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A fortified Laird's house with up to date decor
2nd of April 2013
fortified laird's house for sale
Monkton House and Monkton House Cottage, Old Craighall, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 8SF
Guide price £1,250,000

Fortified Lairds House Musselburgh
Originally built as a safe house for the monks of Newbattle Abbey "A listed" Monkton House, is steeped in history, evident in the 4' thick walls with gun loops and arrow slits and built in bricked up window which could be smashed for a quick exit.

The original part of the house dates back to the 15th century, with later additions. Inside, there is significant amounts of original panelling, fireplaces, cornices and working shutters, as well as panelling and a fireplace salvaged from ocean liners.

What really sets Monkton House apart is the avant garde, atristic decor in some of the rooms. The present owners, perhaps inspired by the Marquess of Bath's murals, have created rooms you'll either love or hate including a rather unique chinese sitting room.

The property has been extensively upgraded and renovated to create a family home filled with charm but also comfortable, luxurious and practical. There's a medieval kitchen as well as a thoroughly modern one, a library, formal dining room and panelled sitting room as well as a cinema and five bedrooms (two en suite). There's also extensive vaulted storage rooms and attic storage.

Across the courtyard is a 16th century "B listed" two bed cottage, ideal for staff, work from home area, a granny flat or letting investment. Planning permission and Listed Building Consent have been granted for the restoration of the original 16th century connecting wing between the Tower and the Cottage.

The house and cottage are set in three acres of land with walled gardens, orchard, about 100 species of specimen trees, sweeping lawns and borders, just six miles from the centre of Edinburgh.

This is a thoroughly unique property in a fantastic location, which has had much love devoted on it by its owners and could be the ideal home for an extended family.

Selling Agents: Rettie
Tel 0131 624 9040

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