The Dowery House is situated in a magnificent, secluded position above Ford. This is a charming conservation village through which the River Tyne flows. Pathhead, half a mile, has excellent local facilities, including a bank, a post office, and a bakery. It also has a well regarded primary school. The property is only 12 miles from Edinburgh city centre and is therefore extremely commutable and well placed for the city's private schools.
The area is well served for recreational pursuits. Vogrie Country Park, with its golf course and beautiful walks, is only a mile away. All the golf courses of East Lothian, including Muirfield, Gullane, Luffness and North Berwick, are within approximately half an hour's drive. Shooting can be arranged on local estates and in the Lammermuir Hills, and fishing arranged on local reservoirs and the renowned River Tweed.
The Dowery House is a magnificent 'B' Listed property. Part of the building is thought to date from the 1600s, although it has evolved with later additions. The panelled interiors date from the early 20th century when it became a dower house for nearby Vogrie House. It has an imposing facade, with castellations and turrets, yet internally the ambiance is that of a family home. The house has been comprehensively renovated by the current owners, modernising the accommodation whilst retaining its charm and character.
On the ground floor is a magnificent panelled reception hall with a cornice bearing thistle, rose and shamrock motifs. The hall gives access to the principal reception rooms. The drawing room is a superb room for entertaining and has an open fireplace with the inscription 'quid non pro patria' on the mantelpiece . There is a bow fronted wall with a door leading to the patio. Double doors lead through into the butler's pantry and on into the cloakroom. This has a tiled floor and original basin. The sitting room is a charming room, with a panelled ceiling and detailed cornice. There is an open fireplace.This then leads through into a spiral staircase hall, beyond which are the bar and the billiard room. The kitchen has an excellent range of fitted wall and floor units, which incorporate a stainless steel Belfast sink, an island unit with hob, barbecue and a Tepan plate. There are integrated steam and conventional ovens and a plate warmer. In addition to this there is a bank of refrigerators / freezers with two refrigerators, three freezers and a wine cooler. Directly off the kitchen is a pantry which has ample storage space and a free standing freezer which is included in the sale. The dining room is accessed directly from the kitchen and has a cupola and double doors leading to the terrace. From the kitchen a corridor leads through to the study, which is fitted with Makassar wood drawers and units. The door into the study is also Makassar wood as is the trim round the fitted fish tank.
From the reception hall a panelled staircase leads to the first floor accommodation. The morning room has a stunning plasterwork ceiling, impressive open fireplace and views on two aspects. It can also be accessed from the spiral staircase. There are four first floor bedrooms. These include the master bedroom which has magnificent views out over the grounds and a superb en suite bathroom with large double bath and an excellent range of fitted wardrobes as well as twin basins. There are three further bedrooms on the first floor, two with en suite shower rooms and one with an en suite bathroom. The accommodation on this floor is completed by a separate shower room.
On the second floor there are two double bedrooms, one giving access to the turret staircase. These bedrooms are serviced by a shower room.
Gardens and Grounds
The Dowery House is approached by a private road and through magnificent wrought iron electric gates. From here the tarmac drive sweeps round into the grounds past the house to the parking area and garage.
The grounds are spectacular and have been landscaped with a wealth of shrubs, plants and trees. The drive is lined by heather borders, rhododendrons, and other shrubs and trees, including hollies and laurels. The formal garden is situated adjacent to the house where there are rose beds, edged by box hedging, which lead up to a circular patio area. From the front door the eye is trained over an ornamental pond towards a flight of steps flanked by a topiary box hedge. This leads up to the upper garden, principally laid to lawn, with some mature trees including, cherry, beech and birch, and flanked by some beautiful herbaceous borders. There is a large double span greenhouse. Adjacent to this there is an enclosed kitchen garden which has fruit bushes and raspberry canes.
The top section of the garden has an enclosed paddock and stable, with four loose boxes and storage space adjacent.
From the house, a series of pathways lead down a bank, planted with shrubs, to the orchard. This has a number of fruit trees and a wonderful variety of bulbs.
To the south of the house there is a block of woodland which has some superb deciduous trees and evergreens including hollies.
The garage block was built by the current owners. It has three up and over electric doors and space for six cars.
The Dowery House benefits from a hard tennis court with a small pavilion overlooking it.
Services: Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating.
Listing: The Dowery House is B Listed
Fixtures and Fittings: The fitted carpets are included in the sale, together with the chandeliers, free standing freezer in the pantry and the washing machine and dryer in the utility room. Please note that the club fender in the sitting room is excluded from the sale.
Servitude rights, burdens and wayleaves: The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes, whether contained in the Title Deeds or informally constituted and whether referred to in the General Remarks and Stipulations or not. The Purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied himself as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others.
Offers: Offers, in Scottish legal form, must be submitted by your solicitor to the Selling Agents.
It is intended to set a closing date but the seller reserves the right to negotiate a sale with a single party. All genuinely interested parties are advised to instruct their solicitor to note their interest with the Selling Agents immediately after inspection.
Deposit: A deposit of 10% of the purchase price may be required. It will be paid within 7 days of the conclusion of Missives. The deposit will be non-returnable in the event of the Purchaser(s) failing to complete the sale for reasons not attributable to the Seller or his agents.
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2.Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.
See floor plan
Leave Edinburgh on the A1 and join the city bypass (A720) in an easterly direction. After about a mile follow signs for the A68. Climb up the new Dalkeith bypass (A68), past the Fordel Mains Junction at the top and continue down the straight on the far side. Turn right just after the speed camera on the left hand side, signposted to Gorebridge. Continue on this road, taking the first left. As the road drops down into the village of Ford there is a turning to the right onto a minor, private road, signposted The Dowery House and Beechwood. Take that road up the hill and the gates of The Dowery House are on the left.