Keep­ing up ap­pear­ances

Luxury devel­op­ment gifts a new lease of life to the his­toric grounds of an Ayr­shire cas­tle

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - THE VOICE OF PROP­ERTY Bev­er­ley Brown

WHILE there is much I ad­mire and ap­pre­ci­ate in modern ar­chi­tec­ture, my pref­er­ence has al­ways been to side with pe­riod and tra­di­tional prop­er­ties – usu­ally the older the bet­ter.

How­ever, two de­vel­op­ments I have re­cently vis­ited are now mak­ing me see things in a dif­fer­ent light, al­though ad­mit­tedly both are rooted in the past. Sun­drum Cas­tle in Ayr­shire is the back­drop for The Steadings, a unique devel­op­ment of just 11 steading-style homes by In­ver­dun­ning in a mix of four bed­roomed semi-de­tached and ter­raced town­house styles – all ex­cep­tion­ally spa­cious and fin­ished to a lux­u­ri­ous stan­dard with sub­tle vari­a­tions in lay­outs to en­sure the per­fect fit for in­di­vid­ual needs.

And all in­clude as stan­dard ex­tra in­su­la­tion, tra­di­tional stoves and wood burn­ers, oak ve­neered doors, beau­ti­ful fit­ted kitchens by JS Ged­des, huge gar­dens (half an acre in some cases) and much more.

But amaz­ing as these houses are, what re­ally clinches it is the life­style op­por­tu­nity to be­come a part owner of Sun­drum Cas­tle Estate and en­joy free­dom of ac­cess to acres of green space, wood­land walks, newly re­fur­bished ten­nis court and fish­ing in the estate rivers.

Life here is tran­quil, pri­vate and very ex­clu­sive, yet Ayr is only a ten-minute drive away.

The real nub here is that this devel­op­ment is well tucked away ‘out of bounds’ in a pri­vate estate and there­fore not vis­i­ble to pass­ing traf­fic – you have to ac­tu­ally go and see it to ap­pre­ci­ate what you get for prices that start from £275,000. Co­rum’s Ayr of­fice has more de­tails.

Fine lodg­ings

MY new­found love af­fair with new build did not blind me to a gem of a devel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity at Crof­tamie, within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs na­tional park.

Mo­ray Lodge is a sub­stan­tial de­tached coun­try house con­structed in 1898 for a wealthy in­dus­tri­al­ist and phi­lan­thropist.

Adapted over the years, it now has three re­cep­tion rooms, sun­room, spa­cious din­ing kitchen, plus util­ity, cloak­room and wet room on the ground floor, with five bed­rooms (mas­ter en suite) and fam­ily bath­room on the floor above. Qual­ity was clearly built into the bricks and al­though the in­te­rior now re­quires a de­gree of mod­erni­sa­tion, the house re­tains many stun­ning orig­i­nal fea­tures, in­clud­ing wood pan­elling and de­tailed plas­ter­work.

It also has a garage and size­able sum­mer­house, with ma­ture gar­dens adding to the list of de­sir­able fea­tures, such as easy com­mut­ing to Glas­gow and Stir­ling.

For sale with Slater Hogg & How­i­son’s Bears­den of­fice at of­fers over £375,000 with a Home Re­port Value of £400,000, it is a fixer-up­per with class.

TRUE ORIG­I­NAL: Mo­ray Lodge re­tains many tra­di­tional 19th cen­tury fea­tures.

STA­BLE CON­DI­TION: At­ten­tion to de­tail will im­press buy­ers at The Steadings.

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