New owners sought for Bonsyde House Hotel

Bonsyde House Hotel
Bonsyde House Hotel

Bonsyde House Hotel outside Linlithgow is to be sold as an exciting redevelopment opportunity with potential for the property to be converted into flats or a luxury home.

High on a south-facing hillside above Linlithgow, the building has for many years operated as a hotel and many people still refer to it fondly by a previous incarnation - The Earl o’ Moray.

However, originally taking the form of a late-classical, white-rendered villa, Bonsyde House dates back to the 19th century and was once the home of the renowned Scottish natural scientist and oceanographer Sir Charles Wyville Thomson.

Sir Charles was the chief scientist aboard the ‘‘Challenger’’ expendition of 1872, completing his work which revolutionised oceanography and gained him the honour of a knighthood.

However, the stress of publishing his huge volumes of research took its toll and he died at Bonsyde House in 1882.

Today, he is commemorated in the stained glass window above the altar in St Michael’s Parish Church.

Sir Charles Wyville Thomson’s lifelong home was later extended and converted into a hotel, which the most recent owners, George Ninan and Annie Kurien, acquired in 2010.

The couple gave up their day jobs as doctors to run a country hotel but, sadly, their dream did not work out for them and the couple decided to sell up after just four years.

Tucked away in the Linlithgow countryside, Bonsyde House retains much of the charm from its previous occupation. With its splendid wooden panelling, tartan carpets and its original reception desk and bar fittings, the warmth of Scottish hospitality still lingers.

Despite the tranquility of Bonsyde’s elevated location, it is by no means remote.

Linlithgow, with its historical tourist attractions, sports facilities and picturesque walking and cycle routes, is just over a mile away, and should prove attractive to any interested hotelier.

Alternatively, anyone looking to return the property to its former grandeur, a luxury home or apartments is likely to benefit from the advantages of the nearby schools and excellent rail links.

The most noticeable feature of the house is its spacious conservatory. Once used as the hotel’s restaurant, the room was given a makeover in early 2013.

The hotel offers nine bedrooms, each individually decorated and offering views of the surrounding woodland and garden areas.

Seven of the nine bedrooms are complete with en suite bathrooms with the eighth boasting an ensuite shower. The final bedroom is split into two separate rooms in the style of a suite.

Returning to the ground floor, the house retains its original entrance hall, bar areas and a meeting-room.

Towards the back lies the ample kitchen from which the hotel offered up Scottish fare including seafood and game.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a laundry room and a cellar/store-room. The property is equipped with LPG gas central heating and a septic tank.

Bonsyde House is now being marketed by Your Move, Linlithgow, at £549,000, down from the original asking price of £625,000.