The beautifully and immaculately presented four-bedroomed main door property spans two floors of a stunning Georgian townhouse located in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic New Town.
Situated on one of the most desirable streets in the UNESCO Heritage-listed New Town, North Castle Street was once home to Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s most treasured writers.
The A-listed property boasts a wealth of period features including flagstone flooring, sash and case astragal windows with working shutters, magnificent original fireplaces, richly ornate rose circles, decorative ceiling cornicing and dado panelling.
Finished to an exceptionally high standard, the property features magazine-worthy interiors in a soft neutral colour palette incorporating sumptuous fabrics, design-led fixtures and fittings, marble bathrooms and a bespoke kitchen with brand-name appliances.
It provides the perfect combination of period charm, contemporary style and well-proportioned accommodation that is ideally suited for modern family living.
With its prime city centre location, North Castle Street sits on the doorstep of Edinburgh’s main shopping and entertainment thoroughfares and close to many of the city’s major historic and cultural attractions.
Summary of Accommodation
Main Front Door, Entrance Vestibule, Reception Hall, Sitting Room, Dining Kitchen, Utility Cupboard, Shower Room, Bedroom Four/Home Office, Hall Cloakroom Cupboard & Under Stair Storage Cupboard
Principal Bedroom & En-suite Bathroom, Double Bedroom Two, Jack & Jill Bathroom, Double Bedroom Three
61 North Castle Street forms part of an elegant terrace of Georgian townhouses and tenements. The property combines the elegance and grandeur of Georgian living and period charm with stylish contemporary features. The spacious accommodation is as follows:
Entrance Hall: The handsome sandstone property is accessed from the wide street via stone steps that lead up to the classical Georgian columned front door flanked by planters with bay trees and topped with an intricately detailed fan light. A spacious entrance vestibule leads to the glass-panelled double door that opens into an impressive reception hall with flagstone flooring, ceiling corning, two decorative feature arches and a traditional-style lantern light. On entering, you have the immediate impression of elegant grandeur and period drama that continues to run through the property. The hall features a good-sized cloakroom cupboard and deep under stair storage. There is an original stone staircase with a cast iron decorative balustrade and mahogany handrail that leads up from the hall to the first-floor landing.
Sitting Room: The spectacular bow-ended sitting room benefits from three sash and case windows with working shutters that offers lovely views across the front of the property to the Georgian townhouses on the opposing side of the wide street. The elegantly furnished room boasts some fine architectural details including a richly ornate rose circle, ceiling cornicing, dado panelling and a magnificent period fireplace with intricately decorated wood mantel and a black marble hearth.
Kitchen: The bespoke dining kitchen is stylish and functional with a large central island that incorporates a two-drawer dishwasher and storage units on one side and an integrated wine fridge and a breakfast bar counter that can accommodate three bar stools on the other. There is plenty of preparation space on the marble countertop as well as an integrated sink unit with a Quooker tap. The well-equipped kitchen features many brand-name integrated appliances including a Miele coffee machine, Miele microwave, Falcon Range Cooker with five gas hob, double oven, grill and extractor fan. In one corner of the ceramic floor-tiled room, there is a circular dining table with a built-in wood banquette as well as room for additional chairs. The kitchen is bathed in natural light from the large kitchen window that offers open views of the surrounding classical architecture. There is also a walk-in utility cupboard that houses the washing machine, tumble dryer as well as other laundry equipment.
Bedroom Four: This versatile room is currently being used as an additional bedroom with a set of bunk beds but could be easily utilized as either a home office or a snug/TV room.
Completing this floor is a partially tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower, wash basin, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail and WC.
Principal Bedroom: The sweeping staircase leads to the first-floor landing that accesses the three double bedrooms. The principal bedroom shares the same picturesque street views as the sitting room through stunning triple bow sash and case windows. The generously sized room features an immaculate carpet, lavish furnishings, ornate rose circle, dado panelling and an impressive period fireplace with embellished mantel and a black marble hearth. There is a luxurious en-suite marble bathroom with a modern free-standing bath with hand shower appliance, a wall-inset television, double wash basin unit with below storage, a large walk-in shower, heated towel rail and WC. As well as a large, frosted window with working shutters, the room also has an attractive fan light feature window and ceiling cornicing.
Bedroom Two & Three: There are two further good-sized and well-dressed bedrooms sitting at the rear of the house that enjoy open views of the surrounding Georgian architecture.
Bathroom: These bedrooms share a Jack & Jill marble-tiled bathroom comprising a walk-in shower, double wash basin unit with below storage, heated towel rail and WC.
61 North Castle Street is situated between Queen Street and George Street, in the heart of the city’s UNESCO Heritage-listed New Town. George Street is one of the city’s prestigious streets and is lined with upmarket hotels, cafes, restaurants and shops. The property lies within walking distance of the city’s main business and financial districts as well as the cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Stockbridge with its village atmosphere, weekly food market, independent shops, cafés and restaurants.
There are plenty of recreational and leisure facilities nearby including Bannatyne Health Club on Queen Street and the Health Centre & Spa at the Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel. Within walking distance are Drumsheugh Swimming Baths, the Edinburgh Sports Club and the Dean Tennis Club. Nearby golf clubs nearby including Murrayfield and the Royal Burgess.
In terms of green open spaces, North Castle Street sits across the road from the private Queen Street Gardens East that residents are eligible to join for small annual membership free. Princes Street Gardens is just a stroll away whilst the Royal Botanic Gardens, Inverleith Park, home to community tennis court and a children’s play park, and the Water of Leith Walkway are all within comfortable walking distance.
The area is well catered in terms of local amenities with a Tesco Express on Princes Street and a Sainsbury’s Local on Howe Street whilst there is a Waitrose in Stockbridge.
The property lies within the catchment area for highly regarded Stockbridge Primary and Broughton High schools with private schooling options including The Edinburgh Academy, Fettes College, Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools (ESMS) and St George’s School nearby.
North Castle Street benefits from zoned parking outside the property and lies within easy reach of the city’s public bus and tram network to Edinburgh International Airport as well as Waverley and Haymarket stations. The City By-pass, the Queensferry Crossing and Scotland’s motorway network area can all be easily accessed.
Proof and Source of Funds / Anti Money Laundering
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Fixtures and Fittings:
The Sub Zero fridge freezer in kitchen, chandelier in principal bedroom, lantern in the downstairs hall, wall lights on the stairs and chandelier in the sitting room are excluded from the sale. Other items specifically mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale. In all other aspects the treatment of fixtures and fittings within the relevant Conveyancing Standard Clauses apply.
Gas central heating, mains water, gas and electricity, broadband, telephone (subject to telephone providers’ regulations.)
Council Tax Band Category: G
By appointment through Rettie & Co, 11 Wemyss Place, Edinburgh EH3 6DH. Tel: 0131 220 4160.
1. The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Rettie & Co, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.
2. The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into contract in reliance on the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.
3. Any error, omission or mis-statement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause for action.
Particulars prepared March 2022 – First Issue.