The School House, 3 Kirkgate, Currie, EH14 6AL (Lot 3)
Built in 1832, The Old School House at the Kirkgate in Currie forms part of a rural hamlet including No 1 The Kirkgate (formerly the Manse and also being offered for sale) and lying adjacent to the Currie Kirk itself.
The beautifully presented four bedroomed, three bathroomed house is not only externally very attractive, built of light stone with a charming walled garden on different levels, but has also been lovingly restored inside to the highest, most comfortable, stylish level of interior design. With oak panelling throughout the house and light oak doors and window frames, walls and external complementing doors, the house has an extremely warm and friendly feel. The current owners have added a contemporary kitchen/living/dining room which is a fantastic space with light coming in from rooflights as well as bifold doors leading onto the south facing sheltered courtyard/patio and on to the walled garden beyond. There is a feast of sympathetically restored features coupled with contemporary and top quality fixtures and finishes; it is a gem of a property and a fantastic family home.
The walled garden on different levels surrounding the house has a selection of borders with an array of flowers and shrubs as well as a large dining area and bespoke outdoor pizza oven all adding to the al fresco dining experience. The wide stone steps on entry to the property are worth particular mention; every aspect both interior and exterior has been meticulously and painstakingly executed.
This greenbelt site is protected by woodland and grounds exclusive to both properties and provides peace and tranquillity to the prospective owner whilst being only fifteen minutes’ drive to the city centre with public transport networks in and out of the city, on the doorstep. In addition, the Pentland Hills are just a few minutes’ walk and there is ample nature on the doorstep. The current owners have established beautiful stone walls around the property over 300m in total, adding huge amounts of character to the grounds.
The property has been futureproofed with technology including Sonos sound system and a digital touch pad heating system. The internal lighting is of the highest spec and adds hugely to the ambience of the interior. It should also be mentioned that much of the bespoke furniture will be offered under separate agreement with the owners.
The property also benefits from off street private parking, security gates and video entry.
The property has its own recently constructed garage within the walls and private parking for up to four cars.
Director of Residential Sales
Property Details & Description
Kitchen/living/dining extension. Drawing Room. Dining Room. Shower Room. Double bedroom four.
Three double bedrooms. Study. Two bath/shower rooms; one ensuite.
Gas heating throughout
Private walled garden. Garage. Private road and parking
Entry to the School House is via handsome bespoke beautiful oak panelled double doors leading into a tiled vestibule. Everything about this property exudes taste and sympathetic execution and from the minute you enter, this is apparent. All of the door sets have been replaced with oak framed double glazed units in the original style and all windows have fully operational shutters. Above the front door is a stained glass window illuminating the space, as well as light coming in from a row of characterful windows to the side. There is a tiled floor and hanging space for coats and boots.
The neutral carpeted hallway leads to reception rooms to the left and a ground floor double bedroom to the right. A sweeping carpeted staircase with open balustrade leads upstairs.
Great proportioned Drawing Room with focal point of classic black fireplace and mantle with black woodburning stove. Astragal window to west.
Double Bedroom Five
Currently used as a bedroom, this could also be a further reception room. Beautiful stone fireplace with woodburner. Open press with oak surround for books/display. Bespoke panelling and cabinetry as per other reception rooms.
Excellent dining room with oak trimmed glass doors to the garden and bespoke panelling forming handle less cupboards. There is also an attractive worktop and further glass cabinets. Checked carpet gives room a formal/dining feel.
The dining room leads through to the above which has the wow factor and has been practically and tastefully designed.
The kitchen’s focal point is a funkily shaped breakfast bar and island incorporating the sink with adjustable tap. It’s marble top complements well with the oak breakfast bar with seating for three. There is an integrated washing machine and dishwasher under the counter as well as a selection of cupboards and drawers.
On the back wall there are further appliances including a wall mounted AEG Oven and separate microwave, coffee machine and on the work surface a five ring induction hob cooker. As well as an integrated fridge freezer, there is also a separate wine fridge. There are excellent pull out larders and spacious larder cupboards for food storage. All units are sleek and glossy grey. On the side wall is a further row of floor to ceiling cupboards with ample space for crockery and other storage. Door to outside.
The open plan living area from the kitchen again has been beautifully appointed with contemporary stylish wallpaper and timber floors and five floor to ceiling glass panels and a door all of which open up (bifold) allowing the outside to come in and the opportunity for alfresco dining. In addition there are two large oak framed roof lights allowing light to flood in.
Practical shower room off the kitchen. White sanitary ware and tiled floor.
