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Kildonan Courtyard, Kildonan Estate, By Barrhill, South Ayrshire, KA26

Offers Over £275,000
0.82 ac.

Property Description

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  • 0.82 acres (0.33 hectares)

Key features

  • The greater part of an impressive Estate Stable Block with 3 cottages.
  • About 0.82 acres.
  • Buildings extending to over 571.15 sq m.
  • Idyllic rural location.
  • Beautiful landscaped garden grounds.
  • 5 garages, stables and stores.
  • Further development potential.

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Situated within the grounds of Kildonan Estate, Kildonan Courtyard comprises the former stables, garaging and staff cottages of Kildonan Estate. The courtyard buildings and associated mansion house were designed by the renowned architect James Miller and completed just after World War 1. Of particular note are the Arts and Crafts features and buttressed clocktower.

The charming village of Barrhill (about 1 mile) is a country village offering local services such as a village store, surgery, primary school and nursery, as well as direct rail connections to Ayr and Stranraer. The seaside town of Girvan, about 11 miles away, has a further range of shops, supermarkets, primary and secondary schooling, leisure facilities and swimming pool and a new community hospital. Newton Stewart (17 miles south) also has a good range of shops and various services.

To the north is Turnberry, about 30 minutes' drive, with world class golfing facilities and a luxury hotel and spa. The County Town of Ayr, about 33 miles, has the full range of amenities including supermarkets, shops and cinema as well as a popular racecourse.

The nearby beautiful South Ayrshire coastline is a popular destination for holidaymakers. Close by to the east is Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park and Glentrool, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities such as hillwalking, mountain biking and canoeing. The Galloway Forest, is centred on The Merrick, Southern Scotland's highest mountain at 2,800ft. The Southern Upland Way and the long distance walking route, The Ayrshire Coastal Path, run nearby. There are many pleasant woodland and country walks in the area surrounding Barrhill, including The Martyr's Tomb Walk following the banks of Cross Water out of the village. Salmon fishing is available on the River Cree and the River Stinchar, and there are numerous lochs in the vicinity. Local fishing is also available on the River Duisk which runs through the village and borders the property.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport (about 40 miles) operates a full schedule of international flights. There is a regular ferry service from Stranraer (about 22 miles) to Ireland.

Completed in 1923, Kildonan Courtyard is a substantial range of buildings built of single storey rendered cavity brick under a Northumberland slated roof with attractive astrigalled Oregon pine casement windows. It comprises 4 unique attached cottages, former stables and garaging in a picturesque setting on the edge of the Duisk River.

All accommodation is arranged around a central courtyard approached via an attractive buttressed archway with hipped pavilion roof surmounted by an ornamental clock-tower.

The greater part of Kildonan Courtyard, comprising: 3 cottages, former stables, garaging for 5 cars and other ancillary accommodation.

No 1 Garden House - the principal house, commands the prime location within the courtyard and affords scope to incorporate adjacent rooms to create a sizeable residence.

No 3 The Bothy has already undergone considerable improvement and upgrading and could readily be completed.

No 4 Battery House has been stylishly converted from what was originally non-residential space.

All cottages retain original character and individuality throughout.

Planning consent also exists to convert the extensive former stables and garaging into a further 3 holiday cottages.

The Courtyard overlooks the River Duisk and is surrounded by magnificent deciduous woodland policies which are a wild-life paradise and under-planted with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells. The impressive gardens extending around the courtyard on four sides, have been beautifully landscaped with extensive lawned areas and are well stocked with a colourful array of mature trees, shrubs and plants including rhododendrons, honeysuckle, fragrant azaleas, roses, buddleia, grasses and ferns. An attractive yew hedge provides shelter and privacy to the delightful sunny sandstone terrace at No. 1 Garden House- from which the beautiful gardens may be enjoyed. The entire gravelled parking area located within the gardens fronting the courtyard, is included with the subjects of sale.

The extensive accommodation affords prospective purchasers considerable flexibility and opportunity to create a stunning principal house with income-generating potential from both existing additional cottages - and the option to convert other buildings to provide a further three self-catering holiday cottages.

Kildonan Estate owes its origins to the inheritance of a fortune by Captain Euan Wallace from his uncle, on the understanding that he would live on the estate. Captain Wallace commissioned James Miller in 1914 (who also designed Turnberry and Gleneagles Hotels) to design an immense house in English manorial style with 65 rooms, indoor tennis and squash courts and a theatre - which was completed in 1923. Following the death of Captain Wallace in 1941, Kildonan House became a convent school until 1980, since which time it has had a number of uses, including a hotel and function venue.

