FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told how she finds her two-century-old official residence “cold” and “impossible to heat”.
Bute House in Charlotte Square was designed in the 1790s by Robert Adam and completed in 1805.
The building, which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland, is the First Minister’s private residence and also setting for weekly meeting of the Scottish Government’s cabinet.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Bute House is the official residence of the First Minister. It’s a lovely old townhouse in Edinburgh, in Charlotte Square.
“And it’s beautiful, but I have to say very cold.
“It’s one of these big old houses that’s impossible to heat . . . but I’m not complaining.”
Bute House, at 6 Charlotte Square, contains the Cabinet Room, offices and conference, reception, sitting and dining rooms where the First Minister works.
It is also where Scottish Government ministers, official visitors and guests are received and entertained.