50 Afton Bridgend is a former manse situated in the village of New Cumnock in East Ayrshire, 6 miles south-east of Cumnock, and 20 miles east of Ayr. The main road crosses the Afton Water here, then takes a sharp ...
50 Afton Bridgend is a former manse situated in the village of New Cumnock in East Ayrshire, 6 miles south-east of Cumnock, and 20 miles east of Ayr. The main road crosses the Afton Water here, then takes a sharp kink to the north through the centre of the village, beyond which it crosses the River Nith. It was once a mining village, the collieries that once existed here were closed in the 1970s and replaced by open cast mines. The village is home to some very attractive buildings and boasts a school, town hall, parish church, railway station, bar and mineworkers memorial. Tamar Manoukian outdoor swimming pool was refurbished in June 2017 by the Dumfries House Trust. The area benefits from excellent transport links with the train station at New Cumnock a short walk away. Bus links are close by providing access to Ayr, Kilmarnock and Glasgow City.
A new super school campus is planned for Knockroon (between Cumnock and Auchinleck) and work is beginning this year. Cumnock offers a variety of local shops, restaurants and sporting facilities. Nearby places of interest include Dumfries House, a Palladian country house set in a 2,000 acre estate with an outstanding collection of 18th century furniture, beautiful walled gardens recently opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth and a frequent favourite of Prince Charles. At Auchinleck Estate there are enjoyable riverside walks to Wallaces Cave and Pedens Cave and the River Ayr gorge walk at Mauchline is close by. Auchinleck Mansion House, was built by Lord Auchinleck, James Boswell in the late 1700s. The Scottish classic-style mansion was designed by Robert Adam, one of Scotlands most famous architects. There is a popular new coffee shop and gift shop (Boswells Coach House) within the Estate grounds. Loch Side House and Spa is also close by and has a well respected reputation for high quality service.
Ayrshire is renowned for its range of outdoor pursuits. There are a number of world renowned golf courses including Royal Troon, Turnberry and Rowallan Castle Estate, Kilmaurs, which also has excellent equestrian facilities with an international indoor arena. The racecourse at Ayr provides regular fixtures. Excellent yachting facilities are available at the marinas in Ardrossan, Troon, Largs and Inverkip. There are many opportunities for game sports in the area and Ayrshire has some of South West Scotlands best salmon and trout fishing. Permit fishing is available at the River Nith. Ayrshire is famous as the birthplace of Robert Burns. Surrounding The Manse are a wide range of country walks with magnificent scenery and places to explore.
The Manse was built circa 1866 over two levels of stone with a slate roof. It is privately positioned within a large corner plot with ample parking and sheltered gardens. In summary the generously proportioned accommodation extends to, on the ground floor, a vestibule, broad and welcoming reception hallway with sitting room, living room, dining room, bathroom and kitchen/breakfasting area overlooking the rear garden. On the first floor there are four spacious bedrooms and family bathroom.
Externally the property is approached by a private driveway culminating in ample parking to the front and side of the property. The rear garden is stepped and mainly down to lawn with mature trees providing privacy and shelter.
The Manse is an attractive substantial property entered through storm doors to a porch with Moroccan encaustic floor tiles and a fine half glazed door to the reception hall. Opening from the hall are the sitting room with open coal fire on tiled hearth, cornice and picture rail and living room with a multi fuel burner, dado rail, ceiling rose and coving. The dining room is ideally placed adjacent the kitchen which is fitted with base units and a Belfast style sink, Leisure Cookmaster range with 5 burners and an extractor hood, there is a bright breakfasting area overlooking the garden. The bathroom is half tiled and fitted with a large bath, shower cubicle, w.c. and wash hand basin. The hall has plenty of storage space. A curved staircase gives access to the first floor where there are four generously sized bedrooms, the master having dual aspect windows, deep skirting, original shutters, ceiling rose and cornice. The bathroom is half tiled and fitted with a bath with shower over, w.c. and wash hand basin.