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Ochiltree, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, KA18 2RU

Offers Over £475,000

  • A delightful small farm with an excellent well-presented bungalow.

  • About 81.74 acres.

  • Lot 1 - Beechknowe, buildings and 6.07 acres.

  • Lot 2 - About 17.76 acres land.

  • Lot 3 - Barlosh Moss About 49.57 acres Site of Special Scientific Interest.

  • For Sale as a Whole or in 3 Lots.

Beechknowe Farm is an attractive small farm situated in open unspoilt countryside just to the south west of Ochiltree. The farm is in a ring fenced block and easily accessed from the B7046 whilst it is in close proximity to …

Beechknowe Farm is an attractive small farm situated in open unspoilt countryside just to the south west of Ochiltree. The farm is in a ring fenced block and easily accessed from the B7046 whilst it is in close proximity to the A70 which leads to the A77 and A76.
Beechknowe is well placed for easy access to Cumnock (about 6.5 miles) and Ayr (about 11 miles) whilst Glasgow (40 miles) can be reached within an hour’s drive. There are excellent transport links in the area with regular bus connections and a railway station in Auchinleck (7 miles) with frequent connections to Ayr, Kilmarnock, Glasgow and beyond. Glasgow and Prestwick Airports have regular scheduled and international flights and are 17 miles and 42 miles respectively. There is schooling available at Ochiltree, Coylton, Cumnock and Auchinleck. Cumnock offers a variety of local shops and sporting facilities. Nearby places of interest include Dumfries House, a Palladian country house set in a 2,000 acre estate with 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 Wallace’s Cave and Peden’s 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 Scotland’s most famous architects. There is a popular coffee shop and gift shop (Boswell’s 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 Scotland’s best salmon and trout fishing. Permit fishing is available at the River Nith.

Beechknowe Farm is an excellent small holding extending to about 81.74 acres (33.08 ha) comprising a well-appointed single storey house which was built in 2011 as well as two useful modern buildings and sheep handling facilities. The 31.2 acres of farmland is down to permanent pasture and there is 49.57 acres in the Barlosh Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest. The land is graded as a mixture of Grades 4(1), 4(2) and 5(3) by the James Hutton Institute and is relatively flat lying at around 150m above sea level. The farm will be of interest to buyers with equestrian or other livestock interests. There is good flat grazing land and the buildings could be utilised for stables or an exercise arena.

Beechknowe is offered for sale as a whole or in the following three lots:


Beechknowe House

Beechknowe House is of rendered brick construction set under a pitched tiled roof with double glazing throughout.
It lies immediately to the east of the buildings with its own gardens and parking area. The accommodation at Beechknowe is well proportioned and planned having been designed by the current owners making the most of the fine views over the surrounding countryside. A welcoming hallway leads to various rooms of good size including a living room with a wood burning stove and a spacious kitchen/dining room which leads to a sun room. The remaining accommodation can be seen in more detail in the floor plans but comprises a utility, office/bedroom 1, family bathroom and two further bedrooms, one with an ensuite shower room. There is a good sized loft space which has considerable potential for extending the house.

Beechknowe House is surrounded by a tarmacked drive with two entrances whilst the property is bound by wooden fencing to the side and stone walling on to the public road. To the east and south, are lawned gardens providing excellent space for BBQs and outdoor entertaining during the summer months. There is also a vegetable plot.

Farm Buildings

The farm buildings lie immediately to the north west of the bungalow and are reached directly off the public road by a separate farm access. The two sheds offer considerable scope for a range of uses and are surrounded by a large yard area whilst there are also sheep handling facilities. The buildings comprise the following:
Shed 1 - about 78’2” x 40’2”
Of steel portal frame construction under a fibre cement roof with concrete panels, Yorkshire boarding, box profile clad and hardcore floor.
Shed 2 - about 99’6” x 39’6”
Of steel portal frame construction under a fibre cement roof with Yorkshire boarding, tin clad and hardcore floor.


The farmland in Lot 1 extends to approximately 4.95 acres and sits immediately to the east of the property. It is split into 2 enclosures bound by post and wire fencing and is utilised for grazing purposes. Mains water troughs service the fields.


Lot 2 extends to about 17.76 acres. Mains water troughs service the fields.


Lot 3 extends to about 58.22 acres (23.56 ha) of which 49.57 acres (20.06 ha) forms part of the Barlosh Moss Site of Special Interest which was designated in June 1985. It comprises an assortment of relatively undisturbed wetland habitats and woodland and in particular is designated for its Hydromorphological Mire Range and Raised Bog vegetation features. There is also a grazing field of 8.65 acres (3.5 ha) outwith the SSSI. The SSSI is managed in conjunction with Scottish Natural Heritage and whilst grazing by sheep and cattle is permitted, consent is limited to a maximum of 16 cows and 40 sheep. There is an annual management grant paid by the Scottish Natural Heritage of about £2,250.
The land is split into two enclosures, serviced by two water troughs and bound by post and wire fencing with a right of access at two points across the public road.

From the Holmston Roundabout at the A77 Ayr Bypass, take the A70 signed for Dumfries. Proceed through Coylton and then before the railway bridge take a right signposted for Drongan. Continue through Drongan and take a left signposted for Sinclairston and Skares. At the cross roads take a left onto the B7046, continue on the road for 1.5 miles then take a left signposted for Barlosh, and Beechknowe is the first property on the left.
Beechknowe Farm, Ochiltree, Cumnock, East Ayrshire,
KA18 2RU