A BRAND-NEW South Ayrshire care home is gearing up to welcome its first residents next week.

And the Advertiser had the exclusive opportunity to get a first glimpse inside the luxury harbourside accommodation that will be home to 56 residents.

Queens View Harbour Care Home, which overlooks the marina in Troon, has been under construction for the past 18 months, and the team this week have been adding the finishing touches.

Situated on Templehill, Queen’s View is ideally located, near Troon’s buzzing high street and a short stroll to the waterfront and marina.

Built over three floors, the home looks out towards Arran, with communal balconies on each floor and the home’s beautiful garden area, complete with a putting green, that feels modern and relaxed, more like a trendy restaurant’s outdoor seating area than a home.

Manager Michelle Sommerville said: “All rooms are filled with plenty of natural daylight and are fitted out with their own televisions and en-suite bathrooms. The home is split into four wings across two floors, enabling the residents to live in small communities of 14, with each community having it’s own dining room, lounge area and quiet room.

“But the key feature for me is the ground floor, we’ve designed it like a community space. As well as having communal areas and the bedrooms upstairs, the ground floor is really, quite unique for a care home.”

The Queens View lobby would match any top hotel. Alongside the community coffee shop for residents and guests to enjoy, and a fully equipped hair salon, nail station and treatment room, the jewel in the crown is the fully functioning champagne bar that allows residents to carry on living an enjoyable social life.

There is also a cinema room and there will also be a wide range of activities on offer.

The team have been building relationships with local community groups and arts groups to bring the Troon community to the residents.

And some of Troon’s primary schools have been involved in naming special areas of the home. For example, the coffee shop, alongside the wings of the home, are named after the kids’ suggestions, and it is hoped that intergenerational activities will resume soon.

There is also a private dining area that can be booked for family meals and occasions, with a separate lounge area to relax and spend further time with family. There is even a guest bedroom to allow family members to stay over.

Michelle said: “We’ve just finished our first phase of staff recruitment, it has been so busy, but I enjoy it. The staff have been gelling well and preparing to welcome and care for the first residents next week. It’ll be our official launch in September, so stay tuned to find out.”