Prestige Estate: Enchanted by all Baronial Tricks

The 17th century house was extensively remodeled and extended for use as his own home in the late 19th century by JG Fairley, the well-known Scottish architect.

Fairley is responsible for many churches in West Lothian. The quirky Dean Bridge house in Edinburgh is also one of his projects and some of the same features – Scottish baronial style on a domestic scale – are present here.

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In which Illustrated Architectural Guide to West LothianThe authors describe Meadowhead as, “All the baronic tricks: cord courses, flat corbels, slender crow-stepped gables, and a huge dormer window.”

Meadowhead House, Addiewell, West Lothian

The mansion was converted into a hotel in 1954 but returned to private ownership in 1994.

Moi Ali, who bought the property 23 years ago with her husband Paul Wilson, says when the couple looked to move out of Edinburgh, they were drawn to the character and space the house offered.

She recalls: “We wanted a house with a garden – seclusion, but not seclusion – in a location close to the city.”

Moi is the author of books on communication and Paul recently retired as an NHS manager. Both travel for work and West Lothian has proven to be the perfect base.

Meadowhead House, Addiewell, West Lothian

And her family really enjoyed Meadowhead’s unique qualities. The impressive entrance hall features original parquet floors and an oak beamed ceiling. The tower room on the top floor, with windows on all sides, serves as Paul’s study with its vaulted ceiling and fireplace.

Ornate wood paneling is found throughout the house, most of which originally dates from the 130-year-old conversion, but some were later salvaged from a Scottish castle.

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The one-storey stone hall in a former stable has a separate entrance and could be used as an outbuilding, studio, office or gym. The hotel’s former event space, Moi and Paul, has retained its dance floor, and the former says it’s been used countless times, particularly when their two children were younger. “We had a bouncy castle, huge sleepovers and magic shows. It was also great for teenagers – they could play music with friends and not disturb us.”

Meadowhead House, Addiewell, West Lothian

Two plaster consoles built into the house commemorate the visits of Burns and Sir Walter Scott, while as a hotel it has hosted many well-known acts. Moi says: “Billy Connolly’s band, the Humblebums, were regulars and we still meet people who came here to see Mud and the Walker Brothers.”

The couple have done an enormous amount of restoration work. Moi explains: “There were structural things that had to be tackled, like the roof and rotting work – all the things that you can’t see but that cost a lot of money.

“We’ve just installed a new boiler so we feel like everything costly and tedious is done – perfect for the next owner.”

The garden needed work too. Moi says, “Because it was a hotel, there was a lot of asphalt and it was a big job picking it up, carting it away and replacing it with turf.” Paul completed a dry-stone dike course while landscaping, adding borders and shrubs.

Meadowhead House, Addiewell, West Lothian

It made the outdoor area ideal for a young family. Moi says: “Close the gate and it is perfectly safe to adventure, build caves and camp.”

A homestead on the site is now a picturesque ruin. Moi says it offers potential for the next owner: “We didn’t vacate it because we know it could be built on in the future because the footprint is there.

“We bought three or four houses with planning permission, so there is a precedent. The house could – for now – appeal to a family who are also interested in developing the site before they leave.”

Meadowhead House, Addiewell, West Lothian is priced at over £750,000.

For more information, please contact Knight Frank on 0131-222 9600.

Meadowhead House, Addiewell, West Lothian
Meadowhead House, Addiewell, West Lothian
Meadowhead House, Addiewell, West Lothian

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