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Saturday, 12 January 2013

CKD Galbraith offer exceptional barn conversion in tranquil Ayrshire location

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is offering for sale The Old Granary, by Symington, Ayrshire, an exceptional barn conversion completed to the highest standard in a tranquil location.


The Old Granary is a spectacular barn conversion standing in a delightful rural situation close to the popular village of Symington, South Ayrshire, which is available at offers over £550,000.

Beautifully appointed, this exceptional country house was designed by the vendors to provide a wonderful 4 bedroom home.


An immaculate and spacious house, The Old Granary has beautiful landscaped gardens with some mature wooded grounds.

The Old Granary comprises a substantial country house built on two storeys converted from a traditional stone barn in 2004 comprising some 3200 sq ft.


There is a fabulous galleried kitchen, sitting room and study area, lovely drawing room, 4 bedrooms (all with access to en suite accommodation), utility, boot room and WC.


The particularly fine drawing room, has a wonderful vaulted ceiling with exposed pine roof trusses and a superb floor to ceiling window and a beautiful Yorkshire brick inglenook fireplace with a multi-fuel stove and French doors open out on to the private gardens.  


The house centres around a superb galleried kitchen/dining with a stunning solid oak bespoke kitchen by Allan Hume, including a central island unit and feature brick wall with built-in Special Edition 4-oven Aga.


There are 3 charming bedrooms on the ground floor, one en suite and two further bedrooms with a Jack and Jill shower room.


On the first floor, there is a superb galleried living area providing a sitting room and study/office, and a stunning master suite with walk-in dressing room and luxury en suite shower room.

The Old Granary has been constructed to the highest specification and the owners have taken great care sourcing materials with top quality fittings including oak flooring, Scottish bespoke oak doors and architraves and cast iron electric sockets.

The house is energy efficient, with underfloor heating on the ground floor and is fully double glazed.

In all, there is 0.77 acres with sheltered gardens which are mainly laid to lawn with some mixed woodland.   There is also planning permission for a three car carport and studio.

The Old Granary provides an excellent base for exploring this tranquil area in South Ayrshire, yet is only 35 minutes from Glasgow city centre.

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.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Ayr Racecourse wins top award for amazing ninth year in a row

Ayr Racecourse has been voted Best Racecourse in Scotland and the North East by members of the Racegoers Club for an amazing ninth year in a row.


The award is recognised as one of the most prestigious within the racing industry, and by clinching it again for 2012 Ayr has now won it no fewer than 19 times in total.

Ayr Racecourse sales and marketing manager Lindsey Smith said: “We are all delighted to have been chosen for this award again, and it is a great honour.

“The people who vote for this are all regular racegoers, so it means a lot for the team at Ayr to be recognised in this way.”

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

Thursday, 10 January 2013

CKD Galbraith offer superb house in tranquil rural Ayrshire location

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is marketing The Tower, a superb house completed in 2008 which stands in a tranquil rural situation about ½ mile from Galston, East Ayrshire at offers over £375,000.


The Tower is situated opposite the entrance to Cessnock Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. The Tower is a beautifully presented barn conversion with solid oak doors and a handcrafted oak staircase, and has been finished to a high standard of accommodation throughout.  


The front door opens to the main entrance hall with access to the beautiful south facing kitchen and dining area, a lovely room with fully fitted floor and wall units, dishwasher and a 6 ring gas hob and oven. Complete with oak flooring, coving and a spacious dining area, there is a stable door with access to the garden outside.

From the hall, there is a cloakroom WC, two double bedrooms and the formal lounge with lovely views overlooking the garden.

On the first floor, the family bathroom has a beautiful freestanding roll top bath and separate walk-in shower. There are two bedrooms, both of which have double wardrobes. A further bedroom could be made by subdividing bedroom 4 if required.

This is a most appealing property suitable for those with equestrian interests with about 5.71 acres in total. Adjacent to the house are two concrete portal frame buildings and an all-weather turnout paddock with sand surface.

The Irvine Valley Trail walks are nearby with a variety of long and short walking trails – the Cessnock walk is a beautiful stroll through attractive ancient woodland.

The Tower is a fabulous family home with a high standard of accommodation. The surrounding area has excellent hacking opportunities in the nearby quiet country lanes.  

Offers over £375,000 are being sought for The Tower.
 
CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300

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


Lucinda Russell sees in the New Year with four winners at Ayr Racecourse

Lucinda Russell was in sparkling form at Ayr Racecourse’s New Year Festival on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, saddling four winners.

