10 bedroom detached house for saleKirkmichael House, Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, KA19
- Imposing mansion house
- 10 bedrooms
- 7 reception rooms
- 4 bathrooms
- Lower ground floor with 11 apartments
- Attached three bedroom school house
- Fishing rights on the River Girvan
- Set in 55 acres including a 5 acre loch
- EPC Rating = F
An imposing mansion house, recently restored, in a beautiful parkland setting of 55 acres including a 5 acre loch.
Kirkmichael House enjoys a private, almost secret setting on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Kirkmichael. The mansion house is secluded thanks to the surrounding woodland which contains a beautiful collection of specimen trees. The estate extends to some 55 acres, including a wonderful five acre stocked loch with viewing platform.
The pretty village of Kirkmichael lies approximately 10 miles south of the historic market town of Ayr and is set amidst the rolling hills of South Ayrshire. The village church dates back to 1787 and the village focuses on two intersecting streets, largely comprising white harled cottages built for hand weavers in the 1790s.
Ayr is Ayrshire's foremost town and, as such, offers a good range of shopping, recreational and professional facilities. Within the town, excellent private schooling for children aged three to eighteen is offered at Wellington School while the wider county provides a collection of renowned restaurants and recreational facilities. The major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are also easily accessible via the road network, providing a broader range of services.
The Ayrshire coast has long been famed among golfers worldwide for the quality and number of courses offered. Within 20 miles of Kirkmichael House one can access three championship courses: Old Prestwick (the original home of the British Open from 1860),Turnberry resort (the venue of the British Open 2009) and Royal Troon (host of the 2016 Open). The area also provides sailing at Troon and Largs, while excellent shooting is offered locally.
For those requiring access to international destinations, Prestwick Airport is located to the north of Ayr with daily services to many European destinations, while Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport provide a wider range of flights within the UK and internationally.
Historically the home of the Kennedy family, Kirkmichael House is a striking Category B listed country mansion house. Having origins dating back to the 17th century, the core of the present house was built around 100 years later, when a baronial style keep and wings were added to each side of the property. The school house supplements the main house and was constructed around 1920.
The Ayrshire directory of 1838 described Kirkmichael House as "an excellent and commodious family residence. Contiguous is a natural lake of five acres extent, which shows to great advantage from the house. The extensive and judicious improvements lately made on the grounds will serve to beautify the spot, in itself of great natural amenity. There are some splendid trees within the policy, and ver y thriving plantations throughout the estate."
In more recent times, the property has served as a miners' welfare home and school. Over the last decade, the property has been lovingly improved to an exacting standard to provide a home thoroughly equipped for 21st century living with the benefit of beautifully restored original features.
A home of exceptionally grand proportions, today the property provides some 14,363 sq ft of living and ancillary space. Formed over four levels, the accompanying photographs and floorplans provide an indication of the composition of the property. The main rooms of the house have been tastefully redecorated and restored, with an abundance of natural light highlighting the decoration, ornate plaster cornicing and feature fireplaces which provide a centrepiece for many of the reception rooms. Recent additions include a decked balcony accessed from the drawing room and designed to take full advantage of the views over the loch and woodland beyond.
Policies, Parkland and Woodland
Landscaped over centuries, the grounds and gardens surrounding Kirkmichael House provide a superb balance of formal and natural garden space, with a wonderful collection of outstanding specimen trees providing beautiful colour alongside shelter and privacy. In recent years, a substantial land management program has been undertaken by the current owners, restoring the loch and returning historic paths through the estate to use.
The gardens and the grounds surrounding Kirkmichael House extend down to the River Girvan on which there are exclusive rights to fish for salmon and trout. Part of the fishing is double bank and the remaining part single bank.
Salmon fishing has not been heavily exploited at Kirkmichael. For more information, please contact the selling agents.
Square Footage: 14,363 sq ft
Acreage: 55 Acres
From Glasgow, head south along the M77 and continue beyond Kilmarnock onto the A77. Continue beyond Ayr following the bypass and on leaving the village of Minishant, turn left onto the B7045 signposted Kirkmichael. When entering the village of Kirkmichael bear right and continue along the B7045 turning right at the gates into Kirkmichael House. Continue beyond the lodge house through private electric gates which form the entrance to Kirkmichael House.
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