231 ECB - Castle for sale in Easterheughs, Burntisland, Scotland

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The creation of Easterheughs is an extraordinary story of eccentricity. During the Second World War William Thomas, the manager of Burntisland’s aluminium works and a member of the Home Guard, was detailed one night to keep fire watch over the coast and opted to climb a large beech tree for a lookout. As dawn broke he noted an outcrop of rock, the perfect site for a castle and decided to make that rock the foundation of his dream. Mr Thomas had been renting rooms in the decaying Rossend Castle, which overlooks Burntisland harbour and a few months after the war ended in 1946, he set about turning his fantasy into reality and purchased the site. The main influence behind the design was the medieval Rossend Castle, which was restored in the 18th Century by Sir William Bruce. He was also inspired by the work of Sir Robert Lorimer who reacted against the classical tradition, in favour of vernacular architecture.
The general outline is that of a 16th Century Laird’s House displaying many of the features common to Scottish baronial architecture with crow step gabling, corbelling and turrets, pan tile roofs and a powerful vertical emphasis. The interior is a combination of the new, with late 17th Century oak and early 18th Century pine woodwork, rescued from the then derelict Rossend Castle. The Castle, far from being a hotch potch, was so expertly blended that you would never guess the panelling, fire surrounds, banister rails, window sills had ever had another home. The house is full of tricks, an architectural jigsaw puzzle, carefully and lovingly put together with panels and cornicing from Rossend.
In 1998 the property was bought by Jack Vettriano, Scotland's best selling contemporary artist. In 1999 he built an artist's studio and garages, sympathetic to the Castle. This building features a sandstone front, arched garage doors, roughcast finish, crow step roof, and a sandstone arch topped with a carved English rose (in memory of Mr Thomas). This building has recently been converted into a caretaker's cottage.

PROPERTY FEATURES

Stunning A Listed Tower House
Views over Firth of Forth
Dining Room & Kitchen
Drawing Room, Home Cinema & Study
4 Bedrooms (2 with WCs)
2 Bathrooms & Wet Room
Coach House: 2 Beds, Kitchen, Sitting
Garage, Kennels, Store
About 2 Acres
EPC Rating = E

 

INFO

Ref 231 ECB
PRICE: £ 1,300,000
Contacts: Easterheughs Castle

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