Views are well framed

Kettilstoun Hills, POTW 20 Feb 2015
Kettilstoun Hills, POTW 20 Feb 2015

There has been a dwelling on the site of this converted farmhouse in Linlithgow since Jacobean times.

But it’s fair to say it would have borne little resemblance to the property that stands there today.

This stunning house, which sits in five acres, has been radically changed to make the most of its amazing location, with fantastic views that stretch out into the distance over fields to Cockleroy, near Beecraigs.

And the views are very much part of what makes this home so special.

The kitchen has been designed with huge windows that flood the area with light, leading into a dining area that simply invites you to linger over a meal and soak up the picture postcard scenery.

Owner Elizabeth Hamilton, who has lived in the house for 11 years, knew she wanted to make changes when she moved in. And, after living in the house for a while, it soon became clear to her what changes were required when work started in earnest in 2008/9.

The kitchen/dining area, which Elizabeth describes as being “the heart of the house”, had always attracted guests keen to admire the views.

Working closely with an architect, it was opened up and huge windows installed.

The L-shaped house was extended into exisiting out-buildings; the garage becoming a study while the old barn became the master bedroom, with its luxurious en-suite bathroom. There is also a separate sitting room and a further three bedrooms.

Elizabeth was delighted with the results. “It works really well as a functional family home and it’s a great space for entertaining.

“It’s ideal for accommodating visitors and an absolutely idyllic spot.

“It is in the country but you are only a mile and a half away from Linlithgow High Street.

“We very much feel that we are part of a small rural community, although it is ideal for commuters too.

“When you’ve had a hard day in the city it’s lovely to return to such an idyllic setting. You can really switch off and relax.”

There are outbuildings that have the potential to be developed, subject to planning permission, and the land would also be ideal for someone who wants to keep horses.

In addition, it is close to Linlithgow’s primary and secondary schools and a mini-bus picks up children travelling into town.

“It is very private and very rural but it is not isolated at all,” added Elizabeth.