Thornwood is an impressive country house built in 1908. It is privately situated on the edge of the Galston, East Ayrshire. The property is very well located for easy access to Glasgow via the M77 (about 25 miles). Transport links …
Thornwood is an impressive country house built in 1908. It is privately situated on the edge of the Galston, East Ayrshire. The property is very well located for easy access to Glasgow via the M77 (about 25 miles). Transport links within the area are excellent with a regular train service to Glasgow from Kilmarnock (6 miles) and Prestwick Airport with regular scheduled international flights is about 13 miles away. Galston has both primary and secondary schooling and a popular leisure centre. Private schooling is available at Wellington in Ayr and Belmont, Newton Mearns (14 miles). Kilmarnock is about 6 miles distant and has a wider range of amenities including restaurants, theatre, hospital, cinema and sports complex.
The surrounding rolling countryside of the Irvine Valley offers a network of country lanes, ideal for walking, cycling and hacking. The popular Burn Anne Walk is a pleasant 5 mile circuit starting from Lockhart’s Tower (Barr Castle) in Galston. The castle has had many uses over the years from a jail to a wood store. There are many opportunities for games sports in the area and some of South West Scotland’s finest salmon and trout fishing. Ayrshire is renowned for its many golf courses including the world famous courses at Turnberry, Prestwick and Royal Troon. The privately owned Loudon Gowf Club is by Newmilns, about 7 miles and the world class “19” hole golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie at Rowallan Castle, Kilmaurs (10 miles).
Built on two storeys under a pitched slate roof of dressed sandstone, Thornwood is an impressive house with crow step gables and a turret, completed in light green painted trims. In recent years the house has been significantly renovated and modernised. The renovation work has enhanced the character of the property, including a new kitchen and two en suite bathrooms.
The accommodation comprises entrance vestibule, reception hall, living/dining room, sitting room, family room, kitchen, 5 bedrooms (2 en suite), family bathroom, utility room, butlers pantry, cloakroom, larder, store and boiler room, together with garage, stores and generous gardens of approximately 0.62 acres.
The entrance vestibule with mosaic tiled floor opens to a generous reception hall with attractive wood panelled walls. The elegant living / dining room is a spacious room with bay window overlooking the gardens. It has a beautiful art deco fireplace with marble backdrop and tiled hearth with fender, deep skirtings and detailed coving and wood flooring with carpet inlay. There is a cosy sitting room with slim brick fireplace with Clearview multi fuel wood burning stove on a slate hearth, parquet flooring, picture rail and shelved bookcase and windows overlooking the rear gardens. The family room with oriel windows also boasts a tiled fireplace surround with back boiler.
A superb new kitchen has been installed with central island unit with seating area finished with white gloss doors and granite work surfaces with deep sided and curved drawers, 1.5 bowl sink with flexible hose. There is an oil Aga double oven and electric Lamoner cooker with ceramic induction hob. The utility room has base units with sink, integrated dish washer, wine cooler and space for fridge freezer and plumbing for washing machine, tumble dryer. A walk in larder off the kitchen provides useful additional storage. The ground floor is complete with a butler’s pantry with original fitted cupboards, store, boiler room and cloakroom w.c.
On the first floor, is a central landing area which leads to the spacious master bedroom with en suite luxury shower room with walk in shower with dual shower head, w.c. and sink with fitted bathroom furniture and heated towel rail, second bedroom with en suite shower room, three further bedrooms including an attractive small turret bedroom, a family bathroom with clawfoot bath, w.c. sink and heated towel rail and a large walk in storage cupboard. There are stunning views from many of the principal rooms over the gardens and beyond.
Outside, Thornwood enjoys a private position set back from the road. It is approached through a set of timber gates with sandstone pillars leading to a gravelled tree lined drive to a parking sweep to the front of the house. The gardens are a particularly attractive feature of Thornwood, with landscaped mature gardens around the house, which are mainly laid to lawn with mature borders and trees including cherry and copper beech, interesting plants and conifers, there is a wonderful outdoor entertaining area with decking providing stunning rural views.
There are shrub and flower beds providing a variety of colour throughout the year including rhododendrons and buddleia. There is a very attractive large decking area with fabulous views over the surround fields, with a timber arch filled with honeysuckle and clematis throughout the summer, barbeque area and herb garden including thyme and mint. There is an attractive sunny gravelled terrace to the rear of the house and a croquet lawn.
There is also additional access to the property via a second drive. In total, the grounds extend to about 0.62 acres.
There may be an opportunity to rent some land on a seasonal basis.
Garage: About 4.92m x 4.81m
Brick garage with corrugated roof.
Wood Store: About 3.17m x 2.57m
Brick with slate roof, concrete floor and sliding timber door entrance.
With adjoining Workshop: About 3m x 1.38m
Brick with slate roof, concrete floor.
Potting Shed About 3.06m x 3.05m
Brick with slate roof, concrete floor.
From Glasgow take the M77 towards Kilmarnock. At Junction 6 (signposted Galston, A77) slip left. Go though Galston and follow the signs for Sorn, on leaving the village on the Sorn road take the third left onto Clockston Road and Thornwood is a quarter mile up this road on the left hand side.
From Ayr, take the A77 towards Monkton. At Sandyford Toll roundabout, take the A719 to Galston crossing the A76 at Crossroads. In Galston, continue on Brewlands Road to Bridge Street. At the traffic rounds, turn right and then first left. Take the third left on to Clockston Road and follow as above.