Kirkland is a former Manse built in the early 16th century and the architecture is particularly attractive, built of sandstone and whinstone with a tower, steep crow-stepped gables and a Ballachulish slate roof.
Kirkland is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Scotland. It is believed that during the Reformation an underground tunnel was built between the house and Dunlop Kirk to enable anyone in danger to take refuge. The property was once home to John Major, the tutor of John Knox. There are two death masks at Kirkland, one is said to be cast in his image!
Fiona Fulton who is handling the sale of the property said:
The history of this property is wonderful and the fact that it has endured unchanged over the centuries makes it a really special place to live. It is also a superb family home, with three attractive reception rooms with period features and spacious family-friendly accommodation including five bedrooms.
Kirkland’s situation is second to none - in the heart of the conservation village of Dunlop but tucked away amidst beautiful landscaped gardens and extensive grounds. The purchaser will enjoy a wonderful lifestyle in a thriving Ayrshire village.
The accommodation at Kirkland includes three reception rooms, five bedrooms, a conservatory, study, kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, and family bathroom. In the basement there is a laundry room and boiler room, as well as useful storage.
The grounds extend to about 5.5 acres, including landscaped gardens, paddocks of about 3.85 acres and an area of woodland. The gardens are stocked with an abundance of well-established trees and plants to provide year-round colour and privacy.
The Coach House, situated within the grounds and also A listed, offers considerable potential for development, subject to planning permission.