Dura House
9,897 sq ft(919.46 sq m)
Offers over £875,000

Dura HouseCupar, Fife, KY15 5SZ


    Key features

    • B Listed Scots Baronial country house
    • Set in wooded grounds close to St Andrews
    • Upgraded in 1970s but now requiring refurbishment
    • Practical layout for modern occupation
    • Large, well laid out rooms. 9,897 ft2

    Magnificent Scots Baronial country house in private setting close to St Andrews

    About this property

    • 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.

      OUTBUILDINGS

      To the rear of the house is a useful range of outbuildings comprising a garage and stores on the ground floor and workshops above.

      GROUNDS

      The grounds extend to about 8.7 acres and comprise the gravel sweep and lawns around the house and woodland.

      Viewings
      Strictly by appointment with Savills - 0131 247 3738.

      GENERAL REMARKS

      Services
      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.

      Listings

      Dura House and Dovecote are listed Category B. The Gate Piers (and Gate Lodge) are listed Category C.

      Adjoining Property
      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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    Local information

    • Dura House is set in over 8 acres of its own, wooded grounds in the rolling countryside between St Andrews and Cupar. There are far reaching views from the tower at the top of the house.
    • Cupar is an active market town with a variety of shops and services. The nearby village of Pitscottie has a café. The Peat Inn, one of Scotland's best known restaurants, is close by.
    • St Andrews, renowned worldwide as the ‘Home of Golf', is only 7 miles away. There are now seven golf courses at St Andrews including the Old Course which regularly hosts the Open Championship, the 150th scheduled to be played there in 2021. There are many other golf courses in the area including The Dukes Course, Kingsbarns, Crail and Elie. St Andrews is also well known for its university which is one of the oldest in Britain (founded in 1413).
    • Access by rail, road and air is good. Cupar railway station is on the main Aberdeen to London line and provides a link to Dundee and Edinburgh. Edinburgh Airport, with its increasingly wide range of domestic and international flights, is 43 miles away.

    Additional information

    • EPC Rating = F