I’ve said it before and I’ll no doubt say this many times again, but some properties just grab you with one single space – that one room that connects with your taste or feels inspiring in some way. And so it was when I first opened the photos by SquareFoot of this property in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge area and saw the kitchen and dining space. I love an eclectic mix in a kitchen, and this room has so much personality and character, from the Georgian flagstone floor scattered with rugs to the entire art wall in the dining area, to the unexpected contrast of the Chinese Peony wallpaper from Sanderson against the industrial-styled black extractor.
Years ago, I wrote about two projects on Royal Park Terrace in Edinburgh – numbers 40 and 42. Both properties had previously been shops and were converted in 2002/3 to residential use by Zone Architects. Architect David Jamieson worked closely with both owners to create bespoke living spaces. Number 42 was a home and studio for a photographer, while number 40 was converted into a home. I remember arriving at number 42, entering across the walkway that led inside from the front door, where the owner had parked his motorbike, and realising that this was going to be a very distinctive home indeed.
In terms of the spaces and volume, number 40 was no less unique. And thirteen years after that first visit – and no, I can’t believe it’s been that long! – this property at 40 Royal Park Terrace is now on the market with Coulters.
When I first heard about Drylaw House, I’ll admit I wondered about the location. Looking at the exterior photo of this handsome Grade A listed house, I didn’t expect it to be located just 2 miles from Edinburgh’s city centre. It’s a house you might expect to be surrounded by open countryside. So when I went to visit a few weeks ago, I wondered whether I’d be conscious of the surrounding city. Could you live at Drylaw and have all the benefits of urban living, but yet forget about the city when you wanted to?
And yes, I discovered, as soon as you approach up the long tree-lined driveway, you forget that this is Edinburgh. You forget that Drylaw House sits within a residential area. You forget the traffic passing by outside the three acres of grounds that enclose the house. By the time you pull up in the driveway, you could be anywhere. And this is just the first of many surprises.
When I was thinking about starting a weekly Scottish Property of the Week here on Copperline, I came across this house – make that this staggering house – on the market with Knight Frank. And I realised that there’s no better time to kickstart a new weekly feature than with a beautifully refurbished B listed Victorian country house.
Located in Linlithgow in West Lothian, Bonnytoun House stands in mature parkland with around 24 acres of land including paddocks and two walled gardens, along with an old stable courtyard. With views over Linlithgow Loch towards the historic Linlithgow Palace, Bonnytoun is one of those properties that feels very ‘away from it all’, yet it’s also in a prime commuter spot with easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
It isn’t every day that you come across a property that has been converted from a 19th century greenhouse, but then this house in the Kent village of Hawkhurst is far from your everyday property. As I was looking through the listings with The Modern House, this image above caught my eye. This photo reminded of the Victorian greenhouses that I’ve long admired within the walled garden of Cambo Estate in Fife – greenhouses that had become so decrepit in time that they were replaced this year with Alitex greenhouses that look very, very like the originals.
But even when decrepit, the originals had such character, particularly when viewed against the old brickwork of the walled garden, and – stating the obvious really – the light once inside was just beautiful. So imagine having a greenhouse like this as part of your home.
A couple of years ago I went to visit a rather unusual house in Edinburgh’s Blacket conservation area, and it’s always stayed in my mind. You know the saying, ‘you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover’? Well, The Coach House is a bit like that. From the driveway, this property doesn’t have the grandeur of its neighbours, but then this detached house has more humble origins having been built in the 19th century as accommodation and stabling for the neighbouring Blacket House.
Once inside, however, The Coach House is a revelation both in scale – the floor plan is much deeper than you might imagine – and in style thanks to its owners – journalist Alan Douglas and Viv Lumsden, a former broadcaster and journalist who, although now retired, previously worked as a news presenter for the BBC and STV, and also co-presented STV’s The Home Show with Alan for six years.