The Mains of Kenmure was a small farm sitting on the very edge of the village and it is a walk of only 150 yards or so, past the park to reach the village itself. There are three buildings grouped round the former farmyard – two houses and then the Byre. The farmyard provides good access directly from the public highway and parking for each of the three properties but otherwise, they look “outward”, away from each other, enjoying fine views over the adjacent Holm farmland, and catching distant views.
The present proprietors have converted the Byre to a magnificent and stunning home. The intention was to retain externally the original appearance, with as few concessions as possible to its new use as a residence. This creates a stunning contrast from the moment you enter the solid front door. In addition, the various external areas of hard standing, which previously would be fitted with feed bays, have been cleverly retained and at one level provide a patio onto which all of the ground floor bedrooms open, by French doors and at the lower level, provide a natural sloping access.
The internal style suggests Scandinavian influences with natural solid wooden flooring throughout and extensive glazing to provide light and a feeling of space. The living area is a combined and stylish kitchen area leading through to a dining section, all open plan in an L shape, with a ceiling rising, in the main reception area, to the open apex of the roof, using the original beams as a feature. Apart from the large double-glazed windows and patio doors, the use of additional velux and other roof windows, floods the house with light.