The conservation village of Lasswade is just one mile south of the farm and is a well-established and sought after residential area. The City Bypass is half a mile away, while Edinburgh city centre lies six miles to the north. There are excellent services in the area with good local shopping and schooling and a wide range of recreational facilities, as well as a number of golf courses including Kings Acre, Broomieknowe and the Melville Golf Centre. The Pentland Hills offer a variety of picturesque walks and the Hillend dry ski slope. Various highly rated independent schools are within easy reach, including Merchiston, George Watson’s, Fettes and Loretto. Lasswade is also well located for access to Edinburgh Airport and the central Scotland motorway network.
Wester Melville is a compact arable farm in a highly accessible location a short distance south of Edinburgh. The farm comprises an attractive period farmhouse in need of renovation, a traditional cottage, approximately 8,800ft2 of traditional stone buildings, useful modern farm sheds and 69.06 acres of productive farmland.
Given Wester Melville’s proximity to Edinburgh and its location between the settlements of Lasswade and Loanhead the land may offer medium to long term potential for development. In the short term the traditional farm buildings may offer potential for conversion. Both opportunities would be subject to obtaining the appropriate permissions.
The farm is offered for sale as a whole or in up to three lots which can be summarised as follows:
Lot 1 Wester Melville Farm – 10.71 acres – Offers over £500,000
Lot 2 Wester Melville Cottage – 0.27 acres – Offers over £165,000
Lot 3 Land at Wester Melville – 62.07 acres – Offers over £400,000
Lot 1 Wester Melville Farm
Wester Melville Farmhouse is an attractive period farmhouse occupying an elevated south-east facing position affording fine views across to North Berwick Law and Bass Rock to the east and the Pentland Hills to the west. This attractive house is of stone construction under a pitched slate roof with timber sash and case windows. While the house retains much of its original character, the accommodation is in need of renovation but offers potential to create a fine family home.
The accommodation is as shown on the floor plan and in summary comprises two reception rooms, a kitchen, WC and ample storage to the rear. On the first floor there are four bedrooms and a bathroom off a galleried landing.
To the west of the house is an enclosed garden which adjoins the traditional steading and incorporates the patio area to the rear of the house. Beyond the garden is an 8.47 acre paddock which is suitable for both stock and horse grazing.
Wester Melville is equipped with an extensive range of attractive traditional farm buildings and useful modern sheds which are accessed off the main farm track. The approximate dimensions and construction are as follows:
Store (8.9m x 6.8m) Timber frame clad with corrugated iron sheeting.
Straw shed (26.1m x 6m) Steel portal frame clad with box profile sheeting.
General purpose shed / cattle court (23.4m x 15.4m) Steel portal frame with box profile
roof and hardcore base.
General purpose shed (20.7m x 11.6m) Steel portal frame with corrugated roof and
Range of traditional stone built buildings arranged around a courtyard extending to
approximately 500 sq.m. Some of the buildings have been adapted to provide stock
Former cattle courts (17.4m x 15.5) – Predominantly brick and timber construction under a
Lot 2 Wester Melville Cottage
Wester Melville Cottage is an attractive single storey detached cottage of traditional stone construction under a slate roof. Internally the accommodation includes a sitting room with door opening onto the garden, a kitchen and two bedrooms. To the rear is a large garden with fine views eastwards over the surrounding countryside. It is currently occupied by under the terms of a Short Assured Tenancy.
Lot 3 Land At Wester Melville
Lot 3 comprises a 60.59 acre arable field and a narrow strip of woodland and rough grassland extending to 1.48 acres which runs along the north eastern boundary. The land is categorised as Class 3(1) with a small area of Class 2 and lies between 110m and 130m above sea level. The soils across the field have an excellent working depth and are described as a medium loam derived from the Rowanhill / Cliffnock soil association characterised by Brown soils and Mineral gleys, and are capable of growing excellent yields of cereal crops. The present farming system is based on a rotation involving winter wheat and winter oil seed rape. Access is taken off the main farm track via a set of double gates.
Acreage: 73 Acres
Turn off the Edinburgh City Bypass at the Lasswade Junction (A768). Turn right at the junction onto Lasswade Road and continue for 500 metres before turning right into the farm drive. Continue along the farm drive to the house and buildings.