Blair Estate is situated in a private and elevated position with panoramic views over the Girvan Valley, in an area renowned for outstanding scenery and for its mild climate created by the Gulf Stream. The Ayrshire coast is famous worldwide for golf and the estate is only 5 miles south of the internationally renowned Trump Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort where the Open Golf Championship has been hosted on four occasions and the Ladies Open Championship twice. Royal Troon and Prestwick courses (both nearby) have also hosted the Open Championship and in addition there are many popular local courses at Girvan, Newton Stewart, Stranraer and Portpatrick.
The A77 trunk road (which links Stranraer and the Port of Loch Ryan to Glasgow) is about 2 miles away, giving quick access north to Turnberry, Ayr and Glasgow, and south to Cairnryan where both Stena Line and P&O ferry links operate to Ireland. Glasgow Prestwick Airport (30 miles) operates regular flights to a number of European destinations while Glasgow Airport (59 miles) provides a wide range of domestic, European and international flights.
Girvan is the principal local town and administrative centre for the district and it offers a good range of facilities including a variety of shops, supermarkets, banks, Post Office, leisure centre, hotels, restaurants, and primary and secondary schooling. There is also a railway station providing connections north to Ayr and Glasgow, and south to Stranraer.
Ayr is about 24 miles up the coast and provides a more extensive selection of shops and facilities including national chain stores, supermarkets, leisure facilities and further schooling, notably Wellington School which offers private co-education. Ayr Racecourse has regular race meetings and hosts the Scottish Grand National annually in April. Glasgow city centre is easily accessible by both rail and road and is widely regarded as a vibrant and dynamic city with one of the UK’s best shopping districts.
For sailing enthusiasts, Girvan has a harbour from which there are regular trips to the iconic volcanic island of Ailsa Craig, which sits just off the Ayrshire coast. The Firth of Clyde (to the north of the region) has yachting marinas at Troon, Largs and Inverkip.
There are numerous local opportunities for field sports enthusiasts with game shooting on local country estates, as well as salmon fishing on the nearby Girvan, Stinchar and Ayr rivers. Red, roe and fallow deer stalking is also readily available.
Galloway Forest Park to the east is an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers excellent walking, world class mountain biking, and is one of only four national parks in the western world to have official Dark Sky status.
Blair House is approached from the southwest over a long tarred private driveway which leads to a gravelled parking area and garaging to the rear of the house. The house is south facing, in an elevated position looking directly over the Girvan Valley.
The house is constructed of sandstone under a pitched slate roof and features full height stained glass oriel windows, a projecting front porch with pitched slate roof and glass fanlight, and decorative timber framing beneath the gable eaves.
The rooms are beautifully proportioned and ideal for entertaining. Five principal reception rooms include a reception hall (with fireplace and seating), drawing room, dining room, library and billiard room all of which include many original features such as delicately moulded ceiling cornices, dado rails, marble and timber fireplaces with original cast iron grates and a coffered segmental ceiling in the billiard room. A modern oak kitchen complements the more traditional four-oven, two-hob, gas-fired AGA in British Racing Green. The wide, principal staircase has a mahogany balustrade and carved spindles and there is a lovely stained glass half landing window. A south facing conservatory to the front of the house catches the sun and makes a fabulous hot house to grow many exotic plants. There are three bedroom suites on the first floor and a further three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor.
The first floor flat is self-contained with sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom. It has access from the first floor landing and also has a private entrance and stairway leading from the outside courtyard should it require to be used independently of the main house for staff or guests.
Attached to the rear of the house is a double garage built of stone under a slate roof with concrete floor which currently houses the water filtration plant. An oil tank is housed off the east elevation where there is an adjoining integral store.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The gardens and grounds are a special part of Blair. A series of terraced lawns at the front of the house are linked by stone steps leading to the tennis court and bounded by deep herbaceous borders and encompass a small rose garden. Shelter is provided by ancient mature woodland with some wonderful specimen trees and some more recent planting and all are linked by wooded paths.
At the bottom of the garden, hidden away behind woods and banks of rhododendron is a series of four lakes, the largest of which features a stone arched bridge and a charming boathouse and picnic area.
BLAIR FARM COTTAGE
East of Blair House is a traditional courtyard steading within which the three cottages are located. Blair Farm Cottage is the largest and occupies the northwestern corner of this range. The cottage was extended and redeveloped in 2015 to a high standard by the current owner, with split level accommodation. On the lower level there is a modern kitchen/diner (with integrated electric hob and extractor fan, oven/grill, microwave, fridge freezer and dishwasher), a shower room and a large open plan living and dining room with light tiled floor and solid wood staircase leading to the upper levels. On a half landing, accommodation extends to a utility room with fitted units incorporating a washing machine and ceramic sink, and two bedroom suites with shower room and bathroom respectively. From the half landing, the stairway extends to the upper floor where there is a large principal bedroom suite with shower room and a fourth bedroom.
BLAIR FARM NO.1
Blair Farm No. 1 cottage is situated to the southwestern end of the courtyard with a south facing garden and unrestricted views. The accommodation is on one level and comprises a modern kitchen (with integrated fridge freezer, washing machine, electric hob and extractor fan, oven/grill, microwave and dishwasher), dining room, living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
BLAIR FARM NO.2
Blair Farm No. 2 cottage is situated to the south-eastern end of the courtyard, also with a south facing garden and unrestricted views. The accommodation is on one level and comprises a small kitchen (requiring renovation), living room, conservatory with external access to a raised decking patio, two bedrooms and a rear porch/utility room.
Located to the east of the traditional courtyard steading and served by a separate access from the north drive (also fully tarred), is a range of estate buildings which are suitable for a variety of purposes including livestock housing (fitted with cubicles and pens) and general machinery storage. Of particular note is a large modern steel portal frame building presently fitted with a woodchip processing plant and drying system.
Acreage: 498.92 Acres
From Glasgow join the A77 and head south past Ayr and on to Turnberry. Approximately 4 miles after Turnberry (and just before entering Girvan), turn left onto the B741 (signposted to Dailly). Continue on this road for about 2 miles and then turn left onto a minor public road (sign posted Turnberry and Kirkoswald). The Blair drive is signposted and lies on the right hand side after about 250 metres. The postcode is KA26 9QQ.