Beautiful Arts & Crafts house with superb setting close to centre of town
14 Hepburn Gardens is a lovely family home as well as being a property of considerable architectural interest.
The house was designed and built in 1906 by Gillespie & Scott, renowned Fife architects. This was the first in a row of six Edwardian semi-detached houses which reflected Arts & Crafts styling, and began to incorporate the design ideas of Charles Rennie MacIntosh. The row of six houses were referred to locally as Tartan Terrace because of the use of red brick foundations, white harling and green Welsh slate on the roof this is in contrast to the traditional sandstone finish used elsewhere throughout St Andrews.
Gillespie himself was the first owner of No. 14, and in many ways this allowed him to bring more elaborate versions of Rennie MacIntosh style with each successive build going up the street. No. 14 is relatively simple in its decoration, in terms of cornice and woodwork design, and many of the original features which had been covered up were revealed and refurbished by the current owners in 1988. This work was overseen by the Jack Fisher Partnership, whose partner Murray Jack was then the Chief Architect of Historic Scotland. Copies of the original design drawings, approved by the Town Council, and the designs implemented in 1988, are available to see.
Sympathetic additions built in 1988 include a wide double garage in Arts & Crafts style and an elevated broad terrace at the south overlooking Cockshaugh Park.
The front gates lead to a courtyard with octagonal paviers at the front of the house. A footpath through the orchard beside leads to the front door.
There is a tiled vestibule which has a brick arch and panelled cloakroom with separate WC off. An oval framed inner door leads into the main hall with a beautiful stairway to the upper floors.
The largest reception room is used as a sitting room / study and has an original fireplace, beamed ceiling and fitted shelves. The drawing room has a south facing bay window with French doors to the broad terrace and an original fireplace with a stove. The dining room also has an original fireplace.
There is a side hall with a shelved pantry off and a door and window to the Goldrief family kitchen with breakfast bar and sitting area. Appliances include a Smeg double wall oven, gas hob, indoor barbeque grill and extractor, a 1 ½ sink unit and Miele dishwasher. The utility room has an external door, sink and is plumbed for a washing machine. There is a WC off and a wine cellar. At the rear of the wine cellar are two Potterton Promax SL condensing boilers.
The beautiful staircase leads to a galleried landing with a cupola above. There is an ironing room at mezzanine level with Heatrae Megaflo Tank.
The rooms are arranged in a U shape around the landing and comprise a fully tiled family bathroom with undertile heating, three north facing bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room and one of which is currently used as a study. There is a south facing bedroom with fitted bookshelves and a wash basin. The principal bedroom is south facing with a bay window. Steps lead down to a luxurious tiled bathroom with undertile heating, a Villeroy & Boch sunken bath, separate Hansgrohe waterfall/rain shower, WC, washbasin and fitted Villeroy & Boch cabinets.
A door leads to stairs to the second floor. There is an L shaped corridor with deep, under stairs cupboard, a bathroom and bedroom 6.
At the front of the house, opposite the front entrance, is a two and a half car wide garage in Arts & Crafts style with remote controlled door, the original butler's cabinets from the house and a Rolec 7kw electric charging point.
Garden & Grounds
14 Hepburn Gardens is in a mature, private garden of 0.2 acres.
The main gardens are to the south of the house overlooking the Cockshaugh Park. The present owners have built a broad terrace outside the drawing room with cast iron railings around and steps down to the garden. This is a lovely place to sit out.
The garden has a central lawn with a path around. There is a wooden garden shed and a gate into Cockshaugh Park and onto the Lade Braes walk.
Appointment with Savills - 0131 247 3738.
Mains water, drainage, gas and electricity.
Central heating and hot water from twin condensing gas fired boilers.
Local Authority & tax band
14 Hepburn Gardens is in Fife Council Band H.
Conservation Area and Listing
14 Hepburn Gardens is in the Hepburn Gardens Conservation Area.
Fixtures & Fittings
The curtains, blinds and light fittings are included in the sale. Some furniture including some of the wardrobes and beds may be available to be bought separately.
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