6 bedroom detached house for saleSt Andrews, Fife
Sold by Us £1,750,000
- Six Bedrooms
- Six Bathrooms
- Six Reception Rooms
- 14,000 sq ft
- Swimming Pool
- Pony Paddocks
- Fishing - Loch Lohan
- Six Garage Complex
- 8.9 Acres
Bottomcraig Steading is situated close to the village of Balmerino amidst gorgeous and delightful countryside in Fife, only 10 miles north west of St. Andrews. This superb house has a wonderful southerly outlook across the surrounding farm land and woodlands. The City of Dundee, soon to be home to the new Victoria & Albert Museum, is only 8 miles to the north on the other side of the Firth of Tay.
Balmerino is a charming picturesque coastal village situated on the north coast of Fife and is an official conservation area. Balmerino is best known for its Abbey where Mary Queen of Scots spent a relaxing two days on her way to St Andrews in 1565. This 13th century Cistercian monastery, now mostly in ruins, was considered a place of refuge and tranquillity during the turbulent middle ages.
Access to Bottomcraig by rail, road and air is excellent. Leuchars railway station, 6 miles east, is on the main Aberdeen to London line and provides a fast link to Dundee and Edinburgh. Dundee Airport is only 9 miles away from here there are regular daily flights to London Stanstead Airport. Edinburgh Airport with its frequent services to London and an increasing variety of both domestic and international services is only about 1 hour away. There is a dual carriageway and motorway connection to Edinburgh from Glenrothes, 16 miles away.
Bottomcraig is only 10 miles from St Andrews which is renowned around the world as the home of golf. There are now six golf courses at St Andrews including the Old Course, a regular host to the Open Championship. There are many other fine golf courses in the area including Drumoig and St Michaels, both just inland, and Elie, Crail, Charleston, Kilconquhar, Leven and Lundin Links on the coast. The Open Championship course at Carnoustie is only about 30 minutes' drive to the north.
As well as being famous for golf, St. Andrews is well known for its University which is one of the oldest in Britain and for the Byre Theatre. It provides good state schooling at Madras College and private co-educational schooling at St. Leonards. There are other public schools near Perth including Glenalmond, Strathallan, Kilgraston and Craigclowan while Dundee High School is also within easy reach. St. Andrews has a good range of shops and supermarkets. Cupar, 8 miles to the south, is a very popular market town.
Bottomcraig Steading is approached by a short gravel driveway that leads from the minor public road that runs between Wormit and Balmerino. Large double oak gates then open into a wide gravelled parking sweep with a central raised garden area including trees and shrubs all set within a circular stone wall.
Bottomcraig Steading is an outstanding country house built in 2003/2004 and designed to the highest of contemporary standards. All the main rooms enjoy truly wonderful open and sunny outlooks over the small lochan as well as over the garden to the paddocks and fields beyond.
The house is built around three sides of a wide and sunny patio area. All the principal rooms open out on to the large patio area. There is a fabulous Kitchen/Living Room/Breakfast Area which is fully glazed the complete length of the south wall with sliding glass doors opening on to the patio next to the small lochan.
Internally the house is beautifully presented, flawlessly combining many bespoke features and fittings together with traditional materials. There are hardwood floors almost throughout the house with underfloor heating as well. The impressive solid oak front door opens to a broad entrance hall which then opens into the wide spacious reception hall from which all the main reception rooms can be easily accessed.
The Drawing Room enjoys sunshine nearly all day with large picture windows on 3 sides. The Reception Hall opens into the long Dining Hall which is overlooked by the spectacular Gallery. Also from the Reception Hall, a door leads to the feature room of the house, the Kitchen/Living Room/ Breakfast Area with its full length glass south facing wall. Superbly well equipped with a large island unit as well as extensive fitted wall and base units along the rear wall, along with fitted NEFF oven, grill and microwave oven, fitted fridge/freezer and 2 ceramic sinks. There is masses of living space for sofas and chairs. At the far end of this room a door leads to the Sitting Room/Billiard Room which also enjoys sunshine all day long with large picture windows on 3 sides as well as sliding patio doors on 3 sides giving direct access to the central patio area as well as the garden.
Also from the Entrance Hall you can walk through to the Office which has fully fitted desk and fitted cupboards and a door through to the Library with full height glass fronted bookcase along one wall and built-in speakers for the integrated sound system. The octagonal shaped roundel is presently used as a Gymnasium.
Double glass panelled doors from the Dining Hall lead to the large Swimming Pool Area which has a superb pine lined ceiling and full height windows on 2 sides. The Pool itself is about 17m x 6m, is heated and at one end there is a Shower Room with a separate Hot Tub and also a Sauna. The Plant Room includes an Air Source Heat Pump which is supplemented by an oil fired boiler. A Cloakroom is also accessed directly from the Dining Hall.
There is a large Utility Room with fully fitted base and wall units and ample space for washing machines and tumble driers. There is also a Toilet. A door leads out to the side garden and patio area.
The First Floor is reached by a magnificent open staircase with glass treads and a glass panelled balustrade which leads from the Dining Hall up to a spacious Lounge area which has glass fronted bookcases and a fitted desk. This then leads through to the large Master Bedroom Suite which has windows on 3 sides and a south facing balcony. There is a spacious Ensuite Bathroom with black and white tiled floor, Jacuzzi bath and separate power shower. On the opposite side of the Bedroom there is a Dressing Room with fully fitted wardrobes on 2 sides.
The Gallery runs almost the full length of the house and enjoys lots of sunlight via the 10 rooflights that are above. Reached from the Gallery there are 4 large Double Bedrooms each with Ensuite facilities as well as a Landing Area. A pine staircase leads down from the Landing Area to the Reception Hall. At half landing level a separate staircase leads up to Bedroom 6 which has a fabulous cupola giving lots of light.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Bottomcraig Steading sits within well maintained gardens and grounds which extend in all to about 8.90 acres (3.60 hectares) including 3 pony paddocks that extend in all to about 7.00 acres (2.83 hectares). The garden is set around the lochan which holds trout and is also used for outdoor swimming and kayaking. Within the lochan is a sizeable fountain. On the west side of the lochan is a delightful pergola providing a wonderful spot in which to relax and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. For the golf enthusiast, there is a superb putting green just to outside the side Billiard Room. There is a secondary access to the grounds for agricultural and pedestrian use directly from the public road.
At the south east corner of the garden, is the Curling Bothy, 4.61m x 3.45m, which is built of stone with a slate roof. There is a date stone from 1890 above the door. In the late 19th century the area now covered by the lochan was in fact the Bottomcraig Curling Pond.
On the opposite side of the gravel parking area from the house is a substantial Garage building, constructed from white painted harled block walls with a pitched slate roof. The building includes a 3 Car Garage 9.60m x 7.46m with 3 individual doors and a connecting door through to Storage Building with double openings to the front and a Single Garage.
The property is served by Mains Electricity, Mains Water and Drainage is to a Septic Tank. There is an oil storage tank to the rear of the house that stores fuel for the oil fired boiler that acts as a back-up to the Air Source Heat Pump. There is underfloor heating within the house. Telephone and Broadband are available.
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