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