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HOMES • INTERIORS • STYLE • EXPERT ADVICE • SHOPPING • LIVING

LUXURY PROPERTIES IN EAST CENTRAL SCOTLAND BROUGHT TO YOU BY ESPC

MARCH 2011 £PRICELESS

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DREAM HOMES: FIND YOUR PERFECT PROPERTY INSIDE

Island life THE LATEST TRENDS IN CUTTING-EDGE KITCHENS

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PREMIER CONTENTS

NEWS 4 MARKET SUMMARY An in-depth look at how the property sector in East Central Scotland fared in 2010.

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BATHROOMS 32 BRIGHT IDEAS Give your bathroom a makeover for the lighter months ahead by adding some big, bold colours.

COLLECTION 8 LIFE’S LITTLE LUXURIES A hand-picked selection of beautiful items – from a stunning sofa to an amazing £3m aquarium.

8 KITCHENS 10 ISLAND LIFE Property and interiors expert Beverley Brown looks at the latest trends in kitchen islands. 12 MORE ABOUT KITCHEN ISLANDS Four examples of stylish kitchen islands.

25 SIMPLY STUNNING Take a tour round Greenloaning, a three-storey cedar and sandstone house in the lovely village of West Linton. 36 TIMELESS AND UNIQUE A stunning setting high up on the east bank of the River Almond makes this house a must-see.

34 BATHROOMS MIX & MATCH Three ideas to jazz up your bathroom – from installing a sauna to matching key pieces.

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42 PREMIER PROPERTIES 8-pages of luxurious and stylish homes in East Central Scotland.

16 AMAZING ARTISANS The craft and creations of Hamilton & Inches.

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38 PREMIER PLACES Treat yourself with a spa day or shop in the finest fashion boutique.

30 BEDROOM BLISS Hotel-style luxury is all the rage this season when it comes to bedrooms. But one thing remains the same – the importance of investing in a great bed.

50 MY EDINBURGH Renowned author Alexander McCall Smith on what he loves about Edinburgh.

PROPERTY 14 THE HIGH LIFE A look at the penthouse suite at 23 Ravelston Terrace – a stylish, contemporary property with jaw-dropping views across Edinburgh.

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Pic of Macassar Kitchen from Smallbone of Devizes, prices from £35,000. (0131 220 6460/smallbone.co.uk)

year and is delivered to the premier residential streets in Edinburgh. It is also available from the ESPC showroom on George Street. Premier Living is written, designed and published by Connect Communications (Scotland) Ltd on behalf of ESPC. www.connectcommunications.co.uk Premier Living is a magazine by ESPC, the No.1 place for advertising homes for sale in East Central Scotland. Premier Living is produced twice a

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EDITORIAL & DESIGN Editor: Neil Harrison Design and production: James Cargill, Renny Hutchison, Jim Byers, Paul McGinnity ADVERTISING ESPC Media Sales: Claire Boulton, Moyra Vivian Tel: 0131 624 8000 email: mediasales@espc.com

The views expressed in Premier Living are those of invited contributors and not necessarily those of ESPC. The information contained in Premier Living is of a general nature and is not to be taken as advice on any individual situation. ESPC accepts no liability to any person for loss or damage suffered as a consequence of their responding to, or placing reliance upon, any claim or representation made in any advertisement appearing in Premier Living. Readers should make appropriate enquiries and satisfy themselves before responding to any such advertisement, or placing reliance upon any such claim or representation. By so responding, or placing reliance, readers accept that they do so at their own risk. All prices correct at time of going to press © ESPC 2011. ISSN: 1469-3054. Printed on paper produced from fully sustainable forestry in accordance with FSC legislation.

ESPC: No.1 for property in East Central Scotland

Welcome Welcome to the second issue of ESPC’s Premier Living magazine. The feedback on the launch issue has been tremendous and really driven us forward when thinking about issue 2. We have made some subtle changes, but generally stuck to the successful formula of fabulous houses, great design and furniture, and an insight into the premier lifestyle. The number of copies which have been picked up in our George Street showroom is certainly a testimony to the positive reaction to the magazine. We distributed 20,000 copies of the magazine and have had nearly 2,000 more readers online, in UK, North America, Russia, India, Australia, South Africa and Europe. Potentially, the only downside was that the property we had on the cover and a three-page feature inside sold just as the magazine came out. However, that’s what we are about – helping houses sell. The property market continues to be a hot topic in the media and the strong local knowledge that ESPC has means we are often asked for our advice. Over the last 12 months, there have been shifts in the balance of power between buyers and sellers, but the overall trend has been in favour of anyone who is in a position to buy. When asked if this is good or bad for the property market, the simple answer is neither. As most people will buy and sell, on one side of the equation you lose out, but there is potential for gain on the other. My best piece of advice is to look behind the headlines and consider your own circumstances. Speak to the professionals about what is happening in your local market, think about where you want to move to and make sure your finances are in shape. Draw on the help that is available and the perfect place to start is with ESPC. Malcolm Cannon, chief executive, ESPC

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PREMIER MARKET SUMMARY

Game of two halves ESPC’s DAVID MARSHALL casts his eye over 2010’s property market in East Central Scotland The housing market in 2010 was, to use a sporting term, a ‘game of two halves’. The first half of the year saw the average house price rise sharply in most areas. In Edinburgh, the average house price rose from £196,691 in January to £227,806 in June. Growth then started to cool and, by the end of the year, prices in most areas were starting to come down. It was also a year where we saw a twotier market start to develop. Sales of smaller one and two-bedroom properties were subdued, with demand from buyto-let investors low and many first-time buyers still struggling to raise deposits. In contrast, demand for larger family homes was comparatively buoyant with sales numbers and average selling prices for such properties rising in most areas. This meant that, for much of 2010, the premier sector outperformed the rest of the market. The number of homes sold for £500,000 or more by ESPC agents was 45 per cent higher last year than in 2009. By contrast, sales of properties valued at under £500,000 rose by a modest 6 per cent and the number of homes sold for under £200,000 actually fell slightly compared to 2009.

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Given the higher level of demand in the premier market, it’s not surprising that prices in some of East Central Scotland’s more desirable areas appreciated in 2010. The average three or four-bedroom house in Ravelston, for example, rose from £559,573 in 2009 to £593,286 last year – up 6 per cent. Meanwhile, in the Greenbank area of Edinburgh the average price of a three or four-bedroom house stood at £438,515 last year, up 10 per cent compared to 2009. So, is it all good news for owners of premier properties in East Central Scotland? Certainly last year was one for top-end properties. But –and there is a but – it’s important to remember that one part of the market does not work in isolation. The struggles that we’ve seen in the market for smaller properties over the last 18 months will ultimately have a

“It was also a year where we saw a two-tier market start to develop”

knock-on effect elsewhere, as those looking to move up the ladder face difficulties in finding buyers. If the last two or three years have taught us anything, it’s that rapid growth of 5-10 per cent per annum is not sustainable over the longer term. There were already signs towards the end of last year that the market was starting to cool down and activity is unlikely to increase markedly in 2011. Balanced against this is the fact that East Central Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular, continues to suffer from a shortage of quality family housing. The region remains highly desirable for buyers and this should help to support the market in the months ahead. On balance, we expect prices to inch down during the early part of 2011 before stabilising later in the year. The economy isn’t quite out of the woods yet and downside risks remain, particularly if interest rates rise earlier than expected. However, 2011 is likely to be a case of ‘steady as she goes’ as the market continues on the road to recovery.

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PREMIER PROPERTY NEWS

HOUSE PRICES OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS

ABOUT OUR MAGAZINE... ESPC’s Premier Living has a circulation of 20,000 – 75 per cent of copies are delivered to the areas of Edinburgh where you will find higher value properties based on data from ESPC’s unique property archive. You can also collect a copy from your local solicitor estate agent or the ESPC showrooms in Edinburgh or Dunfermline. Premier Living is a celebration of fantastic properties, design advice, gadgets, furniture and anything else that makes a home fabulous. The 44 magazine comes out twice a year. For more details, visit www.espc. Island life com/premierliving

As our records from the 70s and 80s were accidentally shredded a couple of years back, we have been fortunate to call upon the help of Registers of Scotland to look at how house prices have changed over our 40-year history. As something different from the usual house price reports, we have taken two streets in Edinburgh and found sales in the same street registered in February or March of 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011.

1971* EASTER ROAD £1,800 DUNDAS STREET £10,500

1981* £12,026 £30,000

1991* £30,000 £125,000

2001 £76,000 £287,288

2011 £110,000 £332,235

* data from Registers of Scotland. Other data from ESPC archive. If anyone has a time machine to get us back to 1971 to buy a few properties, let us know!

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FOUR DECADES AS PROPERTY LEADER DOWNLOAD ESPC APP FOR iPHONE Earlier this year, ESPC was delighted to launch its app for the iPhone. With our critically acclaimed mobile site returning more than 1 million page views, and evidence from our webstats that iPhones were the mobile of choice for house hunting on the go, it was clear that there was already strong user demand. The ESPC app, which is available to download from the App Store, makes searching easy, with functions such as a Near Me Search and Location Search, and the ability to save a complete search, or simply an individual property. Plus it offers all the integration with the phone and email you would expect.

