Kirkland is privately situated in extensive mature gardens and grounds in the small conservation village of Dunlop in East Ayrshire. Dunlop has a post office, village shop, well regarded restaurant (Struther Farmhouse), an excellent primary school and railway station with …
Kirkland is privately situated in extensive mature gardens and grounds in the small conservation village of Dunlop in East Ayrshire. Dunlop has a post office, village shop, well regarded restaurant (Struther Farmhouse), an excellent primary school and railway station with regular services to Glasgow (which takes 20 minutes). Stewarton about 3 miles distant has primary and secondary schooling and private schools Belmont House and Hutchesons are within easy travelling distance. Glasgow and Prestwick Airports are easily reachable being 14 and 21 miles distant respectively.
Ayrshire is renowned for its opportunities for outdoor pursuits. The world class “19” hole golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie at Rowallan Castle, which includes a first class hotel and events venue and restaurant (The Glasshouse) is about 2.5 miles distant. There is a popular racecourse in Ayr and excellent yachting facilities at the marinas in Troon, Ardrossan and Largs. Morris Equestrian Centre (2 miles) is a state of the art equestrian facility with 500 seater arena, restaurant, bar and a comprehensive range of events throughout the year.
Kirkland is an exquisite A Listed former Manse built in the early 16th century of sandstone and whinstone with Ballachulish slate and extended in 1910. It is formed over two storeys with a basement. It is a charming property with a tower and stone spiral stair at the entrance and steep crow-stepped gabled roof. The outer storm door has carved figures depicted on its reverse which are easily overlooked. The staircase is unusual in that it is anti-clockwise when viewed bottom up, indicating the initial owner was left handed and also has a defensive trip step three quarters of the way up. It is steeped in history having once been home to John Major, the tutor of John Knox. There are two death masks on the property, one said to be cast in his image. It is believed that during the Reformation an underground tunnel was built between the house and the church. In the late 19th century the house was purchased by William Clement, a cheese merchant, who renovated it around 1900, adding the bay window to the north and renovating the interior. It is also thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited unfortified houses in Scotland after Traquair.
Entered from the Main Street in Dunlop, there is a gravel sweep in front of the house enclosed by mature trees affording it considerable privacy. The house overlooks a series of beautiful stone terraces with further mature gardens and grounds and a substantial polytunnel, Close to the house is the former Coach house, built in 1920 of stone under a slate roof, with various stores and stabling, and considerable potential. There is a paddock of 3.85 acres which can also be accessed from the public road to the west by the Church.
Ground Floor: Sitting Room, Living Room, Dining Room, Conservatory, Kitchen, Study, Pantry, Bedroom, Shower Room and w.c.
First Floor: 5 Bedrooms, Bathroom, Sitting Room (with potential for a sixth bedroom).
Basement: Laundry Room, Boiler Room, Coal Store.
On entering Kirkland through a door with decorative leaded glass, a welcoming hall with a small fireplace set in a tiled hearth, surrounded by beautiful wood panelling and decorative beams set into the ceiling provides a taste of this unique and characterful mansion. The wood panelling and decorative beams flow through to the sitting room which has a grand stone fireplace with open fire and window seat overlooking the garden, the conservatory is accessed from the sitting room and has wonderful views over the gardens and land beyond. The comfortable living room has dual aspect windows, an open fire with wooden surround and cornicing. The formal dining room is an excellent entertaining space with bay formation windows and a door to the garden and boasts a large fireplace which enhances the craftsmanship of the wood panelled walls. The kitchen has a red Aga, wall and floor mounted units, electric cooker and dishwasher. There is a useful pantry room from the kitchen which houses the fridge and freezer. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a study, w.c., bedroom and large storage/boot room. There are stairs to the basement where the boiler room, laundry room and coal store are located. From the hall a circular staircase rises to the first floor where the master bedroom has a bay window and adjoining dressing room with wash hand basin, three further generously sized bedrooms and a single bedroom. There is a sitting room between bedroom 4 and 5 which could be converted to a further bedroom. The bathroom has a shower over the bath, wash hand basin, w.c. and heated towel rail.
GARDEN (AND GROUNDS)
Situated within the leafy policies and extensive mature grounds sits the coach house, also A listed, which subject to necessary consents being obtained could be converted to a wide range of uses including residential.
The well maintained gardens are stocked with an abundance of well-established trees and plants to provide year round colour and privacy. There is extensive parking on the red stone chipped drive and around the house.
There is a grazing paddock of 3.85 acres and 0.30 acres woodland. There is water and electricity available within the polytunnel.