13 bedroom equestrian facility for sale

Cassillis Estate, Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19

Offers Over £3,900,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Ballroom, 3 reception rooms
  • Library & cinema
  • 7 principal bedroom suites
  • 6 further bedrooms
  • About 309 acres (125 ha) in total
  • Coach House and Stable Block
  • Gate Lodge & 3 further cottages
  • Parkland policies & woodland
  • 1.8 miles fishing on River Doon
  • EPC Rating = E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An imposing castle standing high above the River Doon
steeped in history and restored for 21st century living.


The castle, with attendant gate lodge, garden cottage and walled garden, coach house and stable block, stands in 310 acres of policies and grass parks in rolling South Ayrshire countryside only a short distance from the coast.

Ayr is about 7 miles to the north and provides a wide range of shops, supermarkets, professional services and schools, most notably Wellington School which offers private coeducation.
The Ayrshire coast is famous worldwide for golf, with championship courses at Royal Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry, all of which have hosted the Open Championship. Ayr Racecourse has regular race meetings and hosts the Scottish Grand National. Glasgow City Centre is easily accessible by both rail and road and is widely regarded as a vibrant and dynamic city with one of the UK's best shopping districts. Edinburgh, Scotland's famous capital city, lies just over 93 miles to the northeast.

The south west of Scotland is noted for its field sports, including pheasant, partridge and grouse shooting. Red, roe and fallow deer stalking is also readily available. Only a short distance to the north is the popular sailing area of the Firth of Clyde with yachting marinas at Troon, and further up the coast at Largs and Inverkip.

Prestwick Airport is about 3 miles to the north of Ayr and has services to many European destinations. Glasgow Airport (45 miles) and Edinburgh Airport (81 miles) provide a wide range of domestic, European and international flights.


Cassillis Castle

From a high bank, Cassillis towers over the River Doon. It is approached through electric gates via a private tarred drive which follows the River Doon through immaculate grounds past the Gate Lodge, Garden Cottage and Stable Block to a gravelled parking area.

Laid out over five floors, the accommodation is as shown on the accompanying floor plans. The Drawing Room bears a strong resemblance to William Burn's work, although it is thought that it was the work of David Bryce. Vast windows flood the room with natural light, and whilst the fireplace forms a centrepiece for the room, it is undoubtedly trumped by the fine ceiling plasterwork. The Inner Hall and Dining Room also have grand fireplaces, and the glazed roof in the hall is another quest for natural light.

The spiral staircase is part of the original Keep of Cassillis, and is built clockwise to ensure an easy defence by a right-handed swordsman. Of particular note is the exquisite hollow central stone pillar. Nigel Tranter in 'The Fortified House in Scotland' writes: "A detail of unusual interest is the very wide newel or centrepost of the 17th century turnpike stair, which has been found to be hollow from top to bottom, with stones projecting within to form steps, and small slits admitting light from the stairway proper". It is not known what purpose this feature served, though it was probably for lighting the staircase in an otherwise darker corner of the castle. Today electric lights have replaced traditional candles or oil lamps.

The Ballroom and adjacent Library were originally the bedroom and living quarters of the Earls of Cassillis. At almost 30' in length and 20' in width, the Ballroom is a superb room for entertaining, with windows overlooking the River Doon below.

The original nurseries have been converted to provide a bedroom and en suite bathroom of generous proportions, but an unusual arched passageway through the original 15th century, 16' to 18' thick castle wall provides a secondary access between the rooms, designed for staff. The same passageway services the East and West Chintz bedrooms on the floor above. The portcullis door marks the original Norman-style entrance to the keep. From this entrance, a secret staircase (not marked on the layout plans) leads up to the East Chintz Room. At the top of the steps a faded, hand painted notice on the wall advises staff that this staircase was for the use of the Earl and his family only; the sign reads 'Step no further Master Porter!'.

The Bartizan bedrooms at the top of the Keep have been restored to their likely 17th century layout. During the restoration programme the original stone building which would have been surrounded by battlements and a small room were discovered having being hidden since the 17th century alterations. The East Barizan bedroom has been restored to reflect an 18th century refurbishment with panelling and cornicing. In the West Bartizan bedroom a medieval vaulted ceiling was discovered and although in bad condition the shape of the ceiling has been left along with a hidden entrance to the secret room which was also revealed.

In all there are currently thirteen bedrooms on various floors of the castle. Seven have en suite facilities.

A well equipped state of the art kitchen with fitted walnut cabinets and ancillary scullery and pantry has been revamped in the basement with the patterned tiled floor reflecting the original floor. A butler's pantry on the ground floor is conveniently situated adjacent to the Dining Room. Across the passageway from the kitchen is a door to the castle courtyard, a sheltered sun-trap which is secured from the wider grounds by a gate. There are a number of stores off the courtyard.

