Focus: Burns country

Focus: Burns country

BURNS Day events will be on the agenda worldwide today and nowhere more so than in the towns and villages in Ayrshire that inspired many of his best-known works…

ALLOWAY is a tranquil and picturesque village centred on thatched cottage where Burns was born in 1759 and nearby Brig o’Doon of Tam o’Shanter fame.

Expanded in recent years as a result of new-build development, Alloway’s property market presently includes an architect-designed house on Burness Avenue, overlooking Rozelle Country Park.

Meticulously upgraded, number 20 has an integral garage, 23ft lounge with wood-burning stove then a breakfasting kitchen with Aga, family room and dining room – all three with French doors to the rear garden.

An open-tread spiral staircase in the hall leads up to four large double bedrooms (master with dressing room and en-suite shower room), second dressing room/fifth bedroom and family bathroom.

Key features include full-height windows and doors to the south-facing garden.

All in all, a distinctive property with quality fixtures and fittings, interesting layout and private setting – for sale with Corum’s Ayr office at offers over £415,000.

BURNS moved to the village of Tarbolton in 1777 and today its main attraction is the Batchelor’s Club, where Rabbie founded a debating society. Now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, an annex houses a museum. Currently for sale in the village is a sizeable four/five bedroomed traditional semi-detached cottage on Montomerie Street with attractive gardens and detached garage.

Off either side of the hall are three reception rooms – lounge, sitting room and 23ft rear-facing family room continuing into a fitted kitchen – and rear hall leading to a utility and shower room.

The layout is unusual in that there are two staircases to four double bedrooms – one on the ground floor and three dormer bedrooms on the upper level. Also unusual, the family bathroom is an impressive living room-sized space with a sunken bath. The standout space is the kitchen, which has under-floor heating and integrated appliances.

Offers over £199,500 are invited by Slater Hogg & Howison in Ayr.

LESS commonly known, the bard’s parents met and married in Maybole 1757 and Burns often stayed with his friend ‘Baillie Niven of Maybole’.

One house currently on the market highlights the value for money offered by many of the villages associated with Burns located only a short drive from Ayr, which has excellent road and rail links for commuters.

Number six Kirkoswald Road is a traditional red sandstone semi-villa with a dazzling all white interior and superb family accommodation over three levels.

Off the 22ft hallway are two reception rooms, split-level kitchen open-plan to a dining area with French doors to the garden, and main bathroom. The first floor houses three double bedrooms, while bedroom four is reached via a second staircase from the family room.

The striking monochrome interior – even down to white oak flooring and the stove finish in the formal lounge – is pristine and refreshingly contemporary. Although the house has been upgraded to a luxurious specification, its original features have been retained. On the market with Donald Ross in Ayr at offers over £170,000.

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