On 24 March 1971, ESPC, or Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre as it was then known, was born. Its proud parents, a forward-looking group of Edinburgh solicitors, embarked on a journey that would take property marketing in the capital in a completely new direction. As with many new families, the first thing to look for was a suitable home and this they found at 59 George Street. As the ESPC family expanded, a larger property was required and they moved to 81 George Street in June 1985, before re-locating once again in 1990 to our current home at 85 George Street. Forty years, three removals and all in the same street – we must have good neighbours! Born in a decade when Britain went

decimal and technological advances brought many improvements to home life, ESPC has always strived to stay at the cutting edge of technology. In its fortieth year, ESPC will, using the very latest technology, make searching for property easier and faster than ever before with the launch of a brand new website to join the new iPhone app. However, in the ESPC showroom, it is still very much a case of browse the walls and ask for help. We started that way on day one and it remains that way today. Why? Because you tell us you like it that way. ESPC has become THE place to buy and sell property in Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife. We have become part of the local community, part of the way things work here and we want to keep it that way. ESPC.COM/PREMIERLIVING 5


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veryone knows that if you are selling a house in East Central Scotland, the place to have your home displayed is the ESPC. With our website, paper and a showroom on one of the most prestigious shopping addresses in the country, ESPC offers an unrivalled marketing package. But what about the top end of the market? What about the premier homes? Is the place where people go to find their first or second home also where they go to find their million-pound dream home? As you would expect, the answer that we at the ESPC give is absolutely yes. But rather than just take our word for it, here are a few numbers that relate to homes that sold in 2010 for a million pounds or more, in terms of the exposure that they gained online through ESPC. • Homes that sold for £1,000,000+ through ESPC solicitor estate agents were looked at on average 3,768 times each, while being marketed for an average period of 77 days.

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• One semi-detached house in Morningside was advertised on espc.com for eight days and was viewed more than 1,700 times in that short time period before a buyer was found. A similar property in Morningside was advertised for 25 days and achieved 2,275 views, with over 400 people looking at the house online in the first two days of marketing. • Two properties, one in Morningside and another in the West End of Edinburgh, both exceeded 10,000 views during their marketing. • On average, a home marketed on espc.com that sells for more than £1,000,000 will be viewed 455 times per week. One house that sold in 2010 smashed this with an average of 805 views per week. • A non-ESPC member that sells houses across the UK stated they sell a house every 80 minutes. Sounds impressive, until you learn that ESPC agents sell a property every 13 minutes. What these numbers show is that marketing a high-end property through ESPC is a highly effective way of finding

your buyer. If you want to ensure that the buyers who use espc.com as their primary property search tool (76 per cent of the visitors to espc.com say that it is the website they start with) can find your house, you have to sell your home through an ESPC solicitor estate agent. Plus, only ESPC estate agents can offer you six months advertising in our weekly newspaper that goes to more than 800 outlets across East Central Scotland. And not forgetting that your home will be on display in George Street. ESPC members are signed up to the Premier Property Charter. The Charter sets out the high level of service and support that you can expect from an ESPC solicitor estate agent when they selling a home for more than £500,000.

{FIND OUT MORE} Information about the Premier Charter can be found at www.espc.com/premiercharter

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PREMIER COLLECTION

Life’s little luxuries Living frugally is all well and good, but everyone deserves to splash out once in a while. Here’s our pick of products that could prompt a serious splurge...

AMAZING AQUARIUM Aquavista’s Panoramic wall-mounted aquarium is the world’s rarest, most exclusive and most expensive fish tank. Stuart Hughes of Liverpool was commissioned to design something unique – which he did by creating a casing that spans 65 million years of history by incorporating solid 24ct gold, mammoth tusk and T-Rex dinosaur bone. It comes with all manner of gadgets and costs a cool £3 million..! (01293 533 379/ www.aquavistauk.co.uk)

SHARP STYLE These bronze-plated antlers are made in the Kincardineshire area from local red deer that have died of natural causes. The antlers are heavy-plated in bronze or stainless steel and oxidised to create the gently-aged finish, before being mounted on a burnt oak or walnut plaque. Sizes vary – those shown are around 75cm. From Pedlars, £1,150. (01330 850400/www.pedlars.co.uk) American-born artist Cassandra Harrison produces wonderfully colourful, detailed linear prints of Edinburgh – featuring its unique tenement flats and stunning skyline. Her artwork is available from Craft House Concept and Hannah Zakari in Edinburgh – and on her website at www.cassandra harrison.co.uk Visit http://blog.espc.com to win one of Cassandra’s prints.

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BEAUTIFUL BOX

LUXURIOUS LEATHER Surround yourself with luxury – the Frank sofa, designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, combines a slender aluminium frame with high-grade leather upholstery and comes as a single sofa or in various compositions. Prices start at £10,646, from Tangram. (0131 556 6551/www.tangramfurnishers.co.uk) 8 ESPC.COM/PREMIERLIVING

Bachus is an unusual and versatile modular wine container designed by Marcel Wanders for SLIDE. Each container can hold up to 40 bottles and comes in a choice of green, grey and white finishes. Made in polyethylene, it is strong and easy to handle but also lightweight. From Kalusto Furniture, £690 per container with delivery five to eight weeks. (0845 225 0485/www.kalustofurniture.co.uk)

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PREMIER KITCHENS

From freestanding work centres to floating units, we cast our eye over the latest trends in kitchen islands

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CENTRE OF ATTENTION This walnut and silver kitchen from Smallbone of Devizes, a sleek fusion of modern design and British craftsmanship, features a large island that works in combination with the fitted and freestanding elements. Smallbone kitchens cost from £35,000. (0131 220 6460/www.smallbone.co.uk)

he kitchen island concept, first launched by Poggenpohl at a Cologne International Furniture Fair in the 1960s, was arguably the first step in blurring the boundary between kitchen and living areas to create a more open, functional work space that is also sociable and relaxing to be in. Island designs, quickly picked up by other kitchen manufacturers, have continued to evolve to become the most sought-after element of kitchen design today. The beauty of an island is that it turns dreams into reality with its infinite scope to be whatever size and shape fits the bill – either free-standing, built-in-or-out from a wall or cabinets, and designed to remain in one place or be moved around. An island can range from a simple food preparation area with or without breakfast bar, to a multi-functional work centre

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housing cooking appliances, sinks, dining area and storage. And just when you think it has reached its zenith, the latest design innovation is a ‘floating’ island suspended on a cradle – a style that satisfies the desire to have a large, functional island that doesn’t dominate the room. Islands have made kitchens sociable, which is the secret of their success. Gone are the days when cooking dinner was a solitary affair carried out facing a wall while family and friends sociably conferred in another room. But put a hob in an island facing into

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the room – the favourite location nowadays – and the cook takes centre stage. Paul O’Brien, director of Kitchens International (the Edinburgh dealer for Poggenpohl, among other top European brands) says: “Most of our clients want some sort of island and see it as a feature of the room, whether it is a simple division between the kitchen and living or dining area, or an island that houses many of the kitchen functions. “Often, it is also the main everyday dining area, in which case we recommend having a raised or screened breakfast bar to keep the cooking and dining areas visually separate.” When it comes to style, he adds: “The ongoing trend is for the island to be in a different material to the wall units, often in a natural or neutral tone. This enables the taller wall cabinets to make more of a statement while the island blends in with furniture elsewhere in the room.”

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You’ve read about the latest trends in the development of kitchen islands – here, we have hand-picked four examples of the most interesting designs CURVE APPEAL Callerton’s Retro kitchen painted in Goose Grey has a dramatic island that features distinctive circular true oak food prep areas on the end sections and Zodiaq alabaster worktops combined with Corian lavastone. Priced from £12,000 from Kitchens International, excluding appliances. (0131 523 0477/www.kitchensinternational.co.uk)

BEAUTY OF A BENCH The Bulthaup b2 kitchen from Cameron Interiors features a distinctive standalone workbench with work area, hob and water point, complemented by two tool cabinets for appliances, crockery, utensils and ingredients. Workbench from £3,000, tool cabinets from £4,500. (0131 556 2233/www. cameroninteriors.co.uk)

GLOSSY AND GORGEOUS This high gloss violet kitchen from Laings has a Paros Light worktop and adjoining breakfast bar in Antique White structured white lacquer. Average prices start from around £10,000 excluding appliances. (0131 555 5500/www.laings.com)

A walnut veneered teardrop-shaped island and curved breakfast bar makes this Mowlem & Co kitchen appear to flow from one end of the room to the other. Mowlem kitchens start from £35,000, from Kitchens International. (0131 523 0477/www.kitchensinternational.co.uk)

FEEL THE FLOW OF MOWLEM

Great designers of our time – Jesús Gasca Julian Darwell-Stone takes a look at the career of a talented Spaniard who has become a leading designer and an innovator in the manufacture of contemporary furniture. JESÚS GASCA Jesús Gasca is the founder and principal designer of Stua, a contemporary furniture company based in the resort town of San Sebastian, Spain. Gasca originally trained as an engineer, but 30 years ago chose to move into the design and manufacture of furniture. This family company (Gasca’s son and daughter manage the day-to-day operations) now produce furniture conceived and executed at an extraordinarily high level of aesthetic

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and engineering detail. Gasca’s work is innovative and original, usually fluid and sensual in form. He believes that: “Good design is not only about beautiful shapes. It always has to be clever in the solution of functional questions.” This is illustrated by a series of products that Gasca has designed over the last 20 years, including the Gas

chair (pictured), which is suited for use in the kitchen and dining room as much as the conference hall or café. The Gas is a chair with fluid lines that is as ‘light as gas’, making innovative use of aluminium. Every joint, edge and curve is resolved with an uncompromising attention to detail. The importance of Gasca’s design and the quality of manufacture has been recognised in the recent decision by the Guggenheim Museum, New York to select the Gas (and two other Gasca products) for use throughout the museum. Julian Darwell-Stone is the Managing Director of Tangram, the leading experts in contemporary furniture and interiors . Visit www.tangramfurnishers.co.uk

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SOCIABLE SPACE From the high-gloss walnut panelling to the Italian cabinets and appliances, this kitchen is designed to impress. Facing into the dining area and living room beyond, it is a sociable space and perfect for entertaining.

