Blythswood is an outstanding most substantial property quietly positioned in a sought after residential area of Kirkcaldy and enjoying superb views over the Firth of Forth. Known as the Lang Toun the popular Fife town is very well located …
Blythswood is an outstanding most substantial property quietly positioned in a sought after residential area of Kirkcaldy and enjoying superb views over the Firth of Forth. Known as the “Lang Toun” the popular Fife town is very well located for the commuter and benefits from a comprehensive offering of services and amenities including several large supermarkets, shops, banks, health centres, restaurants, pubs and hospital. Kirkcaldy Farmers Market is a regular event selling high quality Scottish produce whilst the town’s Links Market, Europe’s longest street fair, with over 200 fairground rides and attractions, happens each Easter on the town esplanade. A wider offering of amenities is available in Glenrothes and Dunfermline which are both close by, with St Andrews, Perth, Dundee and Edinburgh all within comfortable driving distance. From Kirkcaldy there is easy access to the lovely quaint villages of Fife’s East Neuk such as Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem and Elie whilst he glorious countryside and coastline in the area comprises a lovely mix of rolling hills, woods, farmland, river and beaches offering considerable scope for the outdoor enthusiast with walking, riding, cycling, sailing, shooting and fishing all readily available along with an abundance of wildlife. Without question though it is the game of golf for which Fife is best known with many highly rated courses in a comparatively small area including the Old Course at St. Andrews which plays regular host to the Open Championship along with the likes of Ladybank, Lundin Links and Crail. Accessibility is excellent with the centre of Edinburgh less than one hour distant by road. There is a main line railway station in Kirkcaldy whilst Edinburgh airport is about 26 miles from the house. Primary and secondary schooling is available locally with independent schooling available at St. Leonards in St. Andrews and the High School of Dundee, along with several highly rated schools in Perth and Edinburgh.
Dating from 1881 Blythswood is understood to have been constructed, along with the adjoining house, as impressive substantial Fife homes for the Edinburgh based Blyth brothers who had linen mills in Kirkcaldy. Of a lovely dark stone exterior Blythswood stands in a delightful elevated position and enjoys fabulous views out over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh and beyond. Having only had three owners from new the house retains an array of delightful period features and offers spacious high quality family accommodation over three levels. Centred around the stunning hallway at ground floor level, with impressive staircase leading off, the grand drawing room and dining room both benefit from open fires and are well suited to entertaining, with a large family lounge offering good additional space. To the rear is the beautiful Murray & Murray hand crafted kitchen with a useful boiler / utility room and stores off along with additional toilet. On the other side of the house, again to the rear, and offering great scope for a home office, gym, playroom or similar, is the superb former billiards room with high ceiling and lovely open fireplace. It should be highlighted that there is scope to access the billiards room directly via its own entrance, either through the former greenhouse to the front, or from the rear garden, without entering the main section of the house. The entrance vestibule, a further wc and further ancillary accommodation / storage complete the ground floor. A stunning grand staircase with stain glass window leads to the first floor hall, off which is the outstanding principal bedroom along with 3 further double bedrooms, family bathroom and separate shower/steam room. A further staircase then leads to the attic floor which historically would have been staff accommodation but now comprise a good home office / teenager’s bedroom / playroom together with two further double bedrooms. The extensive beautifully presented accommodation benefits from charming period detail such as original cornicing to many rooms along with wonderful ornate ceilings and working shutters in several rooms, whilst in the main hallway is the original telephone cabin that the Blyth’s would have used to keep in contact with the mills in Kirkcaldy and also their Edinburgh businesses.
Surrounding the house is a lovely neat professionally landscaped well stocked garden with extensive paved and blocked sheltered seating areas to the rear, ideal for barbeques and outdoor entertaining.
To the rear of the fully enclosed and very private back garden there is an excellent large double garage in the former stables along with driveway area, together with a further separate offroad parking area adjacent to the former billiards room. Both the garage and the additional separate parking area are served by automatic gates.
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Viewing is by prior appointment only through the Selling Agents – CKD Galbraith.
For satnav purposes the property postcode is KY1 3DB