McEwan Fraser is delighted to present Castlehill Farm to the market. Originally a working dairy farm, today’s property is a luxury, five bedroom, detached residence that comprises an original Victorian farmhouse and adjoining, redeveloped, farm buildings which form a u-shaped steading sitting in close to 10 acres of land. In recent years, the owners have extensively renovated the property, both internally and externally, presenting a property which is a fantastic blend of period character and contemporary styling.
Throughout its life as a residential property, Castlehill Farm has undergone progressive expansion of the residential space throughout the farm buildings. This has shifted the internal focus away from the original house and the main public rooms are now in what was originally a sprawling cattle byre. The complete steading also now contains a double garage, stables and an attached, two double bedroom cottage.
The surrounding land is split between two separate pastures and a stunning landscaped garden which has previously been used as a wedding venue. The garden immediately adjacent to the property is centred around a large man-made pond, with an island accessed by a bridge. Trout have been introduced to bring life back into the pond, which also plays home to seasonal wild fowl. An extensive manicured lawn surrounds the pond and there is also a free-standing summer house, an ornamental pond, large terrace, ‘scented walkway’ and several secluded seating areas.
Overall, this is a simply magnificent property and a fantastic family home. However, there is plenty of untapped commercial potential with the associated land and the attached cottage, which has separate services, which would make a fantastic short-term rental or staff accommodation for a livery business.
Approaching Castlehill Farm, a driveway leads from Humbie Road to twin stone gate posts which mount electric gates. The gates open into the wide central courtyard which gives excellent parking for a number of vehicles. The main house is on your left, garage and stabling in the middle and Castlehill Farm Cottage to the right. The approach to the property is extensively lawned and planted with a variety of mature trees. This, along with the distance from the road, offer a high degree of privacy.
The move away from the original farmhouse means that the main entrance is now through a full height stable door leading to a large reception hallway, which gives access to the principal public rooms. The hallway is focused towards a stunning carved wooden fireplace, which houses a log burner and can easily accommodate its own suite of furniture. The hallway also houses a cloakroom, large linen cupboard and the boiler room.
On your left, as you enter, you will find a contemporary kitchen which was custom designed to be a blend of professional quality kitchen at one end and continental coffee and juice bar to the other. Finished to the highest of standards with contemporary units and textured stone works surfaces, the kitchen boasts all “mod cons” and a range of integrated appliances. The kitchen also has an attached utility room which includes plenty of additional storage and work surface space, alongside washing machine and tumble dryer.
The main drawing room and dining room are open plan and can be accessed either from the kitchen or from the reception hallway. This is a truly stunning apartment set to the backdrop of exposed stone walls and ceiling joists. The drawing room is dual aspect and naturally bright, with a large fireplace and direct views over the terrace and gardens from a large picture window. The dining area has plenty of space for a large formal dining table and French doors lead to a large conservatory which has been entirely rebuilt in recent years. The conservatory has been thoughtfully designed to make full use of the original stone walls and an enjoys panoramic views over the attached terrace and gardens.
The master suite is also accessed from the reception hallway and was once used as a snooker room. Today, however, you find a substantial bedroom with attached en-suite, walk-in wardrobe and dressing room which also boasts French doors leading directly onto the terrace, overlooking the garden. The en-suite is a joy to behold and has been extensively remodelled to include a Jacuzzi bath, a large walk-in shower and full contemporary tiling.
The original Victorian farmhouse can be accessed through the kitchen or from its original front door which opens onto the central courtyard. With the prior development of the cattle byre, the original farmhouse now encompasses four, large, double bedrooms and two bathrooms over two floors which are accessed via a traditional reception hallway. Many original features remain including ornate coving and ceiling roses. There is still the potential to utilise one of these rooms as a more formal drawing room if required. A door to the rear gives access to a separate terrace, away from the main terrace to the rear of the house.
A large double garage sits immediately adjacent to the main house. The garage is deep and wide enough to house a pair of large saloon cars or 4x4s. Next, you find the first of two separate stable blocks. With two individual stable doors, this space has currently been used as both gym and tool shed but could easily be returned to its original usage. Adjacent to this, a second, large stable block has space for two further horses and associated storage. This large space is currently utilised for storage but has, on occasion, been used to house outside caterers or as a large workshop.
The final part of the steading is Castlehill Farm Cottage, an entirely self-contained, two double bedroom property with separate services from the main house. Internally, the cottage boasts a large open-plan kitchen reception with a fully fitted, modern kitchen and ample floor space for a large suite of furniture. There are two double bedrooms, bathroom with shower and a separate WC. The cottage is perfect for extended family, guest or staff accommodation but also has the potential to be utilised commercially as a short term let.
Castlehill Farm is an absolutely unique property which feels like a self-contained oasis. Internal viewing is an absolute must to appreciate everything the property has to offer a discerning buyer.
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