The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 24 January 2014

Ayrshire Wedding Show takes place this weekend at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

ONE of Scotland's biggest wedding events, the Ayrshire Wedding Show takes place in the Princess Royal Events Centre at Ayr Racecourse this weekend Saturday 25 January and Sunday 26 January.

Now in its ninth year there will be up to 90 exhibitors providing a wide range of  services including videographers, photographers, wedding cake specialists, formal wear suppliers, bands, pipers, linen hire, wedding car companies, owl displays and many, many more.

In addition to the wide range of wedding related goods on show there will also be a Catwalk Show on the first floor of the Centre with professional mannequins modelling the latest in bridal wear for brides, grooms, bridesmaids and all connected with the wedding. There will be four shows at regular intervals on both days.

Sponsored by AMD Photography & AMD Videography, the Scottish Wedding Directory and Platinum Linen, the Show is expected to attract more than 3500 visitors over the weekend.

For more information visit the website: or telephone 01292 264179.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

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

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

CKD Galbraith offer for sale an elegant Ayrshire Victorian mansion in a convenient town setting

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale an elegant Victorian mansion in Ayrshire located in a pleasant situation in the Irvine Valley in the town of Newmilns, East Ayrshire.

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 is nearby.

Glenrosa is a beautiful merchant’s house, built in 1885 and undoubtedly one of the area’s finest Victorian properties.  The property stands amidst its own walled gardens which extend down to the River Irvine and includes a small paddock of just under half an acre. 

The property offers generously proportioned accommodation including a first floor drawing room, formal dining room and original billiard room with a glass domed cupola.  

Open fires, ornate cornicing and rich wood panelling create a wonderful atmosphere and more subtle features such as cast iron radiators and original brass handles have been carefully maintained throughout the house.  

Despite its many original features Glenrosa is first and foremost a wonderful family home and offers four good sized bedrooms (one of which has an en suite bathroom and located on the ground floor) and two cosy sitting rooms. The kitchen opens to a utility room and in addition there is a laundry room and pantry.

To the rear of the house is a fabulous original conservatory with a mosaic tiled floor and patent-glazed roof with automatic temperature controlled roof vents.  Double doors open from the conservatory to a sheltered terrace.

Glenrosa stands proud within its own gardens which reflect the care and attention to detail of the house itself. Well-tended lawns are bounded by a variety of trees and shrubs and over 140 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas provide a blaze of seasonal colour.  A range of traditional outbuildings include a six-car garage, greenhouse, tool shed, potting shed and a wood store.

All in Glenrosa offers practical family accommodation together with a slice of history and is situated within a village environment yet easy reach of Glasgow.

Offers Over £450,000 are being sought.

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

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Couple from Ayr, North Dakota visit Ayr in South Ayrshire, Scotland

A couple from Ayr recently dropped into County Buildings in Ayr for a quick look around as part of a project to research their roots and ancestry. However, this was no ordinary fact finding visit, as Robert and Mary Thompson hail from Ayr – in North Dakota, USA!

[Pictured: Robert and Mary Thompson from Ayr, North Dakota, USA on their visit to County Buildings in Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland.]

The pair were touring South Ayrshire, keen to learn more about Robert’s great grandfather, who was born in this area in 1825, before emigrating to America in the mid-1800s. 

Robert and Mary’s visit builds on a trip to Norway to explore Mary’s roots and they were both astonished by how warm and friendly their reception in South Ayrshire had been.  

Robert said: “We were on the train coming to Ayr and the person behind us heard Mary and I talking. When we got off at the station, they came over to us and gave us a lift to our hotel.

“Everywhere we have gone, the people of South Ayrshire have been fantastic and we really feel that Ayr in Scotland has become a home from our home in Ayr, North Dakota.

Mary added: “Our Ayr has a population of just twenty people and everybody knows each other. Ayr in Ayrshire is much bigger but the people here have been so nice, it really does feel like we are among family and friends!”

Robert and Mary received a further surprise when Provost Helen Moonie took time to meet the couple, offering them a brief tour of the building and posing for photographs.

[Pictured: Provost Helen Moonie (centre) met Robert and Mary Thompson from Ayr, North Dakota, USA, during their visit to Ayr, South Ayrshire.]

Provost Moonie said: “Robert and Mary have come a very long way to visit Ayr and I’m overjoyed they found our legendary South Ayrshire welcome to be every bit as warm and hospitable as they hoped it would be.

“I trust they will return to Ayr in North Dakota having had a wonderful time with us here, taking back many happy memories and tales from their time in Ayr, South Ayrshire.”

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