Property SummaryA wonderful combination of property and land assets in a private, peaceful and scenic valley location on a soft meander of the river Doon and with excellent commuter benefits.
A feature of Monkwood Mill is its wonderfully private, tranquil situation located in soft rolling Ayrshire countryside on a gentle bend of the river Doon and with a backdrop of semi-ancient native woodland on the eastern bank providing shelter, privacy and spectacular autumn colours. The buildings are grouped within a pretty sheltered valley.
Monkwood Mill provides an excellent opportunity to own an income producing package of residential and development property assets which are protected by owned land boundaries. It also lends itself perfectly for small scale or hobby/organic farming with amenity and sporting elements.
For those who may want only the residential elements and a smaller land holding, the remaining land is readily lettable. Monkwood Mill lies in a single block with no exclusions from ownership within its boundaries. The farm has been owned by the sellers' family for two generations and in recent times has been subject to a selective programme of upgrading and improvement including new roofs and interior refurbishment, in all it comprises the following assets;
Traditional 4-bedroom characterful detached farmhouse with pretty views to river, woodlands and countryside. Currently let under PRT.
3-bedroom detached farm cottage. Currently let under SAT.
A range of traditional 'U' shaped farm steading outbuildings arranged to form a pleasant courtyard, part of which is currently let out.
3-storey stone former mill buildings and mill lade.
Cattle court, loose boxes.
About 92.6 acres permanent pasture. Let on a grazing licence.
About 3 acres semi-ancient native woodland.
Single bank fishing for salmon, sea and brown trout. Currently let seasonally.
Monkwood Mill Farmhouse
A detached house with character of mainly stone construction with a brick extension to its southern side, all under a new slated roof. The accommodation is laid out over two light, bright and easily managed levels and in recent times the house has been subject to a programme of upgrading and improvements, including the fitting of a new kitchen and bathroom as well as redecoration.
The property is warmed by LPG central heating and the sitting and living rooms have wood burning stoves.
The ground floor has an entrance reception hallway, sitting room, living room, kitchen, scullery, utility area, inner hallway, bedroom 1 and bathroom.
The first floor has an upper hallway and bedrooms 2, 3 & 4.
The house is set in mature and easily tended gardens bounded by fencing and wall, fringed with trees, shrubs and bushes. The gardens are laid mainly to grass and there is a gravel surfaced vehicle turning and hard standing area.
The farmhouse is warmed by LPG central heating supported by solid fuel stoves.
Monkwood Mill Cottage
Is a former farm worker's house and now an income producing secondary property. It is a detached cottage of white painted brick finish under a mainly slated roof. Accommodation is laid out over a single storey level comprising entrance area, large sitting room, kitchen, three bedrooms and bathroom. It has also been the subject of modernisation and improvement.
The cottage has post and wire fence bounded gardens on the adjacent side of the track.
Monkwood Mill Cottage is warmed by oil fired central heating. The sitting room is supported by a wood burning stove.
The residential properties, steadings and old mill buildings are positioned to the eastern side of the farm. The buildings are arranged to form a courtyard to the rear of the house and cottage and are versatile in terms of their usage. The traditional farm steading buildings are of mainly stone construction under slated roofs.
The former mill buildings are of stone construction and have recently been re-roofed with box profile steel. Strictly subject to planning permission, the mill buildings lend themselves suitable for redevelopment and offer the potential to create a striking and unique residential home or homes. In addition, strictly subject to planning permission, the mill lade could offer potential for a small scale hydro-electric scheme.
Comprising mostly permanent pasture, the land can be analysed as follows:
Permanent pasture 92.6 acres (37.5 hectares)
Woods 3 acres (1.2 hectares).
Roads, gardens, buildings and miscellaneous land 2 acres (0.080 hectares).
Total 97.6 acre (39.5 hectares).
The land can be accessed from the farm yard and access tracks and is classified as grade 42 by the Macaulay Institute and is in one ring-fenced block.
The undulating land rises from 35 metres (98') above sea level at the river Doon to a high point of 74 metres (242').
Whilst the land is mainly in grass, hay, haylage and silage have been taken in recent years.
With mild average temperatures, the farm is well-suited to the purpose of stock rearing.
