements have been enjoyed by the owner of Monachyle Beag for over the last 25 years.
Over recent years the stalking has been managed on an informal arrangement with a local stalker. It is understood that approximately 10 stags per year is a sustainable cull.
Trout fishing on Loch Voil is included within the subjects of sale and there is excellent opportunity both from the bank and boat.
Monachyle Beag was until recently managed as a hill sheep unit by the current owner. The land can be basically catagorised as follows:-
Grazing Land = 30.12 acres
Woodland = 12.97 acres
Hill = 906 acres
The land is let under a Limited Partnership Agreement which allows for a rental income. The agreement contains provisions allowing for its termination and permitting assignation of the limited partner's interest in the partnership. The Lease to the Limited Partnership includes a provision that the sheep stock are "bound" and the proprietor (or incoming tenant) is obliged to take over the sheep stock at valuation on termination of the Lease.
Monachyle Beag is IACS registered. The farm code is 713/0051.
LESS FAVOURED AREA SUPPORT SCHEME
Monachyle Beag lies in a Less Favoured Area.
SINGLE FARM PAYMENT
For the avoidance of doubt the Single Farm Payment Entitlements are not included within the sale of the farm. Any payments relating to the 2014 scheme year will be retained by the Vendor. If applicable, purchaser(s) will be responsible upon occupation of the subjects of sale to comply fully with the Statutory Management requirements to maintain the farm in good agricultural and environmental condition (GAEC) as laid down under the Cross Compliance rules of the Single Farm Payment Scheme (SFPS) 2014 for the rest of the scheme year.
All standing and fallen timber will be included within the sale.
CONTENTS & EQUIPMENT
The fitted carpets and light fittings are included in the sale price.
There is no Estate equipment.
The mineral rights are included in the sale insofar as the seller has right to them and except as reserved by statute.
Monachyle Beag lies within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.