The handsome Elie House was built by Sir William Anstruther in 1697 as a home for his burgeoning family. In all, six generations of the Anstruther family lived there, seen off in the end by a curse cast by an old crone in revenge for the demolition of a local hamlet by the last Lady Anstruther. It would appear that the village spoiled her view of Kilconqhuar Loch.
Treescape itself stands on the site of a chapel from the days when Elie House was used as a retreat by the Marie Reparatrice order of nuns. The chapel was linked to the main house by a corridor that allowed the nuns to move between the two, free from corruptive contact with men. Though Treescape is, thankfully, desegragated, it retains the peaceful, contemplative nature so beloved of the blessed nuns.
Seven acres of peace
Guests at Treescape have seven acres of landscaped and wild countryside to roam freely in – with miles of sylvan walks beyond. Maintained by professional landscape gardeners, it’s a haven for walking, playing and wildlife. Pheasants scatter at your approach. Deer gather in little pockets. Owls hoot and bats flutter at twilight. A trail leads to Kilconqhuar Loch and its namesake model village beyond.
The lawn in front of the big house is perfect for impromptu ‘school sports days’ or games of cricket, while the woods that stretch out to the distant doocot (that’s dovecot to non-Scots) are filled with wild flowers: depending on when you’re here, you could trip through snowdrops, daffodils, crocus or bluebells.