Faraway Farm is a charming country house situated in an outstanding rural position, with a wonderful outlook over the surrounding Stirlingshire countryside. The small village of Arnprior is just over a mile from the property and has a nursery …
Faraway Farm is a charming country house situated in an outstanding rural position, with a wonderful outlook over the surrounding Stirlingshire countryside. The small village of Arnprior is just over a mile from the property and has a nursery school. The popular village of Kippen (3 miles) offers an excellent range of local amenities including a primary school, a convenience store, a post office, a delicatessen, two gastro pubs, a tennis club and a playgroup. The historic city of Stirling (about 12 miles) offers a full range of amenities including shopping, leisure and business facilities with regular mainline rail connections to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Glasgow, Scotland's largest city is only 28 miles away and Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, is only about an hour’s drive away.
Balfron (8 miles) has a highly regarded state secondary school, whilst independent private schooling can be found at Dollar Academy (26 miles), with a wider selection located in Glasgow, Edinburgh and nearby Perthshire.
The City of Stirling has an abundance of national and independent retailers. There are a number of supermarkets including Waitrose and Sainsburys. The city also has a University with a sports complex which contains a near Olympic size swimming pool which is open to the public. There are a number of cafes and restaurants in the city and farm shops with cafes in close proximity (The Smiddy at Blairdrummond and The Woodhouse at Kippen). There is a year round calendar of events involving the historic monuments and castles and a number of agricultural and county shows in the vicinity. There are a number of social clubs, societies and churches in the area.
Faraway Farm is located in close proximity to the excellent transport infrastructure of Central Scotland, with the M9/M80 motorway system accessible within about 14 miles. Glasgow Airport (34 miles) and Edinburgh Airport (45 miles) are both easily reached and offer a wide range of domestic and international flights.
Sitting in the heart of the historic county of Stirlingshire, the local area offers a wide range of cultural and leisure opportunities. There are excellent golf courses at Callander and Stirling, whilst the world famous courses at Loch Lomond and Gleneagles are within easy driving distance. The scenic Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is only a short drive to the west and offers world famous scenery with a plethora of recreation and leisure opportunities, including water sports. The surrounding hills of the Trossachs and the Campsie Fells, are extremely popular with hill walkers and climbers and the area also offers excellent opportunities for mountain biking, sailing, pony trekking, shooting and fishing.
Faraway Farm is a most attractive late 18th Century country house with outbuildings and full equestrian facilities. Historically we understand that this property may have been referred to as Hornhawick and then Nether Mains of Cardross. The property may have been renamed to Faraway Farm when the access was changed in 1863. It is thought that Robert the Bruce's final residence may have been located nearby.
The property is situated approximately 4 miles to the north west of Kippen, some 14 miles west of Stirling in a secluded position to the north of the River Forth and has the most attractive outlook across the surrounding open fields and countryside towards Arnprior, Kippen and the distant hills beyond. The property is accessed via a shared private road which leads from the A811. The driveway has a timber field gate with an embankment of lawn to either side and a white washed stone entrance wall with low pillars. The gravel driveway sweeps around the property providing parking for several vehicles. There is a separate access for the stables with a defined parking area for horse boxes or agricultural vehicles away from the main house. The farmhouse and adjoining outbuildings are situated in a group centrally within the holding.
The farmhouse itself is double storey with a white washed painted render under a slate roof. The property has been a much loved family home for many years and has been adapted and extended in recent years to provide a most practical layout for modern day family life. Of particular note is the central dining room which sits in the heart of the home, with a slate floor, a generous multifuel stove and a double aspect; this is very much a room for entertaining with much character. To the front of the property there is a charming reception room, again with a slate tiled floor and a feature fireplace with a tiled hearth and wooden surround. The bay window to the front enjoys a panoramic view over the immediate front gardens to the distant hills beyond. The original cornicing and ceiling rose in this reception room are fine examples of the period features retained in this property. The bespoke dining kitchen, just off the dining room has fully fitted floor and wall units and a range oven with hand painted tiles above of birds that are often seen from the window, a lovely touch to this fine property. A most useful boot room with cloakroom and utility room off is also accessed from the kitchen; this also serves as a less formal entrance to the property.
The eastern wing of the property could also serve as a separate annexe. There is an ensuite guest bedroom, study with a generous storage cupboard off and a staircase which leads to a wonderful living/ reading room above with exposed beams, Velux roof terrace windows to two sides overlooking the front and rear gardens, a multi fuel stove and a third full height window enjoying an open aspect over the fields to the East. This is a very relaxing space and a relatively recent addition to the property sympathetically styled to suit the original character of the farmhouse yet providing a modern space with an abundance of natural light.
A second staircase leads to four further bedrooms (one ensuite) on the first floor and a family bathroom. All of the rooms enjoy fine views across the surrounding rural landscape.
The property is bounded by three agricultural fields and additional amenity lands which extend in all to about 7.68 Ha (18.98 Acres). The land has historically been used for growing barley, let for sheep or cattle or equestrian purposes. The fields provide shelter and privacy to the boundaries of Faraway Farm and are bounded to the South, East and West by the River Forth. The farm would lend itself to a commercial livery operation or a small livestock enterprise. All fields are easily accessible and serviced by either mains or natural fed water sources and have excellent fenced boundaries with vehicular access to all.
Equestrian facilities include a manège, stable block, tack room and hay store. There is local interest in renting these facilities should the purchaser wish to consider this and there is a separate access so interference around the farmhouse would be minimal.
Of note is the charming Bothy to the right of the entrance driveway of traditional white washed stone construction under a slate roof. The Bothy is in urgent need of a new roof and renovation throughout however it could be extended to provide ancillary accommodation, ideal for holiday let purposes subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
The amenity woodlands to the west and along the river bank have some wonderful alder specimens and attract an abundance of wildlife including Barn Owls which have been under observation on the lands for over ten years.
The pretty south facing garden offers an expansive lawn with a small herb hgarden, dining patio and a delightful rose bed with uninterrupted views beyond. The fields and grounds offer attractive walks and treks to be enjoyed from the doorstep. This is truly an idyllic lifestyle property where you really can feel faraway from the hustle and bustle of modern day life.