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Wedder Hill

Sutherland

Wedder Hill

Sutherland

Wedder Hill

Sutherland

Wedder Hill

Sutherland

Wedder Hill

Sutherland, KW13 6YT
Sporting Estates Sporting Estates
Bedrooms: 3/4
Offers Over £610,000

Overview

The land extending to 2,500 acres is characterised by gentle rolling moorland, peatland and enclosed grazing/mowing land, forming an enchanting and diverse property. The distinctive land at Wedder Hill provides challenging but exciting stalking to test even the most experienced of stalkers. In addition to the staking there is great trout fishing on the River Halladale and some walked up rough shooting.

We Say

A rare opportunity to acquire a marvelous compact deer forest with iconic Sutherland views.

Property Details

Wedder Hill Estate sits on the banks of the Halladale River and extends to around 2,500 acres. The Estate with its mosaic of habitats exhibits all the traits of the wild iconic Sutherland landscape with large open spaces and vast skies. With a five-year average of 7 stags and 8 hinds and a large resident hind population the estate offers exciting stalking for the keen sportsman. For those seeking solitude this presents a rare opportunity to purchase a remote and manageable property with excellent development potential.

The land extending to 2,500 acres is characterised by gentle rolling moorland, peatland and enclosed grazing/mowing land, forming an enchanting and diverse property.

The majority of the land is made up of undulating heather ground and peatland which is home to an abundance of flora and fauna including the rare Sphagnum Majus moss. The scattered wet splashes create a diverse and rich environment for wildlife and provides a welcoming habitat for a number of rare bird species. The topography of the land offers a vegetation rich feeding ground for deer and the woodland to the north of the estate provides valuable shelter in inclement weather. As a result, the land holds red hinds and has a large resident red deer population, along with a few roe deer. The Estate offers challenging and exciting stalking opportunities for all abilities. The current owners do not shoot the deer heavily, only taking around 7 stags a year. However, we believe there is scope to increase cull figures and still maintain healthy deer stocks. The Estate is an active member of the Northern Deer Management Group.

The rolling heather ground to the west of the estate is an ideal habitat for snipe, woodcock and the occasional grouse and offers good walked up shooting. For those seeking additional sport there is scope to utilise some of the existing hill lochans as duck flighting ponds.

The enclosed grazing/mowing land extends to 25.6 acres (10.4 Ha) and is conveniently located adjacent to the surrounding the house/buildings. This land is naturally watered and offers improved grazing for sheep or cattle and currently provides one cut of silage a year; it could be used as pony paddocks.

Crofting

The property is registered as owner occupied croft land, whereby the proprietor is the owner of the land outright and there is no crofting tenant. There are no third-party interests. The purchaser would therefore become an owner-occupier crofter in terms of the Crofting Acts.

As a croft there are a number of significant capital grants available for the improvement and management of the land. These include schemes for woodland creation, habit restoration and the renovation or reconstruction/renewal of the dwelling.

Description

Set in a scenic position with views of the Halladale River, Ben Griam Beg & Meall A’Bhealaich, the whitewashed croft house consists of three bedrooms and two reception rooms. The property would benefit from some upgrading but is structurally sound and sits in an enviable position with far reaching views. Built in the 1950’s the property is principally of brick construction under a slate roof. Lying close to the cottage are is a range of outbuildings providing useful storage accommodation (including a game larder) and offering the opportunity to create additional living accommodation.

Approached by a private track off the main road and accessed across a small bridge the track culminates in a parking area to the side of the house.  The white painted cottage sits on a small hillock offering good views of the River Halladale below.

Estate Outbuildings

The Estate benefits from a number of outbuildings including a former stone byre, deer larder (registered with the local authority) and stone storage shed. Subject to planning these would offer great development opportunities for those wishing to create additional living accommodation. We believe that it might also be possible to re-site the existing dwelling and obtain grant funding up to £39,000 for the reconstruction.

Railway Cottage

The former Railway Cottage is located on the southern boundary of the estate and enjoys views across the Forsinard Flows. Positioned on the remote Far North Line this former signal house is ripe for development and provides the opportunity for a great renovation project.  The Sutherland and Caithness Railway was authorised in 1871, and the single-track line, which connected Helmsdale Wick and Thurso, opened on 28 July 1874. The Forsinard railway station was one of the original stations on this line and is still in use today.

Sporting

The distinctive land at Wedder Hill provides challenging but exciting stalking to test even the most experienced of stalkers. The number of hinds recorded over the years are relatively stable, and it would appear populations are largely resident.  The local deer management plan has suggested a cull target of 8-10 head a year but we believe this could be increased. The adjoining woodland holds large numbers of deer throughout the year with hinds and stags being drawn out on to the greens of Wedder Hill during the day to graze. The topography of the land is gently rolling, even on the flats, and burns provide additional cover to aid stalking and minimise crawls.

The sheltered western moorland offers great deer stalking in north winds and the eastern region really comes in to its own when the wind blows from the south east. The shape and layout of the Estate offers deer stalking in all weather conditions.

Strategically positioned high seats would offer additional variety and more accessible stalking for those less experienced.

The Estates 5 year average is  currently  7 Red stags and  8 Red hinds a year. As a result of good quality grazing red stags are generally a good size often weighing in excess of 15 stone (95 kg). Multi-point  heads of good quality are regularly taken. The  ground is largely all accessible by ATV (with caution) for deer extraction purposes.

There is also a historic grass airstrip in the wood to the north of the Estate which could potentially be reinstated subject to the necessary consents.

Other Sport

The River Halladale meanders peacefully through the estate providing great riparian views. Otters are occasionally to be seen. This section of the River is the upper reach and there are no salmon fishing rights. However, lower down (and off the property) the Halladale provides great salmon fishing opportunities. The Halladale is a productive and scenic river with a five-year average of 590 salmon and grilse. In its entirety the fishable river offers 15 miles of double bank fishing and flows through beautiful wilderness scenery into the Pentland Firth. The river comprises of 6 beats and over 50 named pools. Salmon fishing can be arranged via the Strath Halladale Partnership. Alternatively, via the local angling club there is fantastic brown trout fishing on the nearby Cross Lochs which are within walking distance of Wedder Hill and regularly produce trout up to 5lbs. Trout lochs too numerous to count abound in the area and local arrangements can be made to fish these as well.

 

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