CLOSING DATE SET FOR WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE AT 12 NOON. A classic, sensitively and fully restored category ‘B’ listed country house and versatile set of ancillary buildings with the potential for income generation.
Auchmannoch House is a beautiful B-listed country home, built under a slate roof with crow-stepped gables and a traditional rendered finish, the house is true to its original 1690 design. It has been recently and comprehensively restored to allow easy family living, blending modern day conveniences whilst exuding its historic character and charm.
The surrounding buildings, of similar vintage and the parkland in which they sit, add to the propertys romantic feel. The cottage and barn have also been sensitively restored and upgraded to provide additional accommodation and office and living space. The stables could be used as such or, subject to planning, could be further developed and converted to residential accommodation. All 3 buildings offer the potential for a variety of income generating activities.
All in all, Auchmannoch house, cottage, stables and barn comprise a rare set of beautiful and historic buildings, sympathetically modernised and presented in immaculate condition.
The grounds, with their parkland, woodlands, fields, ponds and streams complement the house and its outbuildings to provide a unique combination of rural peace and seclusion whilst allowing convenient access to major cities, airports and the rail and motorway networks.
Outer door to reception hallway with flagged stone floor, sitting room with log burner, oak floor and fitted book cases, bright open-plan kitchen with oil-fired Aga range and electric Aga companion adjacent to it, island with two drawer fridges, double dishwashers, fitted pantry and spices cupboard, a double fronted understair cupboard, welsh dresser, all open plan to convivial dining room space with French doors to gardens and patio, vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and natural light provided by heritage velux rooflights. Secondary staircase to upper hallway.
Twin leaf doors lead to the drawing room with open fire in stone fireplace with slate hearth, triple aspect, door to a further terrace and gardens. Inner hallway with flag stone floor, rear access door, pantry & larder with marble cold shelf, boot room, oil boiler and pressurised water system, back door to gardens. Shower room and wc. Ground floor bedroom 1 with rich pitch pine wood panelling, warming log burner set in stone fireplace.
From the main reception hallway access to the first floor is by an elegant stone spiral staircase to the first floor upper hallway. Bedroom 2 has a triple aspect, fitted furniture, en suite shower room, bedroom 3 (master suite) entered via stone mullion with carved Campbells of Loudon motif, oak flooring, fitted furniture and bookcases, stone fireplace and hearth, hallway to en suite dressing room with oak flooring, en suite bath and shower room. Jib door to north eastern upper hallway from where there is access to water tanks, stores and eaves space, shower room with arched fanlight window, linen and airing cupboard. Bedroom 4 with fitted furniture, family/TV den/rumpus room. Return staircase to kitchen.
Staircase from main upper hallway leading to second floor upper hallway with dormer window formation, bedroom 5 with fitted wardrobes, dormer window formation, feature arrow slits, bedroom 6 with fitted furniture and arrow slits, second floor shower room and wc.
Mains water supply, drainage is by private septic tank, oil fired central heating, rapid fibre-optic broadband direct to house. All windows and doors are double glazed.
Three useful outhouses, 2 potting sheds, corrugated sheet roof Wendy House, poultry houses and enclosure.
Detached single storey cottage completed in matching oatmeal coloured render under a slated roof, exposed stone detail to window mullions and door frames, ancient preserved
doocots on south eastern gable.
Outer door to reception hallway, fitted kitchen with space for dining/breakfasting furniture, large feature stone fireplace lintel, access to utility room with Belfast sink, tiled floor, 2 storage cupboards, fuse boxes, back door to own cottage garden. Bathroom, bedroom 1, bedroom 2, triple aspect sitting room with working open fireplace.
Mains water supply, drainage is by private septic tank, oil fired central heating, fibre-optic broadband. All windows and doors are double glazed.
Detached structure of exposed natural stone with historic crow stepped gables, slated roof, juxtaposed with contemporary 2 storey glazed box window formation at southern gable.
Entrance door to open plan sitting room with vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and trusses, warming wood burner, a further door to gardens, cloaks/wc, inner hallway with bookcases and steps down to bright day room/home office with feature glass gable and bi-fold doors, limestone tiled floor, fitted kitchen units, sink, fridge, under stairs stores.
Stairs up to bedroom with glass gable window formation, vaulted ceiling, fitted wardrobe, en suite shower room with wc.
Mains water supply, drainage is by private septic tank, double glazing, fibre broadband, air source heat pump underfloor heating on ground floor, radiators on first floor.
Detached building of exposed natural stone with feature crow stepped gables and all under a slated roof.
Former stables now offering general purpose stores, middle store offering garden equipment and machinery storage, former cart shed with distinctive arched doors, stone set flooring. Numerous lean-to log drying stores.
Detached double garage via up and over remotely operated door, concrete floor, larch cladding under box profile steel roof. Wood burner, light and power. Lean to secure ride on mower or quad store.