The farm is fenced for stock. The fencing has been subject to ongoing maintenance and much has been replaced and or repaired in recent times. The fields are easily accessible from the farm yard and a hard core farm track provides access to the centre of the land. There are three water troughs in the fields.
The land is currently let for grazing and silage.
The river Doon is one of the 'famous four' Ayrshire salmon fishing rivers. The fishing comprises single bank salmon, sea and brown trout fishing on about 1.3 km stretch with a number of good holding pools. The fishing is easily accessible, comprises lovely fly water and the pools are easily fished.
Monkwood Mill is available for sale as a whole or in 2 lots.
Lot 1 Monkwood Mill Farmhouse, Cottage, outbuildings, land of 19.8 acres & fishing.
Lot 2 Remaining land of 77.8 acres
The whole 97.6 acres
Prospective purchasers should note that Lot 2 will not be considered for sale ahead of agreement to sell Lot 1.
The AFRC-RPID code for Monkwood Mill is 212/0089.
Basic Payment Scheme
The owners hold 36.98 Region 1 entitlements for the permanent grassland for the Basic Payment Scheme. The Basic Payment Entitlements in respect of Monkwood Mill for future years are included in the sale. The subsidy from the Basic Payment in relation to the 2020 farming year will be retained by the sellers.
Entry is available only by arrangement with the agents acting on behalf of the sellers.
Council Tax/EPC Rating
Monkwood Mill council tax band E and EPC rating F.
Monkwood Mill Cottage council tax band C and EPC rating G.
Listings and Environmental Stipulations
There are no Environmental Designations on the farm.
There are no buildings or structures on the farm that are listed by Historic Scotland.
Monkwood Mill LPG heating, mains water, private drainage.
Monkwood Mill Cottage oil heating, mains water, private drainage.
Situated about 5.5 miles south of the former Royal Burgh town of Ayr, Monkwood Mill has a remarkably private and tranquil position with protected boundaries and pretty views to the river Doon, surrounding woodlands and countryside. Monkwood Mill is accessed via a single track access road and is about 0.75 miles from the A77 which provides convenient access to Ayr and onwards to Glasgow.
Monkwood Mill is situated 1.5 miles south of the village of Minishant, which has a local shop providing for everyday needs and requirements as well as a local primary school. A wider range of shops, supermarkets and professional services are available in Ayr (5.5 miles). Secondary education is available at Ayr Academy and private co-educational schooling for pupils from the ages of 3 to 18 is also available at Wellington School in Ayr. A complete range of higher and further education is available in Glasgow. The Scottish Agricultural College has a campus at Auchincruive outside Ayr.
Ayrshire is famous worldwide for golf with globally renowned championship courses including Royal Troon, Prestwick and The Trump Turnberry golf resort all within easy reach. With its 'famous four' rivers The Ayr, Doon, Girvan and Stinchar Ayrshire is a haven for salmon fishers. Monkwood Mill enjoys ownership of a 1.3km stretch of southern single bank fishing. Game shooting is also a feature of the area with driven shooting available to rent on a number of estates locally. For those keen on horse racing, Ayr Racecourse, home of the Scottish Grand National, is about 5.5 miles distant.
While enjoying a private, tranquil and land ring-fenced protected situation, Monkwood Mill remains remarkably convenient for commuter access to both Ayr and Glasgow via the A77. Trains run regularly north to Glasgow and south to Stranraer from Ayr. Prestwick Airport (13.5 miles) has frequent flights to London and European destinations, plus there are daily ferry crossings from Cairnryan (46 miles) to Ireland.
Monkwood Mill is surrounded by some of Ayrshire's most beautiful scenery and the area is renowned for its mild climate, unspoilt countryside and a diverse range of sporting and recreational pursuits. Ayrshire is one of the most agriculturally fertile regions of Scotland, with potatoes being grown on the low flat ground near the coast and livestock of distinction being raised on the edges of the Galloway hills in the south of the county.
From Glasgow travel south on the A77 to Ayr. At Ayr at the Holmston roundabout continue in a southerly direction for 5.3 miles on the A77 continuing through Minishant . On leaving Minishant, turn left onto the B7045 signposted for Kirkmichael and Straiton. Proceed along the B7045 for a further 0.4 miles then turn left onto the access driveway that will lead past Crorieshill and on to Monkwood Mill at the end of the track.
For those with satellite navigation, the postcode for Monkwood Mill is KA19 7JL.