The Stobo Estate in the Borders was a favourite area of novelist John Buchan and Sir Walter Scott
The Stobo Estate in the Upper Tweed valley is for sale for offers over £12 million and comes with its own herd of Sika deer.
John Buchan said of the river: “I asked for nothing better than to spend my life by the Tweed” and his adventure stories such as The 39 Steps and John MacNab were inspired by the local landscape.
Despite being situated in what Knight Frank describes as being “complete wilderness” Edinburgh is under an hour away by car.
Buyers will have to offer over £12 million to be in with a chance of becoming the owner and so the Stobo Estate is one of the most expensive properties ever to go on the market in Scotland. The closing date for offers is 30 September.
Knight Frank says: “This is an extraordinary opportunity to invest in upland agriculture, incredible scenery and potential woodland creation or rewilding on a scale that is very difficult to find in Europe.”
The new owner will be the proud owner of a classic Scottish estate with all that entails. The land extends to 3,884 acres and includes various businesses with development potential, buildings with potential planning permission and of course fieldsports.
There are two main houses; Home Farmhouse and Easterknowe Farmhouse as well as fifteen houses and cottages which are let out on tenancies or occupied by staff.
Fieldsports opportunities include the afore-mentioned Sika deer stalking, a driven pheasant shoot, trout fishing on the estate’s two lakes and duck flighting on the outlying ponds. There is also walked-up grouse.
The local Sika deer are descendants of those originally introduced into deer parks in the 19th century, which then escaped. Sika readily hybridise with red deer and are sized between roe and red deer.