A magnificent country house, home farm, a portfolio of residential properties, commercial and amenity woodland and a range of sporting opportunities.
Hensol House - A-listed House in a private position, overlooking the River Dee, with 4 reception rooms, conservatory, 10 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Exceptional gardens, grounds and policies; with a private drive and useful outbuildings.
Residential properties including a farmhouse and 5 cottages.
A productive in-hand farm.
Agricultural land including grass leys, permanent pasture and rough grazings.
Commercial forestry and amenity woodland.
An established driven pheasant shoot with scope for the development of several partridge drives; wild duck flighting, roe deer stalking, woodcock and snipe shooting and fishing for trout and coarse fish.
Frontage to Loch Ken, Woodhall Loch and the River Dee, which includes a boathouse and superb bird watching on Ken-Dee Marshes.
This category A-listed country house is at the northern end of the estate and is accessed via a private tarmacadam drive which leads for a distance of about one mile through mature woods underplanted with rhododendrons, azaleas and other mixed shrubs. After passing Hensol Lodge, the drive continues past overhanging trees creating an avenue effect and then revealing the stunning house. In the spring, the driveway and other parts of the policies are full of colour with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells.
On approach to the house, views open up over the river and beyond. A gravel sweep on the north side of the house provides parking for a number of cars.
The house is constructed of granite, sourced locally from a quarry on Bennan Hill, under a slate roof. Features of the architecture include three-storey ogee-roofed square turrets, a canted corbelled oriole with gable above and slit windows with diamond-pane glazing.
The external alterations to the original structure occurred firstly,in the 1920s, when a porch was moved from the southern façade to the north, secondly, in the 1960s, when the conservatory was builtin the original position of theporch and, thirdly when the northwestern part of the house (an extension comprising former staff accommodation and utilitarian rooms) was demolished.
Internally the house has high ceilings and large windows. On the ground floor there is an entrance hall, a large inner hallway with a vaulted ceiling incorporating a sitting area and wood-burning stove, a conservatory, three reception rooms, drawing room, library and billiards room. Features such as the architraves on the doors, shutter and cornices are mainly original.
The drawing room is naturally lit by three large windows. A Jacobean carved wooden mantelpiece complete with a marble fireplace, incorporating the wedding stone of Richard John Cuninghame and Helen Ethel McDouall, forms a striking centrepiece to the room.
From the hall a cantilevered staircase rises to a mezzanine landing and continues to reach a hallway which is flooded with light from a beautiful cupola, off which is a family bathroom and five bedrooms: Louis Philippe bedroom, The Admirals bedroom, The Marquis’ bedroom, The Nursery and a fifth bedroom which includes an en-suite.
The Marquis’ room is the master bedroom; its large bay window overlooks the garden, as does the Admirals bedroom.
There are an additional five bedrooms, two family bathrooms, and a laundry and linen room.
The layout and dimensions of the accommodation are as shown on the floorplans within this brochure.
The gardens at Hensol were originally designed by Helen Ethel Cuninghame and they encircle the house. To the south there is a well maintained garden with yew trees. A stone pathway leads through the garden. Here, on a pedestal, the 17th century Lainshaw sundial is located. Distinctive in style, it is carved with the initials of Sir Alexander Cuninghame and Dame Margaret Stewart, thought to date back to their wedding in 1673. It is complex with many dials, some hollowed and some heart shaped. The sundial was transported to Hensol in the 19th century when Lainshaw estate was sold.
Features of the gardens include gravelled areas and a variety of flower borders and beds of shrubs. There is also a summerhouse and a tennis court. Half a mile from the house is a large walled garden which originally provided fruit and vegetables but is no longer in active in production.
The policies are incredibly peaceful and provide a sense of seclusion. They are an outstanding feature of the estate and include some specimen hardwoods and conifers.
To the north of the house is a range of outbuildings arranged around a courtyard and accessed via steps at the rear of the house or by a branch of the drive through an archway. Incorporating a cottage, the outbuildings include a garden tool shed, former stables, garaging and general storage.
This is a single storey cottage sitting above the garages. The accommodation includes two bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and sitting room.
This is an attractive B-listed gate lodge, situated at the entrance to the estate. Constructed in 1822 of granite, this Gothic style lodge has a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility, shower room, two bedrooms and bathroom over one and a half levels. Externally there is a well maintained garden to the rear which leads down to The River Dee. The cottage is offered for let on a weekly basis as a holiday cottage.
An attractive and detached cottage painted white, located beside the drive on approach to Hensol House. It overlooks the river and the accommodation includes a kitchen, sitting room, dining room, two bedrooms and bathroom. The property is offered for let on a weekly basis as a holiday cottage.
Located off an internal estate road, this is a semi-detached stone-built cottage with a slate roof. The accommodation includes a kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. There is a small garden.
Adjoining Pine Cottage, with the potential to be incorporated into a single house if required, is Garden Cottage. The accommodation comprises a sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. It has recently been re-roofed and has a small garden. There is a lean-to store, shared garden and parking area.
The walled garden is located to the west of Pine Cottage and Garden Cottage. It is no longer in active production as a fruit and vegetable garden.
Home Farm Farmhouse
This is a single storey, traditional stone-built farmhouse, painted white with a slate roof. The accommodation includes two reception rooms, four bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom. It is accessed via a spur off the drive and has its own enclosed garden to the front. The house has recently been installed with central heating.
A traditional steading arranged around a courtyard sits alongside the farmhouse. It is constructed of white-washed stone walls under a slate roof. The steading is used for general purpose storage and for wintering sheep. Towards the rear are livestock pens and a silage pit with concrete floor and earth walls.
Land and Woods
The estate extends to about 632 acres in total. It is ring-fenced and comprises of grass leys, permanent pasture, rough grazings and woods.
According to the James Hutton Institute, the majority of the land is classified as grade 4(1), 4(2), 5(1) and 5(2), most suitable for producing a narrow range of crops, primarily grassland, and for
improved grassland. Some of the land is classified as Grade 3(2). The land lies between 50 metres and 100 metres a