Tuesday, October 30, 2007
North Fife Balmerino Property for sale
Abbey Steading, Balmerino, Fife.
Unit 1 Balmerinach Sold
Unit 3 Granary West Offers over £325,000
Unit 4 Granary East Fixed Price £360,000
Unit 5 Abbots House Fixed Price £540,000
Unit 6 The Vestry Fixed Price £365,000
Unit 7 The Kiln Fixed Price £295,000
Unit 8 The Chapter House Fixed Price £585,000
Balmerino is an ancient village steeped in history mainly centred around the monastic Balmerino Abbey. In 1229, Queen Ermengarde, the widow of William the Lion and mother of Alexander II, invited the Cistercians at Melrose Abbey to set up a daughter house at Balmerino. She chose this location on the North Fife coast because of its pleasant climate and for its existing religious connections. The Abbey suffered during the Reformation and unfortunately not much of it stands today. However, the ancient Spanish Chestnut tree located in the grounds of the abbey has stood the test of time and is believed to be over 500 years old.
Newport on Tay, some 6 miles to the east, provides a range of day to day services including a primary school, post office and local shops. Dundee, some 10 miles to the north east, offers extensive facilities including national retailers, banks, restaurants, financial services, secondary schools, a mainline rail station and a domestic airport with daily flights to London City Airport. St. Andrews, 12 miles to the east is a popular town with many local shops, places of historical interest and the famous West Sands beach nearby.
This part of Fife offers a wide range of outdoor activities, and is particularly renowned for golf, with a number of golf courses in the area, including the Championship course at St. Andrews. There are many coastal walks and beaches nearby. Balmerino is also well placed for those who enjoy country sports and fishing, with both available on nearby estates and rivers.
Abbey Steading comprises an impressive range of former steading buildings, including a magnificent monastic barn, and lies within the historic village of Balmerino overlooking the Firth of Tay. Country Property Developments, together with Pask & Pask architects, have sensitively converted this range of historic buildings into eight contemporary country homes. At the heart of the development lies the monastic barn, a fine building that dates back to the 15th Century and still has the western gable intact, with exposed doocot boxes on the inner face. The development comprises eight spacious, 3 to 4 bedroom houses, each arranged over two floors and finished to exacting standards.
The properties are of traditional style, incorporating local stone and making use of new stone lintels and mullions. Internally the properties incorporate under-floor heating and provide excellent sound-proofing between the ground and first floor. The roofs are to be finished with a mix of natural Scottish slate and hand made clay pan tiles traditionally used in this part of Fife.
The houses will be finished to an extremely high standard including Cat 7 cabling throughout, quality kitchen fittings by Sheraton and appliances by Neff. The bathrooms will include sanitary ware by Olympus Italian and tiles by Porcelanosa. Some shower valves and taps will be by Kundi.
Outside, all garden areas will be top soiled and turfed, bin areas will be slabbed and parking areas chipped. Some of the boundaries will be created in beech hedging.