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
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.
Local Authority: West Lothian Council, Civic
Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West
Lothian, EH54 6FF. Tel:
Services: Mains water, electricity and gas. Septic
tank. Mains gas-fired central heating.
Note: The services have not been checked by the
Council Tax: Ormiston House is currently placed
in Band H for Council Tax purposes.
Listing: Ormiston House is B listed. The bridge
over the Gogar Burn is C Listed.
Fixtures and fittings: The fitted carpets are to be
included in the sale. Please note that some light
fittings will be excluded from the sale.
Offers: Offers are to be submitted in Scottish
legal terms to the selling agents Strutt & Parker
llp, 76 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3BU.
A closing date for offers may be fixed and
prospective purchasers are advised to register
their interest with the selling agents in order to
be kept fully informed of any closing date that
may be fixed.
Ormiston House occupies a wonderful rural position to the southwest of Kirknewton. The village caters for most daily requirements with
a grocery shop, pharmacy, post office, church
and The Kirknewton Inn. Livingston has a wide range of shops and professional services, including the Almondvale Shopping Centre and the McArthur Glen retail outlet village. In addition, there are sports and leisure facilities and a major hospital.
Primary schooling is available in Kirknewton while secondary education is available at Balerno High School. Edinburgh offers a wide range of private schools. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow are easily
accessible making it a very attractive location for commuting. Edinburgh airport is only 8.9 miles, and the M8, M9 and Edinburgh bypass are all a short distance away. There is also a train station at Kirknewton with regular services to Edinburgh and Glasgow. There are several local golf courses, including the Championship course at Dalmahoy and the popular Deer Park Course at Livingston.
There is hill walking and mountain biking in the Pentland Hills, trout fishing in lochs and reservoirs, including Beecraigs, Linlithgow and Harperrig, and field sports available at nearby Harburn Estate.
Ormiston House is situated in magnificent gardens and grounds of some 15 acres. The Gogar Burn runs through the grounds and is crossed by a C Listed bridge, believed to have been designed and built around the end of the 18th century by Alexander Nasmyth, best known as an artist but also an accomplished engineer. The house is approached via a long private driveway. There is a substantial parking and turning area to the front of the house and additional parking to the side, adjacent to a double garage, dog kennels, a greenhouse, log store and potting shed. Immediately to the front of the house is a large lawn, with some fabulous specimen trees including a Wellingtonia, monkey puzzle, cedar, sycamore and beech. Beyond this is a hard tennis court, with a pavilion, and two paddocks providing scope for equestrian use or grazing for livestock. The formal garden is situated to the south of the house. There is a gravelled and paved terrace, box hedging, shrub beds, and a beautiful herbaceous border, which bounds the large lawn to the west of the house. Beyond this are more mature trees and a productive kitchen garden. There is extensive mixed woodland adjacent to the drive, which is a haven for wildlife.