Milton Lodge is an attractive listed lodge located in an idyllic rural setting by the Water of Girvan on the edge of the picturesque conservation village of Straiton. The cottage has easy access on to the A77 providing rapid access ...
Milton Lodge is an attractive listed lodge located in an idyllic rural setting by the Water of Girvan on the edge of the picturesque conservation village of Straiton. The cottage has easy access on to the A77 providing rapid access to Ayr and Glasgow City Centre can be reached in little over an hours drive. There is also a regular train service to Ayr, Glasgow and beyond from the railway station in Maybole (about 6 miles) and Glasgow Prestwick Airport is only 21 miles away offering regular flights to mainland Europe.
The idyllic village of Straiton with its pretty stone built cottages, has local amenities including a community owned shop, tea room and excellent primary school whilst Maybole offers a wide range of local shops and secondary schooling. Kirkmichael (4 miles) has a new primary school and nursery, community shop and café and a popular pub, The Kirkmichael Arms. The county town of Ayr provides a wider range of facilities including excellent shopping, private schooling, an extensive choice of restaurants and many sports and leisure facilities.
Nestled in the Girvan Valley, 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 opposite on Craigengower is an obelisk, a moment to Lt Col James Hunter Blair, mortally wounded at the Battle of Inkerman in 1854. The Lady Hunter Blairs Walk leads to a lovely waterfall in a wooded glen (Lambdoughty). The peaceful country lanes surrounding Milton Lodge provide quiet walking in stunning upland landscapes. There are many country walks and excellent cycling paths in the nearby Galloway Forest. There is quality shooting available on some of the surrounding estates. Salmon and trout fishing is available close by. The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is situated at Loch Doon (about 14 miles), where the night skies are some of the best. There are many golf courses including Royal Troon and Turnberry and Maybole has a delightful 9 hole town course (7 miles). The popular racecourse in Ayr holds the Scottish Grand National and there are yacht marinas at Troon, Ardrossan and Largs.
Situated within the picturesque Blairquhan Estate, Milton Lodge was built in 1820 by the Scottish architect, William Burn, born in Edinburgh, who also re-built Blairquhan Castle. A character single storey property, with two corniced octagonal gate piers, the cottage is built of grey sandstone under a slate roof with deep overhanging eaves and stone mullioned windows, Milton Lodge has a superb riverside setting by the Water of Girvan. The cottage was extended in the 1930s by Sir James Hunter Blair. There is access to two basement cellars providing useful storage.
The accommodation comprises living room with wood burning stove, leading to kitchen with fitted floor and wall units, electric oven and fridge with rear access to the garden, two bedrooms, and shower room with fitted shower with wall panels.
There are two coal stores (one housing the oil boiler) and the other providing useful storage for garden equipment, etc. The gardens are partly down to lawn and are mainly terraced with stunning views over the River Girvan and the beautiful landscape of Blairquhan estate.
From Ayr, take the A77 south towards Maybole. After Minishant, turn left signed for Straiton (B7045). Continue through the village of Kirkmichael towards Straiton. On entering the village, turn right onto the B741 (signed for Dailly and Girvan) and then turn right at the sign for Blairquhan Estate. Proceed along the single track road and at the bridge (the Old Bridge of Blairquhan), Milton Lodge is straight ahead.
Milton Lodge, Blairquhan, Straiton, South Ayrshire, KA19 7LY
Oil fired central heating
Wood burning stove
Mains water (metered)
Milton Lodge is scheduled by Historic Scotland as a Listed Building, Category C(s).
Milton Lodge has a right of access over the drive from the entrance to Blairquhan Estate.