Tran­quil, pic­turesque sur­round­ings set the scene for this con­tem­po­rary mar­vel

Owlswood in the tran­quil vil­lage of Al­loway is a stun­ning, con­tem­po­rary and light-filled home await­ing its next fam­ily

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LIGHT, in all its forms, is what makes this week’s Hot Prop­erty par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful. Nat­u­ral sun­light; flick­er­ing fire­light; im­pres­sive in­te­rior de­signer light­ing all add to the con­sid­er­able charm of Owlswood, a stun­ning con­tem­po­rary home in the Ayr­shire vil­lage of Al­loway. Owner Rona McCluskie was cap­ti­vated by the set­ting of the prop­erty when she bought it nine years ago. “It’s such a beau­ti­ful place,” she ex­plains. “The coun­try­side is charm­ing and I al­ways wanted to live some­where I could hear the sound of the sea. “We searched a long time be­fore we found Owlswood and it re­ally is in a per­fect lo­ca­tion. “There is so much space around, you have the wood­lands, the deer in the gar­den, ducks in the pond – it’s a fan­tas­tic house that re­ally nes­tles into its sur­round­ings. “You are close to the vil­lage and to Ayr, but it’s a very pri­vate house too. You are not over­looked.” Owlswood is a lux­ury con­tem­po­rary home of around 6500 sq ft, set in wood­land gar­dens com­plete with a large duck pond. It is lo­cated on Longhill Av­enue, a sought-af­ter res­i­den­tial area on the fringe of Al­loway vil­lage where there are ex­cel­lent lo­cal ameni­ties and Ayr town cen­tre, with its trans­port links, is around two miles away. Ayr­shire is renowned for its cham­pi­onship golf cour­ses and stun­ning coast­line as well as many places of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est and Al­loway’s links to Robert Burns are world-fa­mous, of course.

The McCluskies car­ried out sig­nif­i­cant ren­o­va­tions on the prop­erty, pro­fes­sion­ally ex­tend­ing and re­mod­elling it to cre­ate a be­spoke fam­ily home.

A broad re­cep­tion hall, with cloak­room/WC and walk-in stor­age, sets the scene with warm wooden tones. It leads to the im­pres­sive open plan kitchen and din­ing room, de­signed by JS Ged­des, which has glazed doors to the rear gar­dens.

There are three for­mal re­cep­tion rooms, in­clud­ing a stylish din­ing

I love light – this house gets a fan­tas­tic amount of nat­u­ral light, which is beau­ti­ful

room, plus a pur­pose built games room, a su­perb home of­fice and a su­per-sized guest bed­room with en suite shower room and dress­ing room on the ground floor too.

Up­stairs, an L-shaped up­per land­ing with stor­age cup­boards pro­vides ac­cess to four dou­ble bed­rooms, all with en-suite fa­cil­i­ties.

The mas­ter bed­room boasts won­der­ful views of the gar­dens via floor to ceil­ing glazed win­dows and it has a stun­ning en-suite bath­room and walk in dress­ing room too.

Two fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms have en-suite fa­cil­i­ties while bed­room four is more of a min­isuite, with its own bath­room, lounge area and pri­vate bal­cony.

The bed­rooms are all spa­cious and bright, with lovely views.

Rona’s pas­sion for ren­o­vat­ing and styling prop­er­ties is “just a hobby”, she smiles, but Owlswood is a great tribute to her con­sid­er­able de­sign skills.

The rooms are el­e­gant yet wel­com­ing, with per­sonal touches and clever use of colour adding per­son­al­ity and warmth.

COOL SPA­CES: The open plan liv­ing area is a suc­cess­ful mix of style and com­fort, with con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings and fit­tings adding dra­matic fin­ish­ing touches.

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