Magnificent Scots Baronial country house in private setting close to St Andrews
Dura House dates from the 18th century but may incorporate an older structure, said to date from the early 1600s. The house was extended into its present form in 1861 by the Edinburgh architect James Milne.
The house has the most magnificent front façade with a front facing gable flanked by spires above the front door which has a pediment and coat of arms. The south elevation also has battlements, crow stepped gables and three further spires. There is a square tower in the north east corner.
Internally the house has a simple and practical layout and the rooms are highly functional. An entrance vestibule with tiled floor gives access to a reception hall with wooden pillars and an open fireplace. The dining room is off this hall.
A back hall leads to an office, cloakroom and kitchen with AGA and Agamatic, water heater, orange topped units and arches to a breakfast area and larder.
A splendid wide staircase leads to the first floor where there is a bedroom with tower shower room and separate family bathroom and laundry.
Double doors lead to an inner hall with a cupola above and parquet floor. There are three fine reception rooms and a bedroom off this hall. The drawing room has a white marble fireplace and connecting doors to a library with fireplace and built in bookshelves. The billiard room or ballroom at the end of the hall has a grey marble fireplace and full height window.
The second floor is arranged in three suites of rooms. The main stairs lead to a landing with three bedrooms and a bathroom off. A second landing connects to three further bedrooms. The final bedroom with its dressing room is at the top of the back stairs.
The main stairs continue up to a large, floored loft. The back stairs lead up to the tower.
To the rear of the house is a useful range of outbuildings comprising a garage and stores on the ground floor and workshops above.
The grounds extend to about 8.7 acres and comprise the gravel sweep and lawns around the house and woodland.
Strictly by appointment with Savills - 0131 247 3738.
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage.
Heating from diesel fired boiler. Cooking and hot water from kerosene fired AGA and Agamatic.
Local Authority & tax band
Dura House is in Fife Council Tax Band H.
Dura House and Dovecote are listed Category B. The Gate Piers (and Gate Lodge) are listed Category C.
The Gate Lodge and adjoining land is owned by the seller's family.
Fixtures & Fittings
Standard fixtures and fittings are included in the sale.
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