Ayrshire’s historic House of Craigie dates back to Culloden

House of Craigie is in an outstanding location.

History is carved deeply into the very fabric of the exquisite House of Craigie … quite literally!

The cornerstone of this iconic Ayrshire property bears the date ‘APRYLE 8 1746’ just eight days before the Battle of Culloden, famous as the last battle fought on British soil.

Presented for sale at offers over £1,950,000 by Bell Ingram, House of Craigie was first owned by the Duke of Portland who added the B-listed, eight-bedroom Georgian country house to his portfolio, Welbeck Estates. Following the Duke, Sir James Finlay Muir of Braco Castle, Perthshire, took over the property in 1942 before it was sold to Lady Sara Elena Collins of the publishing family in 1967. Lady Sara’s family indulged their passion for tennis at House of Craigie with the addition of the all-weather tennis court which has, arguably, the best views of any tennis court in Ayrshire!

Remaining in the Collins family for 37 years, the House was taken over by the present owners early in the new century.

Jillian McCulloch, from Bell Ingram’s Ayr office, said: “House of Craigie is an exceptional property which is likely to appeal to both buyers looking for a private residence in an outstanding location or looking for a business opportunity.

“The eight-acre estate comprises the main house with its games room, indoor swimming pool and tennis court, plus five additional cottages. “Planning permission exists for a further courtyard terrace of three, two-bedroomed cottages which offers potential for numerous business opportunities.

“With six dwellings presently existing and an agriculturally registered paddock, the property benefits from reduced LBTT rates. “The Edwardian peach house at House of Craigie is in the final stages of refurbishment and will be re-erected soon.

“Homes of this quality rarely come up for sale in this area of Ayrshire so we expect a great deal of interest and early viewing is recommended.”

Accommodation in the House is laid out over three floors and the house and grounds enjoy spectacular views to the Firth of Clyde and its islands and beyond over Kintyre to the Paps of Jura.

On the ground floor an elegant reception hall leads to a large cloakroom, a formal drawing room and dining room both with Adam-style fireplaces and kitchen with a four-oven AGA. A spacious family/breakfast room has French doors to the rear garden and leads on to the games room. Further on the ground floor is a laundry room with double Belfast sink and WC. A hallway with two WCs leads to an indoor swimming pool completing the ground floor accommodation.

From the reception hall a marvellous cantilever staircase leads to the first floor where there is a family bathroom and four bedrooms including an en-suite master bedroom with its Adam-style fireplace surround and lovely views. On the second floor are four further bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Five courtyard cottages are set around an idyllic courtyard and enjoy a separate entrance leading to a car-parking area. Each cottage is individually designed and offers accommodation for extended family, guests or staff.

At the southern end of the courtyard planning permission exists for construction of a terrace of three, 2-bedroomed cottages.

House of Craigie is located amid the beautiful, rolling Ayrshire countryside within easy commuting distance from Glasgow.

The village of Craigie with its Inn is ¼ mile to the east of the House.

The House is 10 miles from Ayr and eight miles from the seaside town of Troon and within a short drive of Kilmarnock.

Prestwick Airport is 15 minutes drive and offers regular low cost flights to various European locations. Glasgow Airport is 40 minutes and railway stations at Troon or Kilmarnock are 15 minutes.

Ayrshire is renowned for its famous Open golf courses, sandy beaches, dairy and livestock farming, horse-racing and equestrian activities, yachting, historic castles and country parks.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact Jillian McCulloch on 01292 886 544 or email jillian.mcculloch@bellingram.co.uk

Published on 19th August 2019