Set within sizeable yet manageable mature gardens just under 4 acres this Grade B Listed home was originally the manse for Auchtertool Parish Church. Designed and built by the famous Scottish Architect James Gillespie Graham in 1812 and then extended to the rear by Williamson & Inglis in 1900. Its original Gothic Revival design magnifies the beauty of the building set within its stunning rural location. This provides an extreme sense of peacefulness and tranquillity to the house and grounds. With views down the valley of the Forth towards the Bass Rock and Berwick Law.
The main elevation is symmetrical and its overall architecture boasts semi-ecclesiastical windows, impressive stonework and decorative chimneys. Its two main storeys also benefit from an additional attic floor. Many of the original panelled timber shutters within the main section of the house are still in good function. Also benefitting from original plain cornices, a dog-leg staircase with timber balusters and carved Marble fireplace. The latter extension holds decorative cornices, tabbed architraved windows and a moulded timber fireplace with cast-iron grate and tiled surround.
The house has historical interest as it is evidenced author, essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle was a frequent visitor of Rev Welsh, minister at Auchterool from 1842 to 1879. Carlyle married Jane Welsh the Reverends cousin.
This light and spacious 4-bedroom detached home is accessed via electric security gates leading to driveway and complimented by various outbuildings. Including a timber summerhouse with stone/slab deck, Double Garage and carport, and large easily accessed shed. Allowing for ample vehicular and garden machinery storage.
The ground floor living accommodation combines formal and entertaining space via its substantial Drawing room and separate Dining/Reading room. Whilst also catering to modern family living with the large updated kitchen/family room benefitting from additional dining and lounge space. Holding the AGA, modern fitted cupboards, integrated fridge, Neff dishwasher and Bosche Gourmet combi microwave/grill/fan oven. It has a bare stone feature wall and additional historic timber cupboards.
This floor also benefits from a modern bathroom with Jacuzzi style bath with rotating bubble control. A laundry, coal store, utility room and boot room currently used as a gym.
An attractively designed staircase leads from the hallway to the wide first floor landing filled with light emanating from its grand double arched windows overlooking the gardens.
The large dual aspect principle bedroom has a warm and comforting feel with its substantial fireplace and adjoins a shower/dressing room with Acomo multi jet steam shower.
This floor benefits from a further three large bedrooms and bathroom along with a separate WC. Another dual aspect room to the rear of the home is currently used as a Snug but could easily be utilised as a bedroom.
Ascending the next staircase allows access to the attic which holds a number of rooms albeit with the ceiling height constrained. The largest of these is currently used as a study but could hypothetically be another bedroom. Many of the rooms are currently used for storage purposes.
The gardens hold a good mixture of mature trees, planted beds and lawn. The flat area currently used as a croquet lawn may also lend itself well to being laid to a tennis court.
EPC Band: F
Council Tax: Band G
Local Council: Fife
Services: Mains electricity. Own Well private water supply. Septic tank (last serviced 5 May 2022) drainage. Central Heating via new Worcester Bosch Boiler Greenstar Utility 50 A class efficiency oil fired (installed 17 March 2022). Broadband connected and the vendor has advised Fibre has been laid but not connected as yet. Note: The services have not been checked by the selling agents.
Fixtures and Fittings: All fitted carpets and flooring, blinds and light fittings are included in the sale as are the integrated appliances in the kitchen. Please refer to the selling agent regarding curtains and any further items.
Located on the south-western fringes of the village of Auchtertool, a small village west of the town of Kirkcaldy.
Local amenities are available in the nearby towns of Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy which are within reasonable travelling distance of Auchtertool.
The center of Edinburgh is roughly (traffic dependant) a 45 minute drive and the International Airport under 30 minutes.
The sea and coast are around 5 miles away and offer various beaches and the Fife Coastal Path for pleasant walks.
The area enjoys convenient road access located within 5 miles of the A92 which links to Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow.