Shipmaster's House
167.50 sq m(1,803 sq ft)
Offers over £495,000

Shipmaster's HouseThe Esplanade, High Street West, Anstruther, KY10 3DJ

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in January 2020
  • Fully upgraded for modern living with striking architectural features which juxtapose with the building's original character.
  • Superb outlook over its nicely landscaped, sheltered garden, the harbour and the coastline.
  • Excellent entertaining space on first floor.
  • Well designed kitchen with dining area.

Characterful house in the historic centre of Fife coastal town

About this property

  • Shipmaster's House has a rich history with part of the house dating back to the 15th century. It takes its name from the 18th century local ship builder William Adamson who enjoyed the clear views out to sea where he could monitor the ships. It was latterly owned by the niece of the renowned Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer. In the 1980s a striking stair was created to link the ground and first floors, and a spiral staircase added to link the first and second floors. Since 2002 there has been a programme of works which has included a new family bathroom, double glazing, new underfloor heating on the first and second floors, and a new kitchen.

    There are two entrances to the property. The formal entrance opens into the first floor sitting room. On the ground floor the entrance leads into a wide hall which has custom-made storage for golf bags. This was once a pend leading directly to the garden. The kitchen, which was refitted in 2013, has quality fitted units with a large central island. There is a range of integrated appliances including microwave, two fridges, double oven, freezer and dishwasher. A large area for dining is located in front of the French doors which open into the garden. The family bathroom has a WC, wash basin, shower and separate bath. The curved stair leads to the first floor where the large sitting room has a deep bay window lined with window seats to make the most of the lovely views. The room has a wood burner at one end and, for convenience, a gas stove at the other end. A link corridor leads to a bedroom, or study, in the tower section of the house. The spiral staircase leads up to the second floor where there is a master bedroom with fitted wardrobes, a shower room off the landing and a third bedroom at the top of the tower. This is accessed through the dressing room which could easily be used as a fourth bedroom.

    To the rear of the house the southwest facing walled garden is well stocked with shrubs and herbaceous plants, providing a colourful haven with a pond creating a central focal point. There is a large patio for outside dining and a useful garden store.


    Strictly by appointment with Savills - 0131 247 3738.

    Mains electricity, water, gas and drainage.

    Local Authority & tax band
    Fife Council tax band E

    Conservation Area and Listing
    Shipmaster's House is category ‘B' Listed and lies within Anstruther Conservation Area.

    Fixtures & Fittings
    Standard fixtures and fittings are included in the sale

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Superbly presented house ideal as a holiday home or main residence

Anna GardinerProperty agent

Local information

  • The East Neuk of Fife is renowned for being one of the driest and sunniest parts of Scotland. It boasts a number of fishing villages built around picturesque harbours, sandy unspoilt beaches and rich farmland. The town of Anstruther has a vibrant community. It has a working harbour, is home to the local RNLI, and has excellent facilities for pleasure boats. There is a good range of independent retailers and some highly regarded restaurants, a large supermarket as well as primary and secondary schooling. Co-educational private schooling is available locally at St Leonards in St Andrews and Dundee High School is also within easy reach.
  • St Andrews, ‘the home of golf‘ and the setting for one of Britain's oldest universities, is only 13 miles away. There are traditional links golf courses at nearby Crail, Leven and Lundin Links and new courses at Kingsbarns and St Andrews Bay. St Andrews has an excellent selection of shops, restaurants and services to supplement those available within Anstruther.
  • Access by rail, road and air is good. Edinburgh International Airport (46 miles) is very accessible via the A92 dual carriageway connection from Glenrothes and the M90 motorway, and Dundee Airport (25 miles) has scheduled flights to London Stansted. Cupar (16 miles) and Leuchars (15 miles) railway stations are on the main Aberdeen to London line and provide a fast link to Edinburgh.

Additional information

  • Directions: From the A917 turn onto The Esplanade at the apex of the junction of High Street West and Elizabeth Place. Shipmaster's house, 13 The Esplanade, is located on the right hand side. There is car parking available at the front of the house or further on the West Harbour at the end of The Esplanade.
  • EPC Rating = E