6 bedroom equestrian facility for sale

Westfield, Harburn, West Lothian, EH55

Offers Over £2,100,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautiful Georgian mansion with
  • equestrian facilities
  • Peaceful and private rural setting
  • Excellent road and rail connections
  • Scope to further develop outbuildings
  • 6 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms
  • Landscaped gardens
  • 12 loose boxes in all. Dressage arena
  • Paddocks and extensive outbuildings
  • EPC Rating = F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Exceptional Georgian country house with extensive equestrian facilities in a beautiful, private rural setting near to Edinburgh

Location

Westfield House has a beautiful, private setting in 18 acres of its own grounds, surrounded by open countryside with attractive views. The property is within the designated West Lothian Countryside Belt.

The estate lies midway between the town of West Calder and the friendly and welcoming local community of Harburn. The Pentland Hills rise just to the south, providing excellent walking, pony trekking and fishing opportunities in various lochs and reservoirs. Harburn has an active village hall and a well regarded 18-hole golf course.

The property benefits from the best of both town and country living, with the surrounding villages providing a range of local services and shops. There is a more substantial offering in Livingston (2½ miles) where there is an indoor shopping centre, larger supermarkets and a hospital. West Calder provides local junior and senior schooling and the independent Clifton Hall School (11 miles) offers nursery, junior and senior schooling on one campus. Edinburgh has a more comprehensive selection of private schools including Cargilfield Prep School, St George's School for Girls, Fettes College, Merchiston and The Edinburgh Academy. Mary Erskine's and George Watson's also have direct bus services from Livingston South railway station.

The property affords excellent accessibility to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The M8 (Junction 3) links both cities and is only six miles away. The nearby villages of West Calder and Murieston both have railway stations providing good commuter services to Edinburgh Haymarket and Glasgow Central. The close proximity of Edinburgh Airport is convenient for the longer distance commute to London and International destinations.

Description

Westfield House is an exceptionally beautiful B listed Georgian country house, which is set in its own estate policies with superb outbuildings, stables and grounds including lovely gardens and excellent grazing.

The house itself has a delightful symmetrical façade. The original part of the house dates from 1760 and is flanked by matching wings built in 1820 with front facing gables to either side. Internally the accommodation is beautifully proportioned and has been fully refurbished to create a home that is ideal for modern family living, while still retaining the period character of the property. The house is immaculately decorated throughout, incorporating the highest quality fixtures and fittings.

Entering through the prominent front door upheld by twin stone pillars, the property opens up into a spacious hallway providing access to both wings of the house. Located in the west wing is the impressive drawing room with ornate cornicing, chandelier and fireplace. Multiple dual aspect windows provide an abundance of natural light, supplemented by light filtering through the library from the conservatory. The conservatory overlooks the garden to the north and is both a stunning reception and dining space.

A cloakroom also has a large cupboard housing electrical network units and the underfloor heating manifold. Two smaller reception rooms flank the hall. On one side is a gym with a mirrored wall and on the other is a playroom which links through to the sitting area within the large family kitchen.

In the east wing, past the utility room is the large open plan family kitchen with an area for informal dining and a comfortable seating area. The kitchen units were crafted by Schofield and Crafter to include a variety of fitted wall and base units around a cream Aga and a variety of integrated appliances. A granite topped island provides extra surface area and storage. A sun room is accessed from the kitchen and provides overflow space with a back door leading out onto a gravel courtyard. A staircase leads down from the kitchen to the basement where there is a generously sized wine cellar and further storage space.

Two further floors provide comfortable sleeping accommodation with six bedrooms in all. There is a spectacular master bedroom suite with a bathroom containing a feature bath, integrated double shower steam room, and two wash hand basins. It also has a dressing room with a range of built in wardrobes, shoe racks and cupboards as well as a convenient door linking through to the nursery. The nursery also has a door to the hall adjacent to a further bedroom and shower room.

The guest bedroom has a door set into the wooden panelled wall leading to an en suite shower room. On the second floor there are two spacious bedrooms which share a bathroom which has both Jacuzzi bath and separate shower.

The outbuildings add considerable amenity to the property, providing further space for the cinema, gym and games room, while also accommodating further garaging and storage space.

There are four traditional barns in all, two of which have in the past had detailed planning consent for conversion into dwellings (this has now lapsed). The property is well set up for equestrian use with 12 loose boxes; three are in the traditional barn off the courtyard with their own private stable yard, the remaining nine are purpose built and adjoin the riding arena.


OUTSIDE

Westfield is approached through electric gates down a long tarmac driveway with mown grass either side, lined with magnificent mature trees and post and rail fencing. The driveway leads past the pond running between stone pillars topped with carved lions.

Courtyard:
To the east of the house is a courtyard surrounded by traditional buildings either side. The courtyard has a gravel and tiled floor with paving. There is a large open fronted wood store adjacent to the south building. A high wall with a central gate leads to the stable yard.

South Building:
Built of stone under a pitched slate roof:
Kennel: Former store with concrete floor. Fitted workbench and tool racks. Kennel run with wooden beams and pitched slate roof formed within old car port.

Workshop/
Garden store: Fitted tool racks and workbenches. Grant central heating boiler. Kitchen with sink and work surface. Separate WC. Door to greenhouse.

