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Mannerston House, Linlithgow, West Lothian

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Property Description

Key features

  • 3 Reception Rooms
  • 5 Double Bedrooms (1 en suite)
  • Family Bathroom
  • Astroturf Tennis Court
  • Study

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Mannerston House is situated in peaceful and attractive, rolling countryside above the Firth of Forth. The setting is private and tranquil.

The surrounding countryside mainly comprises grass fields. The adjoining land was farmed as smallholdings by tenants of the Secretary of State for Scotland. A number of these have now been sold to the occupiers and are used as country homes. The village of Blackness, 1 mile to the north, is an historic coastal village with Blackness Castle on the end of a peninsula providing a dramatic focus. The views from Mannerston over the Firth of Forth are quite superb.

The house is very well situated for access to Edinburgh airport, Edinburgh city centre and for the motorway network, which means all the cities of Central Scotland including Glasgow, Stirling and Perth are within easy reach. Edinburgh airport is only 10 miles away and can be reached by motorway and dual carriageway. The Gyle shopping centre and the city centre are just beyond.

In addition to the road network, Linlithgow has a railway station with a frequent service to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. There are bus services from Blackness to both Linlithgow and Edinburgh. Edinburgh airport provides regular shuttle services to London as well as a number of international connections.


Mannerston House is a superb B Listed building, which enjoys a wonderful secluded position overlooking the Firth of Forth. While the house has a fascinating history, it has been extensively refurbished by the current owners, who purchased the property in 2004. Bathrooms have been replaced, the property has been redecorated throughout and it now forms a magnificent family house with accommodation arranged over ground and first floors.


The house is believed to date from the 15th or 16th century when it would have been built as a small castle or fortalice; it has been added to over the years. When Mannerston was featured in the Scottish Field a number of years ago, the article began: "Some old houses are so completely wedded to their setting that one cannot imagine a time when they were not there." It is claimed that the house belonged at one time to the warden of Linlithgow Palace. It is said also to have been a refuge for monks travelling to Dunfermline Abbey who lodged here before crossing the Forth. In more recent history it was a home for the Dalyell family, who lived in Mannerston House whilst overseeing the alteration of their family seat, The Binns, which lies just over the fields.


The accommodation on the ground floor is approached by any of three entrances. The principal hall is in the Georgian section of the house, with another entrance at the front of the house and a third at the side. The reception rooms are elegant. The drawing room has a large open fire as its focal point and two large picture windows which face east. Facing west, there is a French window which opens out onto the patio area and into the garden. The dining room has been recently refurbished. This has an open fireplace and built-in cupboards. The sitting room also has an open fire and is conveniently situated, having access both into the hall and directly into the kitchen. The kitchen has an excellent range of wall and floor units and incorporates a two oven Aga, 1½ bowl stainless steel sink, space and plumbing for a dishwasher and space for a large fridge freezer. There is also an integrated fridge within the units. From the kitchen a stable door leads out to the patio and garden. The ground floor also has a side hall / boot room, which in turns leads into the utility room and the study beyond. The accommodation on this floor is completed by a larder and a wet room.

The first floor is approached by a sweeping stone staircase which leads to an extensive landing. The master bedroom is a spacious room and has an en suite shower room. There are four further double bedrooms and an excellent family bathroom. Bedroom 3 provides an access to the attic store room.


Mannerston House is approached from the back of the property by a shared access. It has two further private accesses at the front, which act as an in and out drive. The garden at Mannerston is superb and extends to about 2 acres. The principal garden lies to the south of the house, contained within the 'L' of the property. Adjacent to the house is a paved patio which leads onto the extensive lawn. There are some wonderful mixed and herbaceous borders with a wide variety of plants including bluebells, buddleia, poppies and tulips. The garden is sheltered and secluded by some wonderful mature trees including silver birch, holly, horse chestnut, sycamore and some mature fruit trees. On the west side of the garden there is an Astroturf tennis court, which is surrounded by the necessary fencing. The garden to the east of the house has a gravel drive and a large parking and turning area in front of the house. Again, there are some superb specimen trees including holly, beech, horse chestnut and larch. Beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas give colour and interest in the early summer. Within the lawn to the north of the house are two ponds, one of which has been fenced off making it child friendly.

To the south of the main garden is a grass area, shaded by fir trees on three sides, that could be incorporated into the garden. Beyond this there is a paddock of about 3 acres.


On the west side of the house adjacent to the car parking area there are some outbuildings, including a garage/store approached through double doors. Planning permission (Reference no.: P/07/0908/FUL) has been granted for this to be converted into a large family room, with further permission for an extension to the south of this room to create a garden room. A new door from the kitchen can be created to provide direct access to these rooms.

Adjacent to this outbuilding is a large kennel/dog run and to the north of the study, under the pan tiled roof, is a further single garage. The oil tank is next to the entrance at the north west and is well hidden.


From Edinburgh, take the A90 towards the Forth Road Bridge. Leave the A90 just before the bridge and turn left at the roundabout onto the A904 (signposted Bo'ness, Stirling M9). Continue west for 5 miles. Just beyond the entrance to The Binns, turn right onto the B9109, signposted to Blackness. The drive to Mannerston House is on the left after about ½ mile.

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