The Perth-based trainer got off to a terrific start on Wednesday by landing the first three races. Green Flag (5/6 fav) won the EBF/Follow Us On Twitter@BetVictorRacing Novices Hurdle with Peter Buchanan riding, and the same combination were successful half an hour later in the Get The BetVicfor App Maiden Hurdle with Imjoeking (7/2).

Lucinda made it three when the JP McManus owned, AP McCoy ridden Tap Night (4/9 fav) was an impressive winner of the Download The BetVictor Spincast App Now Novices’ Chase.


[Pictured: Champion jockey AP McCoy with trainer Lucinda Russell.]

And on Thursday Scotland’s leading jumps trainer returned to the winner’s enclosure with No Deal (5/4 fav), ridden by Peter Buchanan landing the opening maiden hurdle.

AP McCoy made his Wednesday visit to the track one to remember when following the success of the aforementioned Tap Night with two more winners both for Irish-based trainer James Lambe.

The champion jockey was immense getting Forestside (16/1) up to win the three and a half mile handicap hurdle from the 9/4 favourite Talkin Sence and then completed his treble with Seader (4/1) in the BetVictor Non Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap Hurdle.

Wednesday’s feature race, the BetVictor.com Handicap Chase went the way of Desert Cry (5/4 fav) for trainer Donald McCain and jockey Jason Maguire while the main event on Thursday, the BetVictor.com Handicap Hurdle was won by Pas Trop Tard (11/4) in the hands of Michael McAlister for trainer Maurice Barnes.

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

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

CKD Galbraith offer attractive extended Ayrshire farmhouse in lovely rural setting with buildings and land

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Brownhill Farm by Newmilns, Ayrshire, an attractive extended farmhouse in a lovely rural setting with buildings and land.


Brownhill Farm is an attractive extended farmhouse which occupies an elevated south-facing situation with some of the finest Irvine Valley views.

The farmhouse is built on two storeys and offers spacious, well proportioned rooms comprising 3 reception rooms, kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a box room.
Adjoining the house are a range of outbuildings offering scope for extending the house further, or developing into separate houses subject to the necessary planning consents. 


The courtyard has parking for several cars. The lovely south-facing views and the colourful mature gardens are sheltered and private. There is stabling and about 6 acres grazing in two paddocks.

Newmilns Town Centre is designated an Outstanding Conservation Area and there are a number of listed buildings including the Newmilns Keep, the town’s oldest building dating from the 1530s.

There were 32 factories producing lace in Newmilns and Darvel in the early 1900s, today there is just one. The magnificent Lanfine Estate with tree lined avenues alongside the River Irvine has a range of delightful woodland walks nearby.

Brownhill is an attractive prospect in a fine situation, easily commutable to Glasgow and will be of interest to family purchasers with equestrian interests in particular.

Offers over £268,000 are being sought. PDF available on http://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.

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.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Western House Hotel at Ayr Racecourse wins Romantic Hotel of the Year award

It’s official!

Western House Hotel in Ayr has been voted the Romantic Hotel of the Year in the UK.


The four-star venue at Ayr Racecourse was given the accolade by LateRooms.com, one of the world's leading hotel reservations website, in their first ever Simply the Guest Awards.

Only one other hotel from Scotland featured in the top 10, and no other Ayrshire hotel was listed.


Western House Hotel general manager Malcolm Balish commented: “This is a huge honour for everyone at Western House. This award is based purely on genuine guest reviews, so it means a lot to us.
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“When you think of some of the hotel locations in the world, for Western House to win this award is exceptional. In the hospitality industry LateRooms.com is a major, major website, and to be recognised in this way in their first ever Simply The Guest Awards is very special.”

A spokesman from LateRooms.com said: “We launched our Simply the Guest Awards to find and recognise the hotels that our guests simply love the most - like Western House Hotel. This is based solely on genuine guest reviews, and is the only award of this type in the UK.”

Some of the comments from guests included: “Staff were very professional and friendly. Excellent restaurant menu and quality of food. Very relaxing surroundings.

“Fantastic rooms and venue food was amazing. Would stay any time. Have stayed in many different hotels worldwide, and Western House Hotel is certainly one of my top three. Surpasses many places, even better than some luxury hotels in Dubai
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“Super place to stay, accommodation very good, food excellent and staff very attentive.”

Western House also came 17th in the Overall Category, one of only two Scottish hotels to feature in the top 20, and the only Ayrshire hotel to do so.

This is the latest in a string of awards won by Western House Hotel. Last year at the Scottish Hotel Awards the venue won six awards, including the Wedding Team of the Year and the Reception Excellence Gold Medal.

At previous awards Western House won the Scottish Wedding Hotel of the Year on three separate occasions.

Western House Hotel at Ayr Racecourse is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.