Gentlemans traditional Victorian farm which is set in a very attractive location just outside the village of Ae, Dumfries and Galloway. The village offers a primary school as well as a cafe and mountain bike shop. The forest of Ae is part of the 7stanes which offer some of the best mountain bike trails in the UK. The Steading has the forest for its backdrop offering several unique lifestyle/business opportunities such as farming, tourism or just a relaxing peaceful place to live.Â The Main 6 bedroom farmhouse has been painstakingly restored and contains many traditional features such as fireplaces and a sandstone staircase, stained glass door relief panels, marble door knobs. There are three holiday cottages which complement the main house as well as a variety of other out-buildings. The site also contains two streams and two mill race ponds which served the water wheel to the Threshing Barn. Sadly just the worn stones remain where the water wheel brushed the side of the barn wall.The property is wonderfully situated with 61 acre footprint. It is also important to note that the property is not located in a flood zone and there are no visible wind farms, pylons, radio or telephone masts from the farm which help to give you the impression of being truly with nature. The vendors are non smokers and pets are not allowed in the main house.Access to the smallholding is achieved through a pair of electric gates with intercom system at the end of a long private road complete with a stone bridge over one of the streams
Front Porch Upon entering the property from the front garden you are greeted by a small porch area with a window, traditional Victorian tiled floor and traditional style radiator. This area also contains a Tiffany wall light and a wooden door with a stained glass picture window which allows access to the main hallway.
The main hallway of the property is an impressive sight. This area contains the main staircase which gives access to the upper floors of the house. This staircase is constructed from Locharbriggs sandstone and has been painstakingly refurbished to its original glory at high cost in autumn 2016.Â
The hall also sports a rather attractive black and white tiled floor, high ceiling and Tiffany wall lights. Access to the lounge, dining room, sitting room, kitchen, snug and downstairs W/C can also be gained from this area.Â
It is also worth noting that the doors in this area are all fitted with marble doorknobs.
Lounge (4.83m x 3.90m or 15' 10" x 12' 10")
The large spacious and bright lounge is the first room on the left of the hallway. This room benefits from having a large south facing window (complete with original shutters) which gives a stunning view over the surrounding countryside. It also includes a highly attractive focal sandstone fireplace, complete with log burning stove, fitted display shelves and cupboard. The floor is completely tiled and has under floor heating installed, the ceiling boasts a Tiffany pendant light fitting.
Dining Area (4.85m x 3.41m or 15' 11" x 11' 2")
The long dining room is accessed from both the main hallway and through an archway to the lounge. The archway allows for a lot more natural light to enter this area from the front of the house. The room itself has a north and west facing window which is also complete with its own original shutters.Â
The floor is tiled to match the lounge and has enough space to house even the largest of dining tables and has under floor heating.Â
The ceiling once again is fitted with a Tiffany light fitting.
Sitting room (4.88m x 4.84m or 16' 0" x 15' 11")
This large south facing room is situated on the right hand side of the hallway as you enter the property. Immediately upon entering this room you are drawn to a large, red marble fireplace on the opposing wall. Although this antique coal fireplace isn't original to this particular property, it has been bought, transported, restored and fitted at high cost into the sitting room.Â
This room also has a large south facing window which, once again, has original shutters installed. The floor is once again fitted with the same tiles that are present in the lounge and dining room and of course has under floor heating.Â
The room is really set off by the installation of a large, ornate, Tiffany light fitting which continues this theme throughout the house.
Kitchen (5.32m x 4.86m or 17' 5" x 15' 11")
The highly impressive traditional farmhouse kitchen is one of the most breathtaking areas of the property. This room still contains its original sandstone fireplace which surround an AGA electric range and cooker. The exposed store internal walls help to instil a kind of fairytale setting in this room which is only enhanced by the solid oak, freestanding units which are topped with Star Galaxy granite worktops and surrounded by ornate tiling. There is also plumbing for a dishwasher in this area.Â
The floor is tiled to the same specification as the lounge, dining room and sitting room and has under floor heating installed.Â
There is one window and patio doors in this room which are complete with French oak shutters and a combination of spotlights and wall light help to illuminate this room which is arguably the hub of the house.
This contains wiring power supplies for fridge/freezers plus shelving and a small original window
Snug (2.95m x 2.89m or 9' 8" x 9' 6")
The snug is tucked away behind the kitchen area and is accessed off of the main hallway and through a door from the kitchen. This cosy room has enough room to fit a corner sofa and has an east facing window, complete with french oak shutters. The floor is tiled in uniform with the other downstairs rooms in the property which also has under floor heating. The ceiling boasts a Tiffany light fitting.
The downstairs W.C is accessed from the main hallway and contains a basin and toilet. The floor is fitted with black and white tiles and there is also a storage cupboard in this room. The room is lit with a Tiffany wall light.
The utility area comes complete with ample cupboard and hook storage and has a sink, work surface, and plumbing for a washing machine.
The boiler room houses the large biomass boiler, capacitor tank and back-up oil boiler. The biomass serves the main house and all three cottages with hot water and heating. There is also a workshop in this area with access to a wood store.Â
The wood store and open barn contain roughly enough wood to heat the whole site for roughly 2-3 years and is included in the sale of the property.
The rear porch and boot store gives access to the rear of the property and the enclosed courtyard.
The half landing gives access to bedrooms 1 & 2 and is wonderfully self contained and private. This section could serve as a private master suite if the purchaser decided to do B&B.
