One of the finest Georgian townhouses with exquisite period detail
52 North Castle Street is one of Edinburgh's finest Georgian townhouses, with a double fronted façade, providing wonderfully bright, spacious and flexible accommodation set over three floors. The property has been extensively and painstakingly modernised by the current owners and is finished to the highest specification throughout, successfully balancing the exquisite period detailing with a range of contemporary fixtures and fittings. The features include the magnificent architraves throughout, the delicate and well-preserved decorative plaster work, flagstone floors and stone stair with wrought iron balustrades as well as fully-reconditioned astragal windows and working shutters. In addition, the mantelpieces are exceptional with fine detail and of historic significance. The property is particularly well presented throughout, with a range of colours providing warmth and colour yet sympathetic to the Georgian surroundings.
Being double-fronted, the property offers unusually broad floor areas and superb lateral living and entertaining space throughout the ground floor, perfectly complemented by the 4 generous double bedrooms on the upper floor, one of which has been beautifully crafted into a stunning dressing room, by Peden and Pringle. The drawing room and the dining room are wonderfully elegant and are situated to the front of the house, while the spacious and comfortable sitting room and beautifully appointed dining kitchen face west at the back of the house.
Two of the bedrooms on the first floor benefit from en suite bathrooms, while the third bedroom, currently used as the master, is served by the luxurious family bath and shower room.
On the lower ground floor there is a further bedroom, although this is currently used as an office. Adjacent to this is a further shower room. From the bedroom, there are French windows leading to the delightful west facing patio. Despite its central location the patio feels remarkably private and benefits from sunlight for much of the day. There is also a raised, gated and private parking area for two cars. To the front of the property there are 4 lined under pavement cellars.
While fully integral to the house, there is a stunning self-contained main door lower ground floor flat, with its own private access through the front basement area. It is beautifully presented and finished to a high specification, incorporating a spacious sitting room with a well-appointed kitchen off, a generous bedroom and a further bathroom. It currently generates a substantial annual income via short-lets, but can easily be used as guest or staff accommodation.
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Quite simply this townhouse has some of the finest period features I have seen, and with unusually spacious lateral space, this really is a gem.Ben Fox