6 bedroom detached house for saleWalkerton Drive, Leslie, Glenrothes, Fife
Offers Over £400,000
With the original part of the house believed to date back to around 1790, Prinlaws House is a substantial and elegant country house with a fine, rural view over the River Leven and the rolling countryside beyond. In keeping with its time, and as would be expected, there is a wealth of period details throughout, which includes decorative cornicing and ceiling roses, working shutters, parquet flooring, wood panelling and mosaic floor tiles to name but a few. The present owners have carried out a meticulous and extensive programme of maintenance and refurbishment but have been very careful to ensure that the property loses none of its history, character or charm.
A pillared portico provides shelter and leads to an inner hallway, off which is a cloakroom and WC. A wonderful reception hall, with parquet flooring and ornate cornicing provides access to the principal reception rooms, including the drawing room which has a bespoke limestone fireplace with a Jotul wood burner, and a "secret door" conceals double doors that lead out to the patio and garden beyond. The formal dining room has dual aspect windows and impressive custom-made book shelves. Adjacent to the dining room is a study, which features a handsome 1930s oak fire surround. The breakfasting kitchen has been beautifully fitted with a range of hand-painted units with granite worktops and a sandstone alcove provides the perfect space for a Godin range. In addition, there is a range of useful rooms including a well-fitted and spacious utility room, food pantry, cold room, china pantry and boot room.
A feature staircase gives access to the first floor landing, which is beautifully lit from a both a stained glass window and a cupola at the far end of the hall. The master bedroom has a triple aspect window, which takes full advantage of the wonderful southerly view. There are a further 4 bedrooms on this level as well as a large family bathroom, which features a roll-top bath with claw feet, a wash basin set in a fitted cabinet with marble top and a luxurious walk-in shower. A feature of real historic note has to be the separate WC, which contains the original "Remirol" toilet, designed by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer (name reversed).
Hidden behind a door on the landing are stairs to the attic, where a further bedroom and shower room can be found.
A pillared entrance provides access to a gravel driveway where, at the top, there is parking for several vehicles. Enclosed by a mix of stone walls and mature hedging, Prinlaws House is surrounded by around 1.2 acres of garden, which is well-stocked and has been thoughtfully planted to provide year round colour and interest. There is a large area of lawn flanked by mature trees and flowering shrubs which provides privacy and creates a wonderful backdrop. To the rear, is a vegetable garden and a variety of fruit trees and throughout the garden there are several secluded areas to relax and enjoy the garden but of note is one at the top of the garden, which overlooks a pretty rockery.
The basement of the house provides very useful storage accommodation and has power and light.
To the west of the garden is the Coach House, which has electricity and a large sliding door which ensures that access is possible for larger vehicles. There is a large mezzanine level, which provides additional storage space.
Prinlaws House sits in an elevated position on the outskirts of Leslie, a large village on the northern tip of the River Leven Valley to the west of Glenrothes. The village caters for everyday amenities including shops, restaurants, pubs, library, post office, town hall, medical practice, pharmacy, and dentists. The Leslie Community Trust organise a calendar of events throughout the year.
In terms of schooling, there is a primary school in Leslie. For secondary schooling, there are high schools within the Glenrothes/Kirkcaldy area and there is a well-respected high school in Kinross. A selection of Scotland's private schools, including Craigclowan, Strathallan, and Kilgraston are within easy reach and buses run from the village to Dollar Academy. There is also a selection of private schools in Edinburgh.
Being about 9 miles from the M90, Prinlaws House is ideally placed for access to Edinburgh and Perth. There are Park & Rides at Kinross and Ferrytoll, just north of the Forth Road Bridge, with regular buses to Edinburgh, throughout Fife, Tayside and further afield. There are mainline train stations at Markinch (4 miles) and Kirkcaldy with services north and south. Edinburgh Airport (29 miles) serves UK, European and international destinations while Dundee Airport (27 miles) has flights to London Stansted.
Prinlaws House is ideally situated to enjoy the beautiful countryside of Fife, Perthshire and Kinross-shire. Throughout the region there are no shortage of hill walks, bridle paths and cycle tracks. The property is on the doorstep of the Lomond Hills Regional Park where the heather-clad Lomond Hills are a beacon in the area. The historic village of Falkland (7 miles) with its former Royal Palace of the Scottish Kings is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. RSPB Vane Farm is open year round, and fishing is available on several nearby lochs and reservoirs including the national nature reserve at Loch Leven. Loch Leven's Larder, a local farm shop, is a popular visitor attraction. For the golf enthusiast, there are courses at Leslie, Ladybank, Kinross and Milnathort to name but a few. The courses at Gleneagles and The Old Course at St Andrews are 22.5 and 25.5 miles respectively. The Scottish Gliding Centre, Scotlandwell and Fife Airstrip, Glenrothes provide opportunities for recreational flight. The nearby, popular East Neuk of Fife has many picturesque fishing villages built around traditional harbours, which are well worth a visit.
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