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A magnificent reinstatement of an A-Listed Scottish Stately Home and Estate, delivering 24 stunning one, two & three bedroom Mansion House apartments and 4 bedroom Detached Courtyard Homes and Gate Houses within mature & wooded garden estate grounds.

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Leslie house has a 400-year-old history
and is of architectural significance.

Leslie House is an important Scottish landmark, formally a Palace within Fife. The restoration will provide residents with a lifestyle of estate living surrounded by its policies, including a south-facing terraced garden overlooking the River Leven.

Originally built as a courtyard palace for the Seventh Earl of Rothes, this renaissance mansion was built in 1667. In its time, it was considered a rival to Holyrood Palace in grandeur and size. The redevelopment of Leslie House will see it return once more as a fine, stately residence for its owners with the heart of Fife.

Approach by its own long wooded driveway, the development of the Leslie House estate is one of the most impressive residential developments in Scotland. The stunning apartments benefit from the proportions, light and ceiling heights associated with historic homes, all within the fabric of a newly built property. The landscaped grounds surrounding the property are for the private-use of the residents of the mansion and the six new courtyard houses and two gate houses.

History of Leslie House

History of Leslie House

17th Century classical country house

Leslie House has a fascinating and significant past to the local area. Dating back to 1667, it was originally built as a courtyard palace for the Seventh Earl of Rothes, an avid supporter of the Stewart Monarchy.

The earl was a member of one Scotland’s most prominent families at the time. He was closely connected to the Stewarts and was asked to carry the sword of state at Charles II’s coronation.

He commissioned the house to be built in 1667. The architect was John Mylne, and he worked together with his nephew, Robert, and was advised by Sir William Bruce. Like the earl, Mylne also had strong connections to the Stewarts, and was Master Mason to the Crown of Scotland. He was also one of the last masters of Scottish Renaissance architecture, with his style mainly combining gothic and classical elements to create spectacular ‘Scots château’ manner country houses.

At that time, the house was known as the Villa De Rothes and was known to rival Holyrood Palace for size and grandeur. It became the centre of life at the village.

Throughout the centuries, many architects and historians have classed Leslie House as having extreme historical value, due to it’s well documented past.

Most notably, William Adam’s, a leading architects from the 18th Century, described it as one of Scotland’s most important restoration houses in ‘Vitruvius Scoticus’. Adams designed many famous country houses, such as Hopetoun House and Duff House, and the Vitruvius Scoticus is still referenced today by architects researching the classical style of Scottish architecture.

In more recent years, Leslie House also became known from a humanitarian point of view.

In 1912, the house was owned by Noel Leslie, Countess of Rothes. She was celebrated as one of the survivors of Titanic’s fateful journey and became famous for her heroism in helping third-class passengers board the lifeboats.

Just a few years later, Noel Leslie once again showed her kindness and sense of duty, when the First World War broke out. She converted a wing of Leslie House into a hospital for wounded soldiers from the front line and ensured they received the highest level of care.

Now, Leslie House has been restored to its former glory once more. Byzantian Developments have undertaken this project, to preserve the classical design and conserve the spirit of its history.

The Development

The Development of Leslie House
The Leslie House Apartments

17th-century mansion transformed into spectacular living space

Taking centre stage, the Grade A-Listed house, Leslie House, has been converted into 24 luxurious apartments, from 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes.

Retaining original features, each apartment has been carefully and authentically restored to create a grand and stunning place to live.

The mansion apartments:

Apartments 1-7 (ground floor):
- 1 and 2 bedroom apartments

Apartments 8-15 (first floor):
- 1 and 2 bedroom apartments

Flat 2

Flat 2


Flat 6 North Wing

Flat 5


Flat 10

Flat 10


Flat 12

Flat 13


Flat 13

Flat 13


Flat 14 - North Wing

Flat 14


Flat 17

Flat 17


Flat 19

Flat 20


Flat 22

Flat 22


Flat 23

Flat 23


Key amenities
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Dedicated parking for each home
Kitchen & utility

Each stylish planned and installed kitchen has been individually created by our designers to maximise both workspace and storage. A suite of designs have been created for selection.*

High quality integrated Siemens appliances are fitted throughout each home as detailed below:

  • Induction Hob
  • Stainless Steel Electric Oven
  • Integrated Dishwasher
  • Integrated Fridge Freezer

Further specification includes:

  • Hans Grohe Mixer tap and Carron undermount bowl and 1/2 s/s sink
  • Lighting to underside of wall units
  • Synthetic quartz worktop throughout

A dedicated utility space has been designed into each apartment with service connections for washing machines and dryers.

