Spacious flat to let in Penicuik

Available from mid October 2016 following move overseas of present tenant

The Flat: Valleyfield House


Self contained first floor flat behind its own front door which opens on to the hallway of the Kellys’ house (downstairs is the Valleyfield Saturday Market, Penicuik Pottery, HelpExchange room, exhibition room, library, further upstairs is the monthly Friends Meeting Room and the Kellys’ accommodation.


Valleyfield House itself is a wonderful quiet location, overlooking the Esk Valley, Uttershill Castle and open country, in attractive gardens and woodland with its own ancient bubbling spring (St Mungo’s Well) and regular wildlife (deer, squirrels, badgers, heron, doves, magpies, owl, crows). Yet just at the gates is a busy small town High Street with Penicuik Town Hall, Saturday Open House, Sunday Cinema, excellent Italian & Bengali restaurants, the new Storehouse Bakery and Lost Garden Food Hall, Arts Café, shops and Lidl supermarket)  There are express buses to Edinburgh, Dumfries, Melrose, Peebles and Biggar, frequent Lothian double-decker services on City routes till midnight and Lothian night buses at all hours. Library, swimming pool, gym, clubs, classes and six churches and church halls are a walk away in the town centre or across the park.


Built for the Lords of the Admiralty by Robert Reid, the King’s Architect in Scotland, in 1812, and extended by Thomas Hamilton, architect of the Royal High School on Calton Hill, over the years the house has welcomed Thomas Chalmers, Elizabeth Fry, Prince Frederick VII of Denmark, W.E.Gladstone and Evelyn Laye.  Now as always it is the quiet centre for international incomers and a lot of local activity nearby, from the new Penicuik Museum to the Penicuik Vaults singers, from riding for disabled at Rosewell to the Great Polish Map of Scotland at Eddleston, and to the restoration of the magnificent Lost Garden of Penicuik a mile away.


The Flat is a haven and a good place to let just in its own terms.  For anyone who might want to get involved in local community life, it is even better.


The Flat would suit a single person or a couple. It is not really suitable for pets or probably children.  There’s a small private lobby with piano behind The Flat’s lockable door from the Hall, leading to 1: Roomy Kitchen, dining, study area with windows one east over woodland and one south across the valley.  2: Bath & Shower room with south window overlooking valley, and 3: roomy Lounge/ bedroom/ study -one window looks south over the valley and another looks west over the large garden.

Parking spaces are under the window. Central heating. Fully furnished. Generous storage space.


Cost £600 per calendar month covers gas, electricity and council tax.  Contact Jane & Roger Kelly, Valleyfield House, 17 High Street Penicuik Midlothian EH26 8HS  tel 01968 677854

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Deer in the woods by the old billiard room, seen through a window of Valleyfield House by Alyssa Watson of New Zealand in January 2013


Valleyfield House in the 1840s    Old doocot in the 1860s where the billiard room stands                     Valleyfield House in the 1980s

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Jane & Roger Kelly, Valleyfield House, 17 High Street Penicuik Midlothian EH26 8HS   tel 01968 677854


Breton flag flies by the old Gypsy Caravan at Valleyfield House during visit of Louis Rus, July 2012



Spacious flat to let in Penicuik

Self contained, spacious, sunny flat on first floor of a large historic house in a secluded quiet corner of the old town centre with great views: set in its own grounds with ample parking. 2 large, well furnished rooms. Kitchen/dining room and Bedroom/sitting room. Bathroom with electric shower over bath.  It is a great place to live, surrounded by countryside with good walks and cycle paths yet in the town centre with all its shops and frequent fast buses to all parts of Edinburgh, Peebles and Dumfries. Council tax and fuel included. Suitable for single person or couple. No smokers or pets please. £600 pcm includes heating etc                    Contact: or 01968 677854


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Daffodil and bluebell bank and pond below the house              House and old billiard room              Belvedere in wall below house

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House from the valley 1830s                                          Valleyfield House and Papermill 1840s

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Valleyfield Monument 1850s             House and old walled garden about 1910                 Launching Ness Yawl Jeanie Henderson in the 1990s

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Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847) Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) Frederick of Denmark (1808-1863) William Gladstone (1809-1898) Evelyn Laye (1900-1996) Jessie Matthews (1907-1981)