Rarely will you ever find a building with such a rich heritage. Nor will you often see a home with such quality and comfort built into every last detail. To find both in one home is simply unheard of.
Balmule House has roots – and features – that stretch back for over 500 years, yet it also has an interior designed and crafted with every modern convenience. So while the solid stone walls of this Fife tower house hold the history of every past resident, this is no museum piece. This is a living, breathing home for you to enjoy.
Over the years and from one generation to the next, every owner has lent their own personality and personal touches to the character of the building, writing their own chapter in the story of Balmule.
Look on Balmule House and you’ll see a fixed and firm structure, sound and solid in construction. But look at its 500 year history and you’ll see a building that has grown with time, changing with the landscape and the generations of residents.
From the original tower house, extra wings have been added and the defensive measures phased out. Many rooms have changed in function and in form, while outbuildings have been added, gardens constructed and old features reconditioned.
Balmule’s most recent owner, who bought the house in 2008, has been hard at work bringing a unrivalled standard of modern luxury to the property – with no expense spared on the refurbishment and modernisations.
Outside, the roof has been completely reassembled – every slate has been removed and reseated or replaced, the chimney pots have been replaced and an innovative heat trace system has been installed – preventing any damaging build-up of snow or ice. The stonework has been sand-blasted and repointed, and 78 windows have been removed, repainted, reweighted and reinstalled.
Inside, all the rewiring, replumbing and replastering is only the beginning. These fundamental aspects have been brought up to the highest standards, but it’s the innovation and luxury that catches the eye – from the 4 oven AGA in the kitchen and underfloor heating in the main bathrooms, to the state-of-the-art temperature control system and cat-5 cabling throughout.
The character and craft of the 500 year history remains, but today this is a home that offers cutting-edge convenience and ultimate comfort.
When you approach the house up the sweeping, tree-lined drive, you’ll get an immediate sense of Balmule’s tranquillity, set among the rolling Fife landscape.
When you step into the house, through the arched porch, across the tiled vestibule and into the central hall, you’ll get a sense of Balmule’s incredible heritage.
Make Dinner A Feast
Come into the Kitchen, and you’ll see that you have more than you need to make a meal – you’ll have everything needed to create a feast. In a perfect example of a country kitchen, you’ll find a four-oven AGA, a wealth of storage space and an expanse of preparation areas.
Off the kitchen, what was once the house’s buttery (so called because of the butts, or barrels of provisions), is now a Utility Room, while the old bottlery is now a Store off the Central Dining Hall and the Butler’s Pantry is an ideal addition when it comes to serving at dinner parties.
And So To Bed
Today, you’ll find the main sleeping quarters up the sweeping staircase and within the Master Suite. There, in addition to the Master Bedroom, you’ll find a Dressing Room with a wall dedicated to hanging rails and drawers, and an expansive Master Bathroom, with open shower and central bath. It even boasts its own Pantry.
The rest of the first floor is no less impressive. Across the hall, you’ll find another three bedrooms, two more bathrooms and a shower room.
If you take the stairs to the second floor, you’ll find plenty of room for guests and visitors to stay, with four additional bedrooms, three bathrooms and an extra kitchen and sitting room – meaning the whole second floor is a self-contained apartment.
You can explore our bedrooms here.