Bid to save Loanhead mansion

Mavisbank House, Loanhead, Midlothian''Mavisbank House is a hidden gem, tucked away between the Midlothian communities of Loanhead, Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and Dalkeith and is architecturally renowned as one of the country's earliest neo-classic houses as well as the very first Palladian villa to be built in Scotland.'Although Mavisbank is now in a derelict condition, and its once beautiful designed landscape is neglected and overgrown, the beauty, history and European significance of this 'A listed building make it worth fighting for, as potentially one of Edinburgh and the Lothians' most beautiful landmarks.

Mavisbank House, Loanhead, Midlothian''Mavisbank House is a hidden gem, tucked away between the Midlothian communities of Loanhead, Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and Dalkeith and is architecturally renowned as one of the country's earliest neo-classic houses as well as the very first Palladian villa to be built in Scotland.'Although Mavisbank is now in a derelict condition, and its once beautiful designed landscape is neglected and overgrown, the beauty, history and European significance of this 'A listed building make it worth fighting for, as potentially one of Edinburgh and the Lothians' most beautiful landmarks.

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A LEGAL move is being made to save an endangered historic building in Midlothian.

Midlothian Council is ready to step in to protect Mavisbank House, an A-Listed mansion