The Whole: Stunning Edwardian mansion house with outbuildings and lodge cottage set in extensive grounds with close proximity to Edinburgh city and airport.
Lowood comprises a stylish and substantial country house with a range of outbuildings, extensive mature formal gardens and informal grounds with a separate detached cottage in a rural location close to the western edge of Edinburgh, the airport and the Forth road bridge. Whilst the main house is in need of some modernisation of the services and facilities, the period features of the property and the fabric of the building have been carefully preserved and the property is ideally suited to a purchaser who wishes to combine the architectural style of the Edwardian period with 21st Century standards of living and has the ambition and vision to undertake the project which will result in the fusion of both.
Extending to 3.00 acres in total, Lowood is offered for sale as a whole or in three lots.
Lot 1: Lowood House.
Completed in 1912, and designed by Robert Weir Schultz, one of the most renowned architects of the Arts and Crafts movement, Lowood House is a substantial and impressive Grade B listed mansion house set at the heart of extensive and carefully designed gardens and grounds. With access to the property through wooden gates with stone gatepiers capped by elongated hemispherical domes, the house is approached via a tree and shrub-lined drive which leads to a spacious gravel sweep in front of the house.
Although the house is just over a hundred years old, it is built on an L-shaped plan to a 17th Century Scottish vernacular design of rubble stone with tooled ashlar dressings. The principal entrance is on the angle of the northern and eastern elevations where there is a two-storey circular entrance tower with conical roof. The entrance has a gabled canopy with bowed and banded pilasters on either side of the doorway with an 8-panelled painted hardwood door.
The exterior of the house features a range of architectural flourishes including carvings of animals and foliage in coped gabled dormer window heads on the first floor of the western
elevation, both regular and irregular fenestration with a variety of window styles, corniced chimney stacks and coped skews with
Internally, Lowood House combines bright, spacious reception rooms with extensive utilitarian space and 7 bedrooms.
In common with the exterior, the interior of the house includes a wealth of original features such as decorative cornices, hardwood floors and panelled walls, barrel-vaulted ceiling,
operational shutters and original open fire places. A special feature of the house is the beautiful Parana pine woodwork in the inner hall, first floor landing and stairway with carved balustrades. The house is naturally well-lit with the drawing room and master bedroom benefitting from triple aspects to the north, east and west. The house benefits from two staircases with the potential for creating separate accommodation.
The services include mains electricity and water, oil-fired central heating and private drainage to a septic tank. The house was subject to a programme of partial modernisation by the vendor in the 1990s which included the replacement of the original kitchen with a modern fitted kitchen. There is scope for further modernisation including the replacement of bathroom fixtures and fittings, the installation of additional bath/shower rooms and en-suite facilities and possible re-organisation of some parts of the accommodation, subject to the appropriate listed building/planning consent.
In total there are four large reception rooms, seven bedrooms (one of which is en-suite) and two family bathrooms. There is also extensive storage space on each floor including an extensive floored attic.
Though in need of some modernisation, the house has been subject to a programme of annual maintenance and repair and has been immaculately kept by the vendor.
Immediately to the east of the house is the principal outbuilding serving the property. This is an attractive L-shaped building of harled stone construction under a pitched slate roof with painted cast-iron rainwater goods and painted timber doors.
Originally built as a stable with groom’s quarters and associated feed and tack storage, the building still has its original pair of loose boxes but now provides garaging, a workshop and general storage over two storeys.
The building has potential for conversion as self-contained residential accommodation, a home office or some other form of development, subject to the appropriate consents.
Garden and Grounds
Lowood House sits at the heart of an extensive garden extending to two acres providing the ideal setting for a property of its size and stature. The drive and the stone boundary wall are lined with shrubs including rhododendrons and laurel providing both privacy and shelter from the prevailing westerly wind. On either
side of the house are extensive and well-kept lawns and there are well stocked beds and herbaceous borders throughout. The setting is complemented by the existence of a variety of mature deciduous and coniferous trees including an over 200 year old beech, copper beech, horse chestnut, yew, oak, scots pine, lime and many other specimen trees.
The garden is served by a greenhouse, potting shed, garden sheds and summerhouse.
Council Tax: Lowood House has been placed in Band H for Council Tax purposes
Energy Efficiency Rating: Band F
Lot 2 - Lowood Cottage
Situated on the east side of the drive just inside the entrance to Lowood, this is a harled brick-built single storey detached cottage beneath a pitched slate roof with single storey extension to the northern elevation. Dating from the 1960s, the cottage has been vacant since the late 1990s and is in need of comprehensive renovation. With mains electricity and water, private drainage and electric night storage heating, the accommodation includes a kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and two double bedrooms. The cottage is surrounded by a garden extending to just under a third of an acre and has a parking area on the north side. Interested parties should note that this property may have potential for extension or replacement, subject to planning consent.
Council Tax: Lowood Cottage has been placed in Band E for Council Tax purposes
Energy Efficiency Rating: Band G (Cottage)
Lot 3 Lowood Policies
The southern part of Lowood on the west side of the drive inside the entrance comprises an area of mainly deciduous mature woodland with some open grassland which extends to 0.70 acres. This provides both Lowood House and Cottage with potential additional amenity and is offered for sale as an independent lot in order to give interested parties in lots 1 and 2 the opportunity to make an additional offer to purchase this area of woodland.