For the same price of £1.75 million (US$2.4 million), you can buy a semi-detached house in central London or even historic castle in Scotland. Of course we’ll cheer for the castle.
An imposing Victorian mansion near St Andrews dating from 1860 was built by the Haig family who also owned a distillery in the nearby village of Guardbridge as well as most of the surrounding farmland. The Haig family are renowned as Scotland’s oldest whisky distillers, their most notable family member being the 1st Earl Haig.
Eden Mansion is an historic and exceptional country house, commanding a prime location, built for luxurious living and entertaining in a grand style.
The three storey house is built of stone under a slate roof with the main accommodation laid out over the ground and first floors. The house is equally appealing on every side arranged as it is around a central inner courtyard. The west façade of the house is dominated by a square, battlemented tower above the front door. The roof line is enhanced by gables above all the main windows with large bay windows to the main reception rooms with balconies above on the south and west elevations.
The present owners have carried out a major refurbishment programme over the last four years and have renovated the property to a very high specification to create the stunning country house and gardens that can be seen today.
Magnificent 8,447-square-foot home has eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and sits on 5.3 acres of beautifully planted and maintained gardens and lawns with mature wooded areas, too. The property also includes a 915-square-foot gate lodge renovated to function as a two-bedroom cottage.
The mansion also boasts a library, a spacious wine cellar, many marble fireplaces, as well as a home cinema charmingly redecorated in Art Deco style by its most recent owners.
As well as the gate lodge which functions as a guest house, the property also includes a four-car garage and stable yard, as well as a walled garden contained by a soaring brick wall. The garden is divided into four large areas of lawn with a central fountain, surrounded by wide pathways, fringed by flower beds and fruit trees. It also features a large period greenhouse with two imposing glasshouses and a garden room. Extensive outbuildings concealed behind the walled garden provide excellent storage.