The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 26 February 2010


CKD Galbraith offer magnificent castle in Ayrshire for sale

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office is marketing a superb “A” listed historical mansion house, situated grandly within a 60 acre secluded wooded estate by Beith in North Ayrshire.


Dating from 1551, when Hugh Ralstoun purchased the estate of Woodside of Turnerland, the castle was originally a square tower which still forms a portion of the present mansion. The castle stayed in the hands of the Ralstoun family until 1771, by which time it had been altered several times. Further additions and extensions were made in 1833, and the current fa├žade was extensively remodelled in 1890. The current owners have carried out a major programme of refurbishment to put the house in a sound state of repair.


Internally the rooms are spacious and well proportioned. With the accommodation arranged over five floors, from the original arched vaulted dungeons to the tower bedrooms on the second and third floors, each part of the house reflects an evolution of the changes in architectural style over the years.


The principal rooms have considerable character, and incorporate many attractive period features including marble and stone fireplaces, ornate plasterwork and extensive wood panelling. There are five primary bedrooms as well as the five tower bedrooms, while a self-contained basement apartment has excellent letting potential.


In 2009, the owners have further extended the Castle with an impressive conservatory affording wonderful views over the gardens and grounds, and have also created a superb new luxury modern kitchen suitable for formal entertaining.



From the outside, the Castle has a wonderfully imposing presence, with a host of Scottish baronial flourishes including stepped gables, tall dormer windows and circular corner turrets with conical roofs.

The wooded grounds provide considerable privacy, with paddocks and grazing land available for equestrian or other uses. There is also extensive garaging and outbuildings.

Situated within easy driving distance of both Glasgow City Centre and two international airports, Woodside Castle presents a rare opportunity to purchase an outstanding, substantial country house of historical and architectural significance.

Guide Price: £1,950,000.

Contact: Bob Cherry
Telephone: 01292 268181
From outside the UK: +44 (0)1292 268181
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson, as well as providing a range of services to the farming community through an association with United Auctions, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office:

CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Web: www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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South Ayrshire Council hosts reception
celebrating commitment to Fairtrade


PROMOTING awareness of Fairtrade continues to be a priority for South Ayrshire Council. To mark the commitment of residents and business who are working with the Council, and to thank those who sell Fairtrade products locally, Provost Winifred Sloan hosted a civic reception in the County Buildings.


[South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan is pictured with other guests at the reception with a range of Fairtrade products. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

Thanks to the hard work of the Ayr Fairtrade Partnership Ayr became a Fair Trade town in 2007. The Partnership is made up of local people who support the initiative, most are related to Ayr Churches.

The reception was an opportunity for those attending to sample a range of Fairtrade products, particularly branded goods who are now supporting Fairtrade and to network with likeminded people.

Provost Winifred Sloan said: “It’s more than five years ago now since South Ayrshire Council first committed to actively supporting and promoting Fairtrade, and it’s easy to see what has been achieved in that time.

“Three years ago Ayr achieved Fairtrade town status. This was only managed thanks to the efforts of everyone involved with the Ayr Fairtrade Partnership. And of course, Troon achieved the same status only earlier this month, which is another great achievement.

“The other big change is the volume of Fairtrade products now available in our town. It’s quite incredible to see the list of businesses and organisations in Ayr who use Fairtrade products.

“Across the Council, we certainly do what we can. The tea, coffee and sugar we serve in County Buildings are all Fairtrade products, many of our schools serve Fairtrade apple and orange juice, and our pupils are learning about what Fairtrade really means.

“We talk about Fairtrade in terms of the products we buy, but what really matters is the difference it makes for the people who make these products.

“By supporting their produce and paying a fair price for it, we help them get a fair wage for a fair day’s work. And this is what it’s all about – the farmers, the families, the young and the old. Through buying Fairtrade goods, we can help them achieve many of the things we take for granted like clean water, education and healthcare. That’s life-changing.”

During Fairtrade Fortnight this year, which runs from 22 February 2010 to 7 March 2010, people are being encouraged to take part in two challenges and experience Fairtrade products.

The first is ‘The Big Brew’, this involves people buying Fairtrade tea, making a brew and inviting colleagues or friends to join them. The second is ‘The Big Swap’ which simply involves replacing items in your shopping basket which are not Fairtrade with items which are.

A free guide to Fairtrade shopping in Ayr can be obtained from libraries and many other public buildings  alternatively log onto the Partnership website at www.ayrfairtrade.org.uk for a downloadable listing.

For more information on Fairtrade log on to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk, www.ayrfairtrade.org.uk or www.fairtrade.org.uk.

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Thursday, 25 February 2010




Brunston Castle Golf Course opens new Golf Shop

BRUNSTON CASTLE Golf Course in Dailly, South Ayrshire will be opening its new Golf Shop at 12 noon this Saturday 27 February.

Visitors will have the opportunity to take advantage of a half-price golf lesson if they book on the day of the opening.


Announcing the opening of the new Golf Shop, Brunston Castle Golf Course general manager Cheryl Steven (pictured above) said that she was looking forward to building on the progress that the Club has made over the past twelve months.

