Six-bedroom house in oldest building in Edinburgh's Craighouse development goes on market for offers around £3 million

Offers of around £3 million are being invited for a Category A listed six-bedroom house dating back to the 16th century.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 28th June 2021, 4:48 pm

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Old Craig is the oldest building on the Craighouse site in Morningside which was once a psychiatric hospital, then a university campus and is now being developed with 145 up-market, new-build and conversion townhouses, penthouses, duplexes and apartments.

Edinburgh property developer Quartermile Developments say prices for properties at the development start from £459,000 for a two-bedroom conversion apartment.

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Old Craig will become a six-bedroom home
Old Craig will become a six-bedroom home

Set within a walled garden, three-storey Old Craig has crow-stepped roof gables, metal-studded fortress-style wood doors and a sweeping spiral stone staircase.

It is regarded as an exceptional example of the Scottish Baronial architectural style of that era and has outstanding views of the Castle, Arthur’s Seat, the Pentlands and the Firth of Forth.

The property is currently being refurbished but Quartermile is offering two purchase options – acquire it as a project or as a completed conversion, fitted out to the developer’s specification.

James Whitson, of Rettie & Co, who are marketing the property, said: “We have already received a number of enquiries for both options and are looking forward to discussing the opportunity with other prospective buyers. It is a truly extraordinary property in an outstanding location within the city."

The Craighouse site has been both a psychiatric hospital and a university campus

The plans for the site caused a huge controversy when they were first proposed and campaigners collected 5,000 signatures on a petition against it, but it was approved in 2014 with guarantees that public access to the woodland and open space would be preserved. Councillors said at the time they believed the development offered the best way to ensure the historic buildings on the site were protected.

At present, Old Craig’s ground floor will comprise an entrance lobby, shower room, boot room, library/games room/bedroom six, reception, WC and lounge. On the first floor there will be a kitchen/family/dining area, utility room, WC, formal dining room, formal sitting room, plant room, outhouse and workshop/storage.

The open plan kitchen, dining and family space has access to the property’s original stone terrace offering panoramic views across Blackford Hill and the Edinburgh skyline.

The second floor features the master bedroom with en-suite, a study, bedroom two and bedroom three, both with en-suite. On the third floor there will be bedroom four with en-suite, bedroom five with en-suite, dressing room/study and attic space for storage.

Old Craig is seen as an excellent example of the Scottish Baronial architectural style

Old Craig also has allocated parking and a private terrace within the walled garden.

Jan Welsh, sales and marketing director for Quartermile parent company Qmile Group, said: “Whether Old Craig is acquired as a project or as a home completed by us, it will be a truly splendid property in which to live. Our vision for Craighouse to be a place that is part of the city, but apart from the city is now a reality.

“We always knew that Old Craig was going to be a highly prestigious home within the development and are very pleased to now be able to offer such an outstanding property for sale.”

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