The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 20 June 2013

CKD Galbraith offer delightful conversion within historic listed mansion with beautiful garden and fishing rights

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale 3 Mount Charles House, a beautifully presented conversion of part of this magnificent classical mansion, set in beautiful garden grounds overlooking the famous River Doon.  

The original Mansion was built between 1754 and 1787 for Charles Dalrymple of Orangefield. Further works for a General Hughes were undertaken in 1829.  Situated overlooking the River, the Mansion occupies a prominent position with gardens sweeping down to the lawn with a pleasant wooded outlook.

Most famously known as the birthplace of Robert Burns, Alloway Village is renowned as one of the prettiest and most desirable suburbs of the town of Ayr.With its leafy public parks and its close proximity to the beach it is a very popular area for families. Useful local facilities include a shop, post office, chemist and primary school, whilst Ayr itself offers excellent amenities including a private co-educational school, cinema, hospital and a wide range of shops.  

No 3 Mount Charles House benefits from beautifully proportioned main reception rooms and bedrooms, including a striking entrance hall with oak flooring. 

The impressive living room/dining kitchen also has oak flooring and bespoke glazed and oak doors. 

The lounge overlooks the garden and decked area leading down to the River Doon with salmon fishing rights. 

Upstairs there are four bedrooms (one with en suite). The property has a large lower ground floor offering a storage area and utility room.

Offers over £295,000 are being sought.

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

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon re-opens Kilmarnock Opera House

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Minister for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, has officially reopened Kilmarnock’s Opera House on John Finnie Street.

[Pictured left to right at the official opening of the Opera House Project:  East Ayrshire Council chief executive Fiona Lees; Marie Macklin CEO The Klin Group; East Ayrshire Council Lord Provost Jim Todd; and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.]

The former building was subject to a devastating fire in 1989 and was regarded as causing economic blight and being a barrier to town centre regeneration.   The Klin Group, in partnership with East Ayrshire Council, repaired and conserved the B listed façade and the Opera House is now providing high quality, modern accommodation for over 250 Council staff. The Opera House was built in 1875 and had been derelict for 22 years.

The redevelopment is considered a significant boost to the regeneration of Kilmarnock Town Centre and has resulted in increased footfall, which has helped stimulate the local retail trade and contribute to the town centre economy.

Marie Macklin, CEO of The Klin Group, said: “This is a brilliant day for Kilmarnock.  We have great respect for the heritage of our town, and I’m delighted that Deputy First Minister has recognised the significance of the project by officially opening this beautiful building, with its restored listed façade and now fully functional contemporary office space.  

“This initiative is close to my heart and after ten years of persistent steps to own the property, I’m thrilled that we now see the building restored and in full use again.  We have a wealth of history in our architecture and our town, which I believe shouldn’t be forgotten but should be passionately restored and, where possible, create new meaningful uses for the people of Kilmarnock – all helping to boost our local economy.”

Monday, 17 June 2013

CKD Galbraith announces major expansion of rural services

CKD Galbraith, Scotland’s leading rural property specialists, today announced a major expansion of its operations through a merger with Hayes Macfarlane. 

An established farm and estates management business, Hayes Macfarlane, located in Aberdeenshire and Perthshire, since its formation in 1971, offers a comprehensive consultancy and land agency service.

[Pictured left to right: Colin Stewart (Hayes Macfarlane), James Galbraith (Chairman, CKD Galbraith), Tom Stewart (Hayes Macfarlane), Simon Brown (CKD Galbraith) and Iain Hope (Hayes Macfarlane).]

The merger, which will take effect as of 1 July this year, will see Hayes Macfarlane become part of the CKD Galbraith operation, taking its network of regional offices throughout Scotland to 14, and will now include Aberdeen and Alyth.

All staff at Hayes Macfarlane will be retained by CKD Galbraith and will continue to serve the needs of existing clients as a fully integrated part of the enlarged firm which after the merger will have a total of 250 members of staff. 