High society he penthouse suite at 23 Ravelston Terrace is unashamedly modern; restrained, elegant and designed for living, with all of the features and bold sweeps of design you would expect. Situated in leafy Ravelston, the penthouse is a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh’s two best-known modern art galleries, several of the city’s best schools and a host of other amenities. It is also convenient for the city centre and the international airport to the west. The building’s glass façade undulates in a gentle vertical wave, which catches the distinctive Edinburgh light and provides an instantly recognisable visual signature.

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If you are seeking a slice of stylish, contemporary life – and jaw-dropping views – then look no further… WORDS: RICHARD CROASDALE

Below, grass terraces and muted timber cladding hide the secure car park and concierge office. Ramped outdoor walkways and strategically placed lifts form a peaceful avenue that runs along the east side of the building. Multiple entrances, each serving only a handful of apartments, reinforce the feeling of being on a street, rather than in a block.

Inside the penthouse suite, the first impression is of space and light. From a central corridor running the length of the property, the public rooms to the left and bedrooms to the right all feature spectacular picture windows with electronically controlled blinds. Combined with wet under-floor heating throughout, the effect is warm and bright, even on a blustery Edinburgh afternoon. The rich walnut floor of the hallway continues into a kitchen, which exudes quality, and a spacious dining area. A solid, freestanding partition, around one-third the width of the room, gives the dining area some separation from the living space beyond, while ensuring one still flows seamlessly into the other. On the dining side ESPC: No. 1 for property in East Central Scotland


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PICTURE PERFECT BEDROOM VIEWS The master bedroom is luxuriously large, with a wall of picture windows offering an uninterrupted view of one of the UK’s most iconic skylines. Facing west, the sight of the sun setting behind Arthur’s Seat from the room’s decked balcony is something to behold. The ensuite includes a wet area and large bath, plus elegant Italian ceramic tiles.

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of the partition, a few feet from the floor, is a stylish fuel fire. On the living side are space and connections for a flat-screen television. On the east wall of this space, the gentle wave of the building forms a convex sweep of glass, which runs the full length of the apartment. As well as accentuating the panoramic view of the city and the Pentland hills beyond, the wave helps delineate the dining and living areas, and forms a generous balcony, accessed by double doors in the centre. As is the case with every room in the apartment, the dining and living rooms are served by a high-spec Marantz multi-room audio system. As well as discrete and simple digital controls, wall-points throughout the apartment allow iPods or other devices to be

plugged in, automatically overriding the central CD player and giving total control. The three bedrooms, which line the east side of the apartment, are perfectly proportioned and all have stunning views across the city, toward Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle. The main bedroom is particularly spacious and features a generous en-suite. The second bathroom, serving the other two double bedrooms, is fitted to an equally high standard. All in all, this is a perfect penthouse.

{MORE INFORMATION} Offers around £1,650,000. Contact estate agents A Gray Muir on 0131 220 9130 to arrange a viewing or visit www.espc.com/ravelstonterrace

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18/23 (Quartermile) Simpson Loan Edinburgh, EH3 9GB A stunning duplex penthouse in the highly desirable city centre Quartermile development. The rare penthouse boasts spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of the city to the north, including Edinburgh Castle, and to the south over to the Pentland Hills. The large living space comprises open-plan living room with kitchen dining area, two double bedrooms (master with en-suite bathroom), family bathroom and large south-facing outdoor terrace and underground private parking. Offers over £795,000 www.espc.com/simpsonloan Contact Lindsays on 0131 229 4040

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PREMIER LIVING pays a visit to worldrenowned Edinburgh silversmiths and jewellers, Hamilton & Inches PHOTOGRAPHY: MIKE WILKINSON WORDS: BRIAN HENSON

Amazing artisans visit to Hamilton & Inches in the heart of Edinburgh is a trip into wonderland – a glittering, magical experience that lives long in the memory. The eye is immediately drawn to the stunning table centrepiece that dominates the shop – £120,000 worth of candelabra, bowls, ice buckets and wine slides crafted in Britannia silver (958 parts per thousand instead of the 925 parts that make sterling silver). And, if you were to listen very carefully, your ear might also be drawn to the distant “tap-tap” sound of metal on metal coming from the workshop upstairs. There, a team of expert silversmiths use racks of hammers and forming tools – some of them well over a

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century old – to create the glittering wonders on display in the shop. That “tap-tap” sound is the constant background noise as yet another magnificent piece is born. This silversmiths and jewellers is unlike any other in Scotland. In addition to having its own workshops above the shop, it is regularly commissioned to produce spectacular examples of the smiths’ art for all manner of customers – from kings and commoners, to sultans and sovereigns alike. The company, founded in 1866, also holds a royal warrant from Her Majesty The Queen. Its recent work includes a centrepiece and candlesticks for Bute House, the official residence of Scotland’s First Minister, a crown for the Lord Lyon, King of Arms, and the

You might also like... LOUIS JAMES FURNITURE If you are looking for a bit of bespoke wooden furniture – something a bit special that will last you a lifetime – then try this Borders-based business. Designer and craftsman Ian Darroch takes commissions for anything from chopping boards to desks and even entire kitchens. (www.louisjames furniture.co.uk/07503 178933)

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Triple Crown Trophy, which is played for by rugby union’s home nations every year during the Six Nations tournament. Jon Hunt is the company’s senior silversmith. He said: “Most of our silverware is produced in our workshops – from small earrings to massive bowls and chased dishes. “What has made us so successful is the skill our team has in crafting metal. Our silversmiths, polisher and engraver have, between them, well over a century of experience at Hamilton & Inches alone.” The company sells its products around the world – and is particularly interested in emerging new markets in Russia and China, as well as the USA. Hamilton & Inches also has two jewellers who make and repair precious items – some of them heirlooms – for a grateful public. Jimmy Hunter, a jeweller

for 47 years, said: “Sometimes, it would be easier to remake the piece, but the customer won’t hear of it, because it has so much sentimental value.” Time ticks on, and Hamilton and Inches’ watchmaker Colin Murray is called in when it doesn’t. He uses the Internet to source difficult-to-find parts for the many mechanical watches he is asked to repair. Engraver Ruaridh Malcolmson joined the company eight years ago from one of Europe’s big engraving firms based in London. Ruaridh has engraved many of the world’s iconic sporting trophies including the English FA Cup (live on TV) and the Formula 1 World Championship Trophy. But he said: “I came to Edinburgh and Hamilton & Inches for the chance to help in creating some stunning silverware.”

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Orange, purple, yellow, green, red… and any shade in between – colour is big news on the home front this spring, writes BEVERLEY BROWN

Big,bright and bold As we head into spring and summer, dazzling colours will lift our spirits and make us feel happier, healthier and more energetic in the wake of the general gloom that has pervaded our lives of late. Paint manufacturers are generally a reliable indicator of colour trends and, according to the team at Crown Paint, orange and purple will be two of the hottest colours in 2011. And, as all things retro are also in vogue, Crown has launched a new Originals range of 14 recreated shades from the early 1970s packaged in old-style tins. Using bold colour in the home is often seen as a courageous act, not one for the fainthearted. But used in small doses, as a contrast to safer neutral shades and pastels, it can be amazingly effective – and the real beauty of using paint is that, if you don’t like the end result, it can be quickly and inexpensively changed. Crown has grouped its new season colours under various headings, which include: Space (shimmering violets, greens, golds, azure blues

and endless blacks), Amethyst (soft grey greens and purples combined with violet or mustard yellow) and 1950s (vibrant turquoise, jade green and lilac with calming greys and soft sands). Dulux’s key colour for spring/ summer is Forest Falls, an intense botanical green inspired by the natural world. There are six shades within the Forest Falls Tailor Made Colour range; team any of them with bold floral patterned fabrics for a look that brings the outside in, and echoes catwalk collections from Missoni and Paul Smith. Interior colour is also being used to highlight different finishes – for example, a gloss-painted item of furniture placed against a powdery matt finish wall of the same shade. Forget the rules, there are none. Go for colours that work for you and brighten up your world.

Vision Coral, from Hillarys’ romans collection, is an upbeat blind in vibrant orange. From £118 (W65cm x 75cm drop) measured, made and fitted. (0800 916 6516/www.hillarys.co.uk)

The Torn armchair, designed by Christian Werner, is available in a range of on-trend colours, including blue and orange. From £2,154 from Ligne Roset. (08707 777 202/ www.ligne-roset.co.uk)

{INTERIORS ADVICE} IT’S A PURITAN FOLK STORY THIS SPRING, ACCORDING TO TOBY DURANT, HOME DESIGN ADVISOR AT JOHN LEWIS EDINBURGH There is a growing trend this season for blending interior styles and finding inspiration from a mix of the world’s traditional patterns and colours. For example, combining soft furnishings inspired by folk patterns from Morocco and South America with beautifully crafted furniture influenced by mid-twentieth century modernism, will create individual interiors with true personality.

