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Ayr, The NEUK, Monument Road, KA7 2UF

August 15, 2019 4:34 pm Published by

Graeme Lumsden, our Estate Agency Director at BLACK HAY Estate Agents, comments… “Arriving outside The NEUK ….pause for a moment. This striking home appears to have emerged organically from the soil, flanked either side by its strong yet subtle buttress walls, centrally your eye is drawn to the 7 frame oriel window detail, then upwards from the impressive roofline the chimneys rise dramatically emphasising that this is a very special home …one which the successful purchaser will have the joy of owning. I’ve been very lucky over my 30+ years in the estate agency industry to sell thousands of homes, a handful being very special, and not always because of their high value or location/specification etc ….indeed, for me, it is the simplicity of a home which can be its strongest asset. This historically noteworthy home relied on its original owner who over a century ago was blessed with a substantial purse to finance the construction of this unique home, yet without the selection of its then relatively young architect Alexander Caldwell Thomson (1873 to 1925) who arrived from Glasgow to open his own architectural practice in Ayr, The NEUK could have simply been another Bungalow style home. As luck would have it Thomson’s architectural studies/career developed through the period of “The Glasgow Style”, led by the celebrated Charles Rennie Mackintosh, responsible for some of Scotland’s most iconic buildings of that remarkable period when a new style of modern architecture was being driven by Mackintosh and his close associates. The style was striking, because it was not overladen with excessive detail. At the core of this new architectural movement was an organic free flowing style which allowed architectural details that could have become over complicated to simply flow with the design, taking the eye on a natural journey of detail notable for its simplicity. Visiting The NEUK one can see and feel the influence of that powerful yet short period of Glasgow Style which Mackintosh led, and which undoubtedly influenced the young Alexander Caldwell Thomson during his time studying at Glasgow School of Art. Take a visual tour of Glasgow including its world famous School of Art (now very sadly damaged by 2 fires), The Willow Tea Rooms (now Mackintosh at The Willow), House for an Art Lover or to The Hill House in Helensburgh, then consider The NEUK, enjoy the subtle details which Thomson designed, reflecting many of those details for which those iconic Mackintosh Designed Buildings are widely admired. In my view, The NEUK undoubtedly displays many of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic architectural design details however it is Alexander Caldwell Thomson who, as in life, took those influences from his early studies/career and created his signature details at The NEUK which now serves as a tribute to both Mackintosh and the appreciation that Thomson had for the enduring Glasgow Style. As is often the case of noteworthy homes, each owner is only a ”custodian” during their period of ownership, however what a pleasurable way to serve your role as custodian – owning & living in The NEUK. It will be a lucky buyer indeed that is handed the keys from the current owners.” The Virtual Tour & Digital Brochure/Floorplan will be available to view shortly on our website - blackhay.co.uk Interested parties are advised to contact their Solicitor to lodge a Formal Note of Interest although initial enquiries are welcome direct to BLACK HAY, please contact our Estate Agency Director/Valuer Graeme Lumsden (who is handling this particular property sale) on 01292 283606 or email gpl@blackhay.co.uk The most appealing accommodation is featured over 2 levels, comprising on ground floor, welcoming reception hall, stunning formal lounge, impressive dining room, a fabulous/substantial extension styled open-plan as a family/living/breakfasting room with “snug” area, split-level kitchen (integrated appliances), bedroom No 1 with en-suite shower room/wc, bedroom No 2 featuring fitted dressing room & en-suite shower room/wc, useful study/alternative 5th bedroom. A central hallway features a striking staircase (useful guests wc understair) which rises to a gallery style upper hallway off which the “master” bedroom (No 3) is located together with a 4th bedroom which is currently utilised as a dressing room, the main bathroom (4 piece with small sauna) is also on the upper level. Gas central heating & double glazing are featured. EPC - C. During their long period of ownership the current owners have been careful to retain the rich character of this unique home, whilst investing both personally & financially enhancing The NEUK - for example, full re-roofing, the professional design/build of the fabulous extension & the design/build of a substantial detached double garage block with studio style accommodation above. In addition new fitments/further improvements have been made by the owners. Hard-standing parking to the front is by way of a monobloc driveway (sliding gate) within the landscaped gardens, whilst to the left twin remote control doors lead through a secure carport & garage, in-turn a monobloc driveway across the rear landscaped gardens to the detached double garage (heated, again remote control doors). The private gardens are landscaped/picturesque incorporating a luxuriously styled “Barbecue House”. Internal period/character features believed to date back to the original build include impressive fireplaces, ironmongery, stunning staircase & galleried upper hallway, decorative timberwork, whilst externally the porthole windows, oriel window, chimneys, buttress walls etc are also believed to date back to the original build. Quite simply - The NEUK is a wonderful example of an early 20th century home which reflects classic details of the iconic “Glasgow Style” made famous by the celebrated Charles Rennie Mackintosh - The Glasgow Style displaying elements of the decorative Art Nouveau period.