In the basement, former store rooms have been remodelled to create an iPod controlled seven seater cinema room with fully reclining seats, surround sound, Sky HD television and projector screen. The two adjoining rooms provide an ideal space for a gymnasium and studio. Across the passage are a well equipped laundry room and a wine cellar with vaulted ceiling.

Stable Block, Coach House & Stables Cottage

Situated a short distance from the castle, though far enough apart to retain privacy for both, the stable block incorporates two dwellings, workshops, stores, garaging and three traditional stables.

The Coach House is of traditional stone and slate construction and has been used as the principal residence whilst restoration of the castle was in progress. It has a comfortable drawing room with wood burning stove, a galleried sitting room, a well appointed fitted kitchen, large utility room and shower room on the ground floor and five en suite bedrooms on the first floor, as shown on the accompanying plans.

The Stables Cottage (formerly comprising, an open plan sitting room with kitchen area, a bathroom and two bedrooms) has been stripped out in preparation for renovation.

West Gate Lodge
Standing at the gates to Cassillis, this traditional period cottage with a slate roof, has been extended to the rear to create a U-shaped single storey dwelling comprising sitting room, kitchen with glazed patio doors to courtyard, utility room, three bedrooms (one en suite) and bathroom.

Garden Cottage & Walled Garden
The walled garden is situated on the eastern side of the entrance drive adjacent to the Garden Cottage. The Garden Cottage has also been extended and renovated to provide an attractive open plan dining kitchen and sitting room with wood burning stove, utility room, two bedrooms (one en suite) , study/box room and bathroom. Planning consent to create a master bedroom suite exists (further details can be obtained from the selling agents).

Kennels Cottage
A traditional period cottage with a slate roof, Kennels Cottage benefits from a very private and pretty position overlooking a pond and the River Doon to the west of the castle. The cottage has been unoccupied and requires refurbishment.

River Doon Salmon Fishing
The gardens and grounds surrounding the castle extend down to the River Doon, on which there are exclusive rights to fish for salmon and sea trout. In total, 0.8 miles are double bank (BC on plan) and an additional mile is single bank (AB and CD on plan). This comprises six main pools, but other areas do produce fish, especially in high water, the Garden and Pipe pools being the most productive.

The River Doon is the best known river in Ayrshire. Immortalised in the poems of Robert Burns, the 'Bonnie Doon' is an attractive and productive salmon river flowing 23 miles from the Galloway hills to its outfall just south of the town of Ayr. Loch Doon at the head of the river benefits the salmon fishing on the Doon by providing a compensation flow of water in times of summer drought, a benefit not available to the other Ayrshire rivers. The Cassillis beat follows a broad meander in the course of the river.

Salmon fishing has not been heavily exploited at Cassillis, but even so the catch in 2007 was 76 fish, mostly of 7 to 10lbs. Rods are normally limited to five, and there is a stone built bothy between the castle and the stables which has been used as a lunch hut.

The season extends from the end of June until 15th October. Catches of salmon/grilse have been kept since 1897. In the last five years the river has been fished very lightly by family members only and indeed was not fished in 2013.

Policies, Parkland & Woodlands
The grounds and gardens surrounding the castle have been landscaped since early times, but some 250 years ago they were re-designed and laid out again. They form a beautiful parkland setting and include some outstanding specimen trees which provide colour as well as shelter and privacy; the spruce between the castle and the coach house reportedly stands at over 100' tall, and the nearby Wellingtonia stands at over 80'.

Along the side of the River Doon is Dalrymple Wood. Together with Mainshill Wood and other policy woods the total woodland area extends to about 226 acres. The trees have been
carefully managed and maintained with both landscape and commercial values in mind. There are both conifer and broadleaf stands, with some immediately harvestable timber.

The parkland grazing is currently in-hand and is mown annually. Whilst there is no formal shoot at present, the parkland and Dalrymple Wood in particular offer good potential for a rough shoot and roe stalking.

General Remarks
Strictly by appointment with Savills Edinburgh office (0131 247 3720).

Entry & Possession
By arrangement.

Offers in Scottish Legal Form are to be submitted to the selling agents, Savills, Wemyss House, 8 Wemyss Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6DH. A closing date for offers may be fixed, and prospective purchasers are advised to register their interest with the selling agents following inspection.

Fixtures & Fittings
All light fittings, fitted carpets, curtains, garden statuary, fitted mirrors and cinema equipment are included.

All paintings are specifically excluded.

Local Authority
South Ayrshire Council

Services, White Goods & Council Tax
Unless otherwise stated, each property has mains water and electricity, private drainage and gas fired central heating systems.

