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Balcaskie House, Terraced Garden

A Category A Listed Building in Carnbee, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.2218 / 56°13'18"N

Longitude: -2.7676 / 2°46'3"W

OS Eastings: 352498

OS Northings: 703508

OS Grid: NO524035

Mapcode National: GBR 2S.CVJP

Mapcode Global: WH7SL.GWB6

Entry Name: Balcaskie House, Terraced Garden

Listing Date: 1 March 1984

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 333432

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2504

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Carnbee

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: East Neuk and Landward

Parish: Carnbee

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Late 17th century Italian terraced gardens attributed to Sir
William Bruce. Each terrace divided by balustraded walls
supporting urns; balustraded steps between levels; bold
buttresses supporting classical busts; pilastered keyblocked
arch with ball finials above cornice and blocking course,
cast-iron gate leads from upper terrace to park. Sundial. 2
lead statues close the long vista on the upper terrace. W A
Nesfield circa 1895 contributed the stairs with channelled
and keyblocked arched gateways and rococo cast-iron gates.

Statement of Interest

Described by Sibbald 1710 "a very pretty new house with all

modern conveniences of terraces, gardens, parks and

planting".

Gardens restored 1826-27 by Sir Ralph Anstruther under the

supervision of William Burn and the English gardener William

Sawrey Gilpin.

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