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The Herald (Glasgow)
May 16, 2005
NEWS; Pg. 9
A house with all mod cons . . . except weather;
Americans ask pounds-13.5m for Scots mansion after just one winter

COUNTRY PILE: An American buyer is being sought for Middleton Hall, which comes with its own helipad, lake, acres of ground, lodges, stables, and a cottage.

A MANSION has been put up for sale for more than pounds-13m because its owners do not like the Scottish weather.

Middleton Hall, just outside of Edinburgh, belongs to a reclusive Californian couple who bought it last year for pounds-2.25m.

William and Anne Carrington have spent millions of pounds on extensive refurbishments to the house. But after just one winter they have decided to sell the mansion in Borthwick, Midlothian, and move somewhere warmer.

The property includes an eight-bedroom country house, two lodges, converted stables and a cottage. It boasts its own helipad, lake, and a 113-acre garden.

The land is enclosed by a 10ft high, two-mile perimeter wall.

The owners have already had significant interest in the property.

Steve Martin, the American comedian, is understood to be interested in the house.

He has said he would like to buy a home in Scotland and his representative is understood to have contacted the estate agents handling the sale of Middleton Hall.

The A-listed neo-classical mansion was built in 1710 and is comprised of a central section and two symmetrical wings.

It has an oak-panelled reception hall with a gallery on the first floor, a library, formal dining room, aerobics room, billiards room, spa, sauna and cinema room.

Its garage has space for five cars.

The 70-acre lawn has been used by Runrig, the Scottish rock band, to rehearse for outdoor concerts, and has also been used as a training ground by the Scottish rugby team.

The house was once owned by the Scottish Office, which had hoped to convert it into a training school for prison officers.

The sale is being handled by Audree Mevellec, an estate agent based in Richardson, Texas.

A source said: "The owners are from California and they are selling up because they just don't like the weather. They have done a huge amount of work on the house, which is absolutely stunning.

"It is being marketed exclusively in the States because that's where the big money is for a property of this kind."

Locals said they knew little about the owners.

Anne Ruffel, postmistress in the neighbouring village of North Middleton, said no-one living nearby knew who the owners were. She said: "Vans of workmen come in and out of the house but we have no idea who owns it.

"They never come down to anything we put on at the village hall."

Jamie McNab, estate agent at FPD Savills, who sold the property to the Carringtons, said he believed the pounds-13.5m asking price for the property was realistic.

Mr McNab said: "Our office in Sloane Square in London has sold a house for pounds-60m, so I think there is a room to push prime Scottish values significantly higher.

"The price may be staggering for Scotland but it may not be for someone from America who may regard a house going for pounds-13m as cheap, " he added.

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