Occupying an idyllic position in the picturesque Girvan Valley, Bennan Farm is a superb traditional courtyard farmhouse with equestrian facilities and grazing land. The farmhouse provides spacious and flexible living accommodation with private gardens, complemented by useful buildings, ideal for …
Occupying an idyllic position in the picturesque Girvan Valley, Bennan Farm is a superb traditional courtyard farmhouse with equestrian facilities and grazing land. The farmhouse provides spacious and flexible living accommodation with private gardens, complemented by useful buildings, ideal for equestrian use.
Bennan Farm lies close to the attractive village of Straiton, South Ayrshire, with easy access to the county town of Ayr (about 30 minutes). The main street has attractive stone built cottages and the outline of Craigengower (Bennan Hill) forms a backdrop to the village itself. There are local village amenities and a well regarded primary school. Kirkmichael (4½ miles) has a new primary school and nursery, community shop and café and a popular pub, The Kirkmichael Arms. Further shops, services and secondary schooling are available at Maybole (6 miles). The county town of Ayr 14 miles distant offers a comprehensive range of excellent services including restaurants, shopping, supermarkets and a private co-educational school. The town benefits from a wealth of public parks, good path networks and wide sandy beaches on the Firth of Clyde coast.
Straiton is a popular destination for those seeking outdoor pursuits. Straiton has many interesting walks, Bennan Hill Walk (929 ft) has lovely views to Ben Lomond, Arran and Ailsa Craig on a clear day, at the summit is an obelisk, which was erected to the memory of Lt Col James Hunter Blair, killed at the battle of Inkerman in 1854. The Lady Hunter Blair’s Walk leads to a lovely waterfall in a wooded glen (Lambdoughty). There are many local country walks and for horse riding there are peaceful country lanes providing quiet off road hacking direct from Bennan Farm. There is quality shooting available on some of the surrounding estates. Brown trout fishing is available at Loch Bradan. The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is situated at Loch Doon (about 14 miles), the Observatory is the only Dark Sky Park in the UK where the night skies are some of the best. The Stinchar waterfalls walk along the river banks of the River Stinchar is a pleasant 5 mile walk accessed from the Stinchar Bridge car park (7 miles south) with numerous other Stinchar Valley trails available.
There are regular train services to Glasgow and beyond from Ayr and there is also a railway station in Maybole (6 miles). Prestwick Airport, with a comprehensive schedule of international flights, is about 21 miles. Glasgow itself is easily accessible via the A/M77 in a journey time of about an hour. The popular racecourse in Ayr holds the Scottish Grand National and there are yacht marinas at Troon, Ardrossan and Largs. A number of Scotland’s most famous Links golf courses including Turnberry (14 miles), Royal Troon and Prestwick are close at hand. Culzean Country Park (about 10 miles) has a dramatic castle on the cliffs, shingle beaches, waymarked trails, parkland, swan pond and woodland play areas.
Bennan Farm is a delightful farmhouse in a traditional courtyard situated within walking distance of Straiton village. The farmhouse is built on two storeys, of stone and slate painted white with black window trims. It has been significantly improved and upgraded by the current owners, to include entrance hall, living room, 5 bedrooms with master en suite shower room, large kitchen/dining room, games room, utility room, family bathroom and w.c. The accommodation is spacious and in good decorative order. The house benefits from oil fired central heating, double glazing.
There is a private drive to the front of the house where the garden looks onto the 20 acres of excellent flat grazing land bounded by the Water of Girvan. There is a separate access to the equestrian yard for the stables, workshop and general purpose shed. There is shared access with the neighbour, to the charming enclosed courtyard to the rear of the house.
Bennan Farmhouse has previously been used as a successful holiday let, which was also enhanced with the proximity of two local wedding venues in the area.
The entrance leads into the impressive double height hall with oak flooring and fine staircase.
There is a ground floor bedroom with en suite wet room with disabled access. The spacious kitchen / dining room overlooks the courtyard with a range of fitted base and wall units, 1½ bowl sink, a large range style electric cooker and space for dish washer. There is a useful utility room with plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer, additional storage space, w.c., and door to courtyard. The cosy living room with oak flooring has an open fireplace with brick hearth which leads to the games room with access to both the front gardens and courtyard area. Most of the rooms have wood, slate and tiled flooring throughout.
On the first floor, there are 4 bedrooms, family bathroom and separate w.c. .
Garage: About 31’8” x 10’8” and 18’2” x 10’6”
Wood Store: About 25’6” x 10’2” and 12’8” x 11’
Timber framed with earth floor. Housing oil tank.
Store (within courtyard): About 23’2” x 11’2”
Stables: About 72’8” x 21’ (overall), 12’6” x 10’6” (individually).
Stone and slate with concrete floor. 10 stables.
Piggery: About 30’6” x 14’6”, 10’6 x 7’2” (individually).
Adjoining the stables, with 4 stalls.
Workshop/Tack Room: About 30’ x 8’
Stone and slate with concrete floor.
General Purpose Building: About 50’6” x 47’8”
Corrugated iron with curved roof panels. Part block frame.
The grazing land is adjacent to the meandering Water of Girvan comprising two large enclosures of about 20 acres in all, with access to water. There is also a field shelter.
A footpath leads from Straiton village over Bennan Bridge travelling across the north edge of the field to the Bennan road.
From Ayr, take the A77 south towards Maybole. After Minishant, turn left signed for Straiton (B7045). Continue through the village of Kirkmichael towards Straiton. Just before you enter the village, turn right onto the B741 (signed for Dailly and Girvan) and turn first left opposite the sign for Blairquhan Estate. Continue along this road to the bend and turn left at the Bennan Farm sign. Bennan Farm is then the first property on your left hand side at the set of gates.
Bennan Farm, Straiton, Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 7NB
Bennan Farm has a right of access over the private tarmacadam road and maintenance is shared between 4 properties. There is also a right of access over the courtyard area hatched on the plan with maintenance shared with the neighbour.
There is a public footpath across the northwest field from the footbridge to the road and along the road.