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Balgownie Mansion House, Culross, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12

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Property Description

Key features

  • Superb Traditional Family Home
  • Modernised Accommodation
  • Edge of Village Setting
  • Kitchen / Breakfast Room
  • 4 Reception Rooms
  • 9 Bedrooms (2 en suite)
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Double Garage and Store
  • Gardens and Woodland

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Beautifully presented mansion house set in walled grounds on edge of village with superb outlook over Firth of Forth


Balgownie Mansion House has a superb setting on the edge of the National Trust village of Culross. The property is set in 4.4 acres of its own south facing grounds overlooking the Firth of Forth, on a wooded bank to the west of the village. It is protected by a high stone wall along its front with beautiful entrances to both west (not used) and east. The views over the Firth of Forth, particularly from the upper floors, are outstanding.

Culross Abbey was founded in 1217 when the village was an important religious centre. Culross is a conservation village which contains many buildings owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It is based on a 16th century village with many period buildings and original narrow streets or wynds. Buildings in the village include the 1597 palace which has been restored to its original rustic yellow render, its mercat cross and the 1625 town house which is now used as a National Trust for Scotland visitors centre. The village is also the settling for the hit TV drama "Outlander".

The modern day village offers many benefits for family living. It is readily accessible to all the major towns of central Scotland with the journey time to Edinburgh expecting to be much improved by the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing in 2017. Some of Scotland's most sought after schools including Dollar Academy and Beaconhurst in Bridge of Allan are easily accessible. The house is also well positioned for the Edinburgh Schools including Cargilfield Prep School, The Edinburgh Academy, Fettes College and George Watsons College as well as those in Perthshire. Edinburgh and its airport are both within 25 miles and Glasgow is easily accessible via the Kincardine Bridge.


James Erskine, brother of the 5th Lord Erskine, received a grant of lands on Balgownie from William Colville, Commendator of Culross Abbey, in 1549. Hannah Erskine, heiress of Balgownie, married into the Cunninghame family in 1736. John Erskine Cunninghame, provost of Culross for 42 years, lived at Balgownie until he died in 1934.

Balgownie Mansion House was used by the Land Army in the 1950s and became a school in 1958. It closed in 2003 and the property was upgraded and converted back into a house.

A hospital, founded in 1639 by George Bruce of Carnock for the maintenance of women, was sited to the side of Balgownie House and was removed circa 1765. There are also ruins of a 17th century building adjacent to the gates.


Balgownie is an impressive and attractive traditional mansion house with a flexible and practical layout. The accommodation has been finished to a high standard with a layout which is well suited to modern day family living.

The house has a typically Georgian front facade with an offset pillared doorway. It is white harled under a pitched slate roof. The accommodation is arranged in two elevations with the principal elevation being complemented by a rear elevation containing the impressive kitchen / breakfast room. There are paved courtyards to either side giving access to the back door to the east and the large games hall to the west.

Internally, there are many exceptional rooms, especially the front facing dining room and drawing rooms. The family accommodation is centred on a beautifully finished kitchen / breakfast room with a family room off. There is a large games hall to the west and the gym in the wing to the east offers scope for a variety of other uses including a home office or studio.

The impressive first floor master bedroom has wonderful views over the Firth of Forth. This room has listed building consent for a doorway into the next bedroom allowing for an en suite and dressing room. In all, there are seven bedrooms and three bathrooms (two en suite) on the first floor and two linked bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor.

The house has recently been refurbished and benefits from having been fully rewired and replumbed, with excellent bathrooms throughout. It also has a timber Scottish oak double garage and store under a pitch slate roof which was built in 2013.


Doorway with stone pillars and pediment. Double front doors to:

Vestibule Tiled floor. Half glazed inner door and side panels to:

Entrance Hall Fitted coat hooks. Arch to main hall.

Dining Room Built in bookshelves. Central fireplace with solid fuel stove and ornate pillared wooden mantel with inset mirrors. Working window shutters. Flooring. Built in shelved cupboard. Traditional Edinburgh press

Main Hall Stairs to first floor with cupola above. Oak engineered board flooring.

Drawing Room Decorative cornice and ceiling roses. Working window shutters. Fireplace with black marble mantel. Solid fuel stove. Built in shelved cupboard. Oak engineered board flooring.

Family Room Fireplace. Built in shelved cupboard. Oak engineered board flooring.

