BIRKHILL is an architecturally designed, split-level home built in the 1960s on an elevated 8.43-acre rural site near Newmilns in East Ayrshire which benefits from commanding views over the Irvine Valley and beyond to the Isle of Arran. 

Lying low in the landscape, this five-bedroomed family home is a prime example of mid-century design, constructed of brick with a cream render finish, while inside, the accommodation spans 2611 sq ft and includes a self-contained guest suite with en suite bed-sitting room and utility – an adaptable suite that could be a granny/teenager annex or holiday let if the utility was converted into a kitchen. 

The Herald:

The main house has a 21ft parquet-floored reception hall, impressive morning room with patio doors onto the garden, formal dining room, shower room, 22ft dining kitchen (also with external access), four adjoining bedrooms (all with extensive built-in storage), family bathroom, and a few steps up from the rest, a large triple aspect sitting room. Interior highlights are many – the dining kitchen is fitted with wall and base units and includes a five-burner range cooker; the formal dining room provides access to a useful cellar; and the sitting room has beams incorporated into a visually striking pitched, wood-panelled ceiling.

Surrounding the property is over eight acres of land, comprising expansive gardens, grazing, and woodland – the Isles Burn runs through the land, providing a source of natural water, and there is also a private tarmac driveway with ample parking. While the gardens at Birkhill are mainly lawn with beech hedging and herbaceous borders, there is also a fruit and herb garden with glasshouse, garden shed, and an attractive timber A-framed hut, currently used for storage.

The Herald:

The location is rural yet on the edge of Newmilns, which offers a good range of amenities within the town centre, which is designated an Outstanding Conservation Area by Historic Scotland due to the number of listed buildings, including Newmilns Keep. Galston and Kilmarnock are within easy reach, as is Glasgow via the A77/M77. Offers over £395,000 are invited by Galbraith’s Ayr office.