- Advert Expiry Date: Thursday, 18th May 2017
- Property / Land Type: Farm
- Price Description Offers Over £1,500,000
Highly productive dairy farm with views to the Galloway Hills
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Knockann Farm is situated close to the Solway Firth, about
2 miles inland from Wigtown Bay, on the southwest coast of
Scotland. Wigtownshire is a genuinely rural area of Scotland,
well known for dairy and livestock farming, magnificent
countryside and dramatic coastline. Kirkinner is a small village
with a shop and Post Office, primary school, church, village
hall, playpark, tennis court and bowling green, while nearby
Wigtown provides further local amenities and is famed for
its National Book Town status, with a popular festival taking
place annually in September. There is secondary schooling
and a good range of business services, supermarkets and
shops in the market town of Newton Stewart, which also
serves as the centre for the large rural area that includes the
broad peninsula of the Machars to the south of the town
where Knockann is situated. The town is also a natural base
from which to explore the Galloway Forest Park which covers
a vast and sparsely populated landscape stretching to the
north and east and is one of only four national parks in the
western world to have official Dark Sky status.
Knockann is available as a whole or in three lots as follows:
Lot 1 – Knockann Farm. Farmhouse, Glenmaree, buildings
and 154 acres in total
Lot 2 – North Balfern Holding. Buildings and 99 acres in total
Lot 3 – Land at Longcastle. 3.7 acres in total
Lot 1: KNOCKANN FARM
Knockann Farmhouse is detached and stands at the southeastern end of the steading with an easterly aspect over the open farmland towards the village. The property is thought to date back to the 1800s and is predominantly of stone and slate construction, with a single storey brick extension to the rear, and spacious accommodation over three floors as shown on the accompanying floorplans. The front door opens into an inner hallway providing access to the ground floor accommodation, including living room (with open fire), dining room, modern family bathroom, dining kitchen with a newly installed range of fitted wall and floor units, and TV room with double doors to an external patio. There is a porch off the kitchen providing utility space as well as another access to the dwelling. Leading from the hallway are stairs to the first floor where there is a large master bedroom with two double integrated wardrobes, and two further bedrooms. A small staircase leads from the landing to an attic room, with coombed ceilings and velux windows, and a storage room. The farmhouse benefits from principally UPVC double glazing and oil fired central heating via a Rayburn in the kitchen.
An attractive open garden to the east of the farmhouse is predominantly laid to lawn with a
patio area for summer dining.
Situated to the south west of the steading, adjacent to the public road is Glenmaree bungalow, which provides additional accommodation. It is currently let out on a Short Assured Tenancy. The property was constructed in the mid-1960s and is subject to an agricultural tie which limits the occupation of the property to persons employed (or formerly employed) in agriculture and forestry. The property is brick built with a tile roof and enjoys a southerly aspect. The accommodation extends to living room, kitchen, conservatory, 3 bedrooms and family bathroom. It benefits from double glazing and LPG central heating. There are small gardens to the front and rear.
The farm benefits from a large range of predominantly modern
farm buildings providing extensive cattle accommodation on
cubicle beds (196 in total). The main steading is at Knockann
(as detailed in the accompanying plan), and there is a further
general purpose building at North Balfern.
1. Cubicle Shed (27.3m x 11.9m)
2. Cubicle Shed (27.1m x 10.1m)
3. Cubicle Shed (27.1m x 23.4m)
4. Young Stock Shed (30.4m x 10.5m)
5. Grain/Feed store (18.2m x 10.3)
2 x Silage Pits
6. Straw Shed – (22.9m x 19.5m)
7. Calf Shed (22.8m x 19.5m)
8. Dairy Complex
9. Calf Boxes (30.8m x 6.2m)
10. Stone Barn (22.3m x 11.9m)
11. Lean-to Calving Box (11.1m x 6.1m)
12. Farm Office
Open Slurry Lagoon
We understand that the buildings at Knockann benefit from
a private water supply to troughs and for washing the parlour
with mains supply to the dairy and a 3 phase electricity supply.
The land at Knockann extends to 154 acres in total and is split
in two by the unclassified public road running from the B7085
to the A746 in Kirkinner. The land is generally medium soil
type and is capable of either arable or silage production. It
is all stock proof fenced with a combination of post and wire
fences and drystone dykes. The field enclosures benefit from
private water supply to troughs or natural water supply. The
majority of enclosures are accessible from the main road or
the internal hardcore access tracks leading from the farm yard
to the former railway line intersecting the northern section of
Please note that part of Fields 7, 11 and 14 are owned by a
third party but currently occupied by the owners of Knockann.
There is no physical boundary at present denoting the legal
Lot 2: North Balfern Holdings
Located to the east of the village of Kirkinner, the farmland at
North Balfern extends to 99 acres in total and benefits from a
general purpose building.
The land is generally a loam soil type and is capable of
arable or silage production, other than the small woodland
plantation, and is all stock proof fenced with a combination
of post and wire fences and drystone dykes and an electric
boundary fence. All enclosures benefit from private or public
water supplies to troughs or natural supply. The land at North
Balfern is accessed via a shared road which is partly adopted
and partly private. The farmland and buildings benefit from
full rights of access with maintenance on a per user basis.
Cattle Shed at North Balfern
Atcost shed of concrete frame construction with concrete
floor, concrete block/panel walls and asbestos cladding and
roof sheets. It benefits from lean to and outside feed yard
The building at North Balfern benefits from a private water
supply and a 3 phase electricity supply.
Within field 19 is a derelict ex-military structure comprising former housing with concrete walls and assumed asbestos roof sheets. Subject to the appropriate consents, this would make a stunning site for a new residential dwelling.
A small area extending to approximately 0.5 acres at North Balfern is owned but excluded from the sale by the vendors. A right of pre-emption will be granted in favour of the purchaser.
Lot 3: Land at Longcastle
Approximately 3.5 miles to the southwest of Knockann farm is
a single field accesed off a private road from the B7085. This
field is currently down to grass with two cuts of silage taken
annually but would be suitable for cropping.
The farmland is identified on the map with enclosure numbers
which are detailed in the Field Schedule table.
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