Media release: Former B-listed International College offers wealth of opportunity

THE former St Colms International College, which was specifically designed as the United Free Church training Institute for the Lady Missionaries, along with the adjoining staff house, offer a plethora of opportunities as they go on sale with leading Scottish property consultants, CKD Galbraith.

Dating back to the early 1900’s and designed by Gordon Lorimer Wright, an architect of great importance of this era, St Colms International College is a remarkable example of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts building, with touches of the Beaux-Arts style.

Says a spokesperson: “Originally a college for women missionaries, and, more recently, used for various visiting religious groups, volunteers and students, today this architectural gem offers potential buyers fantastic development opportunities.

“Subject to consents it would provide an array of single apartments, retained as a small campus college, transformed into student accommodation, or alternatively would lend itself well as a beautiful boutique hotel.”

In its current state, St Colms International House comprises a dining hall, commercial kitchen, offices, public rooms, meeting rooms and ample bedroom facilities on two upper floors, as well as boasting a beautiful chapel that comfortably seats 50.

An abundance of original period features exist giving St Colms a distinct charm that cannot be replicated. Delightful qualities include timber sash and case windows, mahogany stair with carved lion newel posts and period Arts and Crafts ironmongery throughout.

The detached Staff House – originally two separate dwellings – was built in 1988.

It provides a large living and dining room, sitting room, grand office, downstairs toilet and large kitchen, as well as a further four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor. This property is ideal for family living or as auxiliary accommodation for the school building.

The properties are set within approximately an acre of stunning grounds, originally landscaped by Norah Geddes, daughter of Patrick Geddes responsible for laying out the Scottish National Zoological Park, now referred to as Edinburgh Zoo.

This style, combined with the stained glass windows presents St Colms as being one of the great examples of the slightly bohemian element of Edinburgh society at that time.

Generous off-street parking and a hard tennis court provide added appeal.

Despite its close proximity to Edinburgh City Centre, St Colms provides access to an abundance of outdoor space.

Located on desirable Inverleith Terrace, within the Inverleith Conservation Area, these exquisite properties boast views over the Botanic gardens to the front as well as a panoramic view of the magnificent Edinburgh skyline and its famous Castle to the rear.

A wide range of shops, restaurants, and other amenities are within easy reach and close proximity to train and bus links means not only can potential buyers enjoy all that Edinburgh has to offer, but also have the rest of the country at their fingertips.

CKD Galbraith invite offers over £2.5million for St Colms International House and seek offers over £700,000 for the detached Staff House, to be sold either with or following the successful sale of St Colms.


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About CKD Galbraith:

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 180 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

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