THE MOORFOOT HILLS • HERIOT • SCOTTISH BORDERS • EH38 5YE
Heriot 2 miles • Innerleithen 8 miles • Edinburgh 22 miles
An attractive and rarely available, compact grouse moor situated in an accessible rural location just 22 miles from Edinburgh. Extending to approximately 585.80 hectares (1447.50 acres) this property offers exciting driven and walked up shooting and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
• Currently averaging 170 brace of grouse (2006-2016)
• Newly built 2/3 bedroom house
• Well maintained infrastructure including excellent internal road access
• Planning application submitted for new shoot bothy.
Approximately 585.80 hectares (1447.50 acres) or thereby in total
For Sale by Private Treaty as a Whole
Travelling south from the Edinburgh City By-pass at the Sheriff hall roundabout exit for the A7 signposted for Galashiels/Hawick. Continue on this road for approximately 6 miles through Newtongrange, follow on for a further 2 miles or so through Gorebridge, and stay on this road for about approximately 4 miles before turning right onto the B7007 sign posted for Innerleithen. Continue for approximately 5 miles before arriving at the Dewar. The house and buildings are located on the right hand side of the road.
What makes Dewar unique?
“To park at the top, ready to walk towards the high ground butts while looking down on Edinburgh is very special. To then drop down into the gullies and enjoy genuinely mixed drives of partridges and grouse of seriously challenging quality adds to the experience. It is also most unusual and fun to have a duck flight while taking in such a view from the top pond. For the more energetic, to walk up grouse to the highest point on the eastern side and see for miles on all compass points is quite unique but to do all of this in stunning scenery only 16 miles from the Edinburgh City bypass is exceptional”
Mark Charles – Owner
DESCRIPTION AND SITUATION
The Dewar extends to approximately 1447 acres (585 hectares) of predominantly heather moorland and is located immediately adjacent to the B709 approximately 3 miles south of Heriot. This remote location benefits from dramatic scenery and far reaching views from its higher points yet is within 25 miles of Edinburgh and its international Airport. It
is quite a hidden gem and with the benefit of a new Keepers house, it affords wonderful sporting potential. The nearby towns of Innerleithen (8 miles) and Peebles (15
miles) provide an excellent range of services and facilities. Peebles is a vibrant town with a selection of local and national shops, banking facilitates, restaurants and sports facilities. The City of Edinburgh is just 22 miles to the north and offers a full range of services and facilities and an International Airport. The Borders Railway link has a station at Gorebridge(approximately 9 miles distant) which provides regular services directly to the centre of Edinburgh.
The Moorfoot hills and the nearby Lammermuir Hills are renowned for the quality of grouse shooting they provide. The Dewar is nestled between two much larger estates and is accessed directly from the public road with a network of internal hardcore tracks. The surrounding area is steeped in history and has a huge amount to offer with many attractions for the sporting enthusiast located nearby, including the Lauderdale and Buccleuch Hunts and world class salmon fishing on the River Tweed. This type of property is rarely available for sale and presents itself as wonderful opportunity to acquire a manageable sporting estate in a very desirable part of Scotland.
Dewar house was built in 2018 and is located to the north of the steading, set back from the public road and with views across the surrounding land. This detached property has been well designed and is set over two floors to include the following accommodation:
Ground Floor: Entrance hall with gun store; Living room; Kitchen; Utility room; Shower room; WC (accessed from outside); Office/Bedroom 3.
First Floor: Two bedrooms; Bathroom and Store room.
The house is of timber frame construction, with block cladding externally rendered all under a slate covered roof. This well-appointed modern house benefits from solar panels and a wood burning stove. The house is presented in good order and provides an excellent refuge after a day of shooting.
The land extends to 585.80 hectares (1447.50 acres) in total and is severed by the B709 with the majority of the estate located to the west of the road. The land lies between the 320m and 600m contours and is typical of the area with grassy knolls, and undulating moorland interspersed with hill tracks and lochs. It is classified as Grade 5 and Grade 6 by the Macauley Institute for Soil Research. The heather moor provides ideal habitat for grouse whilst some of the lower areas of grassland offer scope for sheep grazing. The higher areas of ground have wonderful un-interrupted views towards Edinburgh and the east coast adding to the beauty of this property. The area is renowned for its rich upland habitat and abundance of grouse and other moorland birds. The topography and dramatic scenery offers a magnificent shooting experience.
The property benefits from good internal tracks providing direct access to all of the shooting butts. There are a number of watercourses and four ponds which provide a natural water supply. Despite the estate not being shot in recent years the property has been well maintained and keepered with regular muir burning, swiping, gritting, vermin control and continual upgrading of internal tracks.
Although the Dewar has not been shot over the last few years the records for the previous ten years show respectable results for driven and walked up days and with good
management there is scope to improve these numbers to create a fun family shoot or commercial sporting venture. The estate has been well managed during this time with a full time keeper employed.
