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8 bedroom detached house for sale
Dumcrieff Estate, Moffat, Dumfriesshire
The extensive Dumcrieff Estate belonged to the Murray family for several centuries having been granted to them by the Duke of Albany, son of King James II of Scotland in 1482. At some stage during this period, the original Dumcrieff House was built on the site of the existing house. It was described in 1684 as a little mansion or manor house and was then two low storeys in height.
The estate changed hands twice in quick succession in the 1720s before being purchased by doyen of the Scottish Enlightenment, Sir John Clerk in 1727. Sir John's son, George, improved the estate by planning and planting the parkland and woods surrounding the house and extending the main house to include what is now the dining room.
The estate was then sold firstly to Alexander Farquharson and then to Colonel William Johnstone in 1783. Shortly afterwards, Dumcrieff House was rented for two years by John Loudon Macadam, the famous pioneer of the road surfacing technique that still bears his name. To this day, the large stone roller used by Macadam in perfecting his invention sits in the grounds of the house.
On Colonel Johnstone's death in 1792, the estate was sold to Burn's biographer Dr James Currie and was bought in 1806 by Dr Rogerson, personal physician to Catherine the Great Empress of Russia. Immediately following his purchase of Dumcrieff, Rogerson commissioned and built the existing mansion house in the Classical style popularised by the Adam family and others at the time. The new house incorporated the original house and George Clerk's dining room extension.
Dumcrieff remained in the hands of Dr Rogerson's descendents until it was sold following the First World War. It has changed hands several times until being purchased by the current owner in 2008. The estate has been substantially mproved since then including comprehensive renovation and upgrading of the main house, convertion and renovation of the cottages, and improvement of the infrastructure including livestock fencing and gates.
Dating from the early 19th century, Dumcrieff House is a two-storey, seven-bay classical house encasing an earlier tower house and enlarged to the rear to form a symmetrical western elevation and main entrance with recessed three-bay centre. The house is built of painted whinstone with ashlar dressings including quoins and architraves.
Built on an elevated rock base above the Moffat Water, the principal elevation of the house faces south down the Moffat Water valley with fine views over the pastoral landscape beyond. A feature of this façade is the three-bay advanced and pedimented central section with a balustraded loggia with Doric columns at ground floor level and a balcony above. The roof is of piended design with graded slates and lead and zinc coverings.
Having been in a neglected state of repair prior to the current owner's purchase in 2008, a comprehensive programme of renovation of the house has been conducted over the last year with the aim of creating a family home of the highest quality which combines the elegance of the house's Georgian provenance with the comfort and of contemporary living.
The services to the house have been substantially improved, including upgrading of the electrical system and plumbing, installation of a new high pressure hot water system, removal/replacement of dated décor and fittings, and installation of a new oil-fired central heating system.
The layout and proportions of the accommodation are well-suited to modern family living. Internal features include original decorative cornices and ceiling roses in the reception rooms and main bedrooms, ornate marble and timber fireplace surrounds and mantels, timber-panelled walls, doors and original working shutters, brass door fittings, flagstone floors and a cantilevered principal staircase with cast iron spindles.
With regard to the modernisation of the house, the kitchen has been fitted with hand-made Neptune wall and floor cabinets, a slate-tiled floor and high quality fittings and Neff appliances including an Everhot electric range. Within the reception hall and drawing room, a wood-burning stove has been fitted whilst there are contemporary light and sanitary fittings.
The house is served by mains water and electricity, oil-fired central heating and private drainage.
Situated beside the entrance to the estate, this is a stone-built traditional style single-bedroomed cottage in modernised repair. The cottage is currently let on a Short Assured Tenancy.
Situated a short distance from Dumcrieff House is a U-shaped former stable block. A fine example of its genre, the stable block includes extensive garaging, workshops and implement storage and has also been partially converted to provide 3 fully modernised letting cottages as follows:
- Dumcrieff Cottage No 1 - A two-bedroomed cottage over two storeys in the southern elevation of the block. Let on a Short Assured Tenancy.
- Dumcrieff Cottage No 2 - A one-bedroomed cottage over two storeys in the western elevation of the block. Let on a Short Assured Tenancy.
- Dumcrieff Cottage No 3 - A two-bedroomed cottage over two storeys in the western elevation of the block. Let on a Grace and Favour basis but available to the purchaser with Vacant Possession.
Within the estate are the following additional buildings which have the potential for development or conversion, subject to planning.
Situated beside the stable block is a former outbuilding that has the potential for conversion into a single dwelling, subject to planning consent. The cottage has an electricity supply and a walled garden/yard area in front of the building.
Located a short distance north of Dumcrieff House, this former dwelling occupies an attractive position and has the potential for development into a single dwelling, subject to planning. Although not presently habitable, the cottage has mains electricity and water.
Walled Garden and Gardener's Cottage
To the northwest of Dumcrieff House is an extensive former walled garden extending to about an acre in size. There is a stone-built former gardener's cottage, which adjoins the north wall of the garden. This is currently uninhabitable but has potential to be rebuilt, subject to planning.
