KIRKOSWALD | Cumbria
The Kirkoswald Shoot is located in the Eden Valley in Cumbria and lies to the east and south east of the village of Kirkoswald with the River Eden forming the western boundary. The Shoot has established a reputation for providing challenging and exciting pheasant and partridge shooting.
- Principal 3 bed House with Shoot Lodge and traditional outbuildings
- 2 Gamekeepers’ properties with ancillary outbuildings
- 3 bed cottage
- Excellent buildings
- 198 acres Agricultural Land
- 278 acres Woodland
- 1,382 acres Sporting Rights
- Approx 1,866 acres
The Kirkoswald Shoot extends to approximately 1,866 acres and provides two consecutive days shooting. The Shoot is largely Pheasant with a small number of Partridges released each year. The varied terrain and topography enable consistently good, high and challenging birds to be shown. The Shoot is very well established with signature drives such North Slack, South Slack, Black Plains and Cockshaw being highly regarded. The widespread woodland and supporting game crops enable birds to be successfully ‘held’ throughout the season.
The shoot has good internal 4WD tracks providing access for shoot days as well as for day to day ‘keepering activities. The Shoot is made up of 6 adjoining farms, one of which, Low Scales, is owned Freehold with the others being Sporting Rights only. The shoot owns all the Woodland, being 278 acres, together with an additional 51 acres of land within the farms where the Sporting Rights are owned. This enables arrangements with the occupying farmers to be put in place for the siting of game crops and cover. The Shoot currently provides about 35 days shooting per season including about 10 double days. There are 2 long standing syndicates which currently have 11 days each season. The Vendors have regularly shot 6 - 7 days with the remainder being Let Days.
There are 11 principal drives and 12 secondary ones. The vast majority of these are from established woodland with a small number being from game crops. Returns of birds released are consistently 40%. The 5 main farms over which Sporting Rights are held are traditional mixed farms farming a combination of beef and sheep with an arable rotation.
There are 5 duck ponds that attract a variety of species. With a little development these could provide exciting flighting.
There is a healthy stock of Roe Deer providing exciting and challenging stalking.
The Freehold woodlands extend to about 278 acres made up of 30 compartments. These are predominantly mixed aged and species woodlands planted with a view to producing both excellent shooting and forestry returns. There is scope to increase the woodland area further by planting on some of the Freehold Land. A full Woodland Schedule is in the Data Room.
High Fog Close is a wonderfully sited property being located in the centre of the Shoot. It comprises a 3 bedroom House, Shoot Lodge and traditional outbuildings. This is the focal point for the Guns on a day’s shooting.
The Headkeeper lives at the north side of the Shoot at Low Scales Farmhouse. This property benefits from a good range of both modern and traditional agricultural buildings and rearing field.
The second ‘keepers cottage, Hawthorn Cottage, is located in the centre of the Shoot with kennels and associated outbuildings and a second rearing field. The adjoining property, Lilac Cottage, is also owned and is currently let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy.
All properties are in good condition being the result of significant investment in recent times. There is an excellent ‘shoot yard’ located near Hawthorn Cottage with workshops, garages, kennels shoot day staff facilities and diesel tanks.