Newburn School House
5,367 sq ft(498.61 sq m)
Offers over £1,150,000

Newburn School HouseUpper Largo, Leven, Fife, KY8 6JE

    Key features

    • Superbly renovated former school house
    • Deceptively spacious accommodation on three floors
    • Open plan and traditional rooms
    • Extensive bedroom accommodation
    • Fantastic outlook over orchard to coast

    Superbly renovated country house close to Elie and Fife coastline

    About this property

    • 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 exceptional

    Jamie MacnabProperty agent

    Local information

    • Newburn School House has a spectacular setting on the edge of the hamlet of Newburn. The views from the upper floor of the house over the Firth of Forth and along the Fife coastline are superb.
    • The popular seaside destination of Elie, which boasts one of the finest beaches in Scotland, is only 4.5 miles to the south. Sailing and water sports are available at Elie Harbour and there is an 18 hole golf course and a 9 hole course suitable for beginners. Elie Sports Club offers golf practice facilities, several hard tennis courts and a bowling green. Elie is well served by pubs and cafés including the renowned Ship Inn. Other recreational opportunities include horse riding, with the Fife Pony Club for younger enthusiasts. Newburn is situated in the East Neuk of Fife – a corner of Fife running from Largo Bay to St Andrews, boasting fishing villages built around picturesque harbours, sandy unspoilt beaches and rich farmland. The village of Lower Largo provides primary schooling, a post office, local shops, a garage, a pub and a hotel.
    • St Andrews a historic and cultural cathedral town, renowned worldwide as the “Home of Golf” and host of the 2021 Open Championship, is 12 miles. St. Andrews has a renowned university, a good secondary school (Madras College) and private education at St Leonards. In addition to the many golf courses around St Andrews there are courses at Lundin Links, Charleton and Crail. A new championship course is being built close by at Dumbarnie Links and is due to open for play in spring 2020.
    • Newburn School House is conveniently located for the Fife link road (A92) which provides dual carriageway access to the motorway network and Edinburgh. Edinburgh Airport provides both domestic and international flights. Kirkcaldy has a mainline railway station on the east coast line from Aberdeen to Edinburgh with a through service to London.

    Additional information

    • Directions: From Upper Largo take the A917 east towards Elie. After about a mile, take the turning on the left signposted to Newburn. Newburn School House is on the left hand side.
    • EPC Rating = F