Described as “one of Edinburgh’s finest townhouses”, 22 Moray Place in Georgia’s New Town spans 8877 square feet and offers up to nine bedrooms and “breathtaking views” of Edinburgh Castle and the Firth of Forth. It is being marketed by Knight Frank for over £4.5million.
The property is classified as A-listed, meaning it is of ‘national or international architectural or historical importance’ and is exemplary of a particular period or architectural style.
The land, originally known as the Moray Estate, was purchased by the 9th Earl of Moray from the Heriot Trust in 1782 and comprised Drumsheugh House, Moray House and its service building, and large gardens which lie between Charlotte Square and the Water of Leith.
In 1822, Francis Stuart, 10th Earl of Moray commissioned architect James Gillespie Graham to draw up plans for the construction of over 150 enormous townhouses in the countryside, resulting in stunning estates that are considered architectural gems.
One of only a handful of complete townhouses in Moray Place still exists, with most properties having been remodeled over the years.
The full six-story townhouse features five reception rooms and five bathrooms, a loft and a rooftop terrace, with each floor served by a 1920s elevator that has been described as an “incredible piece of engineering.”
It has a fascinating history, including being used as a hospital for a period after the First World War.
Knight Frank said: “Lately the house has been used by the owners as a ground floor and garden apartment and as a separate house on the top three floors.
“Since there is no spatial separation, nothing stands in the way of occupancy as a single-family home. The new owner has great potential to configure the house to their own needs and create their perfect family home.
“Already one of the most important houses in the new town, there is scope to improve it and take it to a truly exceptional level.”
The main reception rooms on the ground floor and first floor all have beautiful period details such as panelling, cornices and fireplaces.
The double reception room on the first floor is described as “particularly impressive” and runs the full depth of the building with “breathtaking” views to the front and rear.
There are up to nine bedrooms in the house, including two ‘spectacular’ rooms on the top floor. It also features a vaulted drawing room with views of Edinburgh Castle and a family kitchen with ‘phenomenal’ views over the Firth of Forth.
In addition there is access to a small roof terrace to enjoy a 360 degree view of Edinburgh. The house also has a large garden with a gate leading directly into a private park leading to the Water of Leith.
Knight Frank added: “Moray Place is arguably the best address in Edinburgh’s historic New Town and is just a short walk from the city center and the elegant and equally famous Stockbridge area.
“The New Town has some of the finest and least spoiled Georgian architecture in Britain and remains one of Edinburgh’s most popular areas to live in.”