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The subtle, soft finish of paredback wood is also key, while this season’s fabric collection focuses on the pattern and colour of the folk story. The simple, Puritan look of the wood provides a neutral base to cool the pot pourri of influences in the fabrics. The look is eclectic but classy. An example of the global theme is the Aztec-inspired Madiba print, seen here on a cushion in navy. In addition, there’s a geometric tiled print called

Iznik, which has strong Moorish influences and is available in on-trend bluebird and magenta. It’s very easy to build on your existing interior with a few brighter, bolder accents (think citrus, mineral blue and magenta) to liven things up for the spring. Or, if it’s a complete overhaul your home needs, this season’s varied sources of inspiration will provide the palette to tailor your interior just the way you want it.

Cushions in John Lewis Madiba fabric, navy £20p/m; John Lewis Lucienne Day Panama rug, £295; John Lewis bamboo vase, £25, and bowl, £25; John Lewis Slip Trail bowl £35.

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PREMIER HOME ENTERTAINMENT

CHRIS FITZGERALD investigates the latest essential items in home technology – from iPads to 3D projectors

A SELECTION OF MUSTHAVE ITEMS FOR 2011 MERIDIAN SOOLOOS CONTROL 15, WITH DSP5200 LOUDSPEAKERS

This combination gives you everything you need to get started with the best-performing music The ESPC mobile website streaming/playback is busiest on a Sunday system on the market. It with buyers hunting also provides storage for for property when out 2,500 CDs at full quality.

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PIONEER BDP-LX54 3D BLU-RAY PLAYER With superior quality audio parts, this delivers an unrivalled audio experience that truly complements Blu-ray image quality. Connect it to a 3D compatible receiver and display to enjoy an amazing 3D experience, thanks to cinema-like playback in full high-definition.

Above: installing 3D projection systems, such as the JVC one pictured here, is becoming increasingly popular

iPad – the hub of home technology Since its launch, the Apple iPad has become hugely popular thanks to its multi-functionality – and now it can add entertainment system controller to that list of talents too. With digital music and video streaming in the home now very much in vogue, the handy touchscreen notepad has managed to cement itself as the hub of all home technology. According to John Carroll, managing director at Edinburgh’s entertainment systems specialist Loud & Clear, people are now putting all of their music and video onto a hard disk, which they then stream to various devices throughout the house. Whereas before, a wall-mounted panel would have controlled this, the trend now is toward handheld, wireless mechanisms. “What’s the point of having streaming when you have to get off the chair to operate it?” John said. “What you want is the convenience of a handheld device and the one of choice at the moment is undoubtedly the iPad.” 20 ESPC.COM/PREMIERLIVING

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John said such is the iPad’s popularity for this function, key suppliers of streamed music solutions have even written their own applications for it, in a bid to afford the consumer more control over their products. “I would say 90 per cent of the customers who bought systems from us last year bought an iPad as a controller,” he said. “It really is the must-have item of the minute.” And as for a music streaming system itself, John reckons you don’t need to look beyond the Meridian Sooloos. “It has superior sound quality, is expandable, offers multi-room service and also fits with high-end audio performance systems.” The Sooloos’ user-friendly interface, displayed on a 17” touchscreen system, is described by John as the best on the market. Another area revolutionising home entertainment, according to John, is 3D projection. He said that the fact that 3D projection systems are now easier to install in the home than they are in a cinema has led to a raft of orders from the top end of the market.

For 3D content, each projector includes HD inputs and supports Blu-ray and side-by-side broadcasts, as well as above-below 3D transmissions. An external 3D signal emitter synchronises the projected image with JVC’s Active Shutter 3D Glasses.

PANASONIC VIERA TX-P50VT20B 50” 3D PLASMA TV The VT20 series includes a tuner for Freesat HD and a tuner for Freeview HD, providing you with a convenient, subscription-free way of watching HD content. All items available from Loud & Clear, Bonnington Mill, Edinburgh. (0131 555 3963/www.loudclear.co.uk)

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Graham Schutte Interiors

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PREMIER PROPERTY

A secluded rural setting and a seriously impressive interior make this house in West Linton a must-see

Simply stunning WORDS: BRIAN HENSON

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eriously impressive – there are no other words to describe Greenloaning, a three-storey cedar and sandstone estate house set in extensive grounds at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, south of Edinburgh. Set in the village of West Linton, just 14 miles from Edinburgh city centre, its majestic ship’s-prow frontage greets you 555

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PREMIER PROPERTY BIG HOUSE, SMALL BILLS Despite its size (6,600 square feet), heating Greenloaning costs the current owners just £100 a year. That’s because of the clever ground heat geothermal pump that draws energy from four boreholes drilled 75 metres beneath the house. The heat pump feeds a 250-litre mains pressure hot water tank big enough to ensure that no-one ever has to take a cold shower. There’s also an anti-allergy ventilation system that changes the air in the house up to five times an hour.

VILLAGE LIFE Greenloaning is set in secluded gardens in the village of West Linton, Peeblesshire. West Linton is a charming commuter village with good community facilities and activities. There are tennis courts and two golf courses nearby, and the village is surrounded by open countryside, which makes it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy walking, jogging and cycling.

555 as you pass through the controlled entry gates into the acre of mature gardens. But it’s inside the front door that you truly begin to appreciate the potential of this Canadian-designed family home. Its soaring roofs are supported by Douglas Fir pillars, and the double-height living room on the ground floor, with its extensive south-facing decked terrace, provides views of the Lammermuirs. A large log-burning stove ensures that the room always gives off a welcoming ambiance, and the house has been extensively fitted with mood lighting to add to the experience. On the same level, there’s a big family room, a dining room and fully fitted 26 ESPC.COM/PREMIERLIVING

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PREMIER PROPERTY TAKE A LOOK AT THIS... Greenloaning has its very own cinema on the lower ground floor. A Sony Blu-ray projector and screen with a PlayStation and full Dolby surround sound ensures the whole family can relax in comfort to watch the latest film releases in glorious high definition.

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kitchen with a very impressive Americanstyle larder fridge. And, at the rear of the house, the decked area boasts a family-sized hot tub that’s regularly used by the owners and their three children. One floor up is the library and games room, a child’s playroom, and the master bedroom, dressing room and en-suite bathroom with Travertine marble floor and walls. It has a double-sized Jacuzzi bath and an inset wall-mounted television. Greenloaning has six additional bedrooms – two with en-suite facilities and others served by a large family bathroom – and a wet room on the lower ground floor that comes in very useful for cleaning the dogs when they come in after a

walk in the Lammermuirs, said owner Mike Cameron. The lower ground floor contains a number of surprises – not least the huge gymnasium with its floor-to-ceiling windows and extensive wall mirrors. Music is provided throughout the house by a state-of-the-art sound system that can be controlled in individual rooms. From top to bottom, this is a simply stunning property.

{MORE INFORMATION} Offers over £1,180,000. To arrange a viewing, contact Sturrock, Armstrong & Thomson on 0131 225 4082 or visit www.espc.com/greenloaning

Bogangreen House, Coldingham, Borders TD14 5UB A substantial country house, circa 1764, Bogangreen House is set in an elevated position on the edge of Coldingham, with stunning views over spectacular gardens to the sea in the distance. The house has three public rooms, kitchen, utility room, five bedrooms, superb bathroom, two shower rooms and a cellar. Two cottages (one unfinished), walled garden, two paddocks, woodland, various outbuildings and garage are also included. Fixed price £1,050,000. For more details, contact HBJ Gateley Waring 0131 222 9599 or visit www.espc.com/bogangreen

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PREMIER STYLE This two-storey extension was created by Mitchell Glass (0800 220 415/www.mitchellglass.co.uk) which is based in Galashiels

KAREN STEWART looks at the ins and outs of adding space, and value, to your home

Creative conservatories Choosing to extend your home has always been considered a wise move; not only does it enhance your living space, it tends to add value to your property. Today, more and more homeowners are deciding to invest in a bespoke conservatory or traditional orangery to make the most of what they already have. The trick to successfully adding value to your home is to think about what type of structure will best suit the style and shape of your home. Opting for an ‘off-the-peg’ model may be easy but, with so

many designs now available, it pays to think outside the box. Virginia Murray from Edinburgh conservatory company Mozolowski & Murray said: “Customers have started to realise there are a lot more options out there other than a conventional house extension. “For example, combination roofs with a mix of both glass

and tiles are becoming an increasingly popular choice in modern, functional homes. It’s a great alternative for people who don’t want a traditional conservatory, but still want to enjoy the light and space that glazing brings to any structure.” If you do opt for a conservatory, consider investing in a building material which

EXPERT ADVICE AT ESPC Did you know that ESPC runs an ‘Ask The Experts’ session on ‘Design Tuesdays’ at its George Street showroom? Our team of design experts includes architect Aidan Ruthven, who works for Concept Completed, an Edinburgh consultancy offering advice on matters such as design, cost planning and statutory consents. The free consultations run from 12 noon – 2pm every Tuesday.

will not date quickly. Gone are the days of white PVC – conservatories are now very stylish and built to last. Designed well, they can add space, light and atmosphere to any home. Traditional orangeries, which usually feature a high lantern glass roof but with more brick or stone work than a traditional conservatory, are also increasingly popular. If you want more space and light without sacrificing your privacy, this is the design to consider.” Mozolowski & Murray: 0845 050 5440/www.mozmurray.co.uk

Stylish ‘super sheds’ Not too long ago, the garden shed was the place to dump anything without a home. From pots of paint to nuts and bolts, the shed was where to find anything you didn’t need. However, the rise of the ‘super shed’ has revolutionised how we view the humble garden hut. Garden offices, summerhouses and luxurious playhouses

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are now popular with homeowners seeking the ultimate retreat. Depending on your needs, you can have a basic custom-made super shed built in your garden for a little more than £3,000. For a more luxurious model with double glazing, locking doors, guttering and downpipes, you could pay anything up to £25,000.