Alloway, Shanter Wynd, KA7 4RS

May 5, 2022 10:10 am Published by

* NEW to Market - Available to View Now - View the Property Movie here exclusively on blackhay.co.uk *   No 1 Shanter Wynd, Alloway – An exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire a most desirable Modern Detached Villa, the former “Showhome”, completed by highly regarded Cala Homes circa late 1990’s. Enjoying favoured setting, amidst picturesque landscaped gardens, within the secluded Shanter Wynd Residential Development which comprises a small number of luxury style detached homes attractively laid out on the former “Old Cambusdoon Cricket Ground” midway between historic Alloway Village & Brig O’ Doon. This most appealing Luxury Home features prized 9 Main Apartment Accommodation, thoughtfully laid out over 2 levels. A visually impressive main entrance from the driveway leads through the entrance vestibule onto a charming reception hall with banister staircase rising to a gallery style upper hallway – both areas of impressive proportion. The formal apartments comprise an impressive lounge with patio doors to garden, dining room – both to the rear, useful study (alternative 6th bedroom if required or small tv room etc), spacious/well equipped breakfasting kitchen with living/family room (patio doors to garden), a useful “downstairs wc is featured off the reception hall whilst there is integral access to the double garage & utility room. The upper apartments flow around the impressive upper hallway which also features a charming “snug” inviting one to pause & reflect within its alcove. 5 bedrooms are featured with the “master” bedroom (No 1) being of suite style with its split level layout comprising the main bedroom area (french doors to “Juliet” style balcony) with an open-plan dressing room and access from this area to an attractively presented & spacious 4 piece en-suite bathroom. 4 further bedrooms are featured with one featuring an en-suite shower room/wc whilst a spacious 4 piece family bathroom serves the remaining bedrooms. The specification includes gas central heating & double glazing. EPC – D. A neatly presented monobloc driveway opens onto a courtyard style area with the feature main door entrance adjacent to the integral double garage. The attractive landscaped private gardens complement the property with an appealing combination of neat lawns, mixed shrubs & conifers, trees and a variety of seasonal flowers. Graeme Lumsden, Estate Agency Director/Valuer at BLACK HAY comments – “ The perception of a Luxury Home can appear to be easily satisfied by those 2 words - Luxury Home. In reality, to the discerning buyer, luxury means much more than just the word. With 35 Years in the property industry I know that Cala Homes are still highly regarded as a Builder of Luxury/High Quality Homes. No 1 Shanter Wynd has been owned from new by its current owners, featuring Cala’s original luxury specification. Today’s specification will undoubtedly be different however No 1 retains its rare sizeable accommodation, secluded setting, prestigious address …and of course it’s still a Cala Home …one can imagine if it was being built today ...what sale price would Cala set? In my view, quite simply an exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire a fabulous Detached Luxury Home.” To View privately, please contact Paula Haworth at BLACK HAY Estate Agents – 01292 283606 …or to enquire further, contact Graeme Lumsden who is handling the sale of this particular property. The Property Movie & Floorplan are here to view on blackhay.co.uk whilst the Home Report can be requested by contacting us on 01292 283606.

