A stunningly transformed nearly 200-year-old church


THIS WEEK’s Ayrshire Property of the Week takes us to a simply stunning and particularly unique home on the North Ayrshire coast in Fairlie.

Originally built in the 1840s, with an extension and additions to the original building in 1877 (including the bell donated and inscribed by Hugh Tennant, owner of Tennants Brewery) 80 Main Road, formerly St Margaret’s Free Church of Scotland built in the Gothic style is now a simply stunning property which has undergone a total but sympathetic transformation over three main levels

Accommodation includes an indoor heated swimming pool, a fabulous main living room with original vaulted ceiling and wooden beams, and a master suite with viewing gallery.

No expense has been spared with high quality fixtures and fittings to create a unique family home with a flexible internal layout. The property is located less than two hundred meters from the seafront with its many coastal walks and, for commuters, Fairlie mainline station with a direct service to Glasgow is easily accessible.

In more detail the property is entered through the arched main door where a central gabled porch gives access to a reception hall opening to a ground floor double bedroom with access to the internal stone spiral staircase to origin leading to the first floor.

The reception hall leads to a magnificent 8m x 4m indoor heated swimming pool, with gym and lounge area, and a 4m high acoustic ceiling.

The doors to the swimming pool and the reception hall open onto a cloakroom/bathroom/steam room; including a WC cubicle, contemporary composite tub, vanity and rain shower with mosaic seating and “Steamist” home spa/aromatherapy/steam system.

To the rear of the pool is a storage cupboard and an access door to the rear hallway, formerly incorporating the sacristy. The hall to the rear of this opens into a study/office and a high quality kitchen diner fitted with a range of wall and base units with Range style cooker, integrated dishwasher, microwave and coffee maker. The American style fridge freezer can be included in the sale.

To the rear of the kitchen is a utility room with access to a WC/cloakroom. The utility room also has access to the house’s boiler room which, alongside the 2 boilers, houses the Heatstar pool air conditioning system and, through a hatch in the basement, the pool pump and pool filtration equipment. the water.

In addition to the original spiral staircase to the front of the property, a bespoke solid oak ‘floating’ staircase leads, past an exposed sandstone wall, from the rear hallway to the first floor and beyond to at the top level.

From the first floor landing and through a set of double fire doors, a wide hallway with recessed structural glass floor panels overlooking the swimming pool, arrives at the breathtaking main living area with a 7 m high and restored open wooden roof trusses.

This bedroom has a large arched stained glass window and is further lit by ceiling lights and circular windows offering westward views over the Firth of Clyde, Cumbrae and Arran.

The living room and central hallway have ‘Junkers’ oak flooring and bespoke oak skirting boards, walnut wall panels with concealed storage cupboards and a freestanding feature wall, housing a built-in bioethanol fireplace.

A guest toilet and two spacious apartments are accessible from the central hallway. To the rear is a large bedroom with views of the sloping woods behind the property and an en-suite shower room.

The room across the hall is currently used as a soundproof TV/cinema room with a built in bar, but could also be used as a 4th bedroom if required. There is underfloor heating throughout this level.

Continuing up the oak staircase, past a magnificent circular contemporary stained glass window and through an oak glazed firewall, one reaches the master suite on the upper level.

The master bedroom has original exposed framing, hardwood “Junkers” flooring (salvaged from the original church), spacious walk-in closet and full bathroom with rain shower.

Natural light is provided by six large roof lights, as well as views over the river and to the rear of the property. Again there is underfloor heating on this level.

Finally, the bedroom’s twin doors open onto a raised gallery with a reclaimed pine and glass balustrade, offering elevated views of the living room, ceiling trusses and main stained glass window, which completes the accommodation on offer. .

The property is available with Corum Property for offers above £650,000.


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