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January 4, 2024

Own a Piece of Scottish History at Woodhall House

Property of the Week: A grand Scots baronial style manor house on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

By Kim Ayling

Dating back to the 1600s when it was built as a family seat, Edinburgh’s Woodhall House offers one lucky buyer the chance to own a piece of fabled Scottish history. Although located just six miles outside the city center, the sandstone property feels every inch a country manor, with 7.8 acres of private land anchoring it as a secluded haven.

The grand house is approached by a wide gravel drive, leading directly to an imposing front entrance. Inside, the baronial property offers eight bedrooms, six of which are ensuite; three further bathrooms; two studies; a music room; and a gym.

Social areas are plentiful too and include a cinema, games room, drawing room; an open-plan kitchen-diner room (complete with bespoke, handmade fittings), and a more formal dining room. In fact, there are few types of room that Woodhall House doesn’t have.

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This special building has been meticulously restored in recent years / ©SquareFoot – Angus Behm
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Preserved historical details include original plasterwork ceilings, flagstones and parquet flooring, as well as working fireplaces / ©SquareFoot – Angus Behm

This special building has been meticulously restored in recent years, with award-winning Edinburgh-based architect Lorn Macneal adopting an infinitely sensitive touch to ensure it both retained its original charms yet remains fit for a modern market.

Preserved historical details include original plasterwork ceilings, flagstones and parquet flooring, as well as working fireplaces throughout. Other special details include a jaw-dropping fresco in the welcome hall, hand painted by artists Rachel and Cornelius Bell; quirky bespoke wallpapers; and a dungeon-style home bar.

The restoration project has culminated in a fun yet sophisticated home, with plenty of its own character but still room to be further personalized. The surrounding grounds are a wonder and include everything from wildflower meadows, a woodland, landscaped courtyards and a heated greenhouse to tennis courts, a summer house and a children’s adventure playground, complete with a treehouse and zipline. There is also a triple garage equipped with an EV supercharger. 

$7.63m. Contact Edward Douglas-Home, head of Scotland residential, +44 131 222 9606, knightfrank.com

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The restoration project has culminated in a fun yet sophisticated home / ©SquareFoot – Angus Behm

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