Troon, “Cladach”, South Beach, KA10 6EG

April 20, 2021 10:36 am Published by

* NEW to Market  -  Available to View Now  * ( The "Property Movie" & Home Report for Cladach are both available to view here exclusively on our BLACK HAY Website, together with the PDF/Digital Brochure featuring an expanded array of photographs & floorplan - please click on the relevant "Tab" located just below the photo display above. ) An exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire a true "Seafront Home" ..."Cladach" is a highly desirable Traditional Semi Detached Villa combining character & charm with generously proportioned 7 Main Apartment accommodation over 2 levels, all complemented by its wonderful seafront location, enjoying panoramic coastline/sea views and towards Arran & Ailsa Craig on the horizon. The property occupies a truly favoured position within highly regarded South Beach, Troon, a most desirable "Seaside Town" with its own marina, on Ayrshire's sweeping coastline, itself notable for its world renowned golf courses. Troon is of broad appeal, popular with locals and commuters alike, Glasgow Buyers particularly favouring its wonderful seafront location whilst being only approx' 35 minutes commute by car from Glasgow City Centre (both train & bus services also aid those commuting) whilst Edinburgh/East Coast Buyers favour the better weather of Troon on the West Coast. Internal viewing reveals charming accommodation, flexible enough to accommodate couples wishing to relax & entertain (or perhaps "home-working") or the family buyer seeking accommodation which can adapt to growing family needs. Comprising on ground floor, welcoming reception hall with useful "downstairs" wc/shower room off, most appealing formal lounge with delightful garden views from the rear facing bay window (door to garden) - shared "hole-in-the-wall" focal point multi-fuel fire (between the lounge & dining room), separate modern style breakfasting kitchen with spacious rear facing dining room and patio doors inviting one to the garden, 3rd public room presently serving as informal living/tv room however could be a 5th (or guests) bedroom if required. A charming bannister staircase leads to the upper hallway with large staircase window capturing wonderful elevated sea views. 4 bedrooms are featured on the upper level - bedroom No 1 the "master" enjoying fabulous sea views from its charming bay window (this room could easily serve as an additional elevated public room to make the most of its wonderful views), bedroom No 2 also rear facing with charming dual aspects from its rear & side windows, 2 further bedrooms, again both double, are located to the front whilst the family bathroom is situated off the upper hallway. The specification includes both gas central heating & double glazing. Attic storage is available. EPC - D. A generous lawned rear garden with patio area is situated to the rear whilst the front garden area has been adapted to provide private off-street parking. On-street parking is also available. Graeme Lumsden, Estate Agency Director/Valuer at BLACK HAY comments - " In my view the allure of a seafront home and its ever changing sea views remains unmatched. After 35 years in the property industry my heart still skips a beat when I arrive at a seafront home and catch sight of the sea views which the owners can sometimes grow familiar with ...yet, perhaps with my family connection to the Mull of Kintyre I yearn to live by-the-sea ...many an hour immersed in the changing seascape ...and when you need to actually feel/breathe the sea at Cladach ...unlock the gate at the end of the garden and literally a pebble's throw away... the sand dunes beckon, and you are there ...walking the beach, whatever the weather ...water rippling or white-horses racing ashore on stormy days. I live in the country with wonderful views, cows with their inquisitive heads looking over the hedges and a red squirrel that visits most days ...yet, what would I give for a home by-the-sea? The successful buyer of Cladach will, in my humble opinion ...be living their dream (and mine!) " To discuss your interest in "Cladach" please contact Graeme Lumsden, our Director/Valuer, who is handling this particular sale. To arrange a private viewing appointment please contact BLACK HAY ESTATE AGENTS direct on 01292 283606 - blackhay.co.uk    

