The Kingdom is steeped in history but its coastline and motorway network give it 21st century appeal, finds Beverley Brown
Fife has a coastline that stretches 117 miles and boasts outstanding beaches, picturesque fishing villages, harbours and quaint cottages. Still known as a Kingdom, it is steeped in history and its property market offers arguably the most diverse choice anywhere in Scotland – and enhances its appeal as a place to live by having easy access to major road and rail networks.
SITUATED within the 12th century conservation village of Kilconquar, Kirkside is one of only a few houses that have private access to Kilconquhar Loch, a bird sanctuary and designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The semi-detached property has a beautifully presented interior with bespoke fittings – and a south-facing garden that extends from the terrace right down to the loch and regularly attracts wildlife.
Arranged predominantly on the ground floor, the accommodation includes a 23ft open-plan integrated kitchen/dining room with two sets of bi-fold doors – opening onto the rear terrace, the other connecting to the sitting room, which has a distinctive barrel roof and views down the garden to the loch.
Completing the ground floor are two bedrooms, family bathroom, cloakroom and utility/laundry. The first floor is dominated by the master bedroom suite, while the landing incorporates a study/office area. The bedroom has a superb curved window with superb views across the loch to Elie Estate.
Outside, the suntrap garden includes two large sheds – one with covered barbecue area – and a double garage. Conveniently located a mile from Elie and only 10 miles from St Andrews, Kirkside is for sale with Rettie’s Edinburgh office at offers over £595,000.
PIERHEAD House is a landmark property in North Queensferry, at Fife’s most southerly point that offers easy access across the Forth to Edinburgh (10 miles), while local amenities range from Deep Sea World to a restaurant named the best eating place in Scotland by a national newspaper.
Positioned on the pier and with the Forth Rail Bridge in the background, the four bedroomed period property has a garden and a decked area with an awning off the kitchen from which to take in the view, and a bright contemporary interior that befits modern lifestyles.
Over four levels the accommodation comprises basement shower room and a huge 36ft cinema/snooker room; one floor up via a spiral staircase is a similarly impressive 35ft open-plan dining kitchen, bathroom, and a staircase up to a shower room, study, double bedroom and living area. The top floor houses three further bedrooms. Offers over £399,995 are sought by McEwan Fraser Legal.
PITKIERIE Cottage is set in five acres of remarkable woodland garden grounds close to Anstruther and St Andrews – with access to nine golf courses within a 10-mile radius. However, another course is even closer to home as Pitkierie’s impeccable lawns incorporate a nine-hole chipping golf course (two ride-on lawn mowers are included in the sale).
Formerly a market garden, the grounds give the cottage complete seclusion and provide a spectacular backdrop with everything from a woodland walk to tropical flower beds. The gardens also house two double garages and a barbecue house.
Entered from a paved sun terrace at the front, the cottage has a 20ft central hallway leading to a living room with open fire and double doors to a conservatory, dining room partially open to a kitchen, two double bedrooms (one en-suite), cloakroom and main bathroom. There is a particularly large third bedroom on the upper floor with two storerooms. Pitkierie also has development potential as planning permission has previously been granted for a single-storey house adjacent to the cottage. Offers over £450,000 are invited by Pagan Osborne’s Anstruther office.
UNMISTAKABLY Georgian and believed to date from 1806, Distillery House is a handsome detached sandstone property in an attractive semi-rural setting near Burntisland in Fife. The house was originally home to the manager of Grange Distillery, which, in the late 1800s produced 900,000 litres of whisky annually.
The distillery closed in 1925 and although the house has been extensively restored and refurbished in recent years (including new central heating/hot water system, new double-glazed roof lights) the distillery manager’s wall safe, cast iron fireplaces, decorative plasterwork and working window shutters are all retained.
A substantial family home, it combines age, character and period features within a refreshingly contemporary-style interior. The basement level houses a snooker/games room, workshop, utility, wine cellar and extensive storage, while the ground floor has three reception rooms – dining room, drawing room, library and sitting room, plus study, cloakroom, hall and butler’s pantry.
The impressive double-height dining kitchen/family room has a slate-tiled floor, marble-topped island and a four-oven Aga.
A classically Georgian curved stone staircase leads to the first floor landing, off which are the en-suite master bedroom and three further double bedrooms – two of which share an adjoining shower room, while the other bedroom has access to the main bathroom. The second floor contains a 23ft sitting room with kitchenette area, two double-size guest bedrooms and bathroom.
Other highlights include restored original wood flooring in the three reception rooms, while outside, Distillery House has delightful mature gardens that include sheltered seating areas, decking, ornamental lily pond and fruit trees. Offers over £495,000 are invited by CKD Galbraith’s Cupar office.
ALLANWATER Homes has opened the sales office at its new development in the Fife village of Saline, named The Views.
Forty nine new properties, ranging from three to five bedrooms, are to be built at The Views.
They will feature a range of green technologies and a number of debut housetypes from Allanwater Homes, specially designed for the development.
To make the most of the spectacular semi-rural setting and countryside views, plot sizes will be generous.
The new Sales Office is now open 11am to 5.30pm Thursday to Monday, call Linda McNie, the Sales Advisor, on 07860 954077.
Check out the new website at www.allanwater.co.uk