Historic steading with links to Cistercian Abbey of Balmerino

Monk’s Barn is a beautiful family home, in a wonderful part of the countryside and full of interesting history, yet within easy reach of Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Launched on the market by Bell Ingram at offers over £415,000, this fully renovated, A Listed, 13th century steading is one of the oldest buildings in the Fife hamlet of Balmerino.

13th century arch clearly visible.

It incorporates medieval stonework and likely occupies the site of the monastic mill which lay within the precinct of the nearby Cistercian abbey of Balmerino. The Abbey was founded in 1229 by the dowager queen, Ermengarde, mother of Alexander ll. After the Reformation the abbey became the home of the Lords of Balmerino.

The historic village is centred around the original Abbey. Little remains of the Abbey as it suffered greatly during the Reformation. The Monk’s Barn is Category A Listed because of the original 13th century entrance arch and dovecot to the east gable.

Beautiful living area.

Six properties form the Abbey Farm Steading which were all professionally converted as well as being architect supervised by Pask Architecture of Newport on Tay during 2006 and 2007.

Monk’s Barn offers 2619sq ft of beautifully presented accommodation with high quality fixtures and fittings which have been sympathetically chosen to compliment the restoration project. There are four double bedrooms (two en-suite), family bathroom, sitting room, dining room and dining kitchen.

High quality fixtures and fittings.

Historic touches are evident throughout this property. The original 13th century arch gives access into an open yet sheltered vestibule which in turn opens into a welcoming reception hall. Another interesting feature is the two openings through to the sitting room which itself has a number of focal features such as the original stone wall which has illuminated downlighters.

Externally, the south facing garden to the front has two small lawned areas and a central pathway. To the east side of the steading is a well-stocked colourful border. The rear garden has a private and walled garden with a gate to a further lawned area of garden where there is a seating area.

Beautifully presented accommodation.

Carl Warden from Bell Ingram said: “Set within a stunningly-restored Grade A listed steading conversion, this unique and modern home has the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary living.

“Located moments from the famous Fife Coastal Path, Monk’s Barn is perfect for lovers of the great outdoors. This part of the coastal path, from Tayport to Balmerino, offers the walker some superb views across the Tay Estuary towards Broughty Ferry and Dundee. Much of the path follows the old railway line between Tayport and Dundee which closed in 1966 shortly before the opening of the Tay Road Bridge.

“It is perhaps golf for which Fife is most famous, with numerous top-quality courses in a comparatively small area including the world-renowned Old Course at St Andrews, which plays regular host to the Open Championship. The area boasts a number of National Trust for Scotland properties including Balmerino Abbey, Falkland Place, Kellie Castle and Hill of Tarvit.

“The local primary school is Balmerino Primary at Gauldry, with secondary education at Madras College in St Andrews or Bell Baxter High School in Cupar. Independent schooling is available at St Leonards in St Andrews and The High School of Dundee.”

For more information, or to request a viewing, contact Carl Warden, tel. 01738 621 121, carl.warden@bellingram.co.uk

Published on 25th October 2019