Double Bedroom 1 (4.90m x 4.78m or 16' 1" x 15' 8")
This spacious double bedroom is accessed off the half landing and is built into the eves of the house. The room itself has a large floor area and a Velux skylight to allow for plenty of natural light as well as a built in blackout blind. Aside from the skylight, there is also a second window which is equipped with shutters and a traditional style radiator is installed underneath.Â
This room has access to its own bathroom and bedroom 2/walk in wardrobe.Â
The floor is carpeted and the ceiling has a Tiffany light fitting and built in wardrobe.
Bedroom 2 (3.40m x 3.16m or 11' 2" x 10' 4")
This bedroom is accessed from the first double bedroom. This bedroom could easily be transformed into a walk-in wardrobe to the master suite.Â
The room has a window with shutters installed with a traditional style radiator underneath. The floor is carpeted and the ceiling is equipped with a light fitting. On the wall, there is a mirror which opens up to a concealed
The bathroom on this floor is accessed from double bedroom 1 and is also built into the eves of the house. This room contains a 3 piece bathroom suite and a free standing shower cubicle with a Mira shower. The walls are partially tiled which complement the Rhino Elite floor covering. There is a Velux skylight to allow for plenty of natural light to enter as well as an integral blackout blind and a traditional radiator installed. The room is complemented with granite tops and high quality wall lights.
First Floor Landing
The first floor landing gives access to four spacious bedrooms and family bathroom. This area is carpeted and is heated by a traditional style radiator.Â
This section is illuminated by Tiffany wall lights and has access to the loft hatch.
Double Bedroom 3 (4.85m x 3.65m or 15' 11" x 12' 0")
This spacious rear facing bedroom has a north facing perspective which looks out over the farm steading. The window itself has the original shutters installed and a traditional style radiator underneath. The floor is carpeted and the ceiling boasts a Tiffany pendant light fitting. The room contains an original built in cupboard ( press ) with shelves.
Double Bedroom 4 (4.87m x 4.02m or 16' 0" x 13' 2")
This spacious bedroom benefits from having a south facing window which overlooks the front garden and surrounding countryside. As is the case with the other bedroom windows, this one is also equipped with shutters. A traditional style radiator has been installed below the window and a Tiffany pendant light fitting on the ceiling. The floor has been carpeted. There is also a built in shelved cupboard ( press ).
Double Bedroom 5 (4.81m x 3.85m or 15' 9" x 12' 8")
This spacious bedroom one again benefits from a window with a southern outlook and shutters. A traditional style radiator has been installed and the ceiling is fitted with a Tiffany pendant fitting. The floor is carpeted. There is a recessed shelved area.
Double Bedroom 6 (4.75m x 4.04m or 15' 7" x 13' 3")
The 6th double bedroom ones again boasts a generous size. This room overlooks The Steading at the rear of the property. As is the case with the other bedrooms, this room has shutters, a traditional radiator, original shelved cupboard and Tiffany pendant light fitting installed.Â
The floor is once again carpeted with the same colour and quality as the other main bedrooms.
The family bathroom contains a white 3 piece bathroom suite with over bath Mira shower unit. The walls are partially tiled with ornate tiles.Â
This area houses a south facing window with louvre shutter and traditional style radiator. The floor has been fitted with Rhino Elite tile effect floor covering
One of the advantages of this property is the inclusion of three holiday cottages which could form the basis of a small tourism business which has been popular in the past with families seeking a country breaks who are keen on walking, cycling or fishing in the beautiful and picturesque region of Dumfries and Galloway with The Forest of Ae literally on the doorstep
All of the self-catering cottages have access to the communal laundry and drying room located within the farm steading.
The first of the self-catering cottages is affectionately named "Stockmans"Â
This Spacious two bedroom ground floor cottage contains an open plan living and kitchen area and wet/shower room with a Mira shower unit. This cottage has been designed for wheelchair access and use. The cottage benefits from under floor heating which is powered from the main biomass boiler.
The second of the cottages is named "Shepherds".Â
This first floor two bedroom self-catering unit consists of an open plan kitchen and living room with feature Dowling log stove. It also has its own WC/shower room and is heated by radiators.
The third of the cottages is named "Hayloft" and is the bigger of the three cottages. This beautifully presented four bedroom cottage provides accommodation over ground and first floor level. The ground floor comprises of all four bedrooms with separate shower and toilet facilities.Â
Access to the first floor is given by an open oak staircase leading to the open plan living room and kitchen and family bathroom.Â
This cottage contains some period features and under floor heating downstairs with radiators installed on the first floor.
The Steading boasts several outbuildings and there is scope here for further residential development subject to the required planning permissions and other regulations being granted. The other outbuildings include:
The following outbuilding for the Steading Courtyard
Workshop 4.70 x 2.90M
Laundry 4.70 x 2.50M
Cart Store 5.30 x 2.50M
Threshing Barn 10.10 x 5.50M
Hay Barn ( ground floor ) 7.10 x 5.10M
Hay Barn ( first floor ) 7.10 x 5.10M
Milking Parlour 16.00 x 4.70M
Stables 5.70 x 4.70M
Feed Room 4.70 x 3.60M
Piggery 6.60 x 3.60M
The following building serve the machine yard;
Open Haybarn 30.00 x 5.40M
Cattle Pent Roof 35.70 x 9.40M
Store Pent Roof 13.30 x 5.50M
There are also two timber sheds included in the sale with perches and nesting boxes installed
Shed No 1 : 2.40 x 1.80M
Shed No 2 : 2.40 x 2.40M
There is a wonderful large mill race pond that fed the water w
It is also worth noting that the agricultural land is not subject to LBTT tax and that all four properties ( main farmhouse + 3 holiday lets) can be purchased through individual transactions.