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Kennox House, By Stewarton, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
7 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
4 receptions

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Offers Over £799,000

Property Summary

A beautifully presented country house in parkland grounds in rural Ayrshire with convenience to airports and city.

Property Description

Kennox House is a handsome detached country mansion house which dates mainly from the mid-18th century and with later 19th century additions. The main part of the house is a symmetrical classical Regency villa which is of painted stone construction under a re-slated roof and with significant lead works having been undertaken at skews and valleys.

In the more recent past, Kennox has undergone significant refurbishment and upgrading together with a programme of professional rolling maintenance. In addition to the re-slating works, Kennox has had a new central heating system, numerous new sash and case windows, bespoke joinery by Sean Diggin, new flooring with detailed inlay as well as top quality kitchen and bathroom ware.

Latticed glazed front door with fanlight above to broad reception hallway with recessed mat well, oak flooring, period staircase to first floor, drawing room with herringbone oak floor with inlaid edges, working open fire, sitting room with working open fire, hardwood floor, bespoke furniture and inset low voltage lighting. Inner hallway to under stairs stores, cloakroom and wc with fan light and barrel vaulted ceiling, cloaks cupboard, large inner hallway with formal dining hall space with working open fire, hardwood floor and cupola. Family room with cast iron stove and pitch pine flooring, inner hallway leading to utility and laundry room with fitted furniture, second cloakroom and wc, door to gardens, basement and polished stone secondary staircase to first floor. Large family breakfasting and informal dining kitchen with large lantern roof light, cream coloured 4 oven Aga range cooker, hardwood Island, door leading to integral garage/general purpose store.

Access to the first floor is via a period staircase with iron risers and hardwood banister to first floor landing leading to bedroom 1 (master suite) of double bedroom with fitted wardrobes, dressing room with fitted wardrobes leading to fully refitted en suite bath and shower. Bedroom 2, Inner hallway leading to guest accommodation bedroom 3, linen stores, bathroom, separate wc, shower room, bedroom 4 (presently home office/study) with cabin style fitted bed and fitted furniture, bedroom 5 with cabin style fitted bed and fitted furniture, polished stone staircase return to lower hall.

Staircase from main landing leading to second floor upper hallway and leading to bedrooms 6 & 7 both with coombed ceilings and walk in wardrobes, second floor bath and shower room.

Basement, stone staircase down to basement with flagged floor, door to gardens, coal store, children's games/playroom, children's sitting or music room, wine cellar, former larder with vent mesh window, boiler room.

Tractor/stables/machinery shed and workshop, open fronted lean to at tennis court, summer house/tennis pavilion, greenhouse, cold frames, pretty Hansel & Gretel detached 2- storey, stone under slate bothy.

Bell mouth entry via stone gate piers to black top surfaced driveway to gravel sweep, turning and guest vehicle hard standing. Main gardens are to grass fringed with mature deciduous trees, assorted shrubs and bushes as well as colourful spring rhodendrons. To the rear is a pretty pond and pathways of gravel leading to tennis court and soft fruit cages. The Glazert Water enters at the northern side and continues through the grounds on the east side of the house exiting at the southern road boundary. A pretty internal timber bridge provides access to the east side of the Glazert Water to an area of semi ancient native woodland which provides excellent shelter, privacy and woodland amenity.

In all Kennox House is set amid some 25 acres, a 5.5 acre grazing paddock is situated on the opposite side of the Kilwinning road.

Kennox House is situated in fine parkland grounds in the heart of soft rolling Ayrshire countryside. Tree life within and at the fringes of the grounds provide much in the way of privacy, shelter and amenity.

Kennox is surrounded by mainly pastoral stock farmland, in East Ayrshire about 2.5 miles to the west of the town of Stewarton.

Whilst rurally located and enjoying the peace and tranquillity associated with rural living, Kennox House is conveniently placed for access to Glasgow, Central Scotland and the developing Ayrshire coastline.

Glasgow city centre is 21 miles to the north east and there are good transport links in the area with a regular train service to Glasgow from Stewarton (2.5 miles). Glasgow Airport is only 19 miles away with regular scheduled international and domestic flights. Stewarton is the nearest small town and has an excellent range of shops, a supermarket and local professional services. The towns of Ayr and Kilmarnock offer a further wide range of amenities including excellent shopping, restaurants and sports facilities.

There are good private and state schools in the area. Kennox House is in the Stewarton schooling catchment for both primary and secondary.   

Tourism is a thriving industry in Ayrshire and is arguably Scotland's golfing Mecca with the home of the Open Championship at Prestwick and present day Open Championship links at Turnberry and Royal Troon. Ayr has its own racecourse. Alloway is the birthplace of Robert Burns and his legacy continues to draw people to the area.

The rivers of Ayrshire offer salmon fishing by permit, the rivers Irvine and Garnock are the closest to Kennox House. The area also offers some commercially run and challenging driven pheasant shooting and with permission some of the local estates and land owners allow the chance to stalk roe deer.

Sea fishing sport is available on the Ayrshire coastline.

For yachting enthusiasts, there are marina, yachting and chandlery services at Troon, Ardrossan, Largs and Inverkip. The lower reaches of the firth of Clyde offers some of the most scenic coastal sailing in western Europe.

Historical Note
The precise history of Kennox house is not fully known, but in his 'History of the County of Ayr 1852' James Paterson noted that the original mansion was built circa 1720 and in 1852, a modern building existed, which had been extensively extended and was owned by a Colonel McAlister. Colonel McAlister was one of the Somerville family who had owned the estate, formerly known as 'Crivoch', from around the beginning of the 18th Century. In 'Ayrshire and Arran' an illustrated Architectural guide, Rob Close dates the Regency part of the house to c.1820, and describes Kennox as a 'house of real quality'.

Kennox appears to have been further extended to the east in 1831 and this date appears on a stone on the east side of the house. A bathroom extension was built to the east side of the property in 1911 by the prominent architect of the day, James Archibald Morris of Ayr.

Kennox House, together with the entrance gate pillars, is protected by a category 'A' listing by Historic Scotland.

Travel Directions
From Glasgow city centre proceed in a southerly direction on the M77. Come off at at junction 7 Fenwick. Turn right onto the B778 following signs for Stewarton. Once in Stewarton turn left at the traffic lights onto Lainshaw St, proceed to the mini roundabout and turn right into Standalane, then bear left onto Kilwinning Road. Continue on Kilwinning Road for about 1.5 miles to find the entrance to Kennox House on the right hand side.