A MANSION regularly visited by legendary Scots explorer David Livingstone has gone on the market for £1 million.
Livingstone’s visits to Limefield House, West Calder, were so regular the owner even built a replica of the Victoria Falls nearby. And a sycamore tree planted by Livingstone’s own hand still stands in the five acres of grounds.
Now the 200-year-old property which boasts eight bedrooms and three west wings is on sale for £975,000.
It was one of Livingstone’s favourite places to go when he returned to Scotland from the expeditions that made him famous around the world.
He travelled across the Kalahari Desert, up the Zambezi River and even discovered the Victoria Falls in Zambia.
His close friend and wealthy entrepreneur, James Young, owned Limefield House, which was built in 1805 for a judge.
Rarely do houses of such ‘personality’ come on to the marketRettie spokesperson
Young, who made his fortune developing the shale oil industry in the area, bought the residence in 1855. He became close friends with Livingstone after the pair met at Anderson’s College in Glasgow, and he went on to fund many of the explorer’s trips abroad.
Young even built an exact replica of the famous Victoria Falls, discovered by Livingstone on one of his African expeditions, near to the house. When created, the falls were within the grounds of the property but are now on public land.
The renowned explorer enjoyed visiting Limefield so much that he even planted a Sycamore tree in front of the house – which still stands today.
The mansion has only had four occupants, including the current owners who bought the property in 1999.
Previous reports suggest that the house is haunted by several ghosts, including a dog. Rumour has it that a black Labrador has been seen wandering the corridors, as well as a man looking for a little girl who drowned in a nearby stream.
Rettie & Co, the agents selling the house, describe it as a “rare opportunity to acquire an elegant B-listed Georgian mansion with important historical links”.
The property boasts adjoining offices and self-contained residential suites which provide “an extra source of income or further domestic accommodation”.
The house, despite being refurbished by the current owners, retains many of its original features.
The impressive staircase is adorned with ornate Victorian bannisters which James Young installed when he lived there.
A spokeswoman for Rettie & Co said: “It is easy to see why the house has had so few owners in its 200-year history.
“Rarely do houses of such ‘personality’ come on the market, particularly on the west side of Edinburgh.
“Now recently restored to provide all the contemporary facilities required for the 21st century, it will delight all who view and enthral its eventual new owner.”