Keeping up appearances
Luxury development gifts a new lease of life to the historic grounds of an Ayrshire castle
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.
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.