Superbly renovated country house close to Elie and Fife coastline
The original part of Newburn School House is believed to date from 1632 when it was used as a school room. The property was extended into its present form in 1850. Further additions were made in 1930 with the new space serving as a village hall. It was bought and upgraded by the present owners in 2007 who used Lorn Macneal Architects to create the outstanding family home which exists today.
The house is now an absolute delight, combining smaller traditional rooms in the west wing with large, open plan rooms in the east wing. The front door leads to a hall with a sitting room to the side. The outstanding kitchen is in the heart of the house and has a south facing door to the garden with two doorways leading to the main drawing room. The former porch has been converted into a WC. The school room beyond has an outside door and is a fabulous games or party room.
The north part of the house comprises a boot room opposite the back door with a library behind. There is a back kitchen / utility room with a shower room adjacent to the north door so children can clean up after the beach before coming into the house.
There are five bedrooms and a study on the first floor. The master bedroom with its en suite bathroom and dressing area is particularly impressive. The remaining four bedrooms share two bathrooms.
There is a landing on the first floor with bedrooms 6 and 7 either side. A shower room connects to the back stairs and bedroom 8. Also off bedroom 7 is a large bunk room which is ideal for children's sleepovers.
The garden immediately around the house comprises a gate and footpath at the front door with lawns either side and a paved terrace outside the kitchen. There is a gravel drive and parking area to the rear where there is a double garage and log store.
A raised lawn with a tree house, and the lawn to the east of the drive with a sunken trampoline are not on the property's titles but have been occupied and maintained by the house for many years.
On the opposite side of the road is a 0.8 acre orchard surrounded by high hedges. There is a circular pavilion with a dovecote above in the middle. There also a circular hedged area with a pagoda and a vegetable area in the corner.
Strictly by appointment with Savills - 0131 247 3738.
Mains water and electricity. Oil fired boiler. Private drainage.
Local Authority & tax band
Fife Council tax band H
Newburn School House is Listed Category B.
Newburn Schoolhouse has a right of access over the access square to the orchard.
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The views from the house are exceptionalJamie Macnab