*Subject to build stage - please consult a Sales Advisor for plot specific information

Bathrooms & ensuite

Burlington Sanitaryware will be provided in a traditional range in all properties, in white, and will be complemented with Burlington taps and fittings.

Glass shower enclosures with low-level white shower trays will have wall-mounted thermostatic shower valves, fixed shower heads and wall mounted hand sets. Shower enclosures will have built-in soap boxes.

Steel baths will be served by a thermostatic combined bath filler and overhead shower.

Traditional back to wall WC’s will be fitted with concealed cisterns and incorporate flush handle.

Chrome traditional towel warmers will be fitted as standard to bathrooms and master en suites. Shaver points will also be fitted adjacent to wash hand basins.

Your choice* of wall tiling from selected ranges will be provided around baths and in shower enclosures. Walls will have decorative vertically lined panelling to enhance the character and charm of the traditional aesthetic.

Synthetic quartz vanity tops will be installed with a full height mirror fitted above. Bathrooms in 1-bed properties and en-suites will incorporate demister pads. Bath panels will be finished in vertical panelling to match the walls.

*Subject to build stage - please consult a Sales Advisor for plot specific information

  • Internal walls and ceilings will be finished in vinyl matt paint in soft grey.
  • Internal joinery will be in a satin finish.

Wardrobes are provided in principal bedrooms and fitted with a shelf and hanging rail. Double wardrobes will have double doors to match the rest of the property. Single wardrobes will have a single leaf door.


Each electrical layout has been specifically designed for each apartment, please contact a Sales Advisor for apartment specific details.

Each apartment contains the following:

  • Low energy recessed light fittings in bathrooms, hallways, and above kitchens
  • Pendant lights throughout each apartment as design dictates
  • An integrated access control and intercom system
  • Shaver socket provided in bathroom and in each en-suite
  • Master TV console plate provided in main lounge / living area
  • Centralised extract fan systems will be installed to all wet areas and the kitchen area
  • Broadband connection and media packages available
Heating & Hot Water

Direct mains cold water will be supplied to all cold-water outlets. Hot water and heating will be provided via high quality panel heaters and hot water cylinders within each apartment fully controllable through an online connected smart thermostat.

Security & Peace of Mind

The development is contained, and access cannot be gained by vehicles or pedestrians without a programmed fob or permitted access from one of the apartment intercom units.

Mains supply operated smoke / heat detectors with battery back-up are installed throughout each apartment.

10-year warranty cover is provided under Checkmate’s Castle 10 policy. Additional information can be found at:


Private secured parking is available in the courtyard in a landscaped environment.

There will be a number of electric vehicle charging points at specific locations within the car park.

Common Areas

Entrances and common areas will be finished in a durable finish reflecting the architectural language of the building.

A passenger lift will be installed servicing the majority of apartments.

Secure cycle spaces are available.

Leslie House Dev Co Ltd. will appoint a professional managing agent who will be a member of the Association of Residential Managing Agents to provide ongoing management services. Please refer to your Sales Consultant for further details.

External Finishes & Structure

The building is an existing traditionally built stone structure with predominantly slate roofs and central flat section.

Stone repairs will be undertaken as required to the exiting stonework and the roof will be entirely replaced and finished with natural slate and highperforming breathable membrane.

The existing building fabric is fully refurbished and insulated to surpass current building regulations in energy performance.

New handmade solid wood timber double-glazed traditional sash and case windows will be installed in each apartment.

The existing building volume is utilised to provide high ceilings throughout. The upper apartments are duplexes inhabiting the roof space with additional bedrooms sleeping, living areas lit with conservation style rooflights.


Due to the nature of the development most apartments are individual and therefore design and specification is adjusted to best suit and may differ to the details provided above. Leslie House Dev Co Ltd reserve the right to make amendments to the above as the development progresses and the specification is updated.

The Leslie House Apartments

2 magnificent gatehouses in the grounds of Leslie House

Sitting proudly at the entrance of the Leslie estate, the two gatehouses have been built to compliment the historic value and grandeur of the mansion behind.

A beautiful and carefully designed space, the houses present a perfect contemporary living environment.