Special space: garden offices and summerhouses, such as these two from Garden Buildings Centre are popular (0800 999 0123/www.gbc.co.uk)

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When it comes to bedrooms, think hotel luxury – and buy a great bed

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nlike public rooms, what goes on behind the bedroom door can be confined to you and your nearest and dearest, which makes it a truly personal space to decorate and furnish. According to Sarah Ramsay, contracts director for Tangram Furnishers in Edinburgh, the ongoing trend is to combine the luxury ‘hotel bedroom’ feel with an individual sense of style. “This can be achieved by mixing new contemporary pieces with older, vintage items, or by using a bold colour on the walls in either a soft matt paint or a decorative paper,” she explains. “The current look is for a more relaxed, personal and sumptuous bedroom. High gloss surfaces and materials are also prevalent – on walls, wardrobes, bedside units and even lights. The combination of subtle, retro prints with contemporary sharp gloss finishes is superb.”

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FOUR-POSTER PARADISE A bed for romantics, this Georgian-style four-poster bed from And So To Bed has a new silver leaf finish applied by hand to highlight delicate hand carving on the canopy. Also available in traditional mahogany and a range of hand-painted finishes with furniture to match - the 5ft bed costs £4,925 excluding mattress. (0808 144 4343/www.andsotobed.co.uk)

Bedroombliss Away from other style trends such as minimalist built-in storage and/or fitted bedrooms, the main focus has to be the bed. It was a wise man that once said: “Invest in a good pair of shoes and a good bed, because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other!” Sleep is essential for health and wellbeing, so choosing the right bed is essential. While the bedstead and/or headboard can have aesthetic appeal, the mattress is the vital component. It’s not glamorous or sexy and is always covered up, but a good mattress – i.e. one that is right for you – combined with the right support frame, will repay the investment in blissful sleep. And remember, size matters when choosing a bed for more than one person. The difference between a standard double bed and a king size is only six inches, yet feels more like six feet. Go as big as you can afford and have room for and you will sleep all the better for it. 30 ESPC.COM/PREMIERLIVING

DIVE FOR COVERS FOR A LIGHTER STYLE Lighten up for spring with Roshni bed linen, £70 for a double size set, shown with matching light mohair throws, £50 each. From John Lewis. (0845 604 9049/johnlewis.com)

DEFY GRAVITY FOR HIGH-BROW DECOR Keep bedside reading under control with this clever ‘floating’ Umbra Conceal Bookshelf. Turning convention on its head, the Umbra Conceal Bookshelf magically transforms a pile of books into a captivating wall-mounted optical illusion, while two or three in close configuration could create an instant floating library. From Red Candy, £9.50. (0121 224 7728/www.redcandy.co.uk) ESPC: No. 1 for property in East Central Scotland


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SMOOTH SILK

Keep shoes tidy with the freestanding Nest Shoe Rack by j-me® from Tszuji, £94.95. A wall-mounted version is £74.95 with free UK delivery (0845 388 0830/www.tszuji.co.uk)

For the ultimate luxury, Gingerlily’s silk bed linen is blissfully soft. For centuries, silk has been valued for its effect on the skin and hair. Silk, unlike cotton, does not absorb moisture from the skin and hair, helping to keep hair glossy and prevent facial lines. Silk bed linen is also hypoallergenic, adjusts to body temperature and is machine washable. Shown is Anais Sand silk bedlinen – pillowcase from £69; fitted sheet from £159; duvet cover from £352; cushion from £33. (0870 1161368/www.gingerlily.co.uk)

COTTON SOFT Thistle bed linen, a design in rich damson and white printed on 200 thread count 100% Egyptian cotton. From Feather & Black, Oxford standard pillowcase, £12; double duvet cover, £39. (01243 380600/ www.featherandblack.com)

SIMPLE AND GLAMOROUS The signature of Smallbone’s new Alchemy bedroom collection is a deep rectangular arch from which drawers and cupboards are suspended, while curved drawers, set within mirrored surrounds, seem to ‘float’. The centrepiece is a bed with cupboards. Options include ottomans, tallboys, dressing tables and fitted or freestanding cupboards, built to order. Bedrooms cost from £17,000 (0845 6066 568/www.smallbone.co.uk)

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Bright ideas for luxury sanctuary It’s bye bye bland and hello bold colours when it comes to bathrooms, writes KAREN STEWART

there was ever a space where relaxation and style meet head on, it’s the bathroom. For years, the room was neglected as a simple household necessity. But more recently, bathroom design has been revamped and now the focus is on creating a luxurious sanctuary people actually want to spend time in. Creating a sumptuous atmosphere in a modern bathroom is all about shape, colour and sound. Today, bland uniformity is exactly what not to aim for. Instead, homeowners are looking for bright and bold statement pieces which will inject their bathrooms with personality. Brightly coloured stand-alone baths, bespoke bathroom furniture, discreet storage and vibrant mood lighting are all growing trends in the current market. Natural materials, smooth lines and organic shapes are also very popular with textured wooden features and tiles helping

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to create functional, yet stylish, ecofriendly designs. Where space is an issue, the move towards wet rooms and completely tiled floors has revolutionised the way bathrooms are heated. Underfloor heating is both highly efficient and invisible, eliminating the need for a traditional radiator. Towel rails and ladders have also received a makeover with wood, and even glass, finishes now readily available. Johnny Bacigalupo from Napier Interiors in Edinburgh said: “In the past, the traditional British bathroom was always functional but very clinical, using lots of cold colours and stark white towels. “Now, people are starting to view their bathrooms in the same way as Europeans do – as a wellness space, a place to truly relax. “Designers are now incorporating leather and other natural materials into their designs. The demand for light, sound and colour in the bathroom has never been greater.”

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HOTEL-STYLE LUXURY Recreate hotel living at home by fitting the latest in both light and sound in your bathroom. LED mood lighting (such as that by Keuco, pictured) can instantly change the ambience of your bathroom, especially if the lights themselves have been cleverly placed. Similarly, installing a sound system or even an iPod docking station will give your bathroom a truly modern feel. Prices for a multi-change LED system with controller can range from between £450 – £1,000. For Keuco lighting and other options, contact Ekco Kitchens & Bathrooms in Edinburgh. (0131 343 6007/www.ekco.co.uk) 32 ESPC.COM/PREMIERLIVING

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PREMIER BATHROOMS SPLASH OUT FOR THAT SPA LOOK Turn your bathroom into a ready-made luxurious spa by installing a sauna or steam room. There are plenty of designs available which can fit in modernsized bathrooms. If your bathroom is on the small side, a steam shower can be fitted in the space of a regular shower cubicle. For a basic sauna, prices can start around £2,500 and go up to around £12,000 £15,000 for a more luxurious model. Alba Pools in Brechin has a wide range of domestic steam rooms and saunas – such as the Rubic sauna, pictured. (www.albapools.co.uk/01356 627 000)

{CORRECTION} In last issue, we said that Laufen products were available at various local stockists. This was incorrect – the only two local stockists are Advanced Ceramics and Ekco.

ALL-IN-ONE STYLE A KEY TREND A pre-moulded, one-piece basin and vanity top gives a very sleek, smooth finish with no visible joins – a key trend in bathroom design throughout 2011. Glass can also be used for a very fashionable finish. Coloured glass – which matches the design scheme of the bathroom – gives a stylish coordinated look. The Mastella Byte Basin (pictured) starts at £1,780 plus VAT. Available from Laings, Edinburgh. (0131 555 5500/www.laings.com)

MIX AND MATCH BOLD COLOURS The days of picking out a uniform suite are long gone, with homeowners now buying individual pieces on their own merit. Baths don’t have to match basins to make a style statement. Colour is making a big comeback this year too, with warm, bold colours dominating the latest trends – such as the bright example pictured here from Bosoclo Bathrooms in Edinburgh. Picture shows Dornbracht basin and bath, available at Boscolo. (0131 662 8222/www.boscolobathrooms.co.uk)

Q&A WITH YVONNE AND DAVID SOUNESS, OWNERS OF ADVANCED CERAMICS, EDINBURGH {QUESTION} How do I create a sumptuous bathroom that will stand up to constant use and needs of family life but still have that ‘wow’ factor?

