£2m price tag on farm park
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.”