Edinburgh, Lucas Gardens, Juniper Green, EH14 5BY

January 11, 2019 2:13 pm Published by

A superbly presented & most desirable Modern Townhouse. Favoured End Terrace position, within select Modern cul de sac Development. Featuring very stylish, well proportioned accommodation over 3 levels. Complemented by high quality specification with internal viewing highly recommended. Added benefit of Private Monobloc Driveway & Integral Garage. Convenient for access across/to Central Edinburgh & Motorway Network. Reception Hall with staircase leading to 1st & 2nd Floor Apartments, useful “Downstairs” WC, off, most appealing full width Dining/Family/Kitchen (integrated appliances), patio doors to garden, stylish Lounge, Master Bedroom with En-suite, additional WC off 1st floor hallway, 3 further Bedrooms off 2nd floor (No 2 featuring En-suite) whilst further Bathroom serves remaining bedrooms. Gas Central Heating, Double Glazing, EPC – B. Attractive views to rear. A splendid Modern Home with stylish/adaptable accommodation. To View – telephone BLACK HAY Estate Agents 01292 283606 (evenings/weekends Call Centre - 0131 513 9477)

Ayr, Rosewood, Monument Road, KA7 2UF

March 17, 2020 4:00 pm Published by

*NEW to Market - Available to View Now* You can View the Property Movie/Virtual Tour, 12 Page Full Colour Brochure for Rosewood ....here on our blackhay.co.uk website (simply click on the appropriate "Tab" below the photos to open). Our website displays an extended array of photographs. The sale of this particular property is being handled by Graeme Lumsden (our Estate Agency Director/Valuer). To arrange a Private Viewing Appointment, discuss your interest in this particular property or request a copy of the Home Report, please speak directly with Graeme on 01292 283606. ROSEWOOD – No 77 Monument Road, AYR. A simply outstanding Traditional Red Sandstone Fronted Detached Bungalow, Chalet Style, retaining immense character & charm, complemented by a subtle yet very stylish contemporary interior. Enjoying a delightful mature setting amidst picturesque gardens with twin pillared entrance opening onto a sweeping driveway. The current owners have been resident since the 1980’s during which time they have modernised the property with great thought and at some considerable expenditure. Internal viewing reveals a most appealing home with well proportioned 6/7 Main Apartment accommodation featured over 2 levels. In our view this charming home will be of broad appeal, presented in walk-in condition. Much attention has also been paid by the owners to the exterior presentation with the delightful gardens reflecting their keen interest in same, inviting one to potter or relax when the weather favours the outdoor enthusiast. In particular, the ground floor accommodation comprises, a most welcoming reception hall, splendid formal lounge & separate dining room – both bay windowed with delightful garden views to the front, very well appointed breakfasting kitchen with integrated appliances, informal living/tv room (again bay windowed) enjoying charming garden views to the rear (this room could be utilised as a 4th bedroom, if required), bedroom  No 1, a very stylish main bathroom (larger shower cubicle instead of bath), a most appealing larger conservatory to the rear invites one to enjoy the panoramic garden views. A discreetly positioned staircase to the rear of the reception hall leads to the upper hallway off which 2 further bedrooms are provided (No 2 and No 3 - “The Master Bedroom” which overlooks the rear) together with a useful boxroom and a 4 piece bathroom serving the upper apartments. The specification includes both gas central heating & double glazing. EPC – D. The picturesque gardens wrap around from front, side to rear, bounded by mature hedging for added privacy. An array of garden outbuildings are provided including a larger timber store which could easily be adapted to a very useable summer house. Ample private parking with the ability to turn is available within the driveway area to the front, whilst the garage to the side provides secure parking/storage. Graeme Lumsden, Director/Valuer of BLACK HAY Estate Agents comments… “ During my 30+ years within the property industry I have been lucky enough to view/market/sell a wide range of different styles of properties in an equally wide range of locations. Currently I live on the edge of The Galloway Forest and enjoy all that the countryside has to offer (including long/dark winters! – however star laden dark skies above). Rosewood, located on Monument Road …it combines so much of the positive aspects of rural/country living in terms of its peaceful/picturesque setting which encourages one to relax, such an underrated pastime! Yet here it is …nestling unobtrusively at No 77 Monument Road, just peaking out above its hedgeline. If you want a Country House in The Town …buy Rosewood, it’s a wonderful place to call home.” To arrange a Viewing Appointment please telephone BLACK HAY Estate Agents direct on 01292 283606 and ask for Graeme Lumsden or Paula Haworth. Outwith normal working hours our Call Centre 0131 513 9477  (7 Day a Week - 8.30am to 11pm) is available by telephoning 0131 513 9477. The sale of this particular property is being handled by Graeme Lumsden (our Estate Agency Director/Valuer). To discuss your interest in this particular property further or request a copy of the Home Report, please speak directly with Graeme at BLACK HAY Estate Agents - blackhay.co.uk  