Cassillis Castle (Grade A)
Services - Klargester (septic tank). Open fire in drawing room and inner hall. Emergency lighting. Underfloor heating in basement. Intruder and fire alarms linked to emergency services. Broadband + Sky TV/Media plates
White goods (included) - Kitchen: Miele appliances; MasterCook fridge, smaller fridge, coffee maker; combi micro-wave; dishwasher;: Quooker boiling water tap, Brittania Range Gas cooker. Butler's Pantry: Quooker boiling water tap, Miele microwave and fridge. Utility Room : Quooker boiling water tap, Miele microwave. Laundry: all fitted applicances.
Council Tax Band - H

Coach House
Services - Double glazed, Wood burning stove, Insulated
White goods (included) - American fridge, gas range cooker, oven, microwave, dishwasher
Council Tax Band - ?

West Gate Lodge
Services - Double glazed, Wood burning stove, Air source heat pump with under floor heating throughout, Insulated
White goods (included) - Kitchen/Diner: electric stove, dishwasher, fridge, microwave
Council Tax Band - C

Stables Cottage
Services - No heating system
Council Tax Band - C

Garden Cottage
Services - Double glazed, Wood burning stove, Under floor heating. Air source heat pump with under floor heating throughout
White goods (included) - Kitchen/Diner: Fridge, dishwasher, electric stove
Council Tax Band - D

Kennels Cottage
Services - No heating system
Council Tax Band - E

Sporting Rights
The shooting rights, salmon and other fishing rights are included in the sale. The rateable value of the fishing is £4,100.

There is a caretaker whose employment would fall to be transferred to a purchaser under the TUPE Regulations 2006.

Servitude Rights, Burdens and Wayleaves
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes, whether contained in the Title Deeds or informally constituted and whether referred to in the General Remarks and Stipulations or not. The Purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied himself as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others.

Forestry Grant Schemes and Timber
All standing and fallen timber is included in the sale. There are no existing woodland grant schemes in place.

Mineral Rights
The minerals are included within the sale insofar as they are not reserved by statute or common law to third parties.

Purchase Price
Within 7 days of the conclusion of missives a non-returnable deposit of 10% of the purchase price shall be paid. The balance of the purchase price will fall due for payment at the date of entry (whether entry is taken or not) with interest accruing thereon at the rate of 5% above Bank of Scotland base rate. No consignation shall be effectual in avoiding such interest.

Should any discrepancy arise as to the boundaries or any points arise on the Remarks, Stipulations or Plan or the interpretation of any of them, the question shall be referred to the arbitration of the selling agents whose decision acting as experts, shall be final.

Plans, Areas and Schedules
These are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. They have been carefully checked and computed by the selling agents and the purchaser shall be deemed to have satisfied himself as to the description of the property and any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale nor entitle either party to compensation in respect thereof.

Overseas Purchasers
Any offer by a purchaser(s) who is resident outwith the United Kingdom must be accompanied by a guarantee from a bank which is acceptable to the sellers.

It is intended to offer the property for sale as described, but the seller reserves the right to divide the property into further lots, or to withdraw the property, or to exclude any property shown in these particulars.

Should there be any discrepancy between these particulars, the General Remarks and Information, Stipulations and the Missives of Sale, the latter shall prevail.

Servitude Rights, Burdens, Wayleaves and Statutory Public Access Rights
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private. The property is also sold subject to the rights of public access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied themselves as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others.

The Council Tax and all other outgoings shall be apportioned between the seller and the purchaser(s) as at the date of entry.

Important Notice
Savills, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:
1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.

2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise. Neither these particulars nor any subsequent communication relative to the property shall be binding upon Savills or the Sellers (whether acted on or otherwise) unless the same is incorporated within a written document signed by the Sellers or on their behalf satisfying the requirements of Section 3 of the Requirements of Writing (Scotland) Act 1995 or is granted in pursuance of any such document.

Square Footage: 15,662 sq ft
Acreage: 309 Acres


From Glasgow and the north, follow the A77 south (signposted Kilmarnock, Prestwick Airport, Ayr and Stranraer). Continue south on the A77 past Ayr through the village of Minishant. Shortly after the village, turn left onto the B7045 (signposted Kirkmichael and Straiton). Follow this road for about ½ mile, and the gates to Cassillis will be seen on the left hand side immediately after a stone bridge. The postcode is KA19 7JN.

Prestwick Airport (www.glasgowprestwick.com) or Glasgow Airport (www.glasgowairport.com).

Railway Stations
The nearest stations are at Maybole and Ayr. For general timetable enquiries telephone 08457 484950 or visit www.thetrainline.com.

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