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Knockhill House, Newport-on-Tay, Newport-on-Tay, Fife, DD6 8RD

Under Offer £535,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Charming farmhouse
  • Mature garden with orchard
  • Stunning views
  • Master bedroom suite
  • 4 further bedrooms

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Knockhill House sits on a hillside looking out to the east towards St. Andrews and the coast. Set in the shelter of Knockhill Wood, it is surrounded by pastureland and a mature, well-stocked garden.

The house is only a few minutes drive from the Firth of Tay and the small town of Newport-on-Tay. This is a satellite town to Dundee, Scotland's fourth largest city, which sits on the north bank of the river. The Tay Road Bridge connects Fife to the northern regions of Scotland. It links directly to the A90 trunk road connecting Aberdeen and Dundee to Edinburgh, the west and the south.

Newport-on-Tay continues to be the popular town that originally prospered in the early 1800s as the prosperous jute manufacturers and industrialists of Dundee established fashionable residences in the town. The town centre comprises two main streets where a small variety of shops and two public houses can be found. The town has one primary school, Newport Primary, with older pupils attending secondary school in St Andrews or Cupar. The nearest independent schools are the High School of Dundee, and St Leonards in St Andrews.

Knockhill House is well placed for a variety of recreational activities but the area is particularly famed for its association with golf. There is a plethora of golf courses in the vicinity ranging from the championship course at Drumoig, only one mile away, to The Old Course in St Andrews.

The property is well positioned for transport links. The main road from Dundee to St Andrews has an excellent bus service and runs past the end of the drive. It links Knockhill House to Leuchars mainline station (4 miles) and to the mainline train station (5 miles) in Dundee, which also has an airport (6.5 miles) with scheduled services to London, Belfast and Birmingham.


Knockhill House was originally one of the farmhouses on the St Fort Estate and dates back to the mid 18th century. Although is has not been part of a working farm for many years, it retains the modest charm and proportions typical of a traditional Scottish farmhouse.

The property is built of stone, rendered and painted white under a slate roof. The windows are principally sash and case with secondary glazing. The house has an attractive facade with a central front porch. A stone extension, housing the music studio, and a series of outbuildings extend from the west gable.


The principal entrance to the house is via the front garden through a porch which opens onto a reception hall. The drawing room is situated on the right with windows to both the east and south overlooking the garden to the front of the property. It has a shelved press and an original cast iron fireplace with timber mantel. The former dining room is on the left side and also looks out to the south. This has been converted into a cosy sitting room also with an open fireplace. It links through to the library, which has floor to ceiling shelving and a window to the north, and a door to a hallway off which are a cloakroom and a music studio. The music studio is a versatile space, located in an extension to the west side of the main house with its own door to the garden.

To the north side of the house there is a backdoor entrance which opens to a small vestibule. This links to the main reception hall but also provides a direct access to the dining room and kitchen. The dining room and kitchen, floored with quarry tiles, are linked by two doorways providing an adaptable area off which are an ancillary larder and a further cloakroom. The kitchen looks out to the orchard garden to the rear of the house. It is simply furnished with a selection of fitted units and includes a Belfast sink, a white two door Aga and Belling electric cooker. The larder is shelved and has room for both fridge and freezer. The oil fired boiler is located within the cloakroom.

An elegant timber staircase with wood and cast iron balustrade rises up from the reception hall to the first floor landing. The first floor accommodation also retains many original features. It comprises a master bedroom suite with dressing room and bathroom, a second bedroom with adjacent dressing room, and two further bedrooms. There is a family bathroom and a heated linen cupboard.

Off the landing between the two principal bedrooms is a small sewing room and beside this a timber staircase rises to the second floor which comprises a useful attic room and the fifth bedroom.

The outbuildings, part of which was the former stabling, provide a handy selection of garaging, log and coal stores and a workshop.


Knockhill House sits centrally within its policies. The drive is hard packed and lined with a beech hedge, sweeping past the back lawn and apple orchard to a parking area at the rear of the house.

The garden to the front of the house is wonderfully mature. While it may have lost the formality of its past, the original structure is still clearly evident, and it would be possible to restore it to its former glory. The lawn is split by a central path which leads past herbaceous borders down to a wilder section with more mature deciduous trees. Lawned paths meander past hedging and shrubs back up towards the vegetable garden to the side of the house and round to the orchard at the rear.


Knockhill House is located off the main A914 St Andrews to Dundee road.

From the north, cross the Tay Road Bridge and take A92 south. At the second roundabout take the A914 towards St Andrews. Take the first turning right off the main road at Forgan Smithy. At the next crossroads the drive to Knockhill House runs up the hill to the left.

From Edinburgh and the south take the M90 and then A92 past Glenrothes and continue through Cupar following signs to the Tay Road Bridge. At the 'Five Roads' roundabout take the third exit (B694) signposted to St Andrews and immediately turn left. At the A914 turn left, and take the next left at Forgan Smithy. At the next crossroads the drive to Knockhill House runs up the hill to the left.

From St Andrews follow the A914 past Drumoig and turn next left at Forgan Smithy. At the next crossroads the drive to Knockhill House runs up the hill to the left.

It is advisable not to rely on satellite navigation for access to Knockhill House as it will direct you up a back drive that is not a suitable access for cars.

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