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Bright and spacious East Neuk property in central Crail.


  • Impressive C Listed Victorian merchant’s house

  • Delightful period accommodation with fabulous main reception rooms and brand-new custom kitchen

  • Wonderful central setting in a highly sought-after village

  • Beautiful, enclosed garden

  • Significant holiday let potential.

  • Convenient for St Andrews, the Home of Golf, and the Fife coast

2,821 SQFT
261 SQM
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Property Details & Description


Ground floor:

Entrance hall and stairs up


First floor:

Sitting room, living room, dining room, kitchen, stair down to utility room, stair up to bathroom.


Second floor:

3 bedrooms (1 en-suite), family bathroom, hall.


Third floor:

Study/home office with storage, bedroom 4



Delightful enclosed walled garden to rear


Parking is freely available in Marketgate North


Mercat House is a most substantial property set in the centre of the sought after East Neuk conservation village of Crail.  The village provides a very good range of shops, services, and amenities and the other quaint and pretty villages of the East Neuk, which include Anstruther, Cellardyke, Pittenweem and Elie, are within easy reach. 


Crail is surrounded by particularly fine countryside and coastline and a lovely mix of farmland, woodland, rivers, and hill ground.  The result is home to an array of wildlife which provides an excellent choice for the outdoor enthusiast with walking, cycling, sailing, and riding all readily available.  There are many local golf courses in the area as well as the highly regarded Old Course at St Andrews and the Championship Course at Carnoustie, both of which regularly host the British Open – the 150th anniversary event returned to St Andrews in July 2022, in addition St Andrews also offers seven St Andrews Links Trust managed courses.


The popular Fife coastal path runs through the village.  Shooting and fishing may be taken locally and there are some fine pheasant shoots nearby.  In terms of days out the wide-open spaces of the Lomond Hills are not far away along with several popular National Trust for Scotland properties, notably Kellie Castle, Hill of Tarvit and Falkland Palace.  Fife’s beautiful and varied coastline includes several good sandy beaches such as those at Tentsmuir, Kingsbarns, Elie and St Andrews.  State schooling is available locally with private schooling being provided at St Leonards in St Andrews.  There are railway stations at Cupar, Ladybank, Markinch and Kirkcaldy with Edinburgh airport less than an hour and 20 minutes to the south.

General Description

Believed to date from 1869 and originally built as a hotel, Mercat House is a wonderful, beautifully presented period family home comprising the first, second and third floors of the impressive stone building.  Anecdotally it is believed that the Queen Mother may have visited a previous owner and stayed at the property from time to time. 


From the shared entrance hall, a private staircase leads up to the superb main open plan reception room offering bright and extremely spacious flexible accommodation.  Ideal for entertaining and large social gatherings, the space boasts vast windows looking out over the historic Crail Marketgate, and a beautiful ornate open fire at the western sitting room end, with a second working fire at the eastern dining area end.  Double doors open to the main hall, off which stairs lead up to the upper floor and the well-proportioned formal dining room and generous, recently installed, custom kitchen with glazed doors to the adjacent sheltered raised rear deck are accessed. Stairs also lead down to the utility room and a secondary family bathroom also situated between first and second floor levels.  At second floor level there are 3 excellent bedrooms, one with en-suite facilities, and the lovely high quality modern main family bathroom, with free-standing bath and separate shower area.  The bedrooms to the front have partial sea views.  Bedroom 4 is at third floor level along with an excellent study/home office space with generous storage adjacent.


To the rear of the house is a magnificent garden, enclosed by a high wall, which is well stocked with a lovely mix of plants, trees (including fruit trees) and shrubs, neat lawns and a small former WW2 bomb shelter which is now a covered bar/seating area.  Immediately to the rear of the house is a super raised deck offering a lovely space for al fresco dining or just relaxing.  From the top of the garden a gate provides access out to the north. 



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General Remarks & Information


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Viewing is strictly by appointment with the selling agents Rettie & Co, 28 Bell Street, St Andrews KY16 9UX. Tel: 01334 237700.

Satellite Navigation

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The property’s postcode is KY10 3TH.

Fixtures and Fittings

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Only items specifically mentioned in the particulars of sale are included in the sale price. 

Entry & Possession

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Entry and vacant possession will be by mutual agreement and arrangement. 


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Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage.

Local Authority

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Fife Council

EPC Rating

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Band D

Council Tax

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Band E

Home Report

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A Home Report incorporating a Single Survey, Energy Performance Certificate and Property Questionnaire is available for parties genuinely interested in this property.  Please contact us, either by telephone or via the website entry for this property, to request a copy.  No charge is made for electronic copies; a paper copy can also be made available from our offices or by post, at a charge of £20 to cover reproduction and administrative costs.


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Offers should be submitted in Scottish Legal Form to the selling agents Rettie & Co at 28 Bell Street, St Andrews KY16 9UX.

Servitude Rights, Burdens & Wayleaves

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The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes whether contained in the title deeds or informally constituted and whether or not referred to above.

Particulars and Plans

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These particulars and plan are believed to be correct, but they are in no way guaranteed.  Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation nor in any circumstances give grounds for action at law.

Websites and Social Media

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This property and other properties offered by Rettie & Co can be viewed on our website at as well as our affiliated websites at and  In addition, our social media platforms are, RettieTownandCountry,, Rettie and Co, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Proof and Source of Funds/Anti Money Laundering

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Under the HMRC Anti Money Laundering legislation all offers to purchase a property on a cash basis or subject to mortgage require evidence of source of funds. This may include evidence of bank statements/funding source, mortgage or confirmation from a solicitor the purchaser has the funds to conclude the transaction. All individuals involved in the transaction are required to produce proof of identity and proof of address. This is acceptable either as original or certified documents.


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1. The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Rettie & Co, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.


2. The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into contact in reliance on the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.


3. Any error, omission or misstatement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause for action.

Important Notice

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Rettie & Co, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:


1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either in writing or by word of mouth.  Any information given is entirely without responsibility on the part of the agents or the sellers.  These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.


2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate.  The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive and it should not be assumed that the property remains as photographed.  Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale, or entitle any party to compensation or recourse to action at law.  It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents, including for its current use.  Rettie & Co. have not tested any services, equipment or facilities.  Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise and ought to seek their own professional advice.


3. All descriptions or references to condition are given in good faith only.  Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure accuracy, please check with us on any points of especial importance to you, especially if intending to travel some distance.  No responsibility can be accepted for expenses incurred in inspecting properties   which have been sold or withdrawn.



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