Fairways, Golf Crescent, Troon, KA10 6JZ

August 6, 2020 9:55 am Published by

"FAIRWAYS" - A highly desirable Traditional Detached Bungalow enjoying an enviable position on Golf Crescent with panoramic views over Troon Links Golf Course. This beautifully presented home is set amidst picturesque mature gardens with the rear garden in particular inviting one to enjoy the delightful outdoor space when weather permits. Internal viewing reveals a stylish home comprising 6 Main Apartments (2 public & 4 bedrooms or as presently utilised, 3 public & 3 bedrooms) over 2 levels, entered through the welcoming twin storm doors/vestibule onto a charming reception hall, staircase ahead leading to upper apartments whilst the ground floor corridor style hallway leads to a formal bay windowed lounge enjoying splendid golf course views (this room could be utilised as a 4th bedroom, if required), separate dining room (patio doors onto delightful rear gardens/patio), family/living room with stylish modern kitchen off - well equipped with integrated appliances, two double bedrooms (Nos 1 & 2 - one front facing & one rear) and the main bathroom off the hallway. On the upper level, the "master" bedroom (No 3) with stylish integrated storage and a 4 piece en-suite, whilst a useful study and small boxroom are also provided. The specification includes both gas central heating and double glazing. EPC - E. Mature private gardens are situated to the front & rear, neatly presented, reflecting the owners keen interest in same with a sheltered rear patio and small summer house also featured. The private "horseshoe shaped" driveway provides convenient in/out access to the front of the property whilst also leading to the detached garage at the rear. In our view ...an exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire a most desirable Detached Bungalow which enjoys enviable golf course views, whilst also providing flexible 6 plus Apartment accommodation, of broad appeal. Internal Viewing is invited by contacting BLACK HAY ESTATE AGENTS - blackhay.co.uk (outwith normal office hours/over this weekend you can telephone 07795 197 566 to arrange a private appointment). To discuss your interest in "FAIRWAYS" please contact Graeme Lumsden, our Director/Valuer, who is handling this particular sale. The Home Report is available on request. The Property Movie/Virtual Tour, Full Colour Brochure etc for this property can be viewed exclusively on our blackhay.co.uk website.

