Nestled at the end of tranquil Croft Street within the Penicuik conservation area, The Old Rectory represents a rare opportunity to acquire an historic B-listed home with more than 4000 square feet of accommodation over two levels, including five bedrooms, two vast reception rooms, a formal dining room/sixth bedroom, a conservatory and a...
Nestled at the end of tranquil Croft Street within the Penicuik conservation area, The Old Rectory represents a rare opportunity to acquire an historic B-listed home with more than 4000 square feet of accommodation over two levels, including five bedrooms, two vast reception rooms, a formal dining room/sixth bedroom, a conservatory and a magnificent family kitchen.
Constructed in 1897 for St James the Less Church, the former rectory is characterised by its unique period detailing, which includes crow-stepped gables and an oriel window, as well as an original chapel with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and leaded windows. Externally the detached property is enveloped by a beautiful walled garden that extends to one third of an acre, and further benefits from a double garage.
Above the original entrance is a masonry panel bearing the St Andrew's cross shield, a bishop's mitre, the date ‘1897' and a pair of Tudor roses. This door leads into the wide, light-filled entrance hall via a generous vestibule, as does the now principal entrance off the private courtyard.
The eastern wing accommodates a family room, a living room and a formal dining room/sixth bedroom, all of which enjoy a southeasterly aspect and idyllic garden views, as well as period fireplaces. The triple-aspect conservatory on the southwestern elevation provides another wonderful reception room with direct access to the gardens.
Continuing into the western wing you reach the heart of the home: the magnificent breakfasting kitchen and dining area. The traditional kitchen is lined with extensive cabinetry and workspace (including an inviting breakfast bar) and boasts an impressive electric range cooker, an integrated dishwasher and an integrated fridge.
The coordinating pantry provides further storage and space for additional white goods, while the practical utility room houses the boiler and laundry appliances. Perfect for family meals and relaxed entertaining, the generous dining area easily accommodates an eight-seat dining table, and allows access to the back stair hallway and a practical shower room. Completing the ground floor is a cloakroom/WC.
Bathed in light from a spectacular astragal window, the grand staircase ascends from the hall to the airy first floor landing, and then continues up to the second-floor storage attic. The breathtaking master bedroom features twin bipartite windows and a rustic stone fireplace, as well as a contemporary en-suite bathroom. Immaculately tiled in chic grey, the bathroom comprises a bath, a luxurious walk-in shower, twin washbasins and a concealed-cistern toilet. The landing also incorporates a modern three-piece shower room and a four-piece bathroom with a classic roll-top bath, as well as useful built-in storage onthe back stair landing. Continuing to the upper hall, here there are three further double bedrooms with feature fireplaces, and a single bedroom with a charming oriel window. Two exquisite leaded windows at the far end of the upper hall sit adjacent to the former chapel, which boasts a barrel vaulted ceiling and two leaded windows. The remaining windows are predominantly heritage-style double-glazed timber sashand- case and the property benefits from a gas-fired central heating system.
The idyllic 0.3-acre walled garden wraps around the property from east to west, ensuring wonderful natural light from dawn until dusk, and comprises a selection of established trees and shrubs, manicured lawns, patios areas and beds. The double garage allows secure parking for two vehicles, with additional parking and turning space provided by the driveway.
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