10 bedroom country house for sale
Borthwick Hall, Heriot, Midlothian EH38 5YE
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MAIN HOUSE OFFERS IN THE REGION OF £1.95 MILLION.
STUDIO FLAT OFFERS IN THE REGION OF £125,000.
MONKS' RETREAT OFFERS IN THE REGION OF £125,000.
FOR VIEWINGS, PLEASE CONTACT SELLING AGENTS DIRECT ON 0131 225 4082 OR CLIENTS ON 01875 835 324.
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The property is a large and impressive Country House with 7.2 acres of grounds and additional acres of paddock and woodland available if desired. Beautifully set in a sheltered wooded valley at the western edge of the delightful village of Heriot.
The Hall is approached by a long private drive off the B709, two miles from the A7. There is easy access to Edinburgh City Centre, 18 miles north and Edinburgh Airport is 30 minutes by car. Dating from 1852, the present house, the site of which was originally a hunting lodge for the Earls of Borthwick, was designed in the Baronial style by John Henderson, who also originated a number of Gothic Churches for the Scottish Episcopal Church. The first owner was the famous Seedsman and Nurseryman Sir Charles Lawson after whom Lawson Cypress was named. He served as Edinburgh’s Lord Provost from 1862 – 1865. From 1872 until 1926 it was owned by David Macfie whose crest may be seen in the Billiard Room fireplace. It was bought in 1926 by the eminent Edinburgh lawyer William Blair who refitted the principal rooms with very fine woodwork, chimneypieces and plasterwork in the classical style.
Through the years alterations have incorporated extensions to the property without detracting from the overall character. The west wing accommodation has been altered to provide flats for staff/relatives or investment income. These could easily be reincorporated in the main house if desired, most particularly the Billiard Room. The glazed porch, vestibule and double height galleried reception hall together make a most impressive entrance.
Of particular note is the recently refitted kitchen complete with all appliances which opens to a generous Family Dining. The Ground Floor Master Bedroom with ensuite and dressing room connects directly to a modern light filled Garden Room with bar, hot tub and adjacent sauna with shower, built by the present owners. Since their purchase in 1985 they have carried out major upgrading in the period. The octagonal former card room on the first floor is a particularly lovely space. All rooms are light and bright benefitting from beautiful views to rolling fields, mature trees and hills.
The landscaped garden to the south incorporates a gravel terrace (directly accessible from the Drawing Room) giving on to lawn with a beautifully planted hillside to the rear featuring Rhododendrons, Azaleas and giant Sequoia trees from North America which being early specimens in the UK, are a grand backdrop for the ornamental bridge, waterfall, good-sized pond and historic dovecot.
The village of Heriot is a thriving commuter community with well regarded primary school, a Church (of Scotland) and Village Hall – home to karate lessons, amateur dramatics etc.
Not far away is the village of Gorebridge with a bank, two post offices and a range of local shopping with a Tesco’s supermarket situated at Eskbank; a useful stop-off on one’s way to and from Edinburgh.
The surrounding protected countryside is a venue for walking, jogging and field sports with popular Vogrie Country Park at Gorebridge. Golf is available at a wide range of courses, including Muirfield and Gullane and fishing on the River Tweed a few miles to the south. A short drive takes you to either Borthwick Castle or Dalhousie Castle and Spa – both sophisticated hotels with a good reputation for food and hospitality.
There is a regular bus service to Edinburgh and access to the City Bypass is normally within 15 minutes. This connects with the A1, A68, the Airport and Central Scottish Motorway Network.
In all, this is the perfect country home yet within easy reach of all that Edinburgh and the Borders has to offer.
Follow the A7 to Heriot. At Heriot turn onto the B709. Follow signs for Heriot Primary School. Pass the School and then Heriot Church. Borthwick Hall is on the left 50m beyond the Church. Take the left hand tarmac drive to the Hall.
Impressive double height space with sweeping stair leading to galleried landing. Fine marble fireplace with wood burning stove. Upper floor has etched glass window with Lawson cipher. The chandelier is available by separate negotiation.
Fine carved hardwood fireplace with marble slips, hearth and steel grate. Very fine decorative plasterwork ceiling and wall panelling. Windows to east and south. Glazed door to south terrace.
Southerly aspect. Very fine plasterwork ceiling. Inset wall recess with log burning stove.
Exceptionally fine carved chimneypiece with marble slips and deco metal insert. Half timber panelled walls and fine cornice. Four windows to north and east. Corinthian pillared recess. Jib door to Kitchen:-
Delightful open views north to fields and trees. A good range of units, twin sinks and wash hand basin, four ring ceramic hob, twin fan oven and twin microwaves, large fridge and dishwasher. Sanded and varnished floor. Opens to:-
Northerly views. Timber panelled ceiling and original flagged floor.
GROUND FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM
Southerly aspect. Decorative cornice. Ensuite bathroom, dressing room and direct access to garden room.
Filled full of light from four French doors with south easterly aspect and views to pond and south garden. Twin glazed rooflights. Bar with sink. Hot tub available by separate negotiation. Facilities include exercise room, shower room and sauna.
FOR COMPLETE FLOOR PLANS, PLEASE CONTACT SELLING AGENTS 0131 225 4082
UPPER FLOORS – as per floor plans
FLATS – as per floor plans
CELLAR – as per floor plans
4 bay garage with store over. Useful outhouses off West Courtyard.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING - F.