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Mixed Use Development Opportunity, Birkwood Estate, Lesmahagow, ML11 0JS

119 acres / Land / Mixed Use

For Sale

Under Offer - Last updated: 18 January 2021

Birkwood Estate is substantial in its size extending to 48 hectares (119 acres), as per the OS plan provided and comprises a mix of grass and woodland with the River Nethan at its eastern edge A listed stone built bridge provides access to the Estate with additional access points to the north and western elevations. 

At the centre of the Estate is ‘Birkwood Castle’, a category B listed gothic mansion house constructed in the mid-18th century and extended in the late 1800’s by renowned Glasgow architect James Thomson. Originally built as a country house for the McKirdy family, Birkwood Estate was more recently used as a hospital by the NHS and is in a shell condition having been subject to £1.5m worth of enabling works in recent years. Additional former hospital buildings within the grounds have since been demolished.  


Birkwood Estate occupies an attractive rural position on the southern outskirts of Lesmahagow, contained between New Trows Road at its western periphery  and Abbeygreen Road to the east, approximately 0.8 miles south of the town centre. 

Primary and secondary schools are located within a short walk of the Estate together with a range of amenities including community facilities, town centre shopping and a Tesco supermarket to the north of the town.

Lesmahagow has a population of around 3,500 persons and is located within the South Lanarkshire Council jurisdiction. Lesmahagow is a popular commuter  town with convenient road access via the M74 (Junctions 9 & 10) to Hamilton (14 miles), Glasgow (26 miles) and Edinburgh (54 miles) together with nearby connections on to the M8, M73 and M80 motorways.


Country estate and gothic mansion house extending to 48 Ha (119 acres)

PLANNING - Planning permission in principle was granted by South Lanarkshire Council under reference CL/14/0413, amended under reference CL/16/0336 for mixed use development comprising of residential, hotel, holiday chalets and associated access arrangements, landscaping and open space.

The consent is for the conversion of the mansion house in to a hotel with associating chalets and private access off Abbeygreen Road together with the development of 165 residential units taking their access off New Trows Road.

Further information is available upon request to the selling agents. The planning history and detail can be viewed via the South Lanarkshire planning portal, or, by contacting the Council on 0303 123 1015.  


PRICE - Offers are invited for our client’s heritable interest in the Estate and consideration will be given to the sub-division in to smaller lots.

LEGAL COSTS - Each party to be responsible for their own legal costs incurred. 


  • Attractive rural property within the historic town of Lesmahagow
  • Nearby access to M74 and the motorway network
  • Excellent commuting distances and drive times to Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Country estate and gothic mansion house extending to 48 Ha (119 acres)
  • Planning consent for 165 residential units and a hotel development
  • Potential for sub-division in to smaller lots

Property Quote Price(s)

DescriptionSale typeGuide pricePrice type
Offers invited For Sale Freehold NA NA

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Anthony Zdanowicz

DM Hall

01698 225068

Jacqueline King

DM Hall

01698 225087

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