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The Walled Garden, Auchincruive, By Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA6

Under Offer £425,000
13.5 ac.

Property Description

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  • 13.5 acres (5.5 hectares)

Key features

  • About 13.54 acres.
  • Listed buildings and gardens in a stunning rural setting.
  • For sale as a whole or in 2 lots.
  • Lot 1 The Walled Garden, buildings and 12.77 acres gardens and grounds.
  • Lot 2 The Gardens Cottage.

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


For sale as a whole or in 2 lots.

The Walled Garden occupies a glorious position on the banks of the River Ayr within Auchincruive Estate, located about 2.5 miles east of Ayr. They were built around 1830, when Auchincruive Estate was then owned by the Oswald family. The gardens are an interesting mix of formal and informal planting, of which most of this has been carried out in the 20th century. The estate itself is included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, which is a listing of significant gardens in Scotland.

In Ayr, there are excellent amenities including a private co-educational school, cinema, hospital and a wide range of shops supermarkets and restaurants. The town benefits from a wealth of public parks, good path networks and wide sandy beaches on the Firth of Clyde coast.

Well placed for access, Glasgow is about 35 miles distant and can be reached in about 45 minutes driving time via the M77. The railway station in Ayr has regular connections to Glasgow. Prestwick Airport, some 7 miles distant, has frequent international flights.

The Auchincruive Estate was originally laid out in 1723 on behalf of its then owner, Charles Cathcart. The estate was sold in 1764 to Richard Oswald, a rich merchant who commissioned Robert Adam to embellish the house and design the Tea House which stands to the north west of Oswald Hall. George Oswald inherited the estate in 1819 who commissioned further additions to the house. The Oswald family then sold the estate in 1925 to John M Hannah, a local farmer who presented the estate two years later to the West of Scotland Agricultural College. Over the next eighty five years the facilities required by the College were developed at Auchincruive.

The impressive Walled Garden is situated to the north of Oswald Hall and the River Ayr. A report of 1811, describes extensive greenhouses at Auchincruive, well stocked with vines, peaches and rare exotics. The central green house, The Stovehouse remains.

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) has already relocated the majority of its teaching activities from much of the Auchincruive Estate. The Estate extended to a total of over 600 acres and a Master Plan for its future development has been conceived by AWG Property Ltd on behalf of SRUC and a strategy of redevelopment and disposal is now under way.

There is now planning consent (reference 09/01416/PPPM and 13/01332/FURM) to form a new village on the Estate including over 400 houses. It is anticipated that the development will be rolled out over a number of years and phases commencing in 2017.

Details of the Auchincruive Village can be seen at


The Walled Garden and Gardens Cottage are for sale as a Whole or in 2 Lots.

The Walled Garden and its buildings would lend itself to a variety of potential users, subject to planning permission and listed building consent being obtained. Such opportunities may include:

• The development of a single large country house in a superb situation;
• The creation of a number of homes in a small residential development;
• A garden centre/market garden.


Situated on a south facing slope on the banks of the River Ayr, the Walled Garden is a stunning Victorian property. There is an extensive range of listed stone buildings centering on the Bothy Block which contains a 3 bedroom end terraced house, offices and stores. At the east and west ends are detached brick and slate buildings which have been used as a classroom and laboratory respectively, although more recently one has been converted to office use.

The buildings link to curving walls, which originally had glasshouses along them but are now used as terraces of the Gardens with the "Stovehouse" an extensive greenhouse along the south facing length of the centre of the gardens.

Within the grounds are further greenhouses and storage buildings along with parking areas.

The gardens are a mix of formal and informal plantings and borders.

There are 2.6 acres of woodland are largely composed of beech, sycamore, ash and larch.


Gardens Cottage is a charming detached one and a half storey stone cottage built for the Head Gardener of Auchincruive.

The cottage is still occupied but is in need of some renovation and refurbishment, the Cottage has stone walls with a slate roof and rendered finish. It comprises entrance hall, sitting room with fireplace, living room, shower room, kitchen with fitted floor units, single sink, electric oven and plumbing for washing machine and door to enclosed yard area. On the first floor there are three bedrooms and a bathroom with bath and w.c. The cottage has oil fired central heating.

A gravelled drive leads to the cottage which stands in approximately 0.77 acres of garden grounds. The fenced gardens to the front and side include a magnificent Monkey Puzzle tree and a variety of colourful shrubs and conifers.

To the rear, there are three small stone and slate outbuildings including a w.c., coal store and a boiler shed.

EPC Rating = E

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11 May 2016

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