Savills | Piteadie House and Castle, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY2 5UN | Property for sale
4,876 sq ft(453 sq m)
Offers over £1,200,000

Piteadie House and CastleKirkcaldy, Fife, KY2 5UN

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in April 2021
  • Hilltop setting with views to Firth of Forth
  • 3 bedroom cottage with holiday let income
  • Attractive wooded grounds. Long tree lined drive
  • Ruined castle
  • For sale as a whole or in two lots

Refurbished country house with cottage & outbuildings. Ruined castle

About this property

  • Piteadie House, Cottage & Outbuildings: Offers over £975,000
    Piteadie Castle: Offers over £225,000
    Whole: Offers over £1.2 million

    Please note that there is a preference to sell as a whole. Offers for the Castle alone which are conditional on a planning application will not be considered.

    Piteadie House was originally an early Georgian farmhouse built of stone under a pitched slate roof. It was gentrified in Victorian times, probably around 1840, when a new façade was added, which is symmetrical with stone surrounds around the ground floor windows and with a sun room at the front door.

    The present owners bought the house in 2014 and have carried out a major upgrading programme which has included refurbishing the house, the cottage and the outbuildings.

    Piteadie House is set in gardens and grounds extending to about 4 acres. The house faces south and its garden has been designed to frame the stunning views to the sea.

    A tree-lined drive from the B9157 leads up to the rear of the house. The formal drive is to the left and leads to a gravel parking area. The everyday entrance to the house is through the courtyard.

    The drawing room and morning room are nicely proportioned, bright south-facing rooms. Glazed sliding doors link to the dining room. Off the dining room is a study.

    A new kitchen with a four oven electric AGA was installed as part of the refurbishment. The back hall gives access to a WC, pantry, dairy, boot room and laundry.

    There are five good sized double bedrooms and a family bathroom. In addition the principal bedroom has its own bathroom and a dressing room.

    To the west of the house is a stone built range of sheds under a pitched pantile roof. The garage adjoining Piteadie Cottage contains the biomass heating boiler.

    New Alitex greenhouse with light and power.

    Piteadie Cottage comprises a sitting room, kitchen, principal bedroom with en suite shower room, two further bedrooms and a bathroom. The cottage is currently used for holiday lets and generates a good income. The vendors would be prepared to sell by separate negotiation most of the cottage contents to the purchaser.

    The house is surrounded by wooded policies with mature trees and colourful shrubs including rhododendrons, hydrangeas, pieris and buddleias. Immediately in front of the house is a raised paved terrace with ornamental balustrades. Stone steps lead down to a large lawn below. This is flanked on either side by a variety of shrubs and trees. A beech hedge divides off the lower garden where a central path is lined by a low box hedge. To the west of the property there is a woodland garden carpeted with snowdrops in the late winter followed by daffodils and then bluebells in the spring.

    Lot 2: Piteadie Castle

    To the south of the garden are the ruins of Pitteadie Castle which is believed to originate from the late 15th century. It was partially rebuilt in the 17th century with the addition of a stair tower. In the wall is an arched gateway with a pediment carved with a coat of arms. There is a single storey outbuilding (gatehouse) to the side, also in a ruined state.

    The castle was featured in Nigel Tranter's novel about James II of Scotland and his protector Alexander Lyon.

    Adjacent to the castle is a disused tennis court with a stone-built pavilion. There is a polytunnel and a chicken coop and an orchard containing around 30 fruit trees. The grounds of the castle extend to about 3.8 acres.

    Historic Environment Scotland advise that any proposals to renovate or refurbish the castle including for use as a residential dwelling should seek to preserve the cultural significance and special interest of the castle, and that any work should be sensitive and safeguard the continued importance of the building for the future.

    In reviewing options for the castle's future, restoration so that it could be used as a dwelling could be viewed as an opportunity to ensure its long-term preservation. It might also be worth considering whether there is potential for development within the remains of the later building attached to the northeast elevation which is not scheduled:

    Although obviously it would be likely that the castle would also need some consolidation to make it safe.


    Piteadie Castle is a Scheduled Monument.

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Local information

  • Piteadie House is set on the southern slope of a hill in the rolling Fife farmland. The property is surrounded by countryside on all sides and has glorious views to the south over the Firth of Forth.
  • The property is rural but is conveniently situated for amenities and transport links. The Forth Road Bridge is 12 miles away, with Edinburgh Airport and the city centre only 20 miles and 24 miles respectively. Kirkcaldy and Inverkeithing have railway stations on the main east coast line, which provide services to Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London.
  • Kirkcaldy provides all essential facilities including supermarkets, shops, schools, professional services and a hospital. The Fife Coastal Path is an attractive walk which links Kirkcaldy to Kinghorn and Aberdour. There are golf courses at Kinghorn, Aberdour, Kirkcaldy and Burntisland with a further selection of links courses along the Fife coast. St Andrews, the “Home of Golf”, is 26 miles to the north.

Additional information

  • Directions: From Edinburgh take the A90 north, cross the Forth Road Bridge and leave the motorway at Junction 2. Take the A921 east towards Aberdour and turn left at the roundabout onto the B9157 signposted to Kirkcaldy. Continue along the B9157 for just over 9 miles. The private, tree lined road to Piteadie House is the first turning on the right after the junction signposted to Kinghorn.
  • EPC Rating = D