In five years writing about property, I’ve visited homes that were more grand and spectacular than The Schoolhouse in Pitlessie, but very few that exuded a greater sense of warmth and welcome.
Country home near St Andrews offers some of the finest views and greatest seclusion of any Fife home
It’s hard to think of any other home in Fife that can match North Cassingray House’s combination of privacy and views.
The paths of Bill Paterson’s garden are laid with what looks at first glance like particularly bright chips of stone.
It’s hard to imagine how to get greater seclusion in closer proximity to one of Scotland’s finest small towns.
In most cases country living involves a handsome but draughty old stone house or a warm but boring new build.
The “golden hour” – that last stretch leading into sunset – is a good time to appreciate the views from Bankead Courtyard.
The tower room at Melville Manse has windows on three sides.
A lengthy driveway takes you away from the flow of cars shuttling to and from St Andrews and deposits you at a riverside haven.
It looks as if it’s been sitting there for hundreds of years but in fact Pitmedden House was built in 1993.
The electric gates whirr open and I drive down a tree-lined track for 500 metres until I reach the seclusion of Bogside Farm.