New Cumnock, Ayrshire, KA18 4NT
A DESIRABLE SMALLHOLDING SITUATED ON AN ELEVATED SITE WITH WONDERFUL FAR REACHING VIEWS ACROSS THE SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE
Offered for Sale
Roughside is situated just outside New Cumnock on an elevated site boasting stunning views across the surrounding countryside. The property sits away from the main road and is accessed by a single-track road of which Roughside is the last property at the end of this road. The whole property presents a fantastic opportunity for equestrian or small-scale agricultural uses or indeed, huge potential for some self-sufficient living. The property is within easy reach of major road networks and within reasonable commuting distance of the central belt.
Roughside benefits from a spacious traditional three-bedroom dwellinghouse which in parts would benefit from a degree of cosmetic upgrading, however, has huge potential to create a lovely family home. In addition, the property benefits from about 14.5 acres of grazing land along with a traditional courtyard steading which in recent times has been utilised for livestock and general storage. Given that the steading is of traditional stone-built construction, there may exist some development potential for conversion to residential or indeed, extending the existing farmhouse. Any interested party wishing to pursue this would need to make their own enquiries with the regional council.
A relatively new four bay box profile clad agricultural building also provides useful storage and could be adapted for a variety of uses. A further feature of the property is the grazing land which amounts to about 14.5 acres, which at present is down to grass for grazing. Local services at New Cumnock include a nursery, primary school, village shop and doctor’s surgery and the larger town of Cumnock, about 7 miles away, provides a secondary school and a larger selection of amenities.
ABOUT THE AREA
New Cumnock has improved greatly in recent years, thanks in part to the dedication of those who have given their time to make a difference, also thanks to East Ayrshire Council and the great work of HRH The Duke of Rothesay and the Prince’s Foundation in their investment in the civic heart of the town bringing a new lease of life to the Town Hall and to Scotland’s only heated freshwater open-air swimming pool.
Dumfries House, located within Cumnock only a five minute drive from Roughside, is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. Saved by the intervention of HRH the Prince of Wales in 2007, Dumfries House combines the architecture of Robert Adam with the furniture of Thomas Chippendale and leading 18th century Scottish cabinet makers. The house and original contents, which include nearly 10% of Chippendale’s surviving work, represent one of the most important documents of the Scottish Enlightenment. Recently having been fastidiously restored to its original splendour.
The Dumfries House Estate retains much of the original 18th century landscape with visitors able to explore the beautiful setting with ancient trees, the Adam Bridge, river walks, a doo’cot and the wildlife. Dumfries House was completed in 1759 and remained a family home from 1760-1993, when the last full-time occupant, Lady Eileen, Dowager Marchioness of Bute, passed away. The house remained in the hands of the 7th Marquess of Bute who ensured that it was maintained, although not used as a primary residence. The house was subsequently offered for sale and two auctions dates were set aside in July 2007. However, a consortium led by HRH The Prince of Wales succeeded in purchasing the house and contents and, in doing so, saved Dumfries House and one of the most important collections of Georgian Scottish and English furniture for the nation.
Under the auspices of The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust, and since 2018 The Prince’s Foundation, improvements have been made to the grounds and gardens, historic outbuildings have been brought back to use and the estate is a focus for a range of training opportunities for young people and traditional skills and crafts. The transformation of Dumfries House has brought many employment opportunities to the local area, which was greatly affected by the demise of the coal mining industry and stands as a prime example of heritage-led regeneration.
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