The land at Dumcrieff comprises several enclosed fields of parkland and pasture, which include a number of specimen deciduous trees. In addition, there is an extent of mature woodland, which includes a number of trees such as grand fir, Wellingtonia and monkey puzzle, together with a block of mature conifers. The Moffat Water forms the eastern boundary to the estate and provides trout fishing and the potential to catch a late season salmon, as well as being an attractive feature. The pasture is let on a Seasonal Grazings lease on an annual basis and is available to the purchaser with vacant possession.
Interested parties should be aware that the vendors are prepared to consider individual offers for component parts of the estate. For further information in this regard, please contact the agent, Robert McCulloch at Strutt & Parker on 0131 226 2500 or email@example.com.
Comprising an 82-acre residential estate, Dumcrieff provides prospective buyers with that most desirable combination of a secluded rural family home of great quality and style which is also highly accessible being just an hour's drive from three major cities (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Carlisle) and just two miles from junction 15 of the M74.
Dumcrieff Estate sits in the lower valley of the Moffat Water amongst the rolling hills of the Southern Uplands, which gradually slope southwards through fertile farming country to the bays, inlets, and sandy beaches of the Solway Firth. At the head of the valley, 10 miles northeast of Dumcrieff is the famous Grey Mare's Tail waterfall and beauty spot.
Situated a mile northwest of Dumcrieff is the popular Victorian spa town of Moffat, synonymous with its unique and famous brand of toffee. The market town is a former winner of 'Britain in Bloom' and, in the summer, attracts a good number of tourists to the area. Moffat also provides a range of local amenities such as shops, cafes, restaurants and culture in the form of a theatre and art galleries. The town also has recently built community facilities incorporating a nursery, primary school and a secondary school. There are also active golf, rugby, football, tennis, and bowling clubs in the town.
Accessibility is a feature of Moffat with junction 15 of the M74 being just over a mile away and the A701 leading north to Edinburgh via the forbidding sounding 'Devil's Beef Tub'.
The administrative heart of the region is Dumfries (21 miles) known as the Queen of The South - a 25-minute drive from Dumcrieff House under normal traffic conditions. Dumfries was once the home of Robert Burns and is now the centre of the Dumfries and Galloway region providing services and facilities including several supermarkets, a general hospital, a retail and leisure park including cinema complex and a wide range of cultural and leisure facilities.
In addition to the close proximity of the M74, there is a west coast mainline station at Lockerbie (13 miles) with high-speed direct services to Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London. The international airports at Glasgow and Edinburgh offer a range of domestic and international flights. Both cities can be reached by car in about an hour under off-peak traffic conditions.
Dumcrieff Estate is well placed for the owner to enjoy the range of activities available in the area. For fishing enthusiasts, the estate includes two banks of the fast-flowing Moffat Water, a tributary of the River Annan. This provides brown trout fishing throughout the season and the opportunity to catch a salmon in the autumn. There is excellent salmon and sea-trout fishing available locally on the Rivers Nith, Annan and Border Esk. There is also brown and rainbow trout fishing on a number of local still waters.
Field sports in the area are renowned with some excellent low ground pheasant and partridge shoots offering sport to let including the Newlands, Dalswinton and Blackwood shoot near Dumfries and the Earl of Annandale's Raehills Estate (5 miles from Dumcrieff). There are driven grouse moors within close range at both Leadhills in the Lowther Hills (15 miles) and Langholm in the Southern Uplands (20 miles) whilst the Dumfriesshire & Stewartry Foxhounds welcome keen participants.
The southwest of Scotland boasts some fine parkland and links golf courses. The best known of these is the links course at Southerness (33 miles) which is listed amongst the top 100 courses in the British Isles. In addition, there are courses to suit all levels of ability at Moffat, Lochmaben, Lockerbie and Dumfries (2 courses), all of which are easily accessible from Dumcrieff.
Equestrian activities are a feature of the area with an active pony club, Hunt and various livery facilities available locally. Trekking in the large expanse of Forestry Commission woodlands in the area is also popular.
Hill walking and mountain biking is popular locally with the Southern Upland Way crossing the edge of the estate. For water sports enthusiasts, there is a sailing club at St Mary's Loch (14 miles) in the heart of the southern uplands.
Access to Dumcrieff House is via a gravelled drive, which leads for about 300 metres from the minor public road through the pasture and mature woodland. This terminates at a spacious gravel carriage sweep on the west side of the house.
Immediately to the west of Dumcrieff House is a croquet lawn while on the south side there is a grass terrace leading to an expanse of formal lawn. With additional lawns surrounding the house and beds of herbaceous shrubs, the environs of the house is screened from the cottages and former stable yard to the west by a mixture of laurels and rhododendrons which bloom in a variety of colours in early summer.
Beyond the lawn in front of the house is the enclosed parkland between the Moffat Water and the avenue of trees lining the drive. Extending to about 3.5 acres this is ideal for the grazing of horses/ponies or a small number of livestock. To the north and east of the house is an area of mature policy woodland which extends to just over 20 acres and includes some fine specimen trees such as grand fir, wellingtonia and monkey puzzle.
The fast-flowing Moffat Water is an attractive feature of the property with the opportunity to catch wild brown trout.