James Galbraith, Chairman of CKD Galbraith, said: “We are delighted to be expanding and enhancing our services to the rural sector. Merging with such an established and successful name as Hayes Macfarlane is testament to our commitment to the Scottish agricultural and rural sector in the Aberdeenshire and Perthshire markets. 

“The merger enables the regional experts from Hayes Macfarlane to join forces with our existing team of rural land and property specialists at CKD Galbraith, a partnership that will be beneficial to the agricultural and rural sector throughout Scotland.”

Tom Stewart, from Hayes Macfarlane, said: “Over the years our business has grown steadily and has earned a good reputation amongst farmers and other rural businesses. It was time to take things to another level and teaming up with CKD Galbraith, a highly respected and progressive firm, is just the right fit.

“As far as clients are concerned there will be a seamless transition and we look forward to providing the ever growing number of services people require to sustain their own business.

“The agricultural sector faces an unprecedented range of challenges these days and if these are met successfully then it can only help in achieving a common goal of a vibrant rural economy.”

CKD Galbraith acquired chartered surveying firm Macdonald Fraser, the land agency division of United Auctions, which significantly enhanced the firm’s rural services in 2007. 

The firm further strengthened its presence in the agricultural property sectors in 2011 when it established its national farms sales centre located at the Stirling Agricultural Centre.

About CKD Galbraith 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen. 

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. CKD Galbraith also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

About Hayes Macfarlane

Hayes Macfarlane provides a comprehensive consultancy and land agency service to farmers, estate owners, public bodies and other private clients.

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

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Jack McChesney and Mafiz Ali promise a feast of the arts at Ayr Spice Restaurant in Minishant

Mafiz Ali’s Ayr Spice Restaurant in Minishant is to vastly increase its events this coming season as it adds a full arts club to its programme.

The pianist, James (Jack) McChesney (pictured above right with Mafiz Ali), now retired from his position as conservatory teacher in Austria and back in South Ayrshire after 38 years of life in Vienna and a career that has spanned four continents, has taken charge of the project. 

He wishes to cover visual and literary arts as well as his own beloved music with the new project which will consist of an annual season including art exhibitions and a Burns Supper as well as concerts by promising young artists.

The idea of the new arts society is not to compete with existing facilities, but to concentrate on encouraging local talent especially from Ayrshire. The young musicians involved will be from two main groups: those still at school and already achieving outstanding things while still in their teens, and those still studying, or who have their foot on the first rung of the long and precarious ladder to a professional career. 

With his wide international experience on the concert platform, as adjudicator and competition juror, and as a highly successful teacher who has taught at all stages including first prize at international competition level, Mr McChesney is well-equipped to find appropriately gifted people to ensure the highest possible standards.

Ayr Spice Restaurant Minishant proprietor and head chef Mafiz Ali commented: “Throughout my career in hospitality I have tried to ensure that each of my restaurants has been not only a destination of choice for fine dining, but also a local centre for community and cultural activities. In partnership with Jack McChesney,  I am confident that  this arts initiative will prove to be a valuable and welcome part of community and cultural life here in Ayrshire.”

A full list of activities will be published in the late summer and will contain all promotions for the coming season until the summer of 2014. This represents a considerable contribution to culture in the area, and both Jack McChesney and Mafiz Ali hope that this initiative achieves the support it deserves. 

Artists wishing to book exhibition space should e-mail or call Mr McChesney on 01292 281061, and talented young musicians in their teens or twenties and who are interested in performing should use the same contact details to apply for audition or, in the event of having been heard by Mr McChesney in performance, may be invited to take part.

Ayr Spice Restaurant

Ayr Spice Restaurant 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.

Indian food can be simple or elaborate, humble or opulent, within a culinary tradition that is centuries old. The unique gift of Indian cuisine is its inspired use of exotic spices and the finest fresh ingredients. Proprietor Mafiz Ali and his team at Ayr Spice are determined to bring you the best of that tradition, and look forward to welcoming you.

Ayr Spice Restaurant is open 7 days a week from 12 noon until 10pm including Bank Holidays, Christmas and New Year. Takeaway and home delivery are also available.

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

Tel: 01292 441413