Ormiston House is a magnificent B Listed, Scots Baronial house, dating from 1851. It was built for Archibald Wilkie, to a design by David Bryce, the well-known Scottish architect, whose works include a number of other large country houses, as well as the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Fettes College and extensions to the Bank of Scotland head office building on The Mound in Edinburgh. The land on which the house stands was formerly part of the Ormiston Hill Estate which was owned by William Cullen, a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment and a friend of Adam Smith and David Hume.
Over recent years the house has been refurbished and now provides an exceptional family home on a grand but manageable scale. There are a wealth of period features, with Corbie-step gables, turrets with conical roofs, ornate plasterwork, mosaic tiling, parquet floors and fireplaces with stunning marble surrounds. The standard of finish internally is exceptional; en suite bathrooms have been replaced, a Clive Christian kitchen has been fitted and the decoration is of an exceptionally high quality.
On the ground floor there are some wonderful rooms for entertaining. These include a magnificent drawing room, with exquisite cornicing and ceiling roses, a sitting room with south and west facing windows and a dining room with part panelled walls. The kitchen area has been reconfigured by the current owners and provides an open plan sitting room, dining room and kitchen which is ideal for modern family life. The kitchen is fitted by Clive Christian and has a gas fired 4 oven Aga and a range of exceptional units. There is extensive ancillary domestic space, including a butler’s pantry, utility room, larder and game larder and there is potential to create a games/cinema room from two existing storage rooms. There is a lower ground floor, accessed by two separate staircases, with a wine cellar, together with extensive additional storage and workshop space.
On the first floor, off the principal landing, is the master bedroom. This has south and west facing
views, an excellent en suite bathroom, with a large roll-top bath, twin sinks and a double shower cubicle. There are three further double bedrooms off this landing, two of which have turrets and en suite bathrooms with the third having an en suite shower room. Accessed off the half landing is a guest wing. This has three bedrooms, one of which is served by an en suite bathroom, the other two by a large shower room. This guest wing has a secondary staircase which leads to the ground floor.
Property Features Include: Historic Home
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Lot Acres: 15