5 bedroom detached house for saleFirth House, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25
- Secluded location near Edinburgh
- Georgian mansion house
- Beautiful policies
- Self contained garden flat
- Equestrian facilities
- Endless swimming pool
- Trout fishing on River Esk
- EPC Rating = E
Elegant B listed Georgian mansion with policies in secluded setting close to Edinburgh. Additional paddock available separately.
Edinburgh City Bypass 4 miles, Edinburgh City Centre 9 miles, Edinburgh Airport 12.5 miles
Firth House sits between the villages of Auchendinny and Roslin in an area of beautiful parkland in the North Esk Valley which carves its way north from the foot of the Pentland Hills. The house has panoramic views including to Edinburgh and Arthur's Seat, the Firth of Forth and the Pentlands.
The property is well situated for access to the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720) and the city centre (9 miles). The bypass is 4 miles to the north and gives access to the south, east and west of the city, Edinburgh International Airport and the motorway network. The A702 and A701 provide good links to the M74 to the south.
Penicuik has an excellent range of local facilities, including shops, a post office and both primary and secondary schools. Only a short distance away the professional and cultural hub of Edinburgh also offers a selection of independent schools including George Watson's College and Merchiston which are conveniently positioned on the south side of the city. There is an excellent bus service from Auchendinny to central Edinburgh passing by the comprehensive offering of stores and supermarkets at Straiton.
Firth House is ideally positioned for outside recreation. Roslin Glen Country Park is on the doorstep and The Pentland Hills Regional Park is popular for walking, mountain biking and fell running alike and is home to the Midlothian Ski Sports Centre. There are a number of local golf courses including Glencorse, Kings Acre and Broomieknowe, with all the links courses of East Lothian easily accessible via the City Bypass. Furthermore, it is possible to ride from the property directly onto the Esk Valley Trail, a horse riding route which is part of the Tyne Esk Trail network comprising 60 miles of horse trails.
Firth House is understood to date from around 1770. It is thought to have originally been built as a dower house for the Inglis family whose seat was nearby Auchendinny House. The house faces south west but with full appreciation of the stunning outlook to the north and east. It is constructed of stone under a hipped slate roof. The west wing, built in a complementary style, was added at a later date.
The accommodation is well laid out with spacious and well proportioned rooms and of particular note are the spectacular oval drawing room and master bedroom above, both of which have impressive views over the North Esk Valley to Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.
The house has been modernised over recent years and is fully suited to modern living with improvements such as an environmentally sound air-source heating system and Cat 5 cabling throughout. The modernisation has been carried out without compromising the historical character of the building which retains beautiful ornate cornices and plasterwork, wrought iron banisters, architraved doors and timber sash and case windows with working shutters.
Stone steps lead to a painted timber front door flanked by columns and opening into a vestibule with a glazed inner door and side panels with fanligh t above. The reception hall has a striking chequerboard floor and is a bright central space from where all the floors and rooms are accessed. Off the hall is a cloakroom with WC.
The oval drawing room is currently used as an office. It has a wood burning stove set into the fireplace which has a Delft tile surround beneath a marble mantelpiece. A door links the room to the sitting room. This is a large room with dual aspect windows and French doors giving access onto the roof terrace over the garage. Planning consent has been obtained in the past for a conservatory on the terrace area [07/00599/FUL]. A wood burner is set into the fireplace.
The kitchen has been modernised with a simple array of fitted units with two bowl sink and integrated appliances including a Rangemaster 5 plate gas hob beneath a Smeg extractor hood, a Neff oven and microwave and a Bosch dishwasher. There is a door into the dining room, another impressive reception room with triple aspect windows and also with a wood burning stove.
The first floor accommodation is centred around the oval master bedroom suite. The bedroom has the best views in the house and is served by a dressing room with substantial built in wardrobes and an en suite bathroom with separate shower, bath, twin basins, WC and bidet. There are three further large bedrooms and a smaller fifth bedroom/ study, all served by a family bathroom which has a bath, WC, twin basins and an Albatross steam and massage shower cubicle with built in radio. There is also a linen cupboard which is warmed by the Manco hot water cylinder.
