IN a market where the individuality and flair within a property is at a premium, DMH Baird Lumsden can take great pleasure in presenting the 17th century Allanton Mill, said to have been the last working mill in Scotland.
It doesn’t often happen that a building with immense historical characteristics and solid architectural integrity also serves as a modern and welcoming family home, but the sympathetic and generous way this building has been upgraded achieves those aims comfortably.
Allanton, almost halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh and with excellent road and rail connections to both, has been washed by the tides of history. Armies flowed back and forth across these high plains as Scotland’s fate was played out on the battlefields.
The mill took advantage of the crystal clear South Calder Water which still runs through the property and its three acre policies, and it is believed to have served the surrounding population as far back as the 1600s. In the 1930s, it was milling rye flour for the Polish bakers, converting to oatmeal during the Second World War. In the 1950s, the mill was electrified, the water tower was dispensed with and it has remained virtually unchanged since.
Except, of course, on the inside. Here, the old mill and the surrounding policies have been meticulously renovated to form a stunning four bedroom family home on three levels totalling circa 2164 ft.
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