James Miller also designed the picturesque Kildonan Stables, with a beautiful arched entrance straddled by a buttressed squat tower topped by a clock-tower and unusual corner windows. The original design incorporated two chauffeur's cottages, stable bothy, centrally-heated garages, extensive stabling and an electricity generator house to supply the estate prior to the arrival of mains electricity.

No 1 is the principal property within the complex. It would benefit from further renovation and decoration. An arched entrance vestibule leads to a hall, 2 bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom with bath and shower over, w.c. and sink.

Both reception rooms face south and enjoy a delightful prospect over the terrace and gardens. The large living room has a lovely marble fireplace with Baxi LPG fire, and the adjoining dining room has a Dunsley multi-fuel stove with cast iron and tiled hearth. The kitchen is fitted with oak fronted floor and wall units, 1½ bowl sink and an LPG gas cooker. The back door from the kitchen leads to the courtyard and there is also a large adjoining external coal store with loft access.

An interconnecting door from the hallway leads to a further 2 rooms, which the current owners envisaged converting to a new entrance hall and spacious twin aspect sitting room. A further door leads to the adjoining stables. The house offers tremendous scope, flexibility and potential to develop a sizeable home, and the large undeveloped attic affords (subject to appropriate consents) further opportunity to create additional bedrooms and bathrooms. No 1 Garden House is heated by a Baxi Bermuda LPG Back Boiler, providing heating and hot water. The house has full cavity wall and loft insulation and modern Everest secondary glazing.

Battery House has been imaginatively converted from the former electrical generator house and battery storage house to create a stylish 3 bedroom cottage.

The spacious entrance hall with cloakroom area provides access to the lovely open plan living room / dining room / kitchen with 1½ height ceiling. The focal point of the room is a Dowling Sumo multi-fuel stove on slate hearth and the kitchen has a range of fitted oak units, hardwood work surfaces, electric hob and oven with vented extractor and space for dishwasher and fridge. A glazed door leads from the dining area to the courtyard garden. There are three bedrooms, with master en-suite shower room, family bathroom with over bath power shower, and an additional W.C. compartment. There is also a utility room with stainless steel 1½ bowl sink, plumbing for washing machine and tumble drier, and back door leading to a covered vestibule and rear pathway.

The cottage has some attractive cast iron roof lights, arts and crafts style leaded glass windows and excellent storage space throughout. Battery House has modern oil fired central heating (external condensing Worcester oil boiler), cavity wall, floor and attic insulation. A connecting door leads to part of the garage complex and former boiler house which have the potential to develop a fourth bedroom with en-suite facilities.

The Bothy was once the original stable boy lodgings, is currently undergoing restoration to provide an individual 2 bedroom cottage.

The entrance vestibule leads to: a cosy sitting room with large French windows (leading to outside patio area) with Aarrow multi-fuel boiler stove (plumbed in tandem with oil boiler which has been pressure tested but not yet connected) on a slate hearth. The new fitted kitchen overlooks the courtyard with floor and wall units finished in green and white, solid oak worktops, 1½ bowl sink and electric oven and hob with extractor hood. There is plumbing for washing machine and space for fridge/freezer. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom. (The bathroom fitments are on site but have yet to be installed).

The Bothy has cavity wall and attic insulation and has been completely rewired, re-plumbed and re-plastered. The Oregon pine internal doors have been stripped and reconditioned. A set of stairs has been installed to create further accommodation within the attic space (subject to the necessary planning consents). The newly-installed Worcester Greenstar Camray condensing oil Boiler is located within an adjoining boilerhouse.

The further accommodation within the Courtyard is all of substantial construction with cavity brickwork and Northumberland slated roofs and comprises: 5 garages with adjoining ostlers' workshop and former boiler room; former stables with king post roof and tack room. The garage block has an inspection pit with 3 metal roller shutter doors and large astrigalled windows.

There is a double car port with open frontage adjoining the garages and stables.

Steel trusses previously supporting a glass roof extend to the front of the garage range.

All areas are approximate and calculated on Gross Internal (GIA) basis.
No 1 Garden House: 150 m² (1,614 ft²)
No 3 The Bothy: 67 m² (721 ft²)
No 4 Battery House: 125 m² (1,345 ft²)
Former stables: 106 m² (1,140 ft²)
Garages: 97 m² (1,044 ft²)

From Ayr take the A77 south, signed for Stranraer. At the Shallochpark Roundabout, south of Girvan, take the second exit onto the A714 signed to Barrhill. Follow this road for about 10.5 miles, passing through the village of Pinwherry. About ½ mile before reaching the village of Barrhill, turn left at the sign for "The Kildonan Country Estate". Continue over the stone bridge and take the 2nd exit on the left and drive through the archway into Kildonan Courtyard.

EPC Rating = C


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