A Scottish Borders country estate with outstanding residential, agricultural and sporting opportunities in the Tweed Valley is for sale on the open market for the first time in about 70 years.
Nether Horsburgh, four miles south-east of Peebles, is a 987-acre, family-owned estate ideal for breeding cattle and sheep and sporting activities.
The estate offers an excellent balance of arable ground, ploughable and permanent pasture and hill grazings, while its woodlands, open moorland and hillsides have made it known as a haven for shooting and stalking pursuits.
Also on the land are the remains of Nether Horsburgh Castle, which dates from the 16th century, and was built by the Horsburgh family.
At offers over £1,985,000 the Nether Horsburgh sale includes a range of properties – a traditional four-bedroom Georgian farmhouse, a modern secondary home with three bedrooms, farm steadings suitable for redevelopment, and a remote shepherd’s cottage that needs modernisation.
“Nether Horsburgh is a most attractive, versatile property,” said Rory Ballantyne of Edinburgh-based estate agents, Blackie Ballantyne who are handling the sale with CKD Galbraith Estate Agents.
“On the one hand it is within commuting distance of Edinburgh 25 miles away but the charming scenery and the sporting opportunities make it an ideal residential estate.
“And it is of added interest as it’s a high quality livestock rearing farm as well.
“There are good local shops in Innerleithen and Peebles is an attractive, popular Borders town with excellent shopping and commercial facilities.
“The local primary school is at Innerleithen and it lies within the catchment area for Peebles High School.”
The stone-built farmhouse on the estate, dating back to the 18th century, features a spacious Georgian sitting room, a sun room, a dining room, a fitted kitchen, an office, a utility room and a cloakroom on the ground floor.
Upstairs there is a master bedroom that mirrors the sitting room below plus three further bedrooms and two family bathrooms.
A walled garden, lying to the west of the house, provides ample space for children to play.
The modern, secondary three-bedroom house is arranged on one floor and is heated by a solid fuel Rayburn stove – it includes a living room, kitchen, bathroom, cloakroom and utility area. It is ideal for housing an employee or a relative. There is also a detached single garage.
Hope Cottage, the former shepherd’s cottage, is remotely located at the north end of the farm and reached by a track that is only passable by 4×4 vehicles. Redevelopment is required.
The well-maintained farm buildings comprise a range of mainly traditional structures with former byres, cart and sheep sheds, stables and barns. The modern buildings include a large Dutch barn and covered, general storage space.
“There is potential to convert these buildings into residential property however no applications for planning consent have been made,” said CKD Galbraith consultant, James Carnegy-Arbuthnott.
“As this is the first time Nether Horsburgh has been on the open market for around 70 years, we expect there will be a great deal of interest given the range of opportunities it presents.”