The development:

North Gatehouse:
- 4 bedroom detached


South Gatehouse:
- 4 bedroom detached


North Gatehouse Ground Floor

North Gatehouse Ground Floor

North Gatehouse First Floor

North Gatehouse First Floor
  • Individually designed kitchen in a contemporary style in a range of colour choices
  • Synthetic stone worktops with matching upstand in a range of colour choices
  • 1 & 1⁄2 bowl stainless steel sink with drainer and mixer tap
  • Glass splashback to the hob in a range of colour choices
  • Siemens single oven
  • Siemens 4 burner hob
  • Siemens integrated dishwasher
  • Siemens integrated fridge freezer
Utility Room
  • Wooden worktop with matching upstand
  • Space for free-standing washing machine
  • Space for free-standing tumble dryer
Bathrooms and ensuite
  • White Roca sanitaryware
  • Concealed cisterns with bulkheads
  • VADO mixer taps
  • VADO thermostatic showers
  • Glass shower doors
  • Porcelanosa tiling to bathroom and en-suite bulkheads and shower/bath areas in a range of style choices
  • Shaving point in the bathroom and the en-suites
  • Fully fitted mirror and heat pad to principal bedroom ensuite
Plumbing and heating
  • Central heating system and hot water cylinder
  • Column radiators in public rooms
  • Chrome ladder style radiators in the cloakroom, bathroom and en-suites
  • Online connected smart thermostat
  • White LED downlights in the open plan kitchen area
  • White LED downlights in the hallways, utility room, dressing room, bathroom and en-suites
  • Pendant lighting in all of the other rooms
  • External lights to the front and rear of the house
  • White electrical fittings in all rooms
  • External power point to the rear of the house
  • TV point in the living room
  • TV point in the master bedroom
  • Phone/data points in the kitchen, principal bedroom and living room
  • USB charging points in the kitchen
  • USB charging points either side of the bed position
  • Power and lighting to the garage
Internal finishes
  • Ceilings finished in white paint
  • All walls finished in white paint
  • All woodwork finished in white paint (satinwood)
  • Timber stair balustrades and handrail finished in white paint (satinwood)
  • Garage walls white painted block
Doors and windows
  • Aluclad windows
  • Aluclad doors leading out to garden areas
  • Rooflights over stair area
  • Hand operated garage door
External details
  • Paviers to pathways and drive
  • Top soil to front and rear garden
  • Fence and hedge to east boundary
  • External garden tap
Environmental details
  • Energy efficient and thermostatically controlled central heating
  • Double glazed Aluclad windows providing a high level of thermal insulation and reduced heat loss
  • Dual flush mechanisms to toilets to reduce water use
  • Insulation within roof spaces and external walls to limit heat loss in the winter and reduce heat gain in the summer
  • Low energy lighting throughout
  • Significant amounts of recycling of waste materials and packaging during the construction of each home as well as the specification of sustainably sourced materials combine to reduce the environmental impact of the development
Management Services
  • Leslie House Dev Co Ltd will appoint a professional managing agent who will be a member of the Association of Residential Managing Agents to provide ongoing management services. Please refer to your Sales Consultant for further details.
  • Leslie House Dev Co Ltd reserve the right to make amendments to the above as the development progresses and the specification is updated.

Site Plan

The Site Plan of Leslie House

The Leslie Area

Lesley is a historic town with a notable High Street, offering all the contemporary amenities, including shops, pubs, restaurants, a dentist and a primary school. Leslie has quick road access across Scotland and is only 20 miles from St Andrews, 25 miles from Dundee, and 33 miles from Edinburgh (map).

The East of Fife

Situated on the outskirts of Lomond Hills Regional Park and easily commutable to major Scottish cities, Leslie House is perfectly positioned to not only offer an escape into nature, but also the convenience of city life.

History of Leslie House
History of Leslie House

Walks, parks and sea views

Within walking distance of Riverside Park and other local amenities, Leslie House has an array of activities nearby.

For our avid walkers, cyclist and runners, Leslie has some of the best routes, such as walking around Lochore or exploring the beautiful East of Neuk.

Leslie town is also a key destination on the Fife Pilgrim Way, a historic walking route for pilgrims making their way to St Andrews.

There are also many parks and viewpoints nearby:

  • Lochore Meadow Country Park
  • Ravenscraig Park
  • Balbirnie Stone Circle
  • Leven Beach
  • Blackness Bay
  • Largo Bay

Activities in the area

Leslie boasts its own 9-hole golf course and the Michael Woods Sport & Leisure Centre. The sports centre is perfect for those seeking a more active lifestyle, complete with gym, fitness classes, swimming pool, 8 court sports hall, and football facilities.

Commutable to Scottish cities

Going a little further afield, Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, and St Andrews are easily accessible for commuters and shoppers alike.

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History of Leslie House

About Byzantian Developments

About Byzantian Developments

Restoring historically significant buildings to their former glory and transporting them into the 21st century.

The Byzantian team have been delivering award-winning developments across Scotland and internationally for more than 30 years.

Specialising in complex urban sites, and transforming them into spectacular places for people to live, every project Byzantian undertake is carefully and meticulously planned. They ensure every regeneration not only complements the existing structure, but also brings a new lease of life and energy to the space.

Restoring and developing Leslie House has brought one of Scotland’s most at-risk mansions to a new generation of people and given it a new story to tell.

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