Kitchen / Breakfast Room Fitted kitchen with large marble topped island unit with breakfast table at the end. Siemens convection hob, sink and wash basin. Plumbed for dishwasher. Recess housing Gaggenau deep fat fryer, barbeque and Japanese grill. Dresser unit with built in fridge and freezer either side of cookers comprising hot drawers, Siemens ovens, combi microwave, grill and oven. Pantry with marble cold shelf and fitted shelves above.

Lobby to the west with spiral stair to upper floors.

Bathroom Bath. Shower compartment. WC. Bidet. Wash basin. Heated towel rail. Tiled floors.

Hall / Games Room Full height with exposed ceiling beams. Solid fuel stove with shelf above.

Off hall, side corridor with back door to paved yard. Cloak store off. Inner hall with spiral stair to upper floors.

WC WC. Wash basin.

Utility Room Fitted work surface with sink. Boiler. External door. Tiled floor.

Gym / Store Room Large room with potential for a variety of alternative uses.

First Floor

Stairs up to galleried landing with stained glass window with coats of arms and ships, and roof light with painted ship above.

Master Bedroom Decorative cornice and ceiling rose. Magnificent outlook over the Firth of Forth. Window shutters. Victorian tiled fireplace with white marble mantel. Built in bookshelves. Oak engineered board flooring.

Bedroom 2 Blocked fireplace. Doors to front and rear landings. Listed building consent for door from Master Bedroom to create en suite bathroom and dressing room.

Landing connecting to outside door with a bridge to the walkway behind the house.

Bedroom 3 Blocked fireplace. Built in shelved cupboard.

Bathroom Bath. WC. Bidet. Wash basin. Heated towel rail. Stone fireplace with cast iron Victorian grate. Linen cupboard.

Bedroom 4 Fireplace with cast iron Victorian fireplace with white wooden mantel.

East corridor to:

Bathroom Bath. Heated towel rail. Wash basin. WC. Tiled floor.

Bedroom 5 Blocked fireplace.

Bedroom 6 Blocked fireplace

Bedroom 7 Blocked fireplace.

En suite Bathroom Free standing bath. Shower compartment. WC. Bidet. Wash basin. Heated towel rail. Tiled floor. Additional separate WC with wash basin.

Second Floor

The second floor is accessed by spiral stairs from both east and west.

Bathroom Duvalli double Jacuzzi bath. Shower compartment. WC. Wash basin. Tiled floor and walls. Heated towel rail.

Bedroom 8 Bay window to the rear. Connecting door to

Bedroom 9 Bay window to the rear.

Bathroom Corner bath. Wash basin. WC. Fully tiled floor and walls.


Balgownie is set in mature wooded grounds extending to approximately 4.4 acres. The grounds are south facing with a high stone wall along the front.

The main entrance is from Culross to the east, with an impressive gateway leading to a tarmac parking and turning area in front of the house and beyond to the new double garage. There are extensive lawns in front with a disused driveway leading to a second set of gates to the west.

Behind the house is a paved yard with a bridge over from the first floor to a raised gravel walkway which runs behind the property. There are high stone retaining walls dividing off the woodland behind.

The grounds mainly comprise policy woodlands on a south facing bank. There are some fine mature trees around the property.

Adjacent to the gates is the stone façade of a period building which may have served as the staff quarters for the original hospital.



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Mains water, gas, drainage and electricity.


Balgownie Mansion House, Gate Piers and Walls are all listed Category B. The 17th century ruins are listed Category C. The house is also in the Culross Conservation Area.

Listed Building Consent

There is listed building consent (15/00999/LBC) for a door from the Master Bedroom to Bedroom 2 allowing for an en suite bathroom and dressing room.


The internal photographs were taken in January 2017 and the external photographs were taken in 2010.

Local Authority

Balgownie Mansion House is in Fife Council Tax Band H.

Square Footage: 8,136 sq ft
Acreage: 4.4 Acres


From Edinburgh take the A90 north across the Forth Road Bridge. Leave the M90 at Junction 1 and take the A985 west towards the Kincardine Bridge. Culross is signposted on the left hand side after about 10 miles. Follow the road through Torryburn and Low Torry into Culross. Continue through the village. The gates to Balgownie Mansion House are beyond the village green, on the right hand side.

Travelling from Stirling or Glasgow follow signs for the M876 which leads to the new Kincardine Bridge. Cross the bridge and take the turning on the right which leads through Kincardine. Culross is signposted on the right hand side. Follow the road into the village and turn sharp left at the village green to reach the impressive entrance to Balgownie Mansion House.

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15 January 2017

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