The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 31 July 2014

CKD Galbraith offer for sale large semi-detached Victorian home, full of character with a successful cottage rental business

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Fairways, a fabulous Victorian villa with commanding views over the famous Prestwick Old Course with a successful cottage rental business situated in a highly desirable area in Prestwick with lovely sea views.  

Formerly used as a Guest House, the property has been refurbished to exacting standards by the current owners with well-proportioned family accommodation throughout. It has the added benefit of a second kitchen on the ground floor suitable for both extended family and guests. 

Fairways has a well-established rental business from the 3 rental cottages situated to the rear. The cottages are presently used for accommodation, but could also be used for office home/work space subject to necessary planning consents. 

Fairways is situated next to the prestigious Old Course, the British Open Championship was first played in 1860 and it is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world.

Built in 1870 and arranged on 3 storeys, Fairways is presented to a high standard with accommodation extending over 4200 sq feet, the impressive entrance hall with painted balustrade staircase leads to the sitting room, with a lovely bay window and marble fireplace. There is a fitted kitchen with dining area, two bedrooms, bathroom, utility room and an office completing the accommodation on the ground floor.

On the first floor, the elegant living room/dining room with marble fireplace and bay window and window seat from which to enjoy the splendid views over the Golf Course.  Many of the original features have been retained including deep skirtings and decorative cornicing. The kitchen/breakfasting room, has a lovely range of cream fitted floor and wall units with integrated appliances and a breakfast seating area.   Steps lead to the master bedroom with dressing room and en suite shower room. There is also a separate bathroom. On the second floor, there is an additional bedroom with en suite shower room.

Outside, there is a detached double garage and the entrance drive has ample parking for several vehicles.

Set in a delightful situation within Prestwick town, offers over £495,000 are being sought.

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CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Tel: 01292 268181   
Fax: 01292 292300 

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

Jason Hart and Graham Lee do the double at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

JOCKEYS Jason Hart and Graham Lee both rode doubles at Ayr’s July Finale Raceday on Monday, with South Yorkshire based trainer Garry Moss also grabbing a brace.

[Pictured: Graham Lee rode Thorntoun Care to win for Jim Goldie.]

Both Jason’s winners – Fredericka (5/1) in the five furlong handicap and The Dukkerer (11/8 fav) in division one of the seven furlong handicap were trained by Moss, who hadn’t been successful at Ayr before Monday.

Graham Lee rode Thorntoun Care (11/4 fav) to win for Jim Goldie in the one mile five furlong handicap and followed up with Push Me (5/4 fav) to win the mile handicap for in form Borders trainer Iain Jardine.

The well-established trainer-jockey team of Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning combined to win the opening maiden with Polarisation, a 5/6 chance.

Ayr’s next meeting is QTS Ladies Night on Saturday 9 August when the first race is 5.40pm and gates open at 3.40pm. For more information go online at or call 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.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

ARPL Architects help transform Ayr’s pink buildings

The river crossing into Ayr has been transformed by the restoration of three Georgian tenements in New Bridge Street, the former “pink buildings”. 

ARPL Architects have been working closely with Ayr Renaissance to deliver this key element in the regeneration of the town centre.

The building at 1- 5 New Bridge Street, with a Grade A listing, is the finest of the group dating from 1787.  

Designed as his own residence by Alexander Stevens, the building complemented Stevens’ design of original New Bridge across the River Ayr of the same date. 

Its apartments contain an elegant circular staircase and a series of fine interiors, including an oval drawing room overlooking the river. The remaining buildings were constructed in the early 19th century to complete the Georgian street scene. 

Working to the highest standards of conservation with contractor CBC Stone, the repair project addressed major problems of dry rot, leaking roofs, poor windows and deteriorating stonework. 

The most dramatic step involved the careful removal of many layers of coloured paint, bringing the external walls back to their original sandstone finish. Using highly specialised methods each layer was lightly washed off to reveal the stone. A number of masonry repairs completed the upgrade of the external walls.

The works were defined following detailed historical research by ARPL  Architects to ascertain the correct arrangement of windows and shopfronts. Trials were undertaken to confirm the best method of paint removal to avoid damage to the stone surface. Finally a careful match to the original stone was achieved through chemical analysis ensuring a comprehensive and rigorous approach to the restoration was achieved.

The Historic Scotland funded project has resulted in the grade A and B Listed buildings being brought back from a state of serious disrepair, ensuring their continued survival.


ARPL Architects

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ARPL Architects Ltd is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.