The Mill House
The Mill House is situated in a lovely rural location on the edge of the small settlement of Stirton Mill in North East Fife. The surrounding area comprises a mixture of open countryside and rolling hills with the Motray Burn running nearby along one edge of the property.
Gauldry is 2 miles to the north, which has a local shop, school and pub as well as a bus service with regular connections to Dundee and other destinations. Cupar is about 5 miles to the south and has an excellent range of local facilities including a good mix of shops, two primary schools, a secondary school, doctors' surgery, sports centre, library, restaurants, pubs a regular monthly farmers' market and railway station on main line to Edinburgh. The ancient and historic university town of St. Andrews, renowned worldwide as the home of golf and with a wonderful cosmopolitan mix of amenities is about 13 miles to the east while the resurgent city of Dundee, already home to Scott's RSS Discovery and soon to be the location for the Victoria & Albert Museum, is 10 miles to the north east over the Tay Bridge. With its new city status, Perth is no more than a thirty minute drive to the north-west whilst Edinburgh is also within comfortable driving distance.
The surrounding countryside provides home to an array of wildlife and for the outdoor enthusiast is the perfect setting for walking, cycling, riding, sailing, shooting fishing, bird watching and other outdoor activities. Golfers are particularly well provided for with numerous highly rated courses nearby including Ladybank, Cupar, Elmwood, Elie, Lundin Links, Scotscraig and the many fine courses in and around St. Andrews where the Old Course regularly hosts the British Open, the next scheduled visit being the summer of 2015. The Fife Hunt is the most northerly pack of foxhounds in the UK and there are good opportunities provided with the Pony Club and riding clubs for the younger enthusiast. There is racing and polo at Scone outside Perth which is also the venue for the annual Scottish Game Fair. The wide open spaces of the Lomond Hills, and the Angus Glens are close at hand, along with several popular National Trust for Scotland properties including Hill of Tarvit outside Cupar, Kellie Castle and Falkland Palace. Fife's beautiful and varied coastline includes several sandy beaches such as St. Andrews, Elie and Tentsmuir. The pretty fishing villages of Fife's East Neuk such as Crail, Anstruther, St. Monans and Pittenweem (with its annual Arts Festival) are just a short drive to the south.
State primary and secondary schools are available locally with private schooling being provided at St. Leonards in St. Andrews, High School of Dundee and several highly rated schools in the Perth area. There are railway stations in Cupar and Leuchars with Edinburgh airport about one hour's drive to the south. The regional airport at Dundee offers a selection of short haul flights.
The Mill House comprises a B listed former Jacobean watermill (believed to have once been owned by Balmerino Abbey), which was subject to a full conversion and extension in 2006 to create the exceptional rural property that exists today. The south facing property is constructed of stone under a series of pitched pantiled roofs and when the conversion was carried out great effort was made to retain much of the original character of the building but at the same time create the layout and comfort of a modern family home. The property has a 1799 date stone and water wheel on one of the south facing elevations and it enjoys open countryside views on three sides. The exterior of the house has been carefully restored and extended but internally the house enjoys excellent thermal insulation qualities and is fully double glazed, with many of the glazed external doors being triple glazed.
Internally the accommodation is light and airy and beautifully proportioned and offers accommodation over two levels extending to about 251 sqm (2,702 sqft). The house is approached by a lovely entrance (surmounted by a wooden balcony) which leads to a hall with a flagstone floor, solid beech spiral staircase and steps leading up to a library/bedroom 5. Glazed doors lead through to an "L" shaped kitchen/dining room with solid oak flooring, oil fired 4 oven Aga, Belfast sink and "Shaker" style units.
A glazed door leads off the dining area to an impressive reception room (7.16m x 5.23m) with oak floor and full length glazed doors on two sides and a further window facing east as well as an open fireplace with a stone mantel. The south facing doors lead out to a lovely wooden deck, which enjoys an exceptional outlook over the surrounding countryside and North Hill. A further glazed door leads off the dining area to a glazed sun porch/study with oak floor.
Situated off the kitchen area is a tiled utility room / back hall with a side entrance and door to a WC.
The bedroom accommodation is situated off a broad landing on the first floor, which has a feature shuttered window opening out to a west facing balcony. The master bedroom has windows to 3 sides with an en suite with a bath and separate shower. There are 3 more double bedrooms as well as a family bathroom. Three of the bedrooms benefit from built-in cupboards and there are also built-in cupboards off the landing.
The Mill House is approached by a gravel sweep which leads round to a substantial garage (5.8 m x 5.6 m) finished in sandstone under a pitched pantiled roof with electric side opening doors and a floored loft above.
The house benefits from an extensive plantsman's garden with generous lawns, wooden decked seating area and a lovely mix of semi-mature plants, a small orchard, trees and shrubs and productive fruit vegetable patches.
A lade-side walk leads to large fenced pond fed from fresh water, 1kW grid-connected wind generator and small nature reserve with trees and wildflowers. Beyond are an extensive recently fenced paddock (with a separate gateway onto the public road) which has a field shelter with a tack room, and a second paddock beside the Motray.
Heating Oil Central Heating and hot water
The Mill House is classified as Band G Fife Council for Council Tax purposes.
The Mill House is category B listed by Historic Scotland.
From the A92 take the turning at Rathillet Crossroads in the direction of Newburgh and continue for about 400 m. After passing Rathillet Farm take the first turning on the right signposted for Stirton and Gauldry. The turning to Stirton Mill is on the right after about half a mile and The Mill House is situated at the end of the shared private road.
EPC RATING D