Drums House is an elegant Georgian farmhouse which has been carefully modernised to become a comfortable family home in a genuinely highly accessible location with the added bonus of superb equestrian facilities. A courtyard of charming traditional stone and pantiled roofed outbuildings, strategically situated to the rear of the house, thus preserving its privacy, offers scope for conversion to holiday cottages or for alternative development, subject to changes to the current planning consents.
The traditional farm buildings to the north west of the house have been converted to provide a garage with home office above and a superb range of stables with ancillary feed and hay storage. The house is approached via a tree lined private drive which forks off the main drive from the public road. On the left of the drive are an all weather floodlit manège and a flat grass paddock of 2.9 acres. The drive continues to a gravel sweep with a fountain at the side of the house with car parking in the courtyard area to the rear. Lawns with apple trees surround the house to the front and south where there is a paved patio for al fresco dining and enjoying the glorious views over the Howe of Fife which this elevated position provides.
There are a further 6 acres of additional grazing and woodland to the south of the house. Drums House is an attractive stone built and harled house with a central gablet under a slate roof and is believed to date from the 1730's.
The house was substantially renovated in 1999 with works completed including plumbing, rewiring, damp proofing, timber treatment, partial re-roofing and insulation. Double glazed astragal windows, a new heating system and a mains water connection were installed in the same year. Internally, the property has been tastefully decorated to a high standard, with the retention of original features complementing a layout suited for modern and relaxed family living. An attractive flagstone floored porch leads into the flagstoned entrance hall with an attractive turned staircase which forms the core of the house. Two elegant reception rooms, a bright drawing room with a traditional fireplace holding a wood burning stove and a dining room, lie to the front of the house and look over the paddock as well as the view across the Howe of Fife, whilst to the rear is an open plan area with a cosy and comfortable family room and a well appointed kitchen with traventine floor tiles, fitted beech Shaker style wall units, floor units and a central island. A Belfast sink overlooks the driveway as well as the stables and there are built-in Smeg electric ovens and grill in addition to a four door electric AGA.
Between the kitchen and dining room is a cleverly concealed butler's pantry with further fitted cupboards, sink and plumbing for a dishwasher. Stone stairs lead down to a vaulted cellar off which there is a secure vaulted wine cellar with bins. A well appointed boot room/utility room with original stone dairy shelves leads to the back door and is ideal for coats, footwear and dogs. On the first floor, glazed double doors off the bright landing lead into a small study with window seat and built-in bookshelves. There are two double bedrooms both with window seats and a spacious family bathroom with a roll top bath and shower on the first floor. The master bedroom boasts a private dressing room and en suite bathroom incorporating a sauna and a whirlpool bath. The second floor provides two further bedrooms, a playroom / bedroom five and a nursery with character coombed ceilings; one bedroom has an en-suite shower room. This floor is ideal for children or teenagers requiring a little privacy and space.
Garden and Outbuildings
The garden is simply laid out for ease of maintenance. There is a grass lawn with fruit trees lying on the south side of the house. To the rear is a concrete yard with parking and turning areas and access to a garage (25' x 20') with an office (25' x 20') above. Lying behind the house is a well maintained and security lit grass courtyard entered through high
double gates. The surrounding traditional steading, which is constructed of stone under pantile roofs, currently incorporates a WC with wash hand basin; a two-bay cart shed; a timber lined tack room; a former byre with an adjoining bothy. This L-shaped range of buildings has the benefit of full planning consent for conversion to a single dwelling house (3 reception rooms and 4 bedrooms) with garaging and studio/workshop being provided in the existing garage/boat shed. It is thought that these buildings could alternatively be converted to smaller holiday units which could generate useful income to the owner of Drums House, subject to obtaining the necessary changes to the existing planning consents.
On the north side of the courtyard the steading has been adapted to provide well appointed stabling for 5 horses. An adjoining barn (36' x 24') with loft above provides ample space for feed, hay and straw storage. These buildings have also been incorporated into a permitted development proposal for residential conversion. Further details are available from the selling agents.
Below the drive is a floodlit manège (40m x 24m approx.) enclosed by post and rail fencing which has recently been resurfaced with a mix of sand and rubber. Below this arena is a 2.9 acre flat paddock in which is situated the original stone doo'cot. To the south of the house and accessible from the rear courtyard is a further fenced enclosure extending to about 6 acres of additional grazing and woodland.
Owned but excluded The sellers of Drums House plan to retain the remainder of the traditional steading (which currently forms part of the permitted development) with the intention of building themselves a courtyard house and stables. In addition they will also retain a modern general purpose shed, the walled garden to the west and the paddocks to the rear of the existing steading. Should the purchaser of Drums House wish to include these subjects as part of the sale, they may be made available at a price to be agreed.