A 1km gravel surfaced farm road (owned by Sorn Estates) leads to the entrance of Auchmannoch House. Timber county gate with pedestrian side gate and cattle grid leads to the private access driveway to Auchmannoch House. The drive is flanked by lawns, beech hedging and strips of mature native woodlands. An ancient stone bridge (restored and re-pointed) takes the driveway across the Stra Burn to sweep between two imposing stone gateposts towards the main house. A spur to the right leads to the cottage, barn, stables and the double garage, thereby offering those buildings independent access and privacy.
The main drive opens to a broad gravel apron and sweep in front of the house, an informal flower and shrub garden, set amidst attractive potting sheds of character, sits to the southern side of the house. Around the house and gardens are various flagstone terraces and patios, positioned to enjoy the views. They are all pleasant sunny spots perfect for alfresco dining and generally relaxing.
The broader gardens are parkland in character, areas of lawn merge into native grass and wildflower cover under mature tree canopies and more recently planted oaks, often underplanted with masses of spring bulbs.
A stone dam creates a pond to the front of the house and a bridge to the lawns beyond. There is wooden decking at the waters edge. A small paddock is home to a recently planted orchard, a slightly larger paddock beyond it is managed to create a natural grassland and a haven for orchids and other wild flowers.
To the south is Badger Wood an area of semi ancient native woodland, a badgers sett and an undergrowth of seasonal woodland flowers. The Stra Burn flows through the wood as a series of natural pools and small waterfalls.
Auchmannoch has two further fields of about 19 acres and which are mainly to the south and east of the house and march with the access driveway. The fields are to grass, they have been recently fenced and were both drained in 2020. The drainage system feeds the water into a newly created wild life pond at the southern side of the fields, the overflow sweeps into wild fowl scrapes.
In all, the land holding at Auchmannoch House extends to 26 acres (10.52Ha).
Auchmannoch House is located near Sorn in East Ayrshire.
The property and land are situated at the end of a 1km driveway. The house and other buildings are surrounded by a combination of own parkland grounds and woodlands, small paddocks and two larger fields beyond. Moorland stretches away to the east of the property, there are fine views across undulating pastures towards the sea to the west.
Mauchline (3.2 miles to the south west) and Galston are the nearest small towns for everyday amenities (Galston has a Tesco, Co-Op and fuel station). There is a primary school in Sorn, and the brand new school, The Robert Burns Academy at Cumnock, provides secondary schooling. Private independent education is available at Ayr and Glasgow.
Kilmarnock and Ayr are 9.5 miles and 14 miles distant respectively and are larger county towns with a wide range of amenities. Dumfries House and gardens are closeby, Culzean Castle to the south of Ayr is a spectacular and popular National Trust property.
Glasgow city centre is about 26 miles to the north via the A76 which connects with the M77 and M8. As with most major cities, it has an extensive range of retail, higher educational, leisure and professional services. Edinburgh city centre is circa 67 miles to the east via the B744 to Galston and then the A71.
For outdoor enthusiasts this area provides a wealth of opportunity.
There are local golf courses near Galston and Mauchline whilst the championship courses at Turnberry, Troon and historic Prestwick are all within easy travelling distance. There are a number of leisure facilities in the area including a dry ski slope at Newmilns, swimming pools and a mountain bike club. The Irvine Valley has fine, well-marked, walking routes all within easy access. The Firth of Clyde and sheltered west coast waters of Scotland provide a variety of water sports including sailing and water-skiing. The beautiful islands of Arran, Bute and the Cumbraes are easily accessed by ferry services from coastal towns nearby. Grouse and pheasant shooting, and roe deer stalking can be rented locally.
The equestrian community is well served in the area. Irvine (18 miles) has 3 miles of sandy beach on which horse-riding is permitted. There are local Pony Clubs and there are a range of Eventing competitions hosted on nearby estates. Rowallan (near Kilmarnock) has excellent show jumping and dressage arenas. Surrounding Auchmannoch House there are quiet country lanes which would allow easy hacks to and from the house.
For travel, the property is well positioned for both the M77 and M74.
Prestwick Airport is 15.5 miles away, Glasgow Airport 32 miles. Both offer a wide range of flights to domestic and international destinations.
East Ayrshire Council
Tel: 01563 576 000.
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Auchmannoch House is in Band E and the amount of council tax payable for 2021/2022 is £2,066.77. Auchmannoch Cottage is in Band C and the amount of council tax payable is £1,411.41. These charges include water but exclude drainage.
EPC rating E.
From Glasgow City Centre proceed out on the M8 taking the M77 motorway junction. Proceed along the M77/A77 for about 19.5 miles, leave at junction signposted Dumfries A76. Continue on the A76 through Mauchline. After 9 miles take the minor road on the right hand side. Continue on the minor road for 1.2 miles to reach the entrance to Auchmannoch House on the right hand side.