Historically there has been a programme of 8 formal days and numerous walking days, depending on stock. The drives have been laid out to show special sport. The mixture of grouse and partridges makes for top quality fun. The moor benefits from an extremely good network of tracks laid out to all butts/drives which makes managing a day straight forward. There is a wide range of bird life including oyster catchers, curlew and several pairs of golden plovers. The moor transforms during the summer to show among the heather other plants such as vital cotton grass, the all-important blaeberry, rowans and cloudberry to name but a few. The availability of water benefits chicks during the all-important growth stage. One can travel down the public road and not know that this gem of a moor is just up the hill.
The property includes a basic range of buildings ideal for storage of machinery and game feed. The buildings occupy a relatively level site with mainly hardcore surrounds through which the Gunscleugh burn runs. The principal building is a General Purpose Shed of steel framed construction with corrugated iron walls and roof and with a concrete floor. (9m x 9m overall).
Water: Private (Spring). Electricity: Mains. Drainage: Private septic tank. Heating: Oil fired central heating.
PLANNING AND BUILDING CONTROL PERMISSIONS
Dewar house was granted planning permission on 15th August 2016 under Ref: 15/01476/FUL subject to various planning conditions including a requirement that the property is to be occupied by someone solely or mainly employed in agriculture and estate management. Full copies of the planning permission and building control permissions are available from the Selling Agent. More recently a planning application in principle has been submitted for erection of a shoot bothy on land just to the west of the farm buildings (Ref: 19/00150/PPP). Copies of the application can be viewed on the on-line planning portal using the application reference or by request from the Selling Agents.
The house is band ‘D’ for council tax purposes.
SPORTING & MINERAL RIGHTS
Insofar as these rights form part of the property title they are included with the sale. Further details are available from the Selling Agents.
ENERGY PERFOMANCE CERTIFICATE
DATE OF ENTRY
By mutual agreement.
IACS & BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME
The land is registered for IACS purposes. All of the land is within Region 2 and designated as LFASS (severely disadvantaged). There are no basic payment scheme entitlements claimed.
The land falls within the boundaries of the Moorfoot Hills Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Moorfoot Hills SSSI is designated for the following features; blanket bog, breeding bird assemblage, golden plover breeding, upland habitat assemblage and upland birch woodland. The land is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) as the site has one of the largest extents of European dry heath and is the best example of extensive managed Calluna-dominated heath in the Southern Uplands along with the extensive Blanket bogs. The heaths form a good example of a southern Scottish grouse moor with Calluna-rich vegetation managed by small-patch burning. There are high numbers of red grouse, black game and other moorland birds, and mountain hares are also well-represented, giving the best example of associated moorland fauna in southern Scotland.
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Some items of machinery including the tractor, swipe, transport box and ATV may be available by separate negotiation. Please note that the kennels are specifically excluded from the sale.
RIGHTS, EASEMENTS & OUTGOINGS
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, whether public or private, and any existing or proposed wayleaves, easements, servitude rights, restrictions and burdens of whatever kind, whether referred to in these particulars or not. The Purchasers will be held to have satisfied themselves on all such matters.
Please note that the occupiers of neighbouring property has a right of access over the initial stretch of the entrance driveway shaded orange on the plan attached. It is also noted that the owner of Dewar has a right of access over the road highlighted yellow on the plan attached. There is a memorial stone located on the moor. The Vendor would respectfully request that family members of the deceased be allowed to visit this site to pay their respects.
METHOD OF SALE
The property is offered for sale as a whole with Vacant Possession by Private Treaty and with entry by arrangement between the parties. A closing date for offers may be fixed and all interested parties are advised to register their interest with the Selling Agents.
Offers should be made in writing and addressed to the Selling Agents. The Seller shall not be bound to accept the highest or indeed any offer.
Strictly by appointment with the Selling Agents.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The property is a working estate and appropriate caution should be exercised at all times during inspection.
There is currently a gamekeeper who has been employed since 2018. He has indicated that he might be interested in staying on to work for the new owners.
a) Deposit – On conclusion of missives, a non-refundable deposit of 10% will be paid by the Purchasers to the Seller’s Solicitors with the balance of the purchase price being paid on completion.
b) Ingoing – In addition to the purchase price, the Purchasers will be required to take over at valuation the following (where applicable);
• All feed and other produce at market value.
• All oils, fuel, fertilisers, sprays, chemicals, seeds and other sundries at cost.
GUIDE TO INTERESTED PARTIES
Whilst we use our best endeavours to make our sales details accurate and reliable, please contact us if there is any point, which you wish to clarify. We will be pleased to check this information for you, particularly if you are contemplating travelling some distance to view the property. These particulars were prepared in February 2019.
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2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive and it should not be assumed that the property remains as photographed. Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale, or entitle any party to compensation or recourse to action at law. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents, including for its current use. FBR have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise and ought to seek their own professional advice.
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