Prestwick, “Liddleton”, St Ninians Road, KA9 1SL

May 2, 2022 11:10 am Published by

* New to Market - Available to View Now *    "Liddleton", Prestwick.  An exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire a highly desirable larger proportioned 7 Main Apartment Traditional Sandstone Semi Detached Villa enjoying an outstanding position overlooking St Nicholas Golf Course and the panoramic sea views on the skyline beyond. This Charming Home is truly moments walk from Prestwick's sweeping promenade/seafront whilst one could literally throw a golf ball onto the golf course. Substantial traditional homes of this style generally remain rare to the market and are particularly valued by family & Glasgow based buyers seeking a change of lifestyle from city to seaside. Rarely available of this sizeable proportion, "Liddleton" has been a much-loved home during the owners circa 60 years of ownership. It retains considerable character & charm with the spacious apartments being of immense appeal, easily accommodating a growing family, or equally suited to those wishing more space in which to relax/entertain. The property has served its current owners as a comfortable family home however the opportunity now exists for the successful purchaser to re-style elements (such as the kitchen & bathroom) or perhaps re-configure (subject to the required planning permission etc) to suit their own taste/budget with the 3 level accommodation layout offering flexibility - currently utilised as 3 Public/4 Bedrooms however could be 2 Public/5 Bedrooms. Visually the property is attractively styled, set amidst neatly presented private gardens, hedged to the front with a sought after private driveway & detached garage. To the side the garden area is of paved patio style providing a pleasant outdoor area adjacent to the kitchen entrance/exit. To the rear, delightful twin lawned garden area, well established & enclosed providing a picturesque area in which to relax or let children play securely (or wave at the occasional train passing by). The sweeping seafront being literally a minute's walk encouraging one to explore/enjoy the magical attraction of Prestwick's beach/seafront. Partial seascape views can be enjoyed from the bay windowed upper "master" bedroom (No 1), across the delightful golf course, with glimpses of the Isle of Arran on the horizon. In particular the accommodation comprises, on ground floor, most welcoming character reception hall, formal bay windowed lounge, separate dining room (could be a 5th bedroom if required), a 3rd and very welcome family/living room with doorway from here onto a separate breakfasting kitchen, from here a short corridor with a useful downstairs shower room/wc and access to the garden. A fine period bannister staircase rises from the reception hall, passing the half-level landing which features the main bathroom & additional bedroom (No 4) which offers flexibility of use. Moving on to the upper hallway, 3 bedrooms (2 double & 1 single) are featured including the "master" bedroom (No 1) with its splendid elevated bay window enjoying golf course/partial sea views. An excellent floored/lined attic storage is provided, accessed from the upper hallway. Both gas central heating & double glazing are featured. EPC - D. The private driveway provides off-street parking whilst on-street parking is also available. A favoured traditional built detached garage provides secure parking/storage. Prestwick is very popular with its thriving town centre and coastal location. With Glasgow approx' 30 miles away Prestwick properties are particularly popular with Glasgow based buyers relocating (knowing the value of these style of homes in Glasgow!) ...those commuting to Glasgow either by car (the A77 easily accessible from Prestwick) or by the popular train/bus service from Prestwick to Glasgow ...and of course local buyers seeking to move nearer to the seafront & requiring a larger family proportioned home. Graeme Lumsden, Director/Valuer of BLACK HAY Estate Agents comments... " With 35 years working in the property industry across Scotland, that iconic phrase location, location & location remains one of the key desirability factors. In addition, post-lockdown has delivered a notable increase in buyers seeking a more relaxed style of living, work/life balance and who value highly the magic ingredient of a near-seafront location. One could take a Wish-List along whilst viewing Liddleton and easily keep ticking so many boxes as this is such a desirable home, one that will be hard to purchase in terms of its desirability/demand and also one that will be hard to leave when the time comes to move on ..it was last for sale almost 60 years ago. This is quite simply, a wonderful opportunity …the successful buyer will be literally bursting with excitement when they celebrate collecting their keys on removal day ...the day that their dream home overlooking the golf course/sea becomes a reality." To view, please telephone BLACK HAY ESTATE AGENTS direct on - blackhay.co.uk The Home Report will be available to view exclusively on our blackhay.co.uk website. If you wish to discuss your interest in this particular property - please get in touch with our Estate Agency Director/Valuer Graeme Lumsden (one of Scotland's most experienced estate agents with 35 years in the property industry) blackhay.co.uk  

Alloway, “Trevona”, Cambusdoon Drive, KA7 4PL

July 30, 2018 11:37 am Published by

TREVONA - enjoying favoured Cambusdoon Drive address, one of Alloway's most highly regarded residential locales, where one can appreciate individually styled homes from their wider "Avenue" setting. This desirable home will perhaps be of particular appeal to the client seeking a Detached Bungalow style home which combines flexibility of use in terms of the accommodation, presently featured over two levels, & the option to entertain using its well-proportioned apartments - a substantial Reception Hall, Lounge & Dining Room being particular highlights which capture one's attention. Trevona has been a much loved home for its present owner however it would now benefit from modernisation, hence the competitive price allowing scope for the successful purchaser to re-spec' to their own style/budget. Some buyers may be attracted with Trevona's development potential, as seen with some nearby homes/gardens which have been extensively redeveloped - subject to the required planning permission etc. The property retains considerable character & charm with a welcoming/comfortable feel from its well-proportioned accommodation which comprises - ground floor, reception hall, lounge, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, main bathroom (shower room adj'), utility area, sun/garden room. Whilst on upper level, 2 very spacious bedrooms (Nos 3 & 4) which offer flexibility of use (one could envisage an upper living/family room enjoying picturesque garden views) whilst a central upper bathroom serves these bedrooms. The current specification includes gas central heating whilst glazing is predominately older style single, some secondary glazing. An attached double garage (with integral access) sits beyond the circular private driveway. The private gardens are well established with Trevona centrally positioned on the plot to enjoy a sizable area both to the front & rear. Graeme Lumsden, Director/Valuer of BLACK HAY Estate Agents comments - "Celebrating my 30 Years within the estate agency industry I still take great joy from marketing a home which has clearly been much loved & enjoyed by its owner. Trevona ticks many of the boxes for those more demanding buyers who are searching for a quality home in this particular price range… however it also offers the successful purchaser the opportunity perhaps to add their particular character into Trevona and take it forward through the next several decades, whether by re-styling or redeveloping. Whatever the New Owner chooses to do they will appreciate that they begin with what has clearly been a quality home in one of Alloway/Ayr's most highly regarded locales."

