St Johns Cottage is an elegant Category A listed pavilion style house built in the early 19th century and based on a design for a modern cottage in Richard Elsams Essay on Rural Architecture 1803 (link to the book https://tinyurl.com/y24xdfhm). …
St John’s Cottage is an elegant Category A listed pavilion style house built in the early 19th century and based on a design for a “modern cottage” in Richard Elsam’s ‘Essay on Rural Architecture 1803’ (link to the book https://tinyurl.com/y24xdfhm). It is privately situated within mature garden grounds on the fringes of the South Ayrshire town of Maybole. It is conveniently located for ease of access to the A77 to Ayr (8½ miles) and Glasgow (45 miles). There are excellent transport links with a regular train service from Maybole Railway Station and Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 15 miles distant offering regular scheduled international flights. There is a swimming pool and several primary schools and a secondary school in the town along with small supermarkets and shops. With plans underway for the much anticipated Maybole bypass the town has been granted a substantial regeneration fund for the town centre.
Ayrshire is renowned for its many golf courses including the world famous facilities at Turnberry and Royal Troon. The popular racecourse in Ayr is host to the Scottish Grand National and there are exceptional yachting facilities at the Marinas in Troon, Largs and Inverkip. There are many opportunities for game sports in the region with some of South West Scotland’s best salmon and trout fishing available in the area’s lochs and rivers. Alloway, south of Ayr, is famous as the birthplace of Robert Burns and Maybole has many historic links to the Scottish baird.
There are several interesting walks in the area including the Kildoon Hill, a relatively straightforward circular route from Maybole including an ascent of local landmark Kildoon Hill. Culzean Castle & Country Park (5½ miles) is home to the cliff-top castle, woodland walks, swan lake, play parks, gift and coffee shop.
St John’s Cottage has a wealth of period features including fine fireplaces, astrigalled windows, fine cornice work, deep moulded skirtings and architraves. It has been re-configured by the current owner to create a most practical yet outstandingly desirable and comfortable family home. The property is built of blond sandstone over two storeys with two wings which encompass a charming cobbled courtyard. To the north is a magnificent 3-bay elevation overlooking the garden grounds with outer decorative shutters. To the west there is a beautifully formed bay with a single 12 pane sash window.
The accommodation on the ground floor comprises entrance vestibule with geometric tiled floor, reception hallway with sweeping staircase, study with dual aspect windows and wood burning stove, beautiful drawing room with bay window, open coal fire and double doors to a living room which has access to the patio and flows through to the country style kitchen with a central island, cream Aga and is fitted with a range of wall and floor mounted units under a complimentary granite worktop and has access to the courtyard. From the kitchen is a very pretty garden room with oak floor, slate roof and overlooks the gardens. There is a useful utility room and w.c. adjacent to the kitchen. The formal dining room is an impressive entertaining space with open fire, triple bay window again with lovely views to the garden and paddock beyond. The east wing, formally the kitchen and ancillary rooms is now an en suite bedroom with dual aspect windows. A generously sized bedroom with double windows and en suite bathroom overlook the courtyard. There is access from the hallway into the courtyard and the cellar. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a most useful cloakroom/boot room. There is ample storage space throughout.
The sweeping staircase of fine wrought iron with wooden balustrade rises to the first floor. Above is a beautiful glazed dome cupola which streams natural light into the staircase and hallway. There are two bedroom suites on the upper level both with large en suite facilities and the master having the benefit of the triple bay window formation overlooking the gardens to the north west.
Drawing Room, Dining Room, Living Room, Study Kitchen, Garden Room, Utility Room, 2 Bedrooms (both en suite) Cloak Room/Boot Room, w.c.
2 Bedroom Suites with en suite facilities.
GARDEN (AND GROUNDS)
From the entrance gates, the drive sweeps to the left to an extensive parking area in front of the main entrance and continues around to the courtyard. The mature and private gardens are well maintained and mainly down to lawn with a variety of species of trees including horse chestnut, pine, oak and elm. The sunken wall enables un-interrupted views of the policies from the house. There is a small 0.5 acre fenced paddock and potential for further grazing paddocks if required. The sheltered south westerly patio at the rear is a tranquil and peaceful place to enjoy the countryside views or enjoy al-fresco entertaining.
OUTBUILDINGS (Overall external about 39’10” x 21’)
Comprising a garage, workshop/store, stable, garden store and potting shed with electricity and concrete floor.
Adjoining the above is a wood store (About 21’ x 5’2”)
There is a former ice house within the gardens.