The Herald Magazine - - etc SCOTLAND’S HOMES -

IF a glimpse of wind­ing cob­bled streets and quaint re-roofed cot­tages with crow-step gables makes you go dewy-eyed, the con­ser­va­tion vil­lage and for­mer royal burgh of Cul­ross in

Fife will be your go-to house heaven. Sit­u­ated on the north bank of the Firth of Forth, Cul­ross is a blast from the past – Scot­land’s most com­plete ex­am­ple of a 17th and 18th Cen­tury burgh com­plete with its own ochre-coloured palace and hill­top abbey founded in 1217.

The Old School House is an in­spired C-listed ex­am­ple. Thought to date from the 17th Cen­tury with later ad­di­tions, it oc­cu­pies a prime po­si­tion just off the vil­lage green and ben­e­fits from pri­vate park­ing and an en­closed rear gar­den with a paved ter­race and size­able sum­mer­house with dou­ble doors open­ing onto a deck – cur­rently a gym but could equally be a gar­den of­fice or craft stu­dio.

The in­te­rior is an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing blend of old and new, while the ac­com­mo­da­tion is de­cep­tively spa­cious, the ground floor level com­pris­ing hall with cloak­room off and three re­cep­tion rooms – a sep­a­rate sit­ting room with or­nate plas­ter­work, fire­place and open fire, and two ad­join­ing

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