Balcaskie House

A mansion house with a garden and fine views looking out over the Firth of Forth, Balcaskie House is situated in the East Neuk of Fife a mile north of St Monans.

Originally the site of a tower house, Balcaskie was remodelled by Sir William Bruce, Surveyor-General of the Royal Works in Scotland, who owned the property from 1665 to 1684. In 1698 Balcaskie came into the hands of the Anstruthers who still live in the house. Bruce's garden was the first formally-designed garden to be created in Scotland and the driveway from the west was designed by W.S. Gilpin in 1826-27. There is a stunning visual sight line from the garden to the windmills at St Monans with the Bass Rock beyond.

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