A beautiful detached house in a private setting with exceptional views.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire an outstanding family house in a prime Colinton address, sitting in around 1.3 acres. The house has extensive gardens and private parking as well as beautiful reception rooms and up toeight bedrooms. The flexible accommodation is principally laid out over two main floors with two further turret rooms on the second floor.The area is characterised by elegant properties and a leafy, tranquil environment in close proximity to the city centre. The property, with its spectacular facade and veranda, has retained many of its original features with intricate cornice detail, stunning sash and case windows, original working shutters and impressive fireplaces. Added to this are beautiful gardens with a cascade water feature, mature trees and borders as well as a kitchen garden. The garden has been open to the public as part of the Scotland Open Garden Scheme.Internally, the house provides a perfect balance of accommodation. The entrance and grand staircase set the tone for the well-proportioned rooms and leads on to the principal reception rooms. The drawing room is an exceptional room on a grand scale and lends itself to entertaining. The space is flooded with natural light and has an attractive fireplace as the focal point at one end and a bay window at the other. Also to the front of the house is the dining room which is another beautiful reception room with an intricate cornice and a spectacular bay window with south-facing views of The Pentland Hills.The kitchen is well equipped and features an island as well as having ample storage. From here, there is access to the larder and wine cellar as well as a door leading to a separate bedroom, shower room, WC and the back door. Also on the ground floor is a utility room, cloakroom and WC.The first floor has five generous bedrooms, one with a large en suite bathroom. In addition, there is a second bathroom and two linen cupboards. All the bedrooms benefit from beautiful views, either over The Pentlands or across the driveway and gardens to the west. The accommodation is completed with two additional bedrooms on the second floor, one of which is currently used as a study.Outside, there is an out building which serves as a tool shed and garden storage. To the side of the house, steps lead to a cellar. The house is approached via a gravel drive which opens to an extensive parking area.The first section of the lengthy drive is in shared ownership with the neighbour in Pentland Avenue although there is no vehicular access to their property. 16 Gillepsie Road is the only house it leads to. This is a fantastic house due to the combination of accommodation, private setting and beautiful gardens, making it ideal for families looking to move to this highly sought-after area.
The house is set in a private location very close to the historic thriving village of Colinton which provides a substantial range of local amenities. These include doctor and dentist surgeries, primary schools, a Co-op, post office and a library, with the nearby Tesco superstore and the Gyle Shopping Centre offering more comprehensive services. The property lies within a convenient distance to the Edinburgh City Bypass, giving quick access to the M8 and Edinburgh Airport (8 miles). Regarding outdoor pursuits, Colinton Dell, the Pentland Hills, the Water of Leith Walkway and the Hillend Dry Ski Slope are all within a short distance, as is Kingsknowe golf course, a local tennis club and Colinton Castle squash club.In addition to some well-rated State secondary schools, Edinburgh boasts some of the country's finest day and boarding schools, with Merchiston Castle School located within the village of Colinton and both George Watson's College and George Heriot's School situated nearby.