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to the mas­ter bed­room, three fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms – two of which have tur­rets and en-suite bath­rooms – and a guest wing, which com­prises three bed­rooms, an en-suite bath­room and a shower room.

The spec­tac­u­lar gar­dens and grounds at Or­mis­ton House ex­tend to around 15 acres. A C-listed bridge cross­ing the Gogar Burn, which runs through the grounds, is be­lieved to have been de­signed and built around the end of the

18th cen­tury by Alexan­der Nas­myth, best known as an artist but also an ac­com­plished en­gi­neer.

There are some great spec­i­men trees in­clud­ing a Welling­to­nia and mon­key puz­zles in the grounds too, along­side a kitchen gar­den – where once there was a ‘homemade’ swim­ming pool popular with local chil­dren – plus a ten­nis court with a pavil­ion and two pad­docks suit­able for horses.

Or­mis­ton House is set in a lovely ru­ral spot to the south­west of Kirknew­ton, pri­vate and se­cluded but handy for the vil­lage and its fa­cil­i­ties.

Liv­ingston is the near­est large town, and there are many well-re­garded schools in the area. Both Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble mak­ing it a very at­trac­tive lo­ca­tion for com­mut­ing.

For Charles and Susan, it is time to move on – and to “down­size prop­erly” this time.

Charles smiles: “Hon­estly, we would love to stay here for­ever, be­cause it has been a fan­tas­tic home for us. But this time we have to be sen­si­ble. Our next big project will be our grand­chil­dren…”

The house is set in a se­cluded spot but handy for the vil­lage of Kirknew­ton

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