The Scotsman

Bor­ders es­tate that in­spired John Buchan goes on sale for of­fers over £12m

● Property comes with 3,884 acres and ‘serene lake’

- By GE­ORGE MAIR news­deskts@scots­man.com

An es­tate that in­spired writ­ers in­clud­ing J oh nBuch an and Sir Wal­ter Scott has gone on sale for of­fers over £12 mil­lion – mak­ing it one of the most ex­pen­sive prop­er­ties to go on the mar­ket in Scot­land.

The Stobo Es­tate in the Up­per Tweed Val­ley, in the Bor­ders, comes with 3,884 acres of land in­clud­ing two six-bed­room farm­houses, 15 fur­ther houses and cot­tages, a“beau­ti­fully se rene lake ”, Ed­ward ian Ja­panese-style Wa­ter Gar­den with a 60 -foot wa­ter fall and even its own herd of pure-bred Sika deer.

Owned by the Sey­mour fam­ily since the 1970s, it is be­ing mar­keted by lead­ing es­tate agents Knight Frank, who ex­pect of­fers“in ex­cess of £12m” for the es­tate as a whole, or in seven lots.

The es­tate would be more than 65 times the av­er­age £182,357 price for a res­i­den­tial property north of the Bor­der.

James Den ne, a part­ner in Knight Frank, said the es­tate had al­ready at­tracted “global in­ter­est”, with a clos­ing date set for 30 Septem­ber.

He added: “The Stobo Es­tate com­prises a re­mark­able land­scape filled with a di­verse range of fea­tures that con­trib­ute firstly to its unique beauty and sec­ondly to its as­sorted in­come streams.

“Its en­vi­able lo­ca­tion in one of the most sub­lime, un­spoilt and cov­eted val­leys in the UK and within an hour of Ed­in­burgh make it one of the finest Scot­tish es­tates to be of­fered to the mar­ket in re­cent times.

“We have had a very wide di­verse in­ter­est from within

Scot­land, the UK and glob­ally.”

The es­tate is in the heart of the Up­per Tweed­dale Na­tional Scenic Area. Once at­tached to nearby Stobo Cas­tle – now a pop­u­lar health spa – over 500 years, the land has been owned by earls and the dukes, Jaco - bite baronets, Lord Ad­vo­cates of Scot­land and even a famed England crick­eter who was also a pas­sion­ate gar­dener.

John Buchan, au­thor of clas­sic ad­ven­ture The Thirty-nine Steps, wrote of the land­scape: “Its age­less hills and wa­ters laid a spell on me which has never been bro­ken. I asked for noth­ing bet­ter than to spend my life by the Tweed”.

Owned by the Sey­mour fam­ily for more than 40 years, the es­tate was di­vided from the nearby Cas­tle in 1972. It is now cen­tred around the Ge­or­gian six bed­room Home Farm­house -- built in 1805 as the fac­tor’s dwelling -- and the land has been de­vel­oped as a res­i­den­tial, sport­ing, farm­ing and forestry en­ter­prise.

The sale in­cludes two prin­ci­pal houses, Home Farm­house and six bed­room Easter­knowe Farm house, and aport­fo­lio of 15 houses and cot­tages spread through­out the es­tate and ei­ther let out on ten­an­cies or oc­cu­pied by staff. Among them, ac­cord­ing to the sell­ers, “Stobo Mill and Power House present a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a spec­tac­u­lar home”.

It also con­tains“an abun­dance of park­land, mo or­land, hills and farm­land”, and prom­ises“su­perb sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties” in­clud­ing Sika deer and roe deer stalk­ing, a driven pheas­ant shoot, trout fish­ing on the es­tate’s lochs, duck flight­ing on out ly­ing ponds and an ex­ten­sive es­tate road net­work for walk­ing and moun­tain bik­ing.

At the heart of the es­tate lies the Cas­tle Lake, stocked with rain­bow trout, and the Ja­panese Wa­ter Gar­dens dev eloped a cen­tury ago by­cric ket erHyl ton Philips on who b ought the cas­tle in 1905. It also con­tains forestry and hill ground with “ob­vi­ous rewil­d­ing po­ten­tial”.

“Its age­less hills and wa­ters laid a spell on me which has never been bro­ken. I asked for noth­ing bet­ter than to spend my life by the Tweed”

JOHN BUCHAN

 ??  ?? 0 The Stobo Es­tate in the Up­per Tweed Val­ley in­cludes two six-bed­room farm­houses, 15 fur­ther houses and cot­tages
0 The Stobo Es­tate in the Up­per Tweed Val­ley in­cludes two six-bed­room farm­houses, 15 fur­ther houses and cot­tages

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