BBC covers Seafield House story

David Miller, BBC Scotland’s environment and transport correspondent, returned to his roots on Friday to cover a story on the future of Seafield House.  Having had his tonsils removed at Seafield Children’s Hospital, David had a personal interest in the story of the building.

Committee members of Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) together with Robin Ghosh of econstruct,who recently bought the house, gathered in the grounds of Seafield to be interviewed for radio and TV.

Photograph of interviewer with microphone interviewing 3 people in front of derelict building

David Miller, BBC correspondent, interviewing outside Seafield House

FoSH committee members were asked about the importance of the house and what had inspired em to campaign to save it, whilst Robin Ghosh, was asked about his plans for future development of Seafield House and it’s grounds.

The recent introduction of the Clydesdale Bank £5 note, bearing the portrait of Sir William Arrol, has helped raise his profile in the public domain. It is exciting to see that now the house he built will also have it’s profile raised through these radio and TV features.

We don’t yet know when the items will broadcast but we will be sure to post it on the website, facebook and twitter feeds once we do know.


Closing date set for sale of Seafield House

Ryden, the selling agent for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, owners of Seafield House, the former home in Ayr of Sir William Arrol, has today announced the closing date for receipt of formal legal offers in the sale of Seafield House.

The closing date is 12 noon on Wednesday 11 December 2013.

Those should contact Russell Rutherford at Ryden on his direct line 0141-270 3128; mobile 07831467169; by fax on 0141-204 3554 or by email The closing date has now been added to the Ryden webpage for Seafield House.

Image of the Seafield House page on the Ryden website

Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) welcomes the setting of a closing date. Seafield House urgently needs a sympathetic new owner who/that will renovate this important B-listed building by way of the proceeds of an enabling development in Seafield House’s extensive grounds.   FoSH have issued a media release to help publicise this development and have offered the in-depth knowledge & expertise of Friends of Seafield House be made available to assist in the sympathetic restoration of the house.

Information Board now on site at Seafield House

Photograph of Information Board at entrance to Seafield House

Information Board at Seafield House

FoSH were given permission to mount an information board about the History of Seafield and Sir William Arrol  on the boundary wall at the entrance to Seafield House.

Now anyone passing by on Doonfoot Road, and wanting to know more about the beautiful neglected house within, will be able to read about  it.  The information board tells of the history of the Seafield Estate, of Sir William Arrol’s life and how he built the house as his home and, after his death, it’s history as Seafield Hospital.

It is hoped that the board will help to raise awareness of the significance and importance of the magnificent roofless ruin lying on their doorstep and encourage people to join the campaign to save it.

Image of an exhibition board about Seafield and Sir William Arrol

FoSH Information Board about Sir William Arrol and the history of Seafield House.