Ayr, Ewenfield Gardens, KA7 2QN

May 28, 2019 10:52 am Published by

"GREENLEAS" - No 3 Ewenfield Gardens, Ayr – A superbly presented Detached Chalet Style Villa, discreetly positioned at cul de sac end, within highly regarded residential locale of mixed style quality homes. Deceptive externally, this elegant home features well proportioned accommodation of 6 Main Apartments over 2 levels, available as 2 public, 4 bedrooms or as presently used – 3 public rooms & 3 bedrooms located on the main & upper levels respectively. Internal viewing reveals a tastefully presented home which has been continually maintained by its present owners, complemented by a modern specification. In particular the accommodation comprises on ground floor, most impressive reception hall with “downstairs” wc/cloakroom off, elegant formal lounge, striking dining room, stylish integrated kitchen with semi-open plan dining area adjacent & useful utility room off, family/tv room (or 4th bedroom if required). The staircase rises to the upper level from the reception hall, off which 3 bedrooms are located – the "master” bedroom suite being most appealing with stylish en-suite & dressing room off, 2 further bedrooms (both of spacious double proportion) and a most appealing family bathroom. Gas central heating, double glazing and a security system are featured. EPC – D. A private gated monobloc driveway provides off-street parking. Colourful, well stocked gardens are featured to the rear/side offering much valued privacy. In our view… an exceptional home, of a style seldom available within this most favoured locale. Private viewing available by contacting BLACK HAY ESTATE AGENTS on 01292 283606 (outwith normal office hours our 7 Day a week Call Centre is available on 0131 513 9477). The "Virtual Tour" for "GREENLEAS" can be viewed here on our BLACK HAY Website, together with the Digital/PDF Brochure, Floorplan & Home Report. Should you wish to discuss this property further please contact Graeme Lumsden, our Estate Agency Director/Valuer on 01292 283606.

