December 6, 2020 at 8:13 am #7193ColeParticipant
This smallholding is a really attractive investment prospect for the right owners, offering a unique mix of lifestyle and business benefits.
It’s a 3 bed (I know the title above says 4, but read on…) 18th century stone farmhouse smallholding for sale with extensive gardens and woodland, based in St. John’s Town of Dalry, New Galloway of Dumfries and Galloway, County Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.
The features line up like this:
– 3 en-suite double bedrooms (with a 4th bedroom/office – depending on preference)
– large kitchen with Aga and adjoining dining room
– 2 reception rooms
– an inviting sun room!
– shower room
– utility room
– 5.8 acres
– well maintained gardens, vegetable plots
– under developed garden
– mature woodland
My immediate thought was this is an ideal property for a family with old(er) children, mainly because of the en-suite bedrooms and also the 2nd reception room.
The kitchen dining area also is large yet connected – for a cohesive feel at meal times. Current owner have a breakfast table in the kitchen and a larger dining table in the adjacent space.
The 4th bedroom option gives room for expansion, although its it currently used as a physio room (it doesn’t seem to have an en-suite), although the property has a separate shower room.
As far as income potential is concerned, I thought of two well suited business ventures for such a property investment:
1. Market gardening for cash crops
2. Smoked meats
3. Woodland foraging and wilderness cookery course
With local restaurants like the award-winning, Clachan Inn close by, there is real potential to score some loyal, quality conscious food buyers for locally grown produce. Not only is Clachan a restaurant, but also an event venue sporting wedding stripes and is popular for large family gatherings too.
As for the smoked meats…well, why not? That underdeveloped garden space is probably and ideal spot to locate an outdoor charcoal smoker and the outbuildings could be repurposed without planning permission (most likely) as food processing plants.
(Clearly though, local council permission for food processing will be necessary.)
Smoked meats have longevity as a packaged product and could be sold for mail delivery on-site.
As for all that mature woodland, why not treble up on the culinary entrepreneurism with a woodland foraging course…?
This should sit well along side the meats smoking venture.
The market gardening business would put the owners in good contact with local chefs and professional food buyers who might be disposed to lend a helping hand in teaching the course on-site…with commission or share in the revenue (plus free marketing for them too).
PLUS, you could round up some local domestic custom at the Dumfries farmers markets who might be persuaded to try your course, if they were that way inclined.
As an aside, if the new owners and their older children perhaps had a penchant for the marine life e.g. windsurfing etc. then the Loch Ken activity centre and marina would be a favourite venue of theirs in their down time.
£475,000December 6, 2020 at 9:44 pm #7204LorraineSpectator
Yes, the stone outbuildings are beautiful, and rather than becoming yet another residential conversion could be admirably repurposed for a culinary artisanal venture, or perhaps a woodworkers studio.
The beauty of a smoked foods business can start small and expand according to demand. If you do direct selling you could have quite a nimble outfit on your hands.
As it is a controlled process, the venture can really focus on quality and excellence. A first step as you suggest is to build relationships with local food suppliers and start to work with their produce. Alongside classic smoked salmon and trout, other smoked foods in demand include chicken, cheese, garlic, and pork. I am sure that hospitality venues would be interested in a side of locally smoked bacon!
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