A Fife house which clings to the cliff and boasts stunning views of the Tay has gallons of potential, finds Kirsty McLuckie.
Woodmoor is situated in an outstanding cliff top position off West Road in the sought after village of Newport-on-Tay, with grounds leading down to the River Tay.
Andrew and Caroline Cook bought the property nine years ago and Andrew says that the views were definitely what sold them on the house.
He says: “I was familiar with it but it is not until you come inside that you get a real idea of the panorama.”
The couple were returning to Scotland after careers working in London for the British Library.
Andrew oversaw its collection of maps of India, while Caroline who also worked at the library is now a freelance translator, but both had connections with Fife.
Andrew says that the views from the house are ever changing. “We can see Invergowrie church and almost the full length of the railway bridge.
“The new V&A museum is dead centre and looks like a huge battleship being launched into the Tay.
“Through the road bridge we see Dundee harbour and the cruise liners that come in, the oil rigs support vessels going to and fro and the oil rigs being brought in for maintenance, so it is an interesting picture.”
In this area, views of the Tay aren’t rare, but the one afforded to Woodmoor is exceptional.
Andrew says: “It is the Tay at its widest point and because it is an elevated view we see beyond Invergowrie to views of the Sidlaws and the mountains beyond.”
The design of house, which was built around 1850 but is believed to have been significantly extended in both the 19th and early 20th centuries, has made the most of position.
Built into the sloping hillside it is entered at ground level at the side and the main public rooms all face the view.
The sitting room has a curved bay window and access to the balcony which stretches right round the side of the house.
A sun room runs the length of the middle of the house, while a study and garden room also share the views.
Andrew says: “The kitchen is at the back of the house but we opened it up, taking down a boarded up door to make the space much bigger.
“We also placed mirrors on the back wall which reflect the views of Dundee.”
The room is lit by a skylight window from above.
A quirky circular master bedroom at this level is also lit from above, this time by a cupola and there is a third bedroom here too.
The level below ground has a bedroom with its own balcony, plus a games room with wood burning stove and a workshop which offers potential for development.
Outside, Andrew says that the couple inherited a beautiful garden. “An elderly lady lived here before us and was a keen gardener.
“We have photos of her in the garden and Caroline often comments on what a good job she did to lay the groundwork for us.”
The outside space is long and sheltered, bordered on one side by the wall next to the road and it has allowed Caroline to cultivate a beautiful garden, with shrubs, borders, a seating area and paths.
A gate leads to vertiginous steps down to an area of lawn at the water’s edge with access to the shore.
Andrew says: “Sitting down there is like being on a boat it is so close to the water.”
There is also further potential. A former cottage at the end of the garden which at some point was converted into a garage offers the chance to create a second property, additional accommodation or a studio.
For the moment it provides off street parking, but has its own steps down to the lower level so could make for a quirky project.
Newport-on-Tay is a convenient location for those working in Dundee or St Andrews, while Edinburgh is less than an hour away.
Woodmoor is a fascinating house, with a huge amount of character from its circular rooms to its position perched high on a cliff.
It would make an excellent family home, with a great deal of potential to add value in the future for someone with the necessary skills and imagination.
That is, if you could tear yourself away from the fascinating view.
Woodmoor is on sale for ffers over £425,000 with Galbraith.