£2m price tag on farm park

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

A farm park that has been vis­ited by hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple has been put up for sale.

Ma­bie Farm Park, near Dum­fries, was opened by Al­lan and Ju­lia Shuttleworth in 2000.

But the pair have de­cided to take a step back after Al­lan, 64, suf­fered a heart at­tack.

Son Dar­ren said: “The only rea­son we’re selling is be­cause dad’s health has to come first. We’ve met so many lovely peo­ple over the years and it’s been great, but it’s time for a new chap­ter.”

The Shut­tle­worths moved to Burnside Farm and set up the park after a two-year search for the ideal lo­ca­tion.

In the first year, 20,000 vis­i­tors de­scended on the at­trac­tion, ris­ing to at least 60,000 in the years after.

Dar­ren, 33, added: “Dad de­cided he wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent so we came from a dairy farm near Lochmaben.

“It’s been a real fam­ily af­fair with mum, dad, me and my sis­ters Zoe and Zelda in­volved. After dad had a heart at­tack, it was a joint de­ci­sion to sell be­cause he needs to re­lax a bit more.”

The pop­u­lar park, which pro­vides an ex­ten­sive range of both in­door and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily, is on sale with the Gal­braith Group for of­fers over £2 mil­lion.

Un­til it’s sold, the busi­ness will con­tinue as nor­mal.

Dar­ren said: “The busi­ness just went on the mar­ket last Fri­day and there’s been a bit of in­ter­est al­ready.

“Ev­ery­thing will con­tinue as nor­mal un­til it sells and hope­fully who­ever buys it will be able to con­tinue to ex­pand, like we have.

“We have plan­ning per­mis­sion to build log cab­ins near the park so we’ll hope­fully re­main in the area and con­tinue to farm.

“The past 18 years have been great, but dad’s health has to come first. That’s the most im­por­tant thing.”

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