The sweeping staircase with its runner and stair rods and original spindles on the balustrade leads upstairs. To the left is the
Principal Bedroom with ensuite and dressing room
Well-proportioned double bedroom with view over garden. Like all other rooms, beautifully designed with window seat and view to church. Built in dressing table and bank of fitted wardrobes with hanging space and shelving. Quality neutral carpeting.
Top quality bathroom fittings including free standing bath and separate walk in shower. All Porcelanosa. Chrome fittings, underfloor heating, his n hers double contemporary stone handbasins. Smart Bidet WC. Tiled floor and mosaic tiled backsplashes.
Double Bedroom Two
Characterful room with two double 12 paned astragal windows: one facing west and one to south. As with principal bedroom, slight curve in wall gives character. Working oak shutters as in all other bedrooms. Quality neutral wool carpet.
Facing east and with another oak framed astragal window, this room has been made into a study by the current owners. There is a bespoke desk and cabinetry and the whole feel is of sophistication and practicality.
It should also be mentioned that throughout the house, the lighting is of the highest quality with a combination of LV lighting and attractive centre lights all contributing to the sophisticated and comfortable feel of this home.
Shelved airing cupboard.
Steps down from the hallway lead to the family bathroom with stylish walk in shower and timber effect floor tiles throughout the room spreading into the shower giving a feel of uniformity and flow. Contemporary drench shower, heated towel rail, underfloor heating. Plenty of storage and cupboard /med space.
The very private walled garden surrounding this property is a real feature. Apart from being totally safe and secure, the charming south facing garden is characterful and practical and has been creatively landscaped. With a lovely terrace from just off the living area with its own built in pizza oven, it’s the perfect spot from where to admire the borders of flowers and shrubs above and stretching up to a lawn area with views to the church and beyond. There are paved paths around the house to the front entrance and the side with boxed hedging and trees sheltering the house as well as giving total privacy. From a security point of view the wrought iron gates around the house offer complete security; there is a newly built garage within the confines of the grounds as well as monoblock paving with off road private parking for up to four cars. Wrapping around the garage is a large log store which is very useful for the many wood burners in the house. The garden also benefits from outdoor lighting amongst the trees, giving the gardens a lovely feel in the evening.
From the property another private drive leads to No 1 Kirkgate which is also on the market at this time.
The School House is situated at the Kirkgate directly adjacent to Currie Kirk, a popular and charming conservation area lying approximately 5 miles to the south-west of Edinburgh City Centre, within easy reach of the city’s business, financial and shopping districts. Balerno, which has a village feel, with cafes, shops and pubs is also close by.
The area is well served by Sainsbury’s and Tesco [Hermiston Gait] supermarkets and a selection of independent shops and cafés in nearby Currie and Juniper Green, whilst The Gyle shopping centre is a short drive away and offers a wide variety of high street shops as well as Morrison’s and Marks & Spencer supermarkets.
Currie also enjoys easy access via frequent and efficient bus services, the Edinburgh City Bypass and Edinburgh’s International Airport whilst Waverley station can be reached in 15 minutes from nearby Curriehill railway station.
Currie is renowned for its proximity to popular open spaces such as the Pentland Hills Regional Park; the Water of Leith walkway and Glencorse Reservoir which offer scenic walks, trail running, cycling, horse riding and fishing. There are a number of other recreational facilities close by including Spylaw Park; the Dalmahoy Golf & Country Club; Baberton Golf Club; Currie Rugby Club; Edinburgh Indoor Climbing Arena and the Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend. There are also a number of outstanding schools in the area, including Currie Primary, Currie Community High School and Balerno High School in the state sector and George Watson’s College and Merchiston Castle School in the private sector.
Proof and Source of Funds / Anti Money Laundering
Under the HMRC Anti Money Laundering legislation all offers to purchase a property on a cash basis or subject to mortgage require evidence of source of funds. This may include evidence of bank statements/funding source, mortgage or confirmation from a solicitor the purchaser has the funds to conclude the transaction. All individuals involved in the transaction are required to produce proof of identity and proof of address. This is acceptable either as original or certified documents.
Fixtures and Fittings:
Only appliances specifically mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale price. In all other aspects the treatment of fixtures and fittings within the relevant Conveyancing Standard Clauses apply.
Oil central heating, mains water and drainage, and electricity.
Council Tax Band Category: G
By appointment through Rettie & Co, 11 Wemyss Place, Edinburgh EH3 6DH. Tel: 0131 220 4160.
1. The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Rettie & Co, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.
2. The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into contract in reliance on the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.
3. Any error, omission or mis-statement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause for action.