In St. Andrews, Scotland, This Period Home Could Be A Golf Retreat
In Scotland’s famous golfing mecca, St Andrews, a spacious 1905 arts and crafts house close to the town’s Old Course is up for sale for bids in excess of £2.95million (3. US$49 million).
The nearly 6,000 square foot, 1.48 acre property is an unmodified period home with room for expansion and modernization. It has one of the largest private gardens in central St Andrews and comprises nine bedrooms, including a three bedroom annex wing. It hit the market on July 8, according to its sales agent.
Nicknamed the White House, the gabled house is located just under a mile from the historic Old Course, home to the 150e British Open Championship this week.
This property is the last opportunity to buy a house of this size and space with ample off-street parking in the center of St Andrews, said Jamie Macnab of Savills, who owns the listing. It has the potential to be a family home with a stream of rental income, but is also well suited to conversion into a golf retreat resort, subject to planning permissions, he added.
The seaside town of St. Andrews, known as the “Home of Golf” and considered a must-visit pilgrimage for many golf enthusiasts, has global appeal. He became Scotland hottest property market with a truly international market, Macnab said. “Nearly half of its high-end homes are bought by foreign buyers, many of them from the United States,” he said.
The L-shaped cottage-style house is within the town’s Hepburn Gardens conservation area and 1.5 miles from its beaches. It has harling finished walls (a rough wall finish often found on Scottish castles) under a stone slab roof and features a preserved Art and Crafts interior. It was designed in 1905 by Scottish architects Mills and Shepherd, whose work included improvements to Balmoral Castle. They also extended the property in 1911.
It was built for manufacturer W. Norman Boase, who was provost of the University of St Andrews and captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club from 1935 to 1936, and was built at a time when the championship event Open was coming up front, according to Macnab. In 1905, the 45e The Open Championship was held at the Old Course and was won by local golfing legend, James Braid.
In the White House, there are stained wooden ceiling beams, square bay windows and open fireplaces in its main reception rooms. It has a curved hallway ceiling, a wide wooden staircase and bedroom skylights. Half-timbered windows open onto its grounds, with vast lawns and a vegetable patch. It is set back from the road with a large driveway and a detached garage.
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Another highlight of the property is the direct access from the garden to the Lade Braes public footpath through a gate. The famous forest trail, once used by pilgrims, runs along a river and features attractive scenery and a long history.
His current owners are applying for planning permission to build another home on his land, which will leave the property with half an acre of land, Mr Macnab said. Its seller could not be identified.