Property SummaryA modern country house with an excellent range of outbuildings and equestrian infrastructure, all set in about 4.3 acres
Merkland House is a good quality parcel of rural assets which include the principal house, a 3 bay steel portal frame shed, a range of further outbuildings, a floodlit outdoor manege and adjoining land to about 4.3 acres. The house enjoys a western exposure from where there are outstanding countryside and farmland views which extend away in the distance to the high tops of Arran.
The principal home (about 10 years old) is of dressed Yorkshire stone construction under a tiled roof. The accommodation is light and bright and laid out over two easily managed levels. Throughout the house is good use of quality white oak hardwoods with bevelled glass, Karndean flooring and deluxe quality kitchen and bathroom ware.
Open fronted outer canopy porch, twin leaf doors to entrance reception hallway, wc, twin leaf doors to sitting room with French doors to terrace and gardens, study/home office or possible 4th bedroom, under stairs stores and electrical switchgear, twin leaf doors to comfortable family room with feature corner positioned contemporary styled log burner, twin leaf doors lead to generous conservatory itself with French doors to deck and gardens, twin leaf doors to expansive dining and integrated breakfasting kitchen with centre island and polished granite worktops, utility room with good coat hooks and door to rear gardens, convenient shower room.
Staircase to first floor upper hallway with vaulted ceiling and automatic Velux windows, bedroom 1 with twin double fitted mirrored wardrobes, bath and shower room, bedroom 2 with double fitted mirrored wardrobes, linen cupboard with slatted shelving, general purpose lockable former gun safe store, bedroom 3 (master) with double doors to Romeo & Juliet balcony, mirrored fitted wardrobes, en suite bath and shower room with whirlpool spa bath.
Block built general purpose store with concrete floor, front and rear doors.
3 bay galvanised steel portal frame shed clad in box profile steel, concrete floor, light power and water, 7 loose boxes, tack room, feed room, wc, dog kennel and enclosure.
Former kennels now used as log stores.
Facing brick finished entrance with timber county gate to gravel surfaced driveway flanked on one side by trees and mown grass verge. Dressed stone bellmouth entry depicting house name to gravel driveway and good vehicle turning and hard standing areas and leading to outbuildings. Easily maintained gravel terrace with raised sleeper gravel beds. Mature level lawn at the side extending around to the front to hot tub area, further gravel terrace, secondary access gate.
Timber post and rail turn out area.
20 x 40 flood lit, post and rail bounded rubber and silica sand surfaced all weather manège.
Adjoining acreage extending in all to 4.334 acres (1.753ha).
Merkland House is located in East Ayrshire in an area known locally as Willoxton.
The house is set in a private location at the end of a 175m private access driveway and from its western facing position, there are wonderful views over adjacent farmland and wooded countryside extending to the high tops of the island of Arran in the far distance.
Mauchline (4 miles to the north) is the nearest small town for everyday amenities, with local shops and services that easily cater for everyday needs and requirements. There is a primary school, and Loudon Academy provides secondary schooling in Galston. Private independent education is available at Ayr.
Kilmarnock and Ayr are 11.5 miles and 13 miles distant respectively and are larger county towns with a wide range of amenities. Dean Castle at Kilmarnock and Culzean Castle to the south of Ayr are special historical features.
Glasgow city centre is about 31 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 76 miles to the east via the B744 to Galston and then the A71.
For outdoor enthusiasts this area provides a wealth of activities.
There is a local golf course at Loudon while the championship courses at Turnberry, Troon and historic Prestwick in Ayrshire 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. Grouse and pheasant shooting, and roe deer stalking can be rented locally.
The equestrian community is very well served in the area. Irvine (19 miles) has 3 miles of sandy beach on which horse-riding is permitted. The Eglinton Pony Club organises events for members aged under 21. Barskimming and Auchinleck estates hold rallies and regional events, including Eventing Competitions. Morris equestrian centre (near Kilmarnock) has excellent show jumping and dressage arenas. Surrounding Merkland House there are many quiet country lanes which provide 3, 6, 7 or 10 miles easy hacks and they begin at Merkland House itself.
For travel, the property is well positioned for both the M77 and M74.
Prestwick Airport is 16 miles distant, with Glasgow Airport 39 miles distant. Both offer an increasingly wide range of flights to domestic and international destinations. The ferry at Troon is 17.5 miles distant and sailing crossings to and from Northern Ireland.
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 Merkland House on the right hand side.
Private water supply, drainage by private septic tank, oil fired central heating supported by log burner, double glazing.
Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Merkland House is in Band F and the amount of council tax payable for 2018/2019 is £2,049.78 which excludes water and sewage charges.