The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 19 May 2012

CKD Galbraith offer outstanding Victorian house and farm with 99 acres of land

Leading independent Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Craigton Farm, situated on the outskirts of the popular village of Bishopton, about 12 miles from Glasgow city centre.  It is a superb residential farm with a fine Victorian house with former stone farm buildings and about 99.47 acres land.


Bishopton has its own well respected 18-hole Earl of Mar championship golf course at Marr Hall Luxury Hotel and Spa, and superb walking is available at the Kirkpatrick Hills with Duncolm Hill being the highest at 1080 ft, and the hills of Loch Lomond are less than 20 minutes drive with some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery.


The farm is for sale as a Whole or in 5 lots.  Lot 1 - Victorian Country House with 2 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms and a range of former farm outbuildings including stabling and a stone cottage currently divided into two apartments and about 16.21 acres land. The house is substantial but largely unimproved.
  
The stone outbuildings have considerable potential for development subject to the necessary planning consents for change of use and conversion being obtained.


Lots 2 – 5 comprise 83.26 acres high quality farmland.  Some of this may have long term development potential because of its proximity to Bishopton.

Benefiting from a delightful range of period features, Craigton offers substantial family accommodation.   A well proportioned and large family house, it has many attractive and original features including an impressive front hall with staircase and stained glass window, lounge with superb marble fireplace and bay window, cornicing and various fireplaces. There are a number of stores which could be converted into additional living space.

The house is approached via an attractive private tarmacadam drive which leads through the extensive wooded grounds.  The charming gardens are enclosed by a wall comprising lawns and a range of mature trees, shrubs and colourful rose beds.


Craigton Farm is a handsome Victorian property situated in a fabulous sought after location, and is therefore sure to generate considerable interest.

Offers Over £950,000 are being sought for the Whole.

PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 200 people in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, 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 enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

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.

Enquiries:

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: http://www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Thursday, 17 May 2012

Historic partnership at South Ayrshire Council

A ‘partnership for the people’ has been formed in South Ayrshire as a new era begins at South Ayrshire Council.

At the first meeting of the new Council today (Thursday 17 May), the ten Conservative Councillors – the largest political group within the Council – formed a minority administration working in a Partnership Agreement with the nine Labour Councillors.

The Partnership Agreement sees Conservative Councillor Bill McIntosh resuming his position as Leader of South Ayrshire Council and Labour’s Councillor John McDowall becoming Depute Leader.


[Pictured: South Ayrshire Council Depute Leader John McDowall and Leader Bill McIntosh.]

Councillor McIntosh said: “This is an historic partnership in South Ayrshire which will deliver the best outcomes for the people of South Ayrshire. Every Council in the country faces significant challenges in the months and years ahead as the demand for services grows and budgets contract.

“Against that backdrop, we believe a Conservative-Labour partnership approach will ensure we can realise our ambitions for South Ayrshire’s people, communities and businesses. ‘Ne’er forget the people’ is our motto and we will be putting people and communities at the heart of our work over the next five years.”

Councillor McDowall added: “Our focus has always been to act in the best interests of the people of South Ayrshire and that commitment will not waiver. The issues that are important to our residents are the issues that are important to this Council and these are the issues we will embrace head-on with our Conservative colleagues.

“We believe a Partnership Agreement is the best way forward for South Ayrshire Council and will ensure we play our part in full.”

Councillors McIntosh and McDowall also confirmed they would work closely with the two independent Councillors – Alec Clark and Brian Connolly. Councillors Clark and Connolly said they will continue to work in a positive and constructive manner for the benefit of Carrick and the residents of South Ayrshire, which will involve scrutinising every issue on a case by case basis.

As well as appointing Leader and Depute Leader at today’s Council meeting, Councillors also appointed their civic head with Councillor Helen Moonie as South Ayrshire Provost and Councillor Mary Kilpatrick as Depute Provost.


[Pictured: Provost Helen Moodie and Depute Provost Mary Kilpatrick.]

Provost Moonie said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed South Ayrshire’s Provost. I know I have a hard act to follow in former Provost Sloan but I am relishing the prospect of getting to work and working with Depute Provost Kilpatrick.”

“As well as chairing Council meetings, the Provost has an important role as civic head of the Council.  South Ayrshire is a fantastic area with lots of fabulous, inspirational people and I welcome the opportunity of doing my bit to make sure their efforts are recognised and the area is promoted to encourage tourists and visitors.”

Councillor McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council finished by saying: “The Partnership Agreement between the Conservatives and Labour means we can now forge ahead with the essential business of service delivery and we are fully committed to do that as effectively and efficiently as possible and with the needs of the people and communities to the fore.”

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

CKD Galbraith offer delightful Ayrshire courtyard cottage with 5.05 acres of land

Leading independent Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale West Wing Cottage, situated in a wonderful location about 2.5 miles from the pretty village of Fenwick and 3 miles from the market town of Stewarton. The upgraded railway line at Stewarton now provides a regular half-hourly train service to Glasgow city centre.


 A charming barn conversion, the cottage is beautifully presented and has been recently upgraded to provide good sized accommodation suitable for those with equestrian interests.


The house is compact with an attractive living room and a sunny breakfasting kitchen which leads to the snug/dining room. There is a family bathroom and good sized bedroom completing the accommodation on the ground floor. On the first floor, there are 2 further bedrooms.


West Wing Cottage stands in delightful sheltered mature gardens to the rear enclosed by a hawthorn hedge, mainly laid to lawn and a patio seating area. It has a shared courtyard with parking area and peaceful gardens with lovely countryside views to the rear.



