Lochcote is set in splendid isolation down a long drive in 19 acres of its own grounds in the policies of a former mansion. The property is on the edge of a reservoir and is surrounded by woodland and grass fields. The outlook over the reservoir to the surrounding hills is absolutely superb.
Linlithgow is 2.5 miles away. Linlithgow town centre has an excellent range of supermarkets, shops, leisure facilities and professional services. Linlithgow Palace, which was the birthplace of both James V and Mary, Queen of Scots, is considered to be Scotland's finest surviving late medieval building.
The property is centrally located and well placed for commuting. The railway station in Linlithgow is on the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The M9 and M8 provide motorway connections to Edinburgh, Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow and Stirling.
Lochcote is a contemporary house built within the site of an early Victorian stable block and courtyard. It is of a timber framed construction with an 18" outer stone skin from the stone of the original building supplemented by matching Derbyshire stone.
The house was designed by the conservation architect Thom Pollock of the Pollock Hammond Partnership. He created an outstanding house with traditional exteriors and flowing interiors with exceptional natural light. The entrance hall has two storey windows to both front and back with wide stairways connecting to the main accommodation at both ground and first floor levels. There are no fewer that nine sets of glazed doors, six of which connect to the paved courtyard which means inside and outside living can be merged in summer months. There are arched windows to the kitchen and office.
The layout cleverly combines open plan space with more intimate rooms. The drawing room / dining room / kitchen is a superb room for entertaining and everyday living. The billiards room could be used as a separate reception room if required. The office, sitting room and utility room are off a corridor. On the first floor the library and study are open plan off the landing with the bedrooms being off corridors. The principal bedroom suite, above the billiards room, has windows on three sides to make the most of the views.
Features of the house include:
- Antique Tuscan limestone flooring (and skirtings) throughout the ground floor
- Underfloor heating from geothermal system
- Bulthaup kitchen with granite surfaces designed by Cameron Interiors from Glasgow with:
- Lacanche cooker with 7 gas burners
- Fornair extractor system
- Sub Zero fridge freezer and wine fridge
- Gagganau dishwasher
- LED lighting throughout
- Cat 5 wiring throughout with 40 points to each of GF and 1F
- Satellite broadband by Big Blu, Europe's largest provider.
- Jetmaster fireplace to drawing room. Jetmaster barbeque with chimney in courtyard
- Victorian style clothes drying poles
- Paved courtyard with iron railings around
- Iron railings to terrace and steps at front of house
- Reinforced bison beam floor to billiards room
Garden & Grounds
Lochcote is set in wooded grounds with a long drive, extending to just under 20 acres.
The tarmac drive continues to the rear of the house where there are parking areas and a three bay garage. This garage has the plant room for the geothermal heating and a gardener's WC. There is a Ramsay ladder up to a fully floored loft which provides extensive storage.
Around the house is mown grassland. This continues down to a former walled garden with a ruinous gardener's cottage on the edge of the reservoir. There may be potential to restore this cottage subject to obtaining the necessary local authority consents.
Loch and Boathouse
The Lochcote Reservoir is owned and maintained by Scottish Water. The sellers have allowed Scottish Water access for maintenance and grass cutting through the gates and up the drive.
Lochcote has exclusive rights of fishing, shooting and boating over the loch. The neighbouring farmer retained the right for his immediate family to launch one boat.
The stone walls of a former boathouse remain with a disused slipway and winch system in front. There is an old container within the walls.
Lochcote Mansion originated in the early Victorian era and was demolished in the late 1950s. There was an earlier building – Lochcote Castle stood on the same site which dated from around the 13th century. All that remains is a small vaulted chamber with a window in each wall, built of rubble with rounded external corners.
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Private water from bore hole supply. Purification system. Private drainage.
Separate mains 3 phase electricity to house garage. Electric security gates.
Geothermal heating system from two boreholes. LPG for cooking.
Local Authority & tax band
Lochcote is in West Lothian Council Tax Band H.
Fixtures & Fittings
The Riley Match billiard table and bespoke furniture in the billiard room are included within the sale price.
Lochcote has a servitude right of access over the private road from Easter Woodside to the gates and driveway. Maintenance is shared with the other users.
A signposted footpath from Torphichen to Linlithgow follows the drive and continues past the site of Lochcote Castle.
The access to Lochcote is off the A706 just east of the junction with the B792 between Torphichen and Linlithgow.
Travelling from Edinburgh towards Stirling, exit the M9 at junction 4 and follow the A801 south. Continue straight on at the Bowhouse roundabout. Fork left after the A801 crosses the River Avon and join the A706. Pass the turning to Torphichen on the right (B792) and turn into the lane on the right immediately afterwards. The lane turns sharp left and continues to some houses. Turn left onto a private road and continue to the gates to Lochcote.
From Glasgow exit the M8 at Junction 4 and take the A801 north. This road merges into the A706 signposted to Linlithgow. Pass the turning to Torphichen on the right (B792) and turn into the lane on the right immediately afterwards. The lane turns sharp left and continues to some houses. Turn left onto a private road and continue to the gates to Lochcote.