These days we’re used to hearing stories about some Scottish properties becoming “internet sensations”, but in 2017, it was still pretty unusual.
Chesterhill House, near Newport in Fife, was among the first to go viral after it was listed for sale two years ago at offers over £200,000 – the same price at that point as a studio flat in North London at the time.
A staggering 121,399 people checked out the 19th Century, six-bedroom property on social media, and estate agent Bell Ingram was flooded with requests for viewing, racking up a total of 156 visits and culminating in a highly competitive closing date with 15 offers submitted.
It’s said the property sold at three times the original asking price.
The house, which is effectively a small castle, is now for sale again, this time with slightly less than four acres of land.
The current owner has made substantial improvements over the past two years, including remedial work to remove asbestos and bat mitigation measures.
The estate is being sold with planning permission for substantial extension, plus it now includes the two-bedroom Gatehouse property which wasn’t part of the original sale.
C-listed Chesterhill House was built in 1870 to replace an older home constructed by a merchant but destroyed by fire.
The estate was purchased in 1970 by school teachers Richard and Leslie von Goetz, who died in 2003 and 2005 respectively, and has been unoccupied since.
Laid out over three floors, the property has lots of traditional features, including castellated parapets and a square tower, and a fine oval-walled garden.
The sale comprises the detached former coach house which, although having fallen into disrepair, offers potential following extensive refurbishment.
Carl Warden, from Bell Ingram, said: “Chesterhill House offers a truly unique opportunity for anyone looking for a real, hands-on property project.
“It is in need of considerable upgrading, but for anyone up to the challenge, it has endless potential to be transformed into a character-filled family home.
“It also offers the best of both worlds in that it is situated in a sloping site surrounded by woodland, giving a sense of rural seclusion and privacy, but also has good access to major road links and Perth, Aberdeen and Edinburgh are all within comfortable driving distance.”
Chesterhill House is on the market at offers over £500,000.
Contact: Carl Warden on 01738 621 121 / 07803 509 927 or firstname.lastname@example.org