In a peaceful rural setting with 5.05 acres grazing land, stabling and stores, this is an appealing property to those seeking equestrian facilities within close proximity to Glasgow.

West Wing Cottage is marketing at Offers Over £250,000.

PDF 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 200 people in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, 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 enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

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.

Enquiries:

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: http://www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Pixie’s sure to appeal for Charity Racenight at Ayr Racecourse

Pixie Lott’s appearance at the STV Appeal Racenight at Ayr Racecourse on Friday 22 June looks likely to ensure the charity night is one of the most successful ever at the track.


In previous years when the fixture was Saints and Sinners Racenight it attracted stars like Alexandra Burke, Stacey Solomon and Bjorn Again to Ayr, so Pixie (pictured above) is certainly following in famous footsteps.

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith said: “We promised that our June charity Racenight would carry on in its previous tradition of securing a big name act to entertain the crowd, and we feel Pixie Lott will fit the bill in that respect.

“She has already had three number ones and performs to sell-out audiences all over the world. Later this month she headlines the China Valley Music Festival in Beijing, so she is truly an international star.

“The STV Appeal Racenight is in aid of children’s charities and we aim to raise as much money as possible with what we feel is a surefire winner – a mix of racing and top quality music.”

In addition to Pixie’s appearance the Racenight is expected to attract a host of Scottish celebrities including television stars and footballers.

Tickets are available online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or by calling 01292 264179 and there are discounts on tickets booked seven of more days in advance.

The STV Appeal works closely with six major Scottish charities – Aberlour, Action for Children, Barnardo’s Scotland, Children 1st, Save The Children Scotland and One Parent Families Scotland .

It is anticipated a huge amount of money will be raised for the STV Appeal, working to help children affected by poverty in Scotland. Launched in 2011 in association with The Hunter Foundation, last year the STV Appeal raised almost £1.3 million.

www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Turnberry hails the return of a family favourite - the Father’s Day Golf Event

Aspiring Open Champions are once again invited to play at one of the world’s best loved golf resorts with their Dads as Turnberry’s annual Father’s Day Golf Tournament returns on Sunday 17 June.


Turnberry, the Luxury Collection resort that is home to the world-famous golf links, is offering proud Dads the opportunity to take to the course in a fun-filled competition which is open to all. Competitors will play the Kintyre Course and can compete with their son, daughter or any family relative.

The Father’s Day Golf Tournament makes a fantastic family experience for Dads to enjoy Turnberry on one of the most popular family days of the year. A delicious Sunday Brunch will also be available for all the family to enjoy after the competition.

In addition to the great prizes that will be on offer for the best team of two on the day, this year’s event includes a special “hole in one” prize of an Audi A1, courtesy of the Lomond Audi Group, for any player able to hit home in one shot.

Entry for the Turnberry Father’s Day Golf Tournament is £79 per team of two, which includes tea/coffee and bacon rolls on arrival and the round on the Kintyre Course. Sunday Brunch is available in Turnberry’s signature restaurant, 1906, at an additional £35 per adult and £17.50 per child.

Chris Card, Director of Golf at Turnberry, commented on the event:  “Many great golfers have a story to tell about how their Fathers got them into the game. Playing a round at Turnberry with your Dad makes for one of the best experiences you can have as a junior golfer and gives budding golfers a memory to treasure.”

“Turnberry is becoming increasingly popular with families, thanks to our wide range of outdoor activities and the creation of the new self-catering Lands of Turnberry apartments at the resort.
 
“The Father’s Day Golf Tournament is another great opportunity for families to visit the resort and spend a leisurely day on the golf course or enjoy the culinary delights of the hotel.”

The tournament adds to a number of great golf offers available at Turnberry this Spring and Summer, including the highly popular Sunset Golf tee times. These reduced rates are available from 3pm, seven days a week, until 30 September 2012 with a round on the Open Championship Course, the Ailsa, costing £95 per person.

For further information on the Turnberry Father’s Day Golf Tournament, visit www.turnberryresort.co.uk/fathers-day

Turnberry Luxury collection Resort is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Chef Donald McInnes caters for the celebrities at Western House Hotel and Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

CHEF to the stars! That’s Donald McInnes, Executive Chef at Western House Hotel and Ayr Racecourse, who in the past month has fed a plethora of celebrities.


 Donald (pictured above), who was previously Group Training Executive Chef for the Malmaison Group, is well used to catering for First Minister Alex Salmond, and during April Scotland’s foremost politician spent several nights at Western House and had dinner there on a number of occasions in April including the Friday and Saturday of the Coral Scottish Grand National fixture.

The next stars to come knocking on Donald’s door were Phil Oakey and his Human League colleagues. Donald and his team of chefs not only prepared food for the band’s dressing room prior to their concert at the Racecourse on Scottish Grand National Friday, but they also had a meal in Western House following the gig.

This prompted their tour manager Simon Watson to comment: “The after- gig meal was exceptional, we can’t thank the Western House team enough.”

But Donald and his staff couldn’t rest on their laurels, for among those dining the following day included Sir Alex Ferguson, his former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson, Channel 4 racing presenters Nick Luck, Alice Plunkett and Alistair Down and of course the First Minister again.

And Donald’s busy spell of feeding the celebs continued later that weekend with former World Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson tucking into a vegetarian meal at Western House!

Donald commented: “We have certainly had a busy time during the last few weeks, and I’d like to think this will continue during the remainder of the year.

“Every customer is important to us, but you know you must be doing something right when you have the likes of the First Minister and Sir Alex Ferguson in your restaurant. But it doesn’t stop there – Frank Bruno and Pixie Lott will be among my clients in the coming weeks.”

Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.