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Imposing mansion house in Midlothian

The Dowery House is a memorable B listed property in Midlothian dating back to the 1600s, with later additions. For instance the panelled interiors date from the early 20th century when the property became the dower house for nearby Vogrie House.

The façade is imposing, with castellations and turrets but the interior has been fully modernised for modern family life with lots of quirky features. The ground floor has a terrific panelled reception hall with cornicing, and gives access to the principal reception rooms. The drawing room is a fine room for entertaining with a welcoming open fireplace and a door out to the patio; double doors lead to the butler’s pantry; the sitting room is full of charm and leads to a spiral staircase hall beyond which are the bar and the billiard room; the dining room also double doors to the terrace, while the study features a fitted fish tank.

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Upstairs the morning room has an impressive plasterwork ceiling and an open fireplace – there are four first floor bedrooms including the master suite. The second floor has two further bedrooms, one with access to the turret staircase.

Outside the grounds have been landscaped with a variety of shrubs, plants and trees. The formal garden is adjacent to the house and an ornamental pond draws the eye from the front door and mature trees flank well-stocked herbaceous borders. The kitchen garden has fruit bushes and raspberry canes.

The top section of garden has an enclosed paddock and stable with four loose boxes and the orchard has fruit trees and a good sprinkling of bulbs. To the south is a block of woodland consisting of a mixture of deciduous trees and evergreens including hollies.

The land comes to around seven acres. The Dowery House is located in a fine position above Ford in Midlothian. Pathhead has excellent local facilities nearby and the house is just 12 miles from Edinburgh.

The guide price is £2.2m. For further information please contact Savills on 0131 247 3700 or visit

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