The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 14 October 2011

CKD Galbraith offer attractive converted mill in excellent rural location

Leading Scottish independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith is marketing No 1 Dykemill, by Symington in Ayrshire, a former mill which has been converted into a delightful family home. It is situated in a sought after location close to the conservation village of Symington, and within a short drive of the A/M77 links to Glasgow.


Formerly the mill for Coodham Estate, Dykemill is believed to date from the mid-eighteenth century, and is built mainly of stone on two storeys under a pitched slate roof. It was fully renovated and converted around 20 years ago. One of two attached houses converted from the original mill, it has been carefully designed to preserve its outlook and privacy.


The main reception rooms on the ground floor and four bedrooms on the first floor face the front of the house, taking advantage of the south-easterly outlook over the private and enclosed garden.


There is a large kitchen/dining room, cloakroom, lounge and study/bedroom 5 on the ground floor and on the first floor, four bedrooms (one with en suite shower room) and a family bathroom. The formal lounge has a deep set fireplace with multi-fuel stove, whilst the kitchen/dining room has been attractively fitted with farmhouse units, Belfast sink and range cooker. Both rooms benefit from glazed double doors opening onto a paved area in front of the house.

To the front is a tarmacked parking area, and a double garage. The landscaped gardens are to the front of the house, bordered to the south and west by woodland, through which a path leads to the Todrig Burn.

The workings of the former mill can still be seen at the top of the burn, including the former mill lade and sluice gate which, when operating, form a lovely woodland waterfall.

1 Dykemill is a delightful and well appointed home. It will appeal to anyone looking for a rural lifestyle in an extremely accessible location.

Offers over £320,000 are being sought for No 1 Dykemill.

PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

For details of these and other properties in Ayrshire, contact Bob Cherry on 01292 268181 at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office.

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:

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

Independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran appoints new chief executive John Burns

From 1 April 2012, NHS Ayrshire & Arran will have a new chief executive. Following the retiral of Dr Wai-yin Hatton at the end of March 2012, John Burns will take up the post of chief executive of NHS Ayrshire & Arran.


Mr Burns (pictured above) is the current chief executive of NHS Dumfries & Galloway, and has also held the position of Director of Health Services. He started his NHS career at Tayside Health Board in 1983 and has held several positions throughout Scotland before taking up the post as chief executive of Dumfries and Galloway Acute and Maternity Hospitals NHS Trust in 2001.

Professor William Stevely CBE, chairman of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board explains: “John Burns brings a wealth of experience of the NHS, and has been responsible for leading and integrating services across the region.”

Mr Burns has chaired a range of national work programmes including Financial Shared Services, review of Cervical Cytology Laboratory Services and the Implementation Board for the Managed Services Network for Children and Young People’s Cancer.

Mr Burns is originally from St Andrews in Fife, and is married with two children.

Professor Stevely adds: “John was appointed out of a very strong field of candidates after a rigorous interview process. We are confident that John will be a worthy successor to Dr Hatton, with a strong commitment to safe, quality, patient-centred services.

“On behalf of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board, I would like to convey our personal and professional thanks to Dr Hatton for her significant contribution to health care throughout her long career in the NHS.”

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

CKD Galbraith offer for sale unique country homes in Ayrshire

CKD Galbraith are marketing three unique properties, each offering the opportunity to create a lovely rural family home, deep in the heart of the picturesque Girvan and Stinchar Valleys.

The beautiful South Ayrshire countryside is a popular destination for those seeking outdoor pursuits. To the west are the stunning beaches and landmarks of the Ayrshire coastline, including the renowned Culzean Castle and Country Park. To the north is the market town of Ayr, and historic “Burns Country”. The beautiful Loch Doon and Galloway Forest Park are to the south. There are golf courses such as Turnberry, which also boasts a world renowned hotel and spa, yachting facilities at Troon and Maidens, and opportunities for game sports as well as trout and salmon fishing in the area’s rivers and lochs.

South Ayrshire is well connected for commuter travel, with the A/M77 giving a direct link from Ayr to Glasgow, and the railway station in Girvan providing regular services to Ayr, Glasgow and Stranraer.


Drummuck Farm (above), about 4 miles from Turnberry, is a charming traditional farmhouse with adjoining 2 bed cottage, mature garden, woodlands and a grazing paddock. It is a great opportunity for someone looking for additional family accommodation, or a letting business, and is on the market at offers over £295,000.


