Willies Mill is an historic Mill House in a most attractive rural situation by the Water of Fail just east of the village Tarbolton, South Ayrshire. The property is in a convenient location for easy access to Glasgow, Kilmarnock and …
Willies Mill is an historic Mill House in a most attractive rural situation by the Water of Fail just east of the village Tarbolton, South Ayrshire. The property is in a convenient location for easy access to Glasgow, Kilmarnock and Ayr by the A77 and newly improved M77. From Willies Mill, Glasgow City Centre can be reached in about a 40 minute drive. Glasgow Prestwick Airport, with regular scheduled flights, is only 8 miles distant and Glasgow Airport can be reached in approximately 1 hour. There is private schooling at Wellington in Ayr.
Tarbolton has a useful range of local facilities including shops, post office and a new primary school campus and a popular pub/restaurant (The Black Bull Inn), whilst Ayr and Kilmarnock offer a wide range of amenities including excellent shopping, a large choice of restaurants, supermarkets and sports facilities. There are excellent private and state schools in the area.
Ayrshire is renowned for its many golf courses including the world famous courses at Royal Troon and Turnberry, both of which have hosted the Open Championship. There is a popular racecourse in Ayr and yachting facilities can be found at the marinas in Troon, Ardrossan and Largs. Morris and Muirmill Equestrian Centres can be reached in approximately 15 minutes.
Occupying an enviable position on the fringe of a well regarded village, Willies Mill has stunning views over the surrounding Ayrshire countryside and the house has been sympathetically improved and extended to create a delightful family house full of character and charm throughout. Willies Mill stands on two storeys of stone and slate construction and is in very good order throughout. The house offers spacious family accommodation comprising a delightful living room, sitting room, dining kitchen, 4 bedrooms (master en-suite) bathroom, cloakroom, w.c, utility room and walk-in pantry. Kitchen. Sitting Room
The house sits on its own in about 4.1 acres of grounds divided into landscaped gardens and 6 paddocks, ideal for grazing horses or other livestock. To the north the house is bounded by the Water of Fail. There is a stable yard with 3 loose boxes, large tack room, workshop, hay barn, field shelter and a wood store.
Willies Mill has strong Burns connections with the former owner, William Muir who died in 1793, featuring in Burn’s poem “Death and Doctor Hornbrook” and also a close friend of the Burns family. He took in Jean Armour when she discovered that Robert Burns had made her pregnant for the second time. Burns wrote an epitaph on William Muir in his second commonplace book. Robert Burns attended dance lessons at The Bachelors’ Club, Tarbolton, now a National Trust for Scotland museum.
Willies Mill is a very attractive, characterful family home in an idyllic setting with excellent equestrian facilities. There is also the ability to create ancillary accommodation for a granny flat or home office space in the adjoining outbuildings if required.
From the main entrance door, this leads to the cosy sitting room with dual aspect windows and wood burning stove with stone surround and wood mantle. East of the sitting room are steps with a stable door leading to two spacious bedrooms, one with full length built-in louvre door wardrobe for storage, and the family bathroom. The bathroom with tiled walls and wood flooring, has bath with shower over, w.c., sink and bidet. Continuing on the ground floor there is a third bedroom/office and a wonderful light and bright living room with 1½ height ceiling with exposed wood beams, low height panelled walls, wall lights and a step with French door leading out to the sheltered patio area. The dining kitchen also with exposed beams and 1½ height ceiling has tiled floor, a range of bespoke fitted floor and wall units with built in plate rack, Twyford Belfast sink, integrated Zanussi electric oven and separate electric ceramic hob with extractor hood and plumbing for dishwasher. From the kitchen, this leads to the back hall with access to the garden, a walk-in shelved larder, utility room with sink and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer with a further cloakroom.
On the first floor there is the master bedroom with en suite shower room with large walk-in shower with tiled walls, sink, bidet and w.c. Willies Mill is fully double glazed and a new boiler has been fitted recently which services the oil fired central heating system.
Adjoining the house:
Workshop: About 5.43m x 3.3m
Stone with concrete floor.
Tack Room: About 5.05m x 5.36m
Stone with concrete floor, light and power. Sliding door entrance. Door to loose box.
Brick with corrugated roof.
3 loose box stables (two with concrete flooring and one with rubber matting).
Outside water and automatic lighting.
Hay Barn: About 8.84m x 5.92m
Timber frame and block construction with concrete floor, presently divided into two parts.
Timber framed field shelter.
Timber framed log store with felt roof.
From the wooden entrance gates, the tarmac and gravel drive leads to a parking area to the front of the house. The private south facing garden is mainly laid to lawn bounded by fence and hedging, with colourful shrubs including rosehip and a clematis climbing over a trellis which flowers until late summer and a sunny patio area for seating. Within the garden grounds are the former ruins of the mill laid with part stone walls, wooden bridge and a rockery area filled with a variety of shrubs and plants. There is a further set of gates leading to the stable yard from which there is access to the enclosed paddocks.
There are 3.34 acres of land, with 6 fenced paddocks in total all supplied with water troughs. There is a further small paddock with a pond which will attract a variety of flora and fauna.
From Glasgow take the M77 for Kilmarnock and Ayr and continue past Kilmarnock turning left for Tarbolton at Bogend Toll onto the B730. Continue into Tarbolton, then turn left on to the B744 just before the garage. Once outside the village Willies Mill is on the right side after 0.2 miles at the bottom of the hill.
Willies Mill, By Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5LU