Garden Cottage is a fabulous country cottage which has been completely renovated to create a superb country property occupying a wonderful elevated setting on Lanfine Estate commanding magnificent views over the Irvine Valley, just south of the town of Darvel.
Historically known as the "Lace Town", Darvel was the centre of this Irvine Valley industry from the 1870s and famous for its exports throughout the world, as well as being known as the birthplace of Alexander Fleming.
Garden Cottage boasts stunning views across to Loudoun Hill, famous for King Robert the Bruce's defeat of the English. It is located about 1.5 miles from Darvel which offers local facilities, including a medical centre and a primary school. There is a secondary school (Loudon Academy) at Galston (about 4 miles) with a new sports centre and the towns of Kilmarnock (9 miles) and Ayr (19 miles) offer a wide range of amenities including a well regarded private school, cinemas, hospitals, an excellent range of shops and professional services. Glasgow Prestwick Airport is about 19 miles distant, whilst Glasgow International Airport is about 32 miles. There are good road links to Glasgow via the A/M77 and the railway station in Kilmarnock has regular commuter connections to Glasgow and beyond.
The surrounding rolling countryside of the Irvine Valley offers a network of country lanes, ideal for walking and hacking. 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 near Newmilns, about a 10 minute drive.
The beautiful Lanfine Estate has some delightful woodland walks and pathways, part of which Lanfine Woods has many exotic trees and conifers. The pleasant walk from Ranoldcoup Bridge leading to Lanfine House has a wonderful mix of coniferous and deciduous tree planting including Scots pine, sycamore and lime.
Garden Cottage is a superb detached country cottage with large garden grounds, stables and a separate outbuilding with a studio, garage, kennels, wood store and boiler room.
Once occupied by one of the Gardeners for Lanfine Estate, Garden Cottage has been sympathetically restored and upgraded to an exceptionally high standard to create a wonderful 3 bedroom cottage with 2 reception rooms, ground floor guest bedroom, luxury bathroom and 2 bedrooms (master en suite) on the first floor.
Built in 1860, the Victorian cottage is constructed of stone with a slate roof, attractive red sandstone detailing and an impressive red pillared entrance. Pine framed double glazed windows with hand made fasteners and internal natural oak doors throughout complement the attractive rooms. The current owners have incorporated numerous energy saving features, with each room installed with a wood burning stove including the first floor bedrooms. It has oil fired central heating, double glazing and a high degree of insulation has been incorporated in the structure of the ceiling and walls making it a comfortable environment with the property compatible with efficient use of the oil fired heating installation. All fascias and soffits have been replaced with new rainwater fittings, enabling rainwater to drain more efficiently.
There are extensive garden grounds and parking amounting to 0.34 acres incorporating private lawns, seating areas and pond with long reaching views from the rear. In addition there is a timber stable block and tack room.
The spacious grounds comprise mainly lawned gardens with private wooden gates giving access to the carefully planned studio, garage and stables. There are magnificent views enjoyed from the sunny gardens. The side gardens are fenced and sheltered by the mature woodland of Lanfine Estate. Next to the cottage, lies the Walled Garden of Lanfine Estate with red brick walls, and former potting sheds and boiler houses covering an area of about 2 acres. In 1829, Lanfine Estate was inherited by Thomas Brown, a physician and Professor of Botany at Glasgow University, and it is very likely that the walled gardens were built for Profesor Brown. The Brown crest is engraved at the entrance to Garden Cottage.
There is a handsome pillared and canopied entrance porch with tiled floor leads to the entrance hallway. The superb open plan kitchen / dining room has an arch separating the two areas is a lovely bright room, with an attractive bespoke fitted designer kitchen which has a good range of high quality white gloss finish wall and base units containing shelving, cupboards and drawers. Full height units contain an integrated fridge freezer, and appliances including dishwasher, Bosch washing machine, Lamona microwave and induction hob and oven. A door leads directly to the gardens from the kitchen. There is tiled flooring throughout the entire ground floor with a light grey porcelain finish adding warmth and character. The focal point of the room is the cosy wood burning stove with brick surround.
The attractive sitting room features a wood burning stove with Brazilian black slate hearth and looks onto an ancient yew tree on the Estate grounds. The luxury ground floor bathroom has a superb free standing William Holland bateau bath with a polished nickel exterior. There is a large walk in shower, heated towel rail, sink and w.c. A double guest bedroom with wood burning stove completes the downstairs accommodation.
There are two spacious bedrooms on the first floor each with woodburning stoves and Brazilian hardwood flooring. The master bedroom has fitted oak wardrobes with en suite shower room.
The private gardens lie to the rear and sides of the cottage and comprise mainly of lawned areas, a small pond and an apple tree. To the west, there is woodland which belongs to Lanfine Estate offering shelter and colour thoughout the year, and to the east lies the former walled gardens of the Estate.
The detached studio and garage have been sympathetically restored from an existing outbuilding into a wonderful, light and bright studio with storage on the first floor with garage, kennels and wood store below. The studio benefits from large picture windows providing a superb setting for a home office / artists studio.
A more recent addition to the property is the bespoke timber stable block with slate roof comprising two good sized loose boxes and a tack room. There is also an enclosed turnout area.