There has been a 33% increase in membership numbers since January 2009, and Cheryl commented: “This has been an excellent achievement, taking in to consideration the current economic climate that we find ourselves in. As I enter my second year at Brunston Castle I am enthusiastic about the upcoming season, and am confident that we can continue to further increase and enhance our membership.”

Over the past twelve months the Club management team has endeavoured to implement improvements in the golf course condition, upgrade clubhouse facilities, and standardise policies and procedures that will enable a more efficient and effective running of the company, thus allowing the re-establishment of Brunston Castle Golf Course as one of the leading golf courses in South Ayrshire.

The Club has also re-branded all of its signage with a fresh look and a new logo, which will enhance the image of Brunston Castle Golf Course.

In May 2009, the Club hosted the fourth Scottish Golf Union Junior Tour event, and the SGU has once again chosen Brunston Castle to host the event in May 2010.

The Club is currently working with both Golf Tour Operators and Hoteliers to further develop its potential visitor client base. It will continue to encourage Junior Golf development and hopefully increase junior membership numbers, recognising that they are its future. Brunston Castle has also invested in a new minibus, which again will enhance the image of Brunston and will be offered to all parties.

Brunston Castle has also seized the opportunity this year to sponsor Ladies European Tour player, Pamela Feegans. As part of her association with Brunston Castle, Pamela will be working very closely with the Club to help promote and develop the Brunston Castle brand and its attraction to players of all abilities, and will also be contributing a “Life in the day of a Tour Pro” blog on the Brunston Castle website. Pamela will be about the clubhouse from time to time when not on tour and will gladly give members some pointers for their own game.

Brunston Castle Golf Club Green Staff will continue to endeavour to provide a course that both members and visitors are proud to play, and will gladly listen to and put forward to management for implementation any suggestions made regarding the betterment of the golf course.

Cheryl Steven commented: “The condition of the greens this season could possibly be the best that anyone has ever seen at Brunston Castle, and we fully expect that with their continual maintenance, they will be every bit as good if not better next season.

“And in an effort to upgrade our facilities, the work within the clubhouse has been completed with the walls being re-painted, new floor coverings throughout, in addition to the removal of a wall in the rear restaurant area, which has now created a brighter, more inviting, open plan facility.

“We had a successful season in 2009, due mainly to increased use of the Clubhouse facility, including numerous weddings and special events, in addition to increased business through the restaurant. The Clubhouse has developed a reputation for providing a warm environment in which to unwind after a round of golf, but is also becoming increasingly popular for non-golfers to enjoy good food, in pleasant surroundings.

“The Clubhouse will once again focus on further development of our weddings and function business going into 2010, with several weddings and significant events already confirmed for 2010, as well as numerous enquiries for 2011.

“We anticipate that this trend will continue, but if you or someone you know are contemplating a golf outing, a function or wedding this coming year, then I hope that you will consider and/or recommend Brunston Castle Golf Course as the place to hold such special events.

“On behalf of both myself and the staff of Brunston Castle, I would like to personally thank everyone for their kind support during 2009 and very much look forward to this continuing throughout 2010.”

Contact:

Brunston Castle Golf Club
Golf Course Road
Dailly KA26 9GD
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Cheryl Steven, General Manager
Tel: 01465 811471
Fax: 01465 811545
E-mail: cheryl.steven@brunstoncastle.co.uk
Web: www.brunstoncastle.co.uk

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Tuesday, 23 February 2010


CKD Galbraith offer superb Victorian House
near Robert Burns birthplace


SCOTLAND'S leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office is marketing a superb Victorian house, situated on the outskirts of Alloway village, occupying a convenient location close to the county town of Ayr.


Dating from around 1887, the house has been extensively remodelled and extended by the current owners who purchased the house in 2001, and they have created a magnificent family home on two storeys. Drumbarr is constructed of blonde sandstone under a slated roof with large windows giving light and access to the lovely gardens and views.


Internally, the rooms are spacious and well proportioned. With the accommodation arranged over two floors, each part of the house has been beautifully designed and restored. The principal rooms have considerable character and incorporate many fine features including a wonderful open fireplace and gorgeous luxurious bathrooms and both the Main Hall and Drawing Room include “Timorous Beasties” wallpaper. There are five bedrooms, while a self-contained annex flat has excellent letting potential. From the Family Room, which is a light, bright and airy room, there leads a lovely decked terrace which gives access to the gardens below.


From the outside, Drumbarr stands in attractive mature gardens of about 1.6 acres with carefully designed features whilst offering interest and colour at all times of the year. There is also extensive garaging and kennelling.


With the lovely village of Alloway steeped in Burns history only minutes away including Burns Cottage, the Tam O’ Shanter Experience and the Old Alloway Kirk, Drumbarr presents a rare opportunity to purchase an outstanding, substantial country house set in beautiful private garden grounds.


Offers in excess of the Guide Price £1,000,000 are being sought.

Contact details below.

A full set of photos of Drumbarr is on Flickr. CLICK HERE

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson, as well as providing a range of services to the farming community through an association with United Auctions, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office:

CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Web: www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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