The lower ground floor is accessed from the reception hall. This accommodates a large and very practical laundry room, a pool room and a garage. The laundry has fitted cupboards, an island unit and two clothes pulleys. The pool room is occupied by an Endless swimming pool.
The garage is large enough for three cars. It is built beneath the terrace and has an electric sliding door. As well as excellent storage there is a boiler room which has two Glow-worm gas LPG gas boilers which act as boosters to the air source heat pump system.
The garden flat at lower ground floor level has a private access down steps to the side of the house which lead to a sheltered garden and the front door. An internal lockable door links the garden flat to the rest of the lower ground floor and the stairs to the ground floor.
The accommodation includes a sitting room, dining kitchen and bedroom. There is a bathroom with WC, wash basin, bidet and bath with shower over.
From the garden flat there is access down stairs to two wine cellars and two dry store rooms.
The policies surrounding Firth House extend to about 31 acres in all. To the front of the house is a large circular lawn with a raised croquet lawn, enclosed by the gravel turning circle. There is an area used as a kitchen garden with a timber built greenhouse and beyond there is access to the stables and paddocks. To the rear of the house is a drying green. This is where the four Kingspan Aeromax air source heat pumps are located. The former game larder sits to the east of the house and near to this, set into the bank beneath the house, are former ice houses.
To the south of the garden there is a low density plantation of broadleaved trees planted in 1987 including oak, ash, alder, gean and lime trees. This area provides additional grazing to the adjacent paddock. A wildlife pond with a decked area has been created in a sheltered position to the south west of the house.
A further paddock lies in the ground to the north west, bordering the Firth Viaduct. This is held on a separate title and is available in addition and extends to about 2.57 acres.
By the paddocks to the front of the house is an L-shaped Saltire stable block set around a stone paved yard. It is of timber construction under a corrugated roof and comprises three large loose boxes with rubber mat flooring. There is an electricity and water supply and a control panel for the Shepherd electric fence syste m serving the paddocks. A second stable building is currently used as a log store but otherwise comprises two pony boxes.
The ruin of Woodhouselee Castle lies in a spectacular wooded setting to the north of Firth House. This dates from the 1500s and stands in what was a strategic position overlooking the North River Esk. All that remains are two collapsed barrel vaulted storerooms and part of a tower above a cliff plunging to the river.
Mains electricity and water. Private drainage. Central heating from air source heat pump supplemented occasionally by LPG gas boilers.
Fixtures and Fittings:
Standard fixtures and fittings are included in the sale.
Three residences have a right of access over part of the drive owned by Firth House and are party to a maintenance arrangement.
Midlothian Council tax band H, incorporating the garden flat.
Firth House is Category B listed.
Woodhouselee Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Exploratory works are currently being undertaken by Miller Developments on the land to the east of Firth Road and north of the North Esk Valley where the land is allocated for housing. As yet, no planning application has been submitted to Midlothian Council but further details are available on Miller Developments website: https://www.millerdevelopments.co.uk/our-developments/auchendinny (July 2017). The proposal includes the provision of a new primary school for Auchendinny which will create a significant improvement to current facilities. The subject area is some distance away from Firth House and is screened from the property by the woodland of the North Esk Valley.
Square Footage: 8,633 sq ft
Acreage: 28.4 Acres
From Edinburgh take the A701 towards Peebles and Penicuik. Take the second exit off the Gowkley Moss Roundabout towards Penicuik and after a short distance take the slip road to the left leading to Auchendinny (B7026). Take the second turning on the left onto Firth Road which is just after the Glencorse Centre. Continue past Firth Crescent, between the fields and past Firth Lodge & Oaktree Cottage. Take the left fork through the black gates. Firth House is located beyond the viaduct and the bridge over the River Esk.
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