To the south, Stable Cottage (above) is a recently refurbished and extended country cottage, in a particularly picturesque setting along the banks of the Water of Gregg, close to the conservation village of Barr. The house is set in a sheltered garden with a bothy and range of outbuildings, and about 6.2 acres of land. It lies at the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, a mecca for cycling and hiking enthusiasts, and is being marketed at Offers over £265,000.


Threave Farm (above) near Crosshill is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking for a substantial, traditional farmhouse which could also be extended to form a substantial family home. Centred around an enclosed courtyard, it includes the traditional steading range of buildings. There is also a grazing paddock of around 11 acres. It is on the market at offers over £295,000.

For details of these and other properties in Ayrshire, contact Bob Cherry on 01292 268181 at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office.

PDFs available on www.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:

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

Independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Mafiz Ali opens refurbished Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant function room

TV celebrity chef Mafiz Ali has opened his newly refurbished upstairs function room at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire, Scotland.


The opening ceremony was performed by South Ayrshire Council Deputy Provost Mary Kilpatrick, who afterwards joined around 70 specially invited guests including South Ayrshire Council Deputy Leader Margaret Toner at a celebratory dinner.


The venue can now accommodate events and functions for up to around 100 people, and is available for hire with or without catering by Mafiz Ali and his Ayr Spice kitchen and front of house team.


A COMPLETE SET OF PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT THE EVENT IS AVAILABLE ON FLICKR. CLICK HERE.

Ayr Spice Indian Cuisine can be found in the fine old red sandstone Memorial church at the entrance to the picturesque village of Minishant, 5 miles south of Ayr on the A77. The church was erected by the thread magnate Sir Peter Coats of nearby Auchendrane, in loving memory of his wife Glorianna, who died in 1877.

Mafiz Ali has enjoyed a busy and successful 2011.

He has made two guest appearances on STV’s popular early evening television programme “The Hour” with regular hosts Stephen Jardine and Michelle McManus.

The previous month, Mafiz Ali hosted a very successful luncheon meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, which further enhanced his already growing reputation amongst discerning diners in the local business community.

He has also already this year put on successful special menus to celebrate Mother’s Day, the Bangladeshi New Year and the Royal Wedding.

And finally, Mafiz has extended the opening hours of Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant, which is now open from 12 noon 10.30pm every day.

And now he is introducing a Tandoori Barbecue, at which customers can dine al fresco (weather permitting!) in a family-friendly atmosphere with a tree-house for the kids and ample parking.

There will be further exciting developments to be announced during the course of the rest of the year which will cement Ayr Spice’s place as one of the top fine dining experiences in South West Scotland.

ABOUT MAFIZ ALI

Mafiz climbed the ladder to fame when he won a chef of the year award in 1998 and, almost immediately, added one for exceptional hygiene and cleanliness. Newly crowned at Westminster, he was commissioned by the then prime minister, John Major to supply a banquet for his 50th birthday at Number 10 Downing Street.

A replica banquet was then ordered by one of the distinguished guests and sent to New York city. Since then he has sent food elsewhere in the USA and to Japan and Australia in what must be an almost uniquely international takeaway service! He has also catered for numerous celebrities from the world of entertainment and some have vowed to come to his restaurant while they are in Scotland on tour.

It is not widely known that 92% of all “Indian” restaurants in the UK are in fact Bangladeshi, and it was to promote such eating houses and reward young chefs by recognising their talents, that Mafiz founded the “British Bangladeshi National Curry awards” at the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, also in 1998.

Mafiz Ali has been closely associated with charities, notably when he entered the Guinness Book of Records with 4.5 tons of chicken korma, which was then eaten at a charity event. Because of the enormous quantities involved he had to seek the advice of a professional engineer for the technical realisation of the project.

No stranger to TV, Mafiz has been invited to return to STV for further programmes in the future. Channel 4, Big Breakfast TV and several others including Bangladeshi TV on which he has his own programme, number among the other stations for whom he has appeared, and he has made double that number of radio broadcasts, as well as contributing to many publications including the Times and Daily Mirror.

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
22 Ayr Road
Minishant
Ayrshire
KA19 8EX

Tel: 01292 441413
Web: www.ayrspice.info