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4 bedroom farm for sale

Crofthead Farm, Moffat, Dumfriesshire, DG10

Offers Over £2,450,000
1,257 ac.

Property Description

Commercial information

  • 1,257 acres (508.7 hectares)

Key features

  • The Steading (4 bedrooms)
  • Farmhouse & Cottage
  • 169 acres pasture with some silage ground
  • 567 acres hill grazing
  • 57 acres amenity woodland
  • 445 acres of commercial woodland
  • Salmon and sea trout fishing rights.
  • Diverse sporting potential
  • EPC Rating = C

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Lot 1 Crofthead Estate Offers over £1.1 million
Lot 2 Crofthead Forest Offers over £1.35 million
Whole Offers over £2.45 million


Crofthead is a versatile and productive estate offering a variety of enterprises in beautiful and yet accessible surroundings. Extending to 1,258 acres in total, it rises gently eastwards from the banks of the Moffat Water at about 120m above sea level to the highest point on the farm out on the heather ground at 637m above sea level from where there are spectacular panoramic views over the Dumfriesshire countryside.

The principal house, known as The Steading, comprises a spacious converted farm steading lying at the heart of the estate in an elevated yet sheltered position facing the Moffat Water. In addition, there is a period farmhouse and an attractive traditional cottage in need of refurbishment.

Crofthead has a wonderful combination of river bank, ponds, amenity and commercial woodland, heather hill and undulating pasture which offers excellent opportunities for sport and leisure. The estate provides, therefore, a wide range of sporting opportunities. There is potential for grouse, duck and pheasant shooting as well as fishing and roe deer stalking.

The farm is managed in hand under a contract farming arrangement and is best suited to sheep and cattle production, but could just as easily be adapted for horses or other livestock. It has a long reputation as a first class upland sheep holding and has in the past carried 950 breeding ewes and 25 suckler cows. It currently carries 700 breeding ewes with the lambs sold as stores. The flock lambs outside from mid April onwards.

The land, extending to about 1,257 acres comprises a well balanced combination of silage ground, permanent pasture and rough grazing for a farm of this nature and can be broadly analysed as follows:

Silage ground - 46.18 acres
Permanent pasture - 123.18 acres
Rough grazing - 284.72 acres
Hill - 279.30 acres
Woodland - 502.30 acres
Other (river banks, tracks etc) - 18.80 acres

The estate lies within a ring fence, and has a mainly west facing aspect. The fields are well fenced for stock and a good network of hard tracks provides easy access. Most of the fields benefit from a natural water supply.

Crofthead is located in an area well known for its productive forestry due to the favourable climate and good access routes to the M74. The estate includes about 502 acres of commercial and amenity woodlands with a main block of commercial woodlands on Crofthead Hill. There is a good access route across the farm providing effective access for the ongoing extraction. The amenity woodland blocks are mainly dispersed across Lot 1 and add greatly to the overall amenity and sporting potential.

Crofthead, with its steep topography and wooded coverts, has the foundations of an exciting driven shoot. The commercial forestry block has excellent access and, with some restructuring of the woodland, could provide some challenging drives. While it hasn't been shot in recent years, there was formerly a shoot over the estate which a sporting enthusiast could easily reinstate. In addition, the heather on the hill is in good condition and there is a small stock of red grouse which could provide the occasional day of walked-up shooting. There are two ponds on Crofthead which, along with the adjoining river, give excellent duck flighting potential.

Being adjacent to the large Forestry Commission plantation on Craigbeck Hill, there is a significant population of roe deer in the commercial woodland and surrounding areas on the estate which provides exciting stalking opportunities. Sika deer have also been seen.

The estate is being offered for sale either as a whole or in two lots:

Lot 1
The Steading
The Farmhouse
The Cottage
812 acres of farmland and woodland

Lot 2
452 acres of forestry

Hydroelectric Scheme
The owners have installed a 98kw hydro scheme on the estate which does not form part of the sale but could be available in addition by separate negotiation. It draws its water from a reinforced concrete intake located on Lot 2 which is connected by a 1,200 metre underground pipe to a small generator house located in Field 20 adjacent to the Moffat Water. The electricity is connected directly into a Scottish Power overhead line via an underground cable. The generator produces income from the sale of electricity and from a Feed-in Tariff. If the Hydroelectric Scheme is not purchased, the Estate will be sold subject to the Lease of the Hydroelectric Scheme to Crofthead Hydroelectricity Limited. The annual income in the first year of operation to 14 March 2016 is over £150,000. Further details are available upon request.

Square Footage: 3,568 sq ft
Acreage: 1257 Acres


From the A74(M) Glasgow to Carlisle road take the A701 turn-off to Moffat. In Moffat, take the A708 signposted towards Selkirk. After about 2½ miles, turn right at the sharp bend known as Craigieburn Bridge and this private access road continues to the Moffat Water. The Estate starts beyond the small bridge over the river. Turn left after crossing the bridge and the access road leads past Crofthead Cottage and up the hill to the Farmhouse and Steading.

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