Mossdale, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7

Mossdale, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7
Dumfries And Galloway

Fixed £4,250,000
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Sobre Mossdale, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7

With a magnificent country house, five cottages, a home farm, amenity woods and commercial forestry, and a variety of sporting opportunities including an established driven pheasant shoot.

Hensol House - an A-listed House overlooking the River Dee with 4 reception rooms, conservatory, 10 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
Lovely gardens, grounds and wooded policies, with private driveway. Useful outbuildings and a courtyard cottage.
Lodge Cottage, Riverside Cottage, Pine and Garden Cottages with Walled Garden.
Home Farm with farmhouse and steading.
94 acres grass leys, 134 acres permanent pasture, 460 acres rough grazings, 352 acres commercial and amenity woodland.
Sportings in the form of an established driven pheasant shoot, duck flighting, roe deer stalking, 2 miles of frontage to the River Dee.
The site of a radio mast yielding an income of £4,500 per annum.
Frontage on to Loch Ken with a boathouse. Superb ornithological and bird watching on the Ken-Dee Marshes.
About 1,068 Acres (432 Ha) in total.
For sale as a Whole

Hensol is an all-round lowground estate with a useful combination of main house, farmhouse, five cottages, productive farmland, commercial and amenity woodlands, various sportings, the site of a telecommunications mast, and a very attractive wildlife reserve. Of particular note is the privacy of the estate, being situated beside the River Dee and Loch Ken.

Residential Property

At its core, overlooking the River Dee, is Hensol house, a magnificent category ’A’ listed property of Gothic/Tudor design, constructed from local granite stone. The house has lovely views down the River Dee towards Loch Ken.

In addition to Hensol House, the estate includes a courtyard cottage situated in the grounds of Hensol House, a gate lodge, a farmhouse, and three cottages.

Land and Farming

The estate extends to about 1,068 acres in total. It is ring fenced with a number of attractive dry stone walls. It consists of 94 acres of grass leys, 134 acres of permanent pasture, 460 acres of rough grazings, 352 acres of woods, and 28 acres of miscellaneous/unclassified land.

The land lies between 50 and 139 metres above sea level and the soil type consists of brown soils derived from lower Palaeozoic greywackes and shales.

The farmland qualifies for agricultural grants under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme.


The estate has an established driven pheasant shoot, and also has the capacity to enjoy less formal walked-up days. A keen shooting enthusiast will identify with the contours, habitat and scale at Hensol.

The proximity of the river provides duck flighting; there is roe deer stalking; and rough shooting for pigeon, snipe and woodcock. The estate has two miles of single bank river frontage on the River Dee.

Information regarding the fishing rights is available from the selling agent on request.

There is a boathouse on Loch Ken.


The forestry element of Hensol covers almost a third of the estate, and is a particular feature. Of the 352 acres of woodland, 182 acres are conifers and 170 acres are mixed broadleaves.

The woods are a key part of the landscape. They provide amenity, shooting coverts, timber production, and livestock shelter.

The vendor has a long term forest plan (prepared by Langholm based consultants, Forest and Land Management Ltd.) which began in 2014 and runs up until 2034. It identifies plantations which can be maintained, thinned and in due course felled.

The objectives of the forest plan incorporate a cash flow for the estate, create a long term positive carbon sequestration sink, protect and improve environmental and archaeological features, and increase the estate’s sporting capability.

There is considerable potential for a large scale afforestation programme.

Method of Sale

Hensol Estate is being offered for sale as a whole.


Interested parties should note the vendors also own the adjoining 1,188 acres to the south which include a modern dairy farm, two farmhouses, two cottages, and old mill, and a combination of modern and traditional farm buildings. The vendors may consider a sale of these subjects in combination with Hensol Estate.

Fixed £4,250,000
14,128 pé²
1,068 Acres
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