Games Room/
Cinema: On first floor. Exposed timber beams. Stone fireplace. Fitted bar. Wooden floor. Cinema with fixed projector and screen.

Greenhouse: Adjoining the building to the south.

North Buildings
Traditional stable built of stone under a pitched slate roof forming the northern side of the courtyard. Three loose boxes. Feed area with kitchen cupboards and sink to side. Steps up to mezzanine storage area. Hay store above loose box. To the rear of the building is a private cobbled stable yard and timber kennel building.

Concrete floor, power, water, slate roof, and generator providing additional back up power for whole estate when necessary

GARDEN

In front of the house is a large gravel sweep with a lawn to the side backed by a belt of well-established shrubs. The gravel continues past the greenhouse and kennel run towards the stable yard beyond, with a further lawn below given shelter and amenity by shrubs and flowerbeds.

To the rear of the house is a large sheltered lawn with a paved outside dining area. This lawn is fringed by flower and shrub borders; a hot tub sits on the lawn between the conservatory and sun room. To the side of the garden is a paddock with post and rail fencing and a gravel parking area with a double garage built of concrete with a pitched slate roof and two double wooden doors. A belt of well-established trees backs the gardens. A gravel drive leads past a double garage towards the stable yard.

The walled garden is south facing with walls on two sides. There is a large lawn surrounded by paths and flowerbeds with a central border. A hedge divides off the orchard area below which is enclosed by post and rail fencing.

Next to the walled garden is a grassland area, again surrounded by beautiful flowerbeds. There is a rock garden, with a platform decked seating area, that has an electric pump-powered burn running through it which cascades down to the ornamental lake. A wooden bridge leads to a central island. There is a decking area for sitting out and a hedge encloses the area. Above the drive is a raised wooden summerhouse with a terrace and steps in front.

STABLE YARD

To the east of Westfield House, beyond the courtyard, is a stable yard, which has its own separate driveway. The stable yard is fully enclosed by post and rail fencing with hardcore floors all around. There are hedges, carriage lamps and an orchard that has recently been planted.

Traditional barn
Adjoining the courtyard stables building is a traditional barn built of stone under a pitched slate roof with large dormer windows. It provides storage and garaging (comfortably holding four cars) on the ground floor with a large exercise studio on the first floor, which would also be suitable for use as a home office. There is a Rhino oil boiler providing heating for this building.

Pineapple Building
To the side of the riding arena is a Pineapple Building (used as a tack room) with a steep pitched roof with a weathervane above. There is a dovecot on the first floor with a store with double doors below and an open store behind.

Former Granary
Opposite the riding arena is a large traditional barn built of stone under a pitched slate roof with an arched doorway. There is a store adjoining under a pitched tiled roof with cast iron pillars. There is a flat roofed area to the rear, which is open onto a yard enclosed by fencing behind. A driveway leads to the fields beyond. There are three enclosed hard standings with post and rail fencing and a hardcore floor.

Agricultural shed
Four bays steel shed with a corrugated roof and side cladding. Stock pen and tractor stand.

Stables and Riding Arena
A former agricultural building has been converted into stables and comprises nine wooden loose boxes with timber-paneled walls, and concrete floors. To the front is an open verandah with power and water and a concrete yard. The building is steel framed. The arena extends to 40m x 20m, with a rubber and sand surface, post and rail fencing and floodlights. There is a seating area to the side.

Between the stables and the riding arena is an orchard planted with apple trees.

Grazing
The property has 11 acres of grazing in all, divided into four fields and a smaller paddock by the house. There is a small enclosed yard with a field shelter and a gate leading into the large field next the drive. The other main field is to the south of the stable yard.

GENERAL REMARKS

Services
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage to septic tanks. Central heating from oil fired boiler. Instant hot water tank with pumps fuelled by LPG Aga and separate boiler. Electric underfloor heating in conservatory, kitchen and first floor bathrooms.

Access
The front drive is wholly owned. The back drive is shared with the neighbouring farmer and is maintained according to user.

Listing
Westfield House is category B listed.

Local Authority
Westfield House is in West Lothian Council tax band H.

Planning Permission
There is a lapsed planning permission for conversion of the former granary and the pineapple building into dwellings. [ref: 0710/LBC/2000]

Fixtures and Fittings
Standard fixtures and fittings are included in the sale along with the chandelier in the drawing room, the cinema system and white goods. The hot tub, media system, integrated Sky system, plasma TV screens, curtains and wall lights in the master bedroom are available by separate negotiation.

Square Footage: 6,339 sq ft
Acreage: 18.2 Acres

Directions

From Edinburgh city centre take the A71 west past Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club and follow the signs to West Calder. At the traffic lights in the centre of West Calder turn sharp left onto the B7008 signposted to Harburn. Follow this road out of the town and continue for about one mile. Take the first turning on the left and follow this minor road for a further mile. The white Gate Lodge and drive to Westfield House are on the right hand side.

From Edinburgh Airport take the M8 west to junction 3. Take the A899 past Livingston and continue straight on until you reach the Lizzy Brice roundabout on the junction with the A71. Turn right following the signs to West Calder and follow the directions as above.


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25 August 2016

Nearest stations

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  • Livingston South (1.6 mi)
  • Addiewell (3.0 mi)
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  • West Calder (1.3 mi)
  • Livingston South (1.6 mi)
  • Addiewell (3.0 mi)
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