Dumfries & Galloway, Wigtown, South Main Street, DG8 9EH

May 4, 2022 9:41 am Published by

ReadingLasses is an almost magical Café/Bookshop (with its own Private Flat) …in the sense, that if you scribbled some notes on what your favourite café/bookshop would look & feel like, then as you walk into ReadingLasses you realise this is your favourite …as it just seems to fit around you like a familiar friend, cosy little corners to settle into, staff like Lauren gently appear and ask what you would like from Jacqui’s (The Owner) thoughtfully home-prepared menu …and all the time, those delightful Homemade Cakes beckon you over, sitting under their glass covers which muffle their almost vocal attempts to attract your attention, making them even more irresistible. Why do I (Graeme Lumsden of BLACK HAY) seem to know ReadingLasses so well?...because I’m lucky enough to have been a regular visitor, living in Galloway over the last 15 years I re-discovered ReadingLasses not long after Jacqui bought it. Gradually over her years of ownership I have watched Jacqui thoughtfully & lovingly develop her business into the successful & indeed multi Award Winning business that it is today. For all its charm and delights this is a successful & profitable business that will appeal to the seasoned business owner or those who may dream of buying/owning a Café/Bookshop. In my view it is a charming business which rewards its owners in many ways (….and of course financially!) however it will also demand the attention & input of its new owner/s, as that has been the key to its success through Jacqui’s period of ownership. Sometimes referred to as the Pink Bookshop/Café, the building is believed to date circa 1830’s (to be confirmed from Title Deeds), formerly a private home, butchers and a solicitors, it started its new life as “Reading Lasses” in 1998 when Wigtown was awarded Scotland’s National Book Town status, and it gradually established itself as a feminist bookshop with the café being introduced later. The property is set amidst a Traditional Terrace of Stone Built properties, comprising a mix of privately owned homes with some commercial properties, overlooking the picturesque small park with adjacent bowling green. The property is over 2 levels with an extended ground floor to the rear and large attached single storey timber outbuildings, whilst on the upper level a Private Two Bedroom Flat serves as a very stylish & comfortable retreat out of hours. The Café Bookshop area occupies the entire ground floor, entered via the main door front entrance onto a reception hall with a public wc located off, the main front facing building features a cosy “Snug” with seating whilst adjacent a separate seated lounge area known as the “Woman’s Book Room” (featuring woman author books). Moving through from the front to the charming “Middle Café” which is a popular central area with multiple seating areas overlooked by a kitchen/bar/cake counter which serves as a very popular focal point (with the till area adjacent) – window views from here to the rear garden which features outdoor seating. Moving rearwards from the Middle Café to the bright/contemporary styled Garden Café (GC) which has a large seated area serving visitors with a focal point Dowling multi-fuel Fire for chillier days whilst a cleverly screened kitchen area provides a convenient preparation area for delivering the menu selections for visitors, a 2nd public wc serves the Garden Café. A rear door from GC leads onto the outdoor seating and the pathway which stretches rearwards alongside the substantial newly refurbished outbuildings (noting that there is a right of way for adjacent private homeowners along the rear pathway to the rear lane as their gardens are located on the opposite side of the pathway). The very presentable & refurbished existing outbuildings are split into 3 main areas, these developed by Jacqui to provide occasional venues however they clearly offer further potential (noting planning permission/use requirements for any changes or change of use). Beyond the outbuildings are private gardens which provide a home grown produce area, private seating for the owner with the rearmost (area next to the stone boundary wall/lane) being lawned with mature trees and breathtaking glimpses of the splendid Solway Coast on the horizon. An internal private door/staircase just off the Middle Café leads to the Private Flat which occupies the upper level. Tastefully presented apartments are featured, used by the owner, comprising a welcoming reception hall with feature stained/leaded display window, most appealing lounge with overlooking the park/bowling green, charming “master” bedroom (No 2) to the rear with additional bedroom (No 2) to the front (currently a study – could be a separate kitchen, subject to any required planning etc) whilst a very stylish bathroom is situated off the reception hall. The specification includes central heating (Oil) and double glazing. Mains water, electricity and drainage. ReadingLasses is currently licenced to serve alcohol. Reading Lasses normally opens year round with the hours/days of opening usually 10am to 4pm 5 Days a week – Closed each Wednesday & Sunday. The majority of the income from the very popular Café whilst a smaller proportion is from book/gift sales. The annual Wigtown Book Festival provides a very healthy uplift in income during the Autumn period whilst the most productive months for turnover will be Spring/Summer. The new owner may consider developing the business further, perhaps extending hours, developing bookshop sales or looking at events, however the existing owner has successfully developed the business with the emphasis on the Café which is undoubtedly the star attraction. Turnover is financially very healthy providing profits/salary for the owner whilst providing for overheads/staff costs. The existing staff have been with the business for some time and are believed to be happy to remain within the business following its sale. The business is only being offered for sale due to the owner retiring to the north east coast of Scotland (there may be an option for an informal short “handover” period to allow the new owners to familiarise themselves with the property). Summary – Multi Award Winning Café Bookshop with Outbuildings, located in Scotland’s National Book Town, refurbished/developed/enhanced by its current Owner, successfully/profitably trading, 33 indoor covers plus up to 12 covers externally (weather permitting), currently licenced, existing staff happy to consider working with the new owner. Private 2 Bedroom Flat on upper level. A “Turnkey” business, ready to trade from Day 1 of New Owners purchase. Serious enquiries only please – Contact Graeme Lumsden, Director/Valuer of BLACK HAY ESTATE AGENTS – 01292 283606.