Positioned atop one of the highest points (600 feet above sea level) in the East Neuk of Fife, Teasses is a working estate with a rich history, dating back to the Neolithic period. From the first settlement evidence 10,000 years ago, to currently opening its doors to visitors, Teasses has undergone a sustained process of transformation, which continues to this day.
2021 marks a special anniversary in the history of Teasses as it represents 25 years since the estate was acquired by the current owners and its restoration began. The owners fondly remember setting eyes on the turret of Teasses House for the first time and realising this was going to become their home.
In the 25 years that followed a lot of work and vision were put into bringing Teasses back to its former glory and turning it into the estate you see today: Teasses House was fully restored, together with all of the cottages and farm buildings; estate infrastructure created such as roads, gates and cattle grids; the current fishing ‘loch’ was formed by channelling natural peat springs (the name Teasses actually comes from an old Gaelic word meaning ‘wet place’ or ‘place of damp’).
The estate now runs an organic “in hand” farm which encompasses 4 of the original tenanted farms: Hillteasses, Hall Teasses, Bankhead and Windygates. The incredible effort of the gamekeeping team has turned “a den of bramble and foxes” into mature woodland and natural marshland, creating a home for a number of mammals, insects and birds. The Gardens you see today were fully created in the last 25 years (with the sole exception of the Wall at the Walled Garden) and have played a fundamental part in restoring biodiversity on the Estate. During your visit keep an eye out for deer, badgers, brown hares, red squirrels and birds of prey.
The owners’ words perfectly capture what Teasses means to them: “In the last 25 years we have created a magnificent house, surrounded by a very special garden, established a sporting estate and a working farm but above all Teasses has become our family home, loved by our children and grandchildren and a very special country estate which we are continuously improving and developing."
The family remains actively engaged in the estate and are now focused on its long-term sustainability and on strengthening its connection with the local area and communities. The involvement of the younger generations is splendidly embodied by the family gardens, dotted around the Millennium Wood. Each grandchild has the responsibility of designing their own little garden in the year of their 10th birthday, allowing them to make their own mark on Teasses.
To find out more about visiting and activities at Teasses, visit their website at http://www.teasses.com . To mark the 25th anniversary, a photographic exhibition in the stables is included as part of your garden visit. They are hosting a Summer Open Day on 27th June - details here.