Kirkmichael House is a substantial country mansion house. Enjoying a private and secluded setting, the property is set within an estate of some 55 acres. Extensive gardens and woodlands surround the property and contain a wonderful collection of specimen trees and plants. A five acre stocked loch with viewing platform is also offered.
The estate borders the attractive village of Kirkmichael. Kirkmichael village is set amidst the rolling hills of South Ayrshire and is mainly formed around two interconnecting streets of pretty white harled cottages. The county town of Ayr is located around 10 miles to the South. Good independent schooling and excellent range of shopping, recreational and professional services are provided within the town. The wider county provides a number of renowned restaurants and recreational facilities.
Ayrshire has long been favoured by golfers for the quality and number of courses. Within a twenty mile radius of Kirkmichael one can access three championship courses: Old Prestwick (the original home of the British open from 1860), Turnberry (host of the 2009 British Open) and Royal Troon (the venue of the 2016 open). Sailing is available at Troon and Largs while there are abundant opportunities for field sports locally.
Kirkmichael is well placed for those requiring access to more further afield locations, both within the United Kingdom and internationally. Prestwick Airport is located to the south of Ayr with daily services to a range of European destinations, while Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport provide access to a wider range of locations.
With origins dating to the 17th Century, Kirkmichael House was originally the home of the Kennedy family. The core of the property, with it's distinctive baronial style keep and wings, were added around 100 years later. The School House supplements the main house and was added in the early 1900s.
Over more recent times, the property has served as miners' welfare home and a school. Over the last decade, our clients have undertaken a comprehensive program of refurbishment within the property. Exceptional care and attention to detail have been employed throughout, providing a living space fully equipped for 21st Century living with the benefit of wonderfully restored original features.
A home of exceptionally grand proportions, the property extends to over 14,000 sq ft of living and ancillary space. Wonderfully bright and spacious throughout, the main rooms of the property are tastefully decorated and restored, an abundance of natural light highlighting the ornate plaster cornicing and feature fireplaces which are retained throughout the property. Recent additions include a decked balcony area accessed from the drawing room offering superb views of the loch and woodland beyond.
Accessed via an imposing double storm door, the ground level of the the property is formed around a spectacular entrance hallway with grand staircase and wonderful Portland stone fireplace. This area provides access to the principle public apartments including: An immediately impressive drawing room with twin French doors and decked balcony space, library with custom made shelving, dining room with bay window and a charming sun room. Complimenting these apartments are: A superb dining kitchen with granite worktops and handmade cabinetry, family room, sitting room, study, bedroom and cloakroom.
To the upper level are nine substantial bedrooms and three well appointed shower/ bathrooms. In addition, a luxurious family bathroom with splendid freestanding roll-top bath is provided.
Accessed via an impressive spiral staircase with beautiful exposed stone features is the a substantial ball room with aspects to front, side and rear.
Offers substantial ancillary and service space extending to: Substantial former kitchen, sewing room, wine cellar, cold store and several other practical and useful storage rooms. Access to the rear garden. Houses oil fired central heating system
A further three bedroom property accessed via the main house or via a main door to the front elevation. Includes dining kitchen, bathroom, WC a substantial former assembly hall with fabulous barrel valuated ceiling.
Policies, parkland and woodland
Enjoying a pleasing juxtaposition of carefully planned formal gardens and more rugged, natural woodland, the outdoor space surrounding the property has been lovingly tended for hundreds of years. The many specimen trees and plants provide an ever-changing palette of colour whilst adding a sense of privacy and shelter to the property. In recent times, the current owners have extended their program of maintenance and renewal outdoors, engaging in a substantial land management program. This has restored the loch adjacent to the main house and returned historic paths through the estate to use.
The proprietor of Kirkmichael House enjoys exclusive rights to fish for salmon and trout on double and single bank areas of the River Girvan.
At present, Kirkmichael House is enjoyed as a substantial and comfortable family home. However, significant development and commercial potential is offered. Within the main house and accompanying School House substantial undeveloped space could allow the creation of further living accommodation or working space to suit ones own needs and specification. Other possible opportunities include the use of the property as a boutique wedding venue or leisure facility.
Externally, the estate grounds could offer potential for residential, care or leisure development, subject to planning.