When Morag Day and her family moved into St Catherine’s at 7 Royal Terrace, Linlithgow, in 2008, she was captivated by its original period features. Having lived in modern homes for most of her adult life, the stone built villa’s ornate cornicing and wooden panelling brought back fond memories of the Victorian home she grew up in.
Rising to the creative challenge of restoring the property, the Days set to work gutting and upgrading the bathroom and kitchen, as well as painting, decorating and fitting new carpets in other parts of the property.
Morag said: “It was really important for us to keep the original features in mind while we upgraded.
“However, in some rooms, like the kitchen, we had more of a blank canvas to work with and were able to go for a more contemporary look.”
Now for sale, St Catherine’s is a ‘B’ listed building which offers unspoilt views over Linlithgow Loch – a picturesque scene regardless of the weather.
One of the property’s highlights is the atmospheric dining room, with a chandelier included in the sale. Easily accommodating 12 guests, it’s perfect for dinner parties and family gatherings at Christmas and New Year.
The kitchen, with its central island and integrated breakfast bar, also provides an informal area for the family to congregate. Its five-ring gas range, extractor hood and American style fridge/freezer are included in the sale. Kitted out with glass units and granite work surfaces, the chic modern look contrasts with the Victorian features in the drawing room, which impresses with bay windows, ceiling rose and ornate decorative plasterwork.
The property has six bedrooms, one of which is currently used as a fitness suite and looks out onto the Union Canal. The master bedroom boasts a walk-in dressing area with ample storage space as well as views of the historic courtyard at the rear of the house.
The bathroom has a contemporary feel, with its white suite, chrome ladder-style radiator, tub and separate shower cabinet.
Outside, the walled garden is surprisingly tranquil given the property’s central location.
“When you’re listening to the birdsong, you can hardly believe you’re practically on the high street,” said Morag.
Guest parking isn’t a problem, with a gravel driveway to the front and access to the stable/garage area via the rear courtyard.
Offers Over - £530,000
Peterkin and Kidd,
6-8 High Street,