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stars of the show. When choosing a bath, the important question is how is it going to be used? If it will be used for both bathing and showering, then a dedicated showerbath is a great solution. But space wasn’t an issue in this room and our client chose a freestanding bath from Castello – a real statement piece. For showering, easy access, lots of room and a powerful shower were key. We supplied an enclosure from the Kudos Infinite range, which was bow fronted and had one big sliding door. Using a double basin gives that luxury hotel feel and Laufen Palace fitted the

bill. It has a smart undercabinet with sliding glass doors. For the WC, we recommended the curvy Palomba back to wall, also from Laufen. To create the backdrop, smart tiling was needed. Polished Bermuda marble was used full height on the walls behind the shower and basin. On the floor, Honed Sapphire Travertine gives depth to the room. Remember too that installation is key – the items are important, but it is what happens in the installation process that gives your bathroom longevity. www.aceramics.co.uk/01620 850 435

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PREMIER PROPERTY THE HEART OF THE HOUSE A well-appointed kitchen with integrated appliances and ceramic tile flooring is at the geographical and emotional heart of this property. Meanwhile, the adjoining utility room, complete with Belfast sink and a pulley, provides a second housekeeping space, away from the eyes of guests. The central heating system is of the underfloor type.

SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE VIEW The central, double-height dining area connects the large kitchen to the middle and upper ground floor reception rooms in a single, light-filled space. Sliding Norwegian-made picture windows open out on to a broad decked terrace among the treetops of the riverbank.

OR YOU MIGHT LIKE... Woodlands, Westerdunes Park, North Berwick, EH39 5HJ Woodlands is an attractive detached stone-built house which was once the squash court of Westerdunes House. It sits in the centre of magnificent garden grounds in one of the most sought-after locations in North Berwick. The property comprises lounge, dining room, large kitchen, utility room, four bedrooms (master ensuite). Fixed price £895,000. Contact Simpson and Marwick on 01620 892000 or visit www.espc.com/woodlands

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The stunning setting, eye-catching design and stylish architectural flourishes combine to give this house real character, writes RICHARD CROASDALE

Timelessandunique H igh on the east bank of the River Almond, overlooking Cramond Brig and The Dalmeny estate to the west, 18 Ewerland is a truly unique home, which successfully marries the highest quality natural materials with ambitious engineering and uncompromising design. Split over three main levels, this fivebedroom, two-reception room house revolves around a single central space. On the middle ground floor, a large, bright reception room adjoins a doubleheight dining room and attractive, well-appointed kitchen. A winder staircase leads to a mezzanine reception room on the upper ground floor, which spans the full width of the property and boasts uninterrupted views across Cramond Brig, to woodland in the south and west. While big picture windows provide the view, the exterior walls are studded with narrow, rectangular {MORE INFORMATION} (horizontal and vertical) Offers around £875,000. windows, which To arrange a viewing, fill every corner please contact Blair of the property Cadell on 0131 337 1800 or go online and visit with clean, www.espc.com/ewerland reflected light. The influence of architects such as legendary Mexican designer Luis Barragán can also be found in other carefully chosen details throughout the property, from the use of tall, thin mirrors, to the slender vertical vents in the free-standing “fin walls”, which give shape to its open spaces. The master bedroom, with its en-suite bathroom and views to the west and north, is situated on the middle floor, off a central stairwell which leads down to a lower level and out into the property’s extensive wooded garden on the banks of the Almond. Following the staircase back up to the upper ground floor takes you to the remaining four large bedrooms, one with en-suite, as well as the main bathroom and spacious entrance hall. Generous storage space is available at all levels including a

RURAL ESCAPE ON THE EDGE OF THE CITY From its foundations up, the design of this property has been dictated by the spectacular views from its high western face. From the riverbank directly beneath, the Almond – with its abundant bird life, fish and even otters – curves south under the old stone arches of Cramond Brig and north toward the sea. Across the water, the woodland and historical buildings of the Dalmeny estate present a very rural setting in a busy city.

capacious loft with safe and easy access. Vehicular access and parking are provided at the top (via Ewerland) and bottom (via Dowie’s Mill Lane) garden levels. The attention to detail in the design of each room is painstaking and each has its own subtle architectural flourish. More importantly, the standard of the finish and

quality of the natural materials used give the property an appropriately timeless, solid feel. From the light birch of the fin walls and American white oak staircases, the crisp lines of the architecture are tempered and warmed. Clearly a labour of love, the owners of this property have created something worthy of its unique and historic location. ESPC.COM/PREMIERLIVING 37


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From fabulous fashion to spectacular spas and sporting pursuits, check out our hand-picked selection of stylish spots and exciting things to do WORDS: JONATHAN TREW

Premier places GET YOUR FASHION FIX IN THE WEST END Having worked in London as a freelance fashion stylist for everybody from Saatchi & Saatchi to top models, Sarah Cosgrove has returned to her native Scotland to open Arkangel and Felon, a women’s independent fashion boutique in Edinburgh’s West End. The boutique store provides an eclectic yet wearable mix of fashion and accessories. It stocks names like Beyond Skin, and Wilbur and Gussie, and offers a friendly environment where expert service is tailored to suit each individual customer. 4 William Street, Edinburgh. 0131 226 4466/ www.arkangelandfelon.com

MAKE A DAY OF IT AT MISSONI SPA The capital’s five-star Hotel Missoni has recently opened its snazzy new spa. Decked out in Missoni’s customary bold design, the two treatment rooms are the first in Edinburgh to offer Eve Lom and Natura Bissé treatments. Treatments start at £40 for a 30-minute therapy. The available treatments include the Diamond Lifting Facial, which was specially devised for Edinburgh’s Hotel Missoni. 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. 0131 220 6666/www.hotelmissoni.com

GO FOR IT AT NEW GLENTRESS VISITOR CENTRE Rattling your bones over the many bike trails of Glentress is set to become even more agreeable as the Glentress Peel visitor centre opens this spring. A new café and bike shop, plus shower facilities and wildlife viewing platforms, mean that the 300,000 people who now visit the Tweed Valley forest each year will be able do so in comfort. www.7stanes.gov.uk

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HELEN MACKIE answers your questions on the benefits of independent schooling

Ask the expert {QUESTION} LIFE OF LUXURY IN CRAMOND Innovative developer AMA has created a new luxury home destination called Caer Amon in Cramond. The lavish new development off Cramond Road North comprises a mix of 22 detached villas, 28 terraced and court houses, plus 32 apartments and penthouses. The architecture is distinguished by striking white-washed walls and slate roofs, with traditional lead detailing providing a contemporary Art and Craft style. www.amahomes.co.uk/0131 336 1979

AMAZING OR ANNOYING? YOU DECIDE... A former commodity trader turned controversial artist, Jeff Koons sharply divides critical opinion. Thanks to his porcelain statues of Michael Jackson, his explicit works depicting his former porn star wife and the huge sums that his art sells for, Koons is prime tabloid fodder. Others reckon that his art is a stunningly accurate refection of 21st-century cultural life. You can make your own mind up by visiting his exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art from 19 March to 3 July. 5 Belford Road, Edinburgh. 0131 624 6200/www.nationalgalleries.org

Apart from good exam results, what else will my child gain from attending an independent school?

{ANSWER} Many parents who have not experienced independent education themselves often wonder what the benefits of this sector might be. Of course, they are looking to the independent school to give their young people the best possible exam results which will see them on their way to university and a career of their choice. There is, however, another agenda; and that is the huge range of opportunities beyond the classroom which help children to develop as well adjusted, confident individuals with a sense of responsibility to their school, family and the wider community. It is through participation in sports, music, art, community work and a huge range of other clubs and activities that they develop their team-work, problem-solving and leadership skills. In some schools, there is an additional charge for some of these activities particularly if outside coaches are brought in, so check on this when you make your initial enquiries. There is, for example, usually a charge for individual music lessons, but not for participation in a range of orchestras, groups and bands. There are also trips and exchanges, local within the UK and international. Some are specifically related to the curriculum – such as geography field trips; others might be joint ventures with other schools, which give students the opportunity to work alongside students sometimes from a very different environment. Then there are often opportunities to travel abroad where they can develop their language skills, but almost more importantly, learn how to cope outside their comfort zone and develop resilience

and the adaptive capacity which is so necessary in the modern society in which they will live and work. There might be sports or music or art tours abroad, or cultural exchanges where students live with a family, or more adventurous and challenging activities to places as far afield as India, Africa or South America. Costs of course vary but, at St George’s, students can attend schools in the States, Canada, Australia, South Africa and South America for 4-6-week periods for no more than the cost of the fare. A week-long exchange with Italy can cost as little as £100 (we once managed it for £40) and, on the other hand, we did an expedition to Antarctica which was hugely expensive. All of these opportunities are of enormous benefit in terms of personal development, so do look at schools’ websites to find out more about what is on offer beyond the classroom. Helen Mackie is former Head of St George’s School for Girls

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT INDEPENDENT EDUCATION? If so, send an e-mail to advice@st-georges.edin.sch.uk We will deal with all enquiries as quickly as possible, but regret we cannot enter into personal correspondence.

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Feast your eyes on some wonderful food – and some grand designs WORDS: JULIA CORREIA

Fine food, fab views The Tower Restaurant

The Seafood Restaurant

The Dungeon Restaurant

ining out used to be about great food, but more recently it has also become about providing an overall experience. If you have an eye for architecture and enjoy a side of grand designs with your chateaubriand, there are some unique dining choices on offer. The Dungeon Restaurant is situated in the ancient, barrel-vaulted dungeons of the 13thcentury Dalhousie Castle Hotel, which sits within acres of wooded parkland on the River Esk, in Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh. The castle has retained the original characteristics guests would expect from a building like this, such as the turrets and traditional stone masonry. This adds a real sense of authenticity to the surroundings as

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guests enjoy the fine dining menu which combines traditional Scottish and classical French cuisine. For tastes that lean towards something more modern, The Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews, Fife has contemporary design and stunning views to go along with the great food on offer. The restaurant is housed in an extraordinary glass box with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views over

{LET’S EAT!} To book a table at one of these restaurants, visit: www.dalhousiecastle.co.uk www.theseafoodrestaurant.com www.tower-restaurant.com

West Sands, the Old Course and the North Sea. Diners sit in a cantilevered dining room suspended over the sea and can also watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen as they sample some of the delicious offerings, such as halibut with pommes terrine, baby gem, girolles and cumin velouté. For a truly iconic dining experience, Edinburgh’s rooftop Tower Restaurant has it all. Situated at the top of the Museum of Scotland, this striking restaurant combines cutting edge design with a luxurious dining experience with breathtaking Castle views. Visitors can choose from the many delicious dishes available, such as pancetta rabbit with warm ratatouille salad in fennel oil, while enjoying the irresistible views from the unique rooftop setting.

FEELING HUNGRY NOW? TRY THIS... Douglas Sillars, head chef at The Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews, Fife, has put together a delicious spring recipe of seabass with fennel purée for four people INGREDIENTS: Four seabass fillets, olive oil, salt, four fennel bulbs, milk and Pernod. INSTRUCTIONS: Fennel purée: • Take off the outer layers of the fennel, cut in half and remove the core. • Chop them finely and fry in a little olive oil. Stir and cover for five minutes. • Add milk until the fennel is almost covered, replace lid and cook until very soft. • Drain liquid into a jug and put fennel

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into a blender, adding milk until smooth, for about ten minutes. • Finish with a dash of Pernod and salt. Seabass: • Take the seabass fillets and score the skin to help it crisp up and cook evenly. • Season with sea salt then pan fry the fillets skin-side down in olive oil for about three minutes. • Turn them over and finish with a little butter. • Serve with spring salad, crushed potatoes and the fennel purée.

BITE-SIZE BLOG Nadine Pierce is working her way through the capital’s restaurants, bars and cafés one bite at a time – and recording her experiences in a food blog called ‘Eating Edinburgh’. It’s a must for those looking for a funny and frank account of where to eat and drink in the city – and, perhaps most importantly, where to avoid Visit http://eatingedinburgh .wordpress.com/

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2/11 Eyre Place, New Town, Edinburgh EH5 3EP Fixed price £1,400,000 A spectacular, duplex penthouse apartment finished to the very highest standard, set atop a stunning Applecross development in the New Town. Two public rooms, large kitchen/dining room, utility room, three double bedrooms, fourth bedroom/study, two en-suite bathrooms, further bathroom, guest WC, three roof terraces, shared garden and two underground parking spaces. x4

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25 Braid Road, Morningside, Edinburgh EH10 6AN Offers around £1,380,000 Substantial six-bedroom detached house situated within secluded ground on a peaceful residential road found moments from the bustling amenities of Morningside. Charming period features, generous proportions throughout, presented to a superb standard set over three spacious floors.

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Tel: 0131 222 9599 Agent: HBJ Gateley Wareing

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2 Greenhill Gardens, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh EH10 4BW Fixed price £1,300,000 Sunny, generously proportioned traditional stonebuilt villa, offering flexible family accommodation of considerable character and a large walled garden in a quiet position within easy reach of the city centre and outlying districts.

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Tel: 0131 447 4747 Agent: Hunters Residential

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Tel: 0131 270 8118 Agent: Archibald Campbell & Harley

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67 Ravelston Dykes, Ravelston, Edinburgh EH12 6HD Offers over £1,250,000

18 Claremont Crescent, New Town, Edinburgh EH7 4HX Fixed price £899,995

Superbly presented detached villa which has been thoughtfully extended to create luxury family accommodation set in 1/5th of an acre in this prime residential area.

An exceptional, spacious and flexible five-bedroom Georgian townhouse redeveloped by Sundial Properties in 2003, and located in the hugely sought-after area of Edinburgh’s New Town.

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Tel: 0131 525 8600 Agent: Simpson & Marwick

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5-BED DETACHED HOUSE Murrayfield

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15 Mayfield Terrace, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1RY Offers over £850,000 Elegant and spacious semi-detached Victorian villa offering accommodation on three floors. Quiet location in the highly desirable Blackett conservation area of Edinburgh. x6

61 Katesmill Road, Colinton, Edinburgh EH14 1JF Offers over £850,000 An extremely stylish extended five-bedroom detached house with large sunny garden and double garage forming part of an exclusive development of prestigious homes built by Cala Homes. The property, which is in a conservation area, occupies a secluded leafy position on a quiet road located in one of Edinburgh’s most popular residential areas.

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Tel: 0131 523 1546 Agent: McEwan Fraser Legal

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1 Gordon Terrace, Newington, Edinburgh EH16 5QH Offers over £849,000 A magnificent C-listed eight-bedroom end-ofterrace house occupying a corner plot in the highly desirable area of Newington, approximately 2.5 miles to the south of Edinburgh’s city centre. The property is surrounded by substantial landscaped garden grounds which include beautifully manicured areas of lawn and patio.

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Tel: 0131 556 2896 Agent: Urquharts

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Tel: 0131 525 8600 Agent: Simpson & Marwick

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7 Ormidale Terrace, Murrayfield, Edinburgh EH12 6DY Fixed price £825,000

15 Danube Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH4 1NN Offers over £825,000 An exceptional, bright and spacious four-bedroom A-listed townhouse over two floors located in the prestigious Georgian New Town area of the city. The current owners have completely refurbished the property retaining many period features. x4

Tel: 0131 525 8600 Agent: Simpson & Marwick

Located in a peaceful and highly sought-after residential street, this exceptional Victorian terraced house is the only double-fronted property on the street, and benefits from delightful enclosed gardens to the front and rear. The elegant interior of the property is beautifully presented and complemented by some charming period features.

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10-BED TOWNHOUSE New Town

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37 Mayfield Gardens, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 2BX Offers around £800,000 Impressive Victorian terraced house located in the much sought-after residential area of Newington to the south side of the city. Currently run as a 4-star guest house, but ideally suited as a substantial family home subject to necessary local authority consents. x 12

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18/23 Simpson Loan, Quartermile, Old Town, Edinburgh EH3 9GB Offers over £795,000 This rare penthouse boasts spectacular 360degree panoramic views of the city to the north, including Edinburgh Castle and to the south over to the Pentland Hills. The build and planning of the development is of an international standard and the specification is well executed, appropriate and tasteful.

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Tel: 0131 222 4860 Agent: Ritchie Neill Solicitors

3 Brunstane Road North, Joppa, Edinburgh EH15 2DL Fixed price £795,000

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This is a beautifully positioned traditional property, occupying an enviable setting in a quiet street only a stone’s throw from the promenade and beach. The elegant, well maintained and superbly proportioned accommodation is arranged over three floors and retains lovely period-style features.

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Tel: 0131 229 1212 Agent: Lindsays

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Tel: 0131 667 0232 Agent: Warners

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19 Strathearn Road, Marchmont, Edinburgh EH9 2AE Offers around £750,000

37 Palmerston Place, West End, Edinburgh EH12 5AU Offers around £775,000 Mid-terraced B-listed townhouse over five floors in sought-after location in West End. Development opportunity. Plans available for five luxury flats. Many original period features are retained. x 17

Tel: 0131 337 1800 Agent: Blair Cadell

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Well positioned within one of Edinburgh’s most desirable areas, this is an impressive family home which has been tastefully modernised over the years while retaining many original and highly attractive decorative features.

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Tel: 0131 557 2333 Agent: Doyle & Co Solicitors

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6-BED SEMI DETACHED North Berwick

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19 Carnethy Avenue, Colinton, Edinburgh EH13 0DL Offers around £750,000

44 Minto Street, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 2BR Offers over £750,000 Elegant traditional detached villa in prime location. Successful guesthouse/opportunity to convert to five flats. x 11

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Substantial stone-built B-listed church built circa 1825 and hall which is not listed linked at the rear. The hall faces onto and is accessible from Bonnington Road. x3

Tel: 0131 225 5722 Agent: Church of Scotland Law Dept

Tel: 0131 225 1200 Agent: Murray Beith Murray

18/2 Cluny Drive, Edinburgh EH10 6DP Offers around £590,000

1 Harlaw Gait, Balerno, Edinburgh EH14 7HP Offers around £700,000 Situated in a peaceful and secluded location close to the centre of Balerno, this attractive and wellpresented five/six-bedroom detached family house provides spacious and versatile accommodation with a superb landscaped garden that backs onto the Water of Leith. x 5/6

Tel: 0131 447 4747 Agent: Hunters Residential

123 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 5JB Offers around £700,000

Traditional detached villa which has been lovingly extended, refurbished and modernised by the architect owner. This truly delightful family home with five bedrooms is located in the leafy and desirable area of Colinton and has a host of interesting features.

Attractive and spacious upper villa which retains many period features. The ground and first floor comprises a shared entrance vestibule, hall, sitting room, breakfast kitchen, double bedroom, dining/sitting room and bathroom. The upper floor comprises master bedroom, two double bedrooms, and shower room.

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35 Buckstone Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 6QE Fixed price £560,000 Well proportioned detached family house in sought-after location. The house offers flexible family accommodation including sitting room, dining room/bedroom 4, family room, spacious breakfast kitchen with utility area, study, sun porch and three double bedrooms.

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Sunny, tastefully presented and well proportioned stone-built detached family home of some distinction. The main part of the house dates back to around 1680 and was once the club house for Newbattle golf club.

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Tel: 0131 200 1234 Agent: Balfour + Manson

Linden House, Inveresk Village, Inveresk EH21 7UA Fixed price £835,000 Linden House is an extremely impressive fourbedroom B-listed house situated in the charming, and highly desirable conservation village of Inveresk. The property, which forms the southern wing of Inveresk House, a handsome stone property constructed at the end of the 16th century, is set within beautiful garden grounds and has a fantastic roof terrace. x4

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Traditional stone detached cottage within one of Gullane’s most sought-after locations. Offering a versatile, extremely spacious and bright family home. There are fine natural wood finishes, wood floors, luxury contemporary bathrooms and a fabulous dining kitchen with Aga and open beamed ceiling.

This is a spectacular modern detached family house, built for the 21st century. It offers an excellent country lifestyle in a spacious, bright, tastefully decorated home with flexible spaces overlooking woodland and open farm land, with distant views to the Firth of Forth and beyond.

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Tel: 0131 270 8118 Agent: Archibald Campbell & Harley

Tel: 0131 525 8600 Agent: Simpson & Marwick

Seton Court, Whim Road, Gullane EH31 2BD Offers around £850,000

24 Newlands, Kirknewton EH27 8LR Offers around £850,000

Old Golf House, Newbattle, Dalkeith EH22 3LX Offers around £950,000

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Woodlands, Westerdunes Park, North Berwick EH39 5HJ Fixed price £820,000 Woodlands is set in outstanding walled garden grounds extending to approximately 1.25 acres and is an attractive detached stone-built house, formerly the old squash court of Westerdunes House, having been converted in 1973. x4

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Tel: 0131 625 6625 Agent: Murray Snell

Ravensheugh House, 1 Marmion Road, North Berwick EH39 4PQ Fixed price £770,000 Ravensheugh House is an outstanding and spacious private detached property retaining many original features situated at the eastern end of the much sought-after Marmion Road.

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18a Polton Road, Lasswade EH18 1AA Offers over £725,000 Striking detached house sited on an elevated position and terraced into the hillside. The property is aptly named “The Arc” after its clever curved architectural design to maximise the fabulous views on offer. The Arc is organised over three floors and much of the design – both inside and out – is simple and modernist. x6

5a Houston Mains Holdings, Dechmont EH52 6JU Offers around £700,000 Substantial, luxuriously built architect-designed detached bungalow with two warehouse/retail units each approximately 3318 sq ft set within grounds of over seven acres to be sold as one.

Overlooking the Archerfield golf course, this house offers bright and flexible accommodation extending to approx 3506 sq ft. A very high specification finish can be found throughout.

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Tel: 0131 554 6321 Agent: Beveridge & Kellas

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Briary House, Polton Bank, Lasswade EH18 1JW Offers over £685,000 Briary House is a classical Georgian country house with later Victorian extension and provides a wealth of family accommodation over two floors. It may be suitable for alternative uses as well as sub-division, subject to the necessary planning consent. x8

Tel: 0131 270 7777 Agent: Anderson Strathern

14 The Village, Archerfield, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5HT Offers over £725,000

Apartment 3, Broad Sands, Fidra Road, North Berwick EH39 4NG Price £656,000 Broad Sands is a luxury gated development of apartments situated in North Berwick. The spacious, flexible apartment is exceptional and will satisfy people looking for both contemporary and period living. x3

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Tel: 01620 892000 Agent: Simpson & Marwick

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Tel: 0131 555 2999 Agent: Lints Property

43 Polton Road, Lasswade EH18 1LT Offers over £650,000 Elmbank is a substantial Georgian-style detached villa set in secluded garden grounds of approx 1.2 acres, in the Broomieknowe conservation area and within easy commuting of Edinburgh. The property now requires complete renovation and modernisation but retains many fine features.

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28 Perth Road, Milnathort KY13 9XU Offers over £500,000

Glendoroch, Dryside Road, Glenlomond, Kinross KY13 9ND Fixed price £575,000 Superb bungalow providing beautiful open views of the surrounding countryside. This stunning property is set within a small exclusive estate of four properties and has been finished to a high standard throughout. x5

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Unique architect-designed detached property with three acres of land situated in small exclusive development near to Crook of Devon. x3

Tel: 01577 862405 Agent: Andersons

Elphin, Grange Road, Earlsferry, Elie KY9 1AL Fixed price £675,000

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13 Little Carron Gardens, St Andrews KY16 8QL Offers over £520,000

Braeview, Bridgend, Ceres KY15 5LS Offers over £565,000

Most appealing and exceptionally spacious detached villa, enjoying a quiet situation commanding a stunning, uninterrupted view overlooking Elie golf course. Excellent family accommodation.

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The Granary, Rumbling Bridge, Crook of Devon, Kinross Fixed price £495,000

A detached executive villa adjacent to open countryside and enjoying attractive views. This property has been completed to an exacting specification with high-quality finishes throughout. The spacious accommodation covers approx 265 sqm.

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Tel: 01592 206605 Agent: McKenzies

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Executive four-bedroom detached villa in private development. Viewing is a must to appreciate the space and high specification. Triple garage with self contained unit above with en-suite facilities.

Beautifully presented detached villa in small prestigious development in St Andrews. Landscaped gardens with garage, lounge, dining room, family room, dining kitchen, conservatory and five bedrooms.

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Tel: 01382 202773 Agent: Shield & Kyd

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Bogangreen House, Westloch Road, Coldingham TD14 5UB Fixed price £1,050,000 A substantial country house, circa 1764, set in an elevated position on the edge of Coldingham, with stunning views over spectacular gardens to the sea in the distance. Principal house with three public rooms and five bedrooms. Two cottages (one unfinished), walled garden, two paddocks, woodland, various outbuildings and garage. x5

Cotlands House, Greenlaw, Duns TH10 6YW Fixed price £950,000 Outstanding fully modernised country house with fabulous views, five public, six bedrooms, three bath/shower, kitchen/breakfast/family room, games room with potential as flat, 1 acre, garage, easy commute to Edinburgh.

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Plot 52, Bonnington Road, Peebles EH45 9HF Fixed price £725,000 An appealing and exceptionally spacious detached villa, enjoying a quiet situation commanding a stunning, uninterrupted view overlooking Elie golf course.

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Redford House, Maddiston, Muiravonside FK2 0BT Offers over £925,000

19 Halmyre Loan, Romanno Bridge EH46 7DN Offers around £520,000 A large five-bedroom detached villa situated in the quiet rural setting within Romanno Bridge, West Linton. Internally and externally, the property has been finished to the highest specification and is in move-in condition. x5

Tel: 0131 270 8118 Agent: Archibald Campbell & Harley

Substantial Georgian stone-built detached villa ideally situated in its own formal gardens, with a range of outbuildings together with paddocks, arable land and wooded areas. Accessed via a private driveway and set within around 70 acres of rolling countryside bordered by the River Avon.

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5-BED DETACHED HOUSE Colinton

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My Edinburgh with ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH

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Rhodesian-born Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith rose to fame with his international bestseller The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel. He has since sold 40 million books, which have been translated into 46 languages. But far from resting on his laurels, he’s still churning out new novels and travelling extensively to attend book tours, literary festivals and lecture tours around the world. Premier Living spoke with Alexander in between his globetrotting activities to find out what he looks forward to when he returns to his beloved home in Edinburgh – apart from a well-earned rest!

When the opera comes to town, I’m there. My wife has a season ticket at the Lyceum Theatre and we enjoy going out when there’s something interesting to see.

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I live in Merchiston, which is ideal as it is pretty central for the city, but retains a nice leafy feel about it with its handsome Victorian houses. I’ve lived here for 26 years. It’s nice and quiet and, in the summer, I really like to sit out and enjoy the peace in our walled garden. There’s a great selection of small shops nearby and the local Starbucks is great for a morning coffee. It’s quite a literary area as JK Rowling has a house here, and one of my closest neighbours is the crime writer Ian Rankin.

Forth and onto Fife. I love the way the hills in the distance change colour with the changing light. It’s also a favourite place for me as this is where I set my 44 Scotland Street stories and Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries.

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I also like browsing in art galleries, and particularly like The Scottish Gallery in Dundas Street. It is one of the oldest commercial galleries in Edinburgh, originally established in 1842. It’s run by Guy Peploe, the grandson of Scottish post-impressionist painter Sam Peploe and deals in contemporary and 20thcentury Scottish fine art.

I also like Dundas Street because it has a very good café called Glass & Thompson, which is great for lunch. I always used to meet Iain McIntosh, the artist who illustrates the 44 Scotland Street books, there as he has a studio in the New Town.

I enjoy cooking, and my wife is an excellent cook. We like to go to the farmers’ market at Castle Terrace under the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and we are also big fans of Valvona & Crolla, Scotland’s oldest specialist deli and wine merchant. In fact, we are very friendly with the owners Mary and Philip Contini who are great characters.

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I’m a keen runner and try to get out for a jog two-tothree times a week. I usually head for the Union Canal at Sighthill and head out west towards Polmont. It really feels good to get out into the country – but a 20-minute run is enough for me nowadays!

Another place I like to visit is The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Queen Street and its restaurant called The Dining Room. It’s in a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse and has great food and a very nice bar. ESPC: No. 1 for property in East Central Scotland


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