A charming smallholding in an attractive and accessible location surrounded by rolling Ayrshire countryside
Shawsknowe is situated within a scenic part of South Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland, near to the picturesque villages of Crosshill and Straiton and about 14 miles south of Ayr. The area is renowned for its active farming community, as well as its country sporting and leisure opportunities.
The property enjoys a prime position within the rural landscape, surrounded by picturesque farmland, forestry and a nature reserve. Local services are available in Crosshill (2.7 miles) which has a village shop/Post Office and primary school, whilst Straiton (4.6 miles) also has a village shop and primary school. Secondary schooling and further amenities are found in Maybole (5.7 miles).
The county town of Ayr is easily accessible and provides a wider range of high street shops and supermarkets, private schooling, banking and professional services, an excellent range of restaurants and a variety of sports and recreational facilities. There is a well-established livestock market on the outskirts of Ayr as well as in Lanark (56 miles) and Stirling (80 miles). Scottish Rural University College (SRUC) and University of the West of Scotland (UWS) share a state of the art campus in Ayr town centre. Ayr is also home to a first class racecourse which is the home of the Scottish Grand National meeting held annually in spring. Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, was born in Alloway – a beautiful village on the edge of Ayr where the National Trust’s Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is located.
Communication links in the area are excellent: the A77(M), linking the north and south by road, is within 10 minutes’ drive. There are railway stations in nearby Maybole and Ayr. The nearest airports are Glasgow Prestwick (21 miles) and Glasgow International (about 51 miles) providing flights to a number of European and worldwide destinations.
The Ayrshire Coast is renowned worldwide for golfing, with championship courses at nearby Turnberry, Prestwick and Troon. There is also a wealth of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and families – Culzean Castle and County Park (run by the National Trust for Scotland) is a short drive away and the Galloway Forest Park (one of only four national parks in the western world to have official Dark Sky status) is an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers excellent walking, mountain biking and fishing. There is also a thriving sailing community at Troon.
Shawsknowe is reached via a sweeping private tree-lined
driveway which creates a stunning approach to the property
and from which the house, buildings and land are all accessed.
Altogether, Shawsknowe extends to 67 acres with a south
facing residence providing attractive views over the farmland
and neighbouring forestry. An array of outbuildings provide
excellent potential for further development or diversification.
The farmhouse is of traditional stone and slate construction,
estimated to date from the 19th century. The accommodation
is arranged over two floors and has been tastefully modernised
providing comfortable family living space, with all rooms
benefitting from the outstanding southerly views. A small side
porch leads to the dining kitchen with a Rangemaster Classic
cooker and and range of built in wall and floor units. The
adjacent living room benefits from a 7.5kW AGA multifuel
stove. A large open hallway provides an additional area for
reading and relaxing, and off the hall are the front porch,
principal bedroom and a large family bathroom (with four piece
suite and shower) completing the ground floor accommodation.
On the upper floor there are two further bedrooms. A lean-to
utility room (accessible externally only) houses the oil-fired
boiler and a WC.
The house is surrounded by well-maintained grounds and features a range of traditional outbuildings, a portal framed shed and a garage/wood store. A meandering burn with a small stone built bridge over adds to the idyllic setting.
Situated to the north of the house, there is a traditional range of outbuildings which provide storage, kennelling and livestock accommodation along with the steel portal framed sheep shed – all of which could be used for equestrian purposes. The buildings are in good order and provide excellent alternative opportunities, including redevelopment to residential or holiday use (subject to appropriate consents).
To the west of the house is a double garage and adjoining wood store. There is also a partly ruinous former mill adjoining, next to an orchard, woodland and pond which would make an excellent BBQ area.
The farmland extending to 67.01 acres (27.12 hectares) is currently all down to grass interspersed with small areas of woodland, and is classified as predominantly Class 4 by the James Hutton Institute. The land is split into 14 enclosures with post and wire fencing, stone dykes and a private water supply. The farm has been run as a sheep enterprise over the last 13 years and maintained in good heart.
GENERAL REMARKS AND INFORMATION
Strictly by appointment with Savills 01387 263 066
Entry and Possession
Entry by arrangement.
Offers in Scottish Legal Form are to be submitted to the selling agents, Savills, 28 Castle Street, Dumfries, DG1 1DG. A closing date for offers may be fixed and prospective purchasers are advised to register their interest with the selling agents following inspection.
Fixtures and Fittings
All light fittings, fitted carpets and curtains in the house are included in the sale.
Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
The BPS Entitlements are included in the sale. Copies of the SAF form for 2022 are available for inspection from the selling agents. For the avoidance of doubt, the seller will keep the 2022 Basic Payment.
Services, Council Tax and Energy Performance Certificates
Private water (via borehole) mains electricity, oil fired central heating, septic tank.
Council tax band E
EPC rating band D
Mineral and Timber Rights
In so far as they are owned, the mineral rights are included in the sale. All standing and fallen timber is included in the sale.
Within 7 days of the conclusion of missives a non-returnable deposit of 10% of the purchase price shall be paid.
The balance of the purchase price will fall due for payment at the date of entry (whether entry is taken or not) with interest accruing thereon at the rate of 5% above Bank of Scotland base rate. No consignation shall be effectual in avoiding such interest.
Should any discrepancy arise as to the boundaries or any points arise on the Remarks, Stipulations or Plan or the interpretation of any of them, the question shall be referred to the arbitration of the selling agents whose decision acting as experts, shall be final.
Acreage: 67 Acres
From Ayr, head south on the A77 towards Maybole. Shortly after entering the town, turn left on to the B7023 and keep travelling on this road passing straight through Crosshill village, shortly after which there is a crossroads junction. Pass straight over and bear right when the road forks a short distance on (approximately 500m). Follow this road and you will see the turning to Shawsknowe on the left hand side (there is a farm sign). The postcode is KA19 7QG.