The Shipmaster's House, 13 High Street West Esplanade
Anstruther KY10 3DJ

Offers Over £525,000

Terraced House | 3 Bedrooms

Exceptional home with sheltered south facing walled garden and stunning sea views. Filled with character and features including spiral staircase, exposed stone work walls, archetypal exterior staircase, pan tiled roof and crow step gables. Named after William Adamson, one of two shipmasters who owned the property in the 18th century, although part of the house is believed to date back to the 15th century. From 1949 to 1983 the house belonged to a niece of the renowned Scottish architect, Sir Robert Lorimer. Thoughtfully renovated including a curved glazed tower to the rear by local architects Gillespie Scott in 1980 which replaced the original outside rear stair, a bespoke spiral timber staircase between the first and second floors, under floor heating on the first and second floors, a new kitchen and luxurious bathroom. The historic original features including ship mast beams, medieval replace, exposed stone and recesses, square tower, and archetypal exterior staircase are all still very much in evidence.

Anstruther is the largest community on the stretch of north-shore coastline of the Firth of Forth known as the East Neuk. Originally a fishing village, the main industry is now tourism and with a 9 hole golf course, pleasure craft mooring in the harbour, and sightseeing and wildlife cruises to the Isle of May, home to the UK's largest Puffin population. Other local attractions include The Scottish Fisheries Museum, The Secret Bunker, Famous Fish and Chip Shop along with an array of restaurants including the Cellar' and hostelries.

The new Waid Academy, the local comprehensive school and community center, offers a wide range of activities. Additional entertainment can be found in St Andrews, just 9 miles away, while Dundee is 23 miles and Edinburgh is 50 miles away.

The ground floor door leads to the hall with bespoke golf bag and shoe stores. The impressive recently fitted dining kitchen, with solid oak flooring complementing the cream country style units with central island with integrated microwave and two fridges, the ample wall and floor units have plate racks, a gas hob, double oven, freezer, dishwasher and 1.5 ceramic sink with waste disposal unit. There are lovely display glass shelves built into the deep stone recess. Double doors lead to the paved dining area in the garden. The luxurious family bathroom houses the spa style bath, separate shower, wash hand basin built into vanity unit and mirror, and Wc. The boiler cupboard houses the under floor heating controls and washing machine. A back door leads out to the sheltered garden. The lovely spiral staircase leads up to the first floor , this floor can also be accessed by the front exterior staircase. The living room is the full width of the house with exposed stone walls at either end, one housing a gas stove and the other a multi fuel stove. The large south facing bay window seat makes the most of the sea views and there is a most attractive small deep window feature behind the central staircase. The third bedroom which is currently used as a study leads from the living room and is double aspect looking over the harbour and Stevenson lighthouse and foreshore. The second floor has the main bedroom with dressing room with hanging cupboard leading down two steps into the bedroom. The second double bedroom has fitted wardrobes and lovely views toward the Bass Rock.

The property benefits from under floor heating and gas central heating with some feature period radiators.

The south facing walled sheltered garden has a large patio extending from the house creating a great al fresco dining and entertaining area. The well stocked mature flower beds provide year round interest and a lily pond creates a wildlife habitat. The wall still has a variety of old 'charter boles' and recesses.

All curtains and kitchen appliances are included in the sale, EPC-E.

  • Exceptional Waterfront Home

  • Stunning Sea Views

  • Under Floor Heating, Spiral Staircase

  • Walled Garden

  • Gas & Multi Fuel Stoves

  • Spacious Dining Kitchen

  • 3 Bedrooms, Study, Dressing Room, Bathroom, EPC E

  • Full of character and features

  • Exposed Stone Work

Living Room

27'3 x 15'3 (8.31m x 4.65m)

Dining Kitchen

21'1 x 13'6 (6.43m x 4.11m)

Dressing Room

14'5 x 7'7 (4.39m x 2.31m)


7'8 x 4'0 (2.34m x 1.22m)


14'3 x 8'5 (4.34m x 2.57m)


11'7 x 10'9 (3.53m x 3.28m)

Bath Room

10'5 x 7'8 (3.18m x 2.34m)

Shower Room

7'8 x 4'0 (2.34m x 1.22m)