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8 bedroom detached house for sale

550 Lanark Road West, Balerno, Midlothian

Offers Over £1,600,000

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This exceptional family home occupies in excess of 7389 square feet and offers ample living and entertaining space. The house was completed in 1910 by the renowned architect Mr William Crum Watson for his own use, Northfield is a Grade B Listed Baronial style house with separate Gardener’s Cottage set in magnificent gardens. The main house offers spacious and flexible family accommodation over the ground and first floors with the additional benefit of a self-contained guest apartment on the second floor. Additionally the property was rewired in 2010 by the current owners. The property is entered via an attractive vestibule leading to a superb hallway featuring an Ailsa Craig granite column surmounted by an Oriental Capital. There are two reception rooms located on the ground floor. The Dining Room, with its floor-mounted bell connection to the kitchen, is a wonderful entertaining space and has stripped St. Petersburg Redwood floors and a stone fire surround. The library, also useful as a secondary sitting room, has two built-in display cabinets and a large display book case. The fireplace in this room is stunning with its carved oak over mantle above the engraved Rose and Thistle stone fireplace. The kitchen, with a variety of pantries and stores, can be found on the western side of the building and houses a four-oven gas fired Aga.

From the Hall, the main stair rises to an impressive first floor landing. The banister is wrought iron and features a Scottish thistle design incorporating the architect’s initials and has a Scottish pike handrail and brass ornamental globes at the corners. Of particular note is the Drawing Room. This room is beautifully preserved, featuring oak panelled walls, a barrel vaulted ceiling and benefits from superb views over the gardens to the north, south, west and the Knot Rose garden to the east. Also situated on the first floor, there are three double bedrooms and two family bathrooms. On the second floor there is further accommodation comprising two double bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room, kitchen, W.C and ample storage in the attics.

Northfield is located within Balerno and only a short distance away from the local amenities of the conservation village of Balerno. This sought after residential area is located approximately seven miles to the south-west of Edinburgh City Centre. The area enjoys convenient road access to the west, with the City Bypass, Edinburgh International Airport and the central Scotland motorway network all readily accessible. Local schooling is highly regarded both in the state and private sector with Balerno High School, Merchiston Castle School and George Watsons College all easily reached. For the outdoor enthusiast there is easy access to a number of golf courses, Hillend Ski Centre and the Pentland Hills. The Water of Leith provides bicycle rides or walks directly to the city centre. The area offers an excellent range of local amenities including shops, banking and post office services. More comprehensive shopping facilities can be found at The Gyle Shopping Centre at South Gyle and at Hermiston Gate. Heriot Watt University campus at Riccarton is also nearby. Northfield occupies a private and elevated position and enjoys far-reaching views to the Forth Bridges, The Firth of Forth, Fife, The Pentland Hills and also to Edinburgh Castle and the city.

The property is approached via a driveway terminating in a parking area in front of the house. The gardens a particular feature at Northfield, have many interesting features such as a Ha Ha, several different types of Oak, a bluebell copse, the large variety rhododendrons, Yew hedges, a daffodil walk, extensive lawns, a secret garden and a number of unique plants.

In the grounds is a two-bedroom Gardeners Cottage which is detached from the main house and has its own small garden. This property would provide ideal staff, guest accommodation or would be perfect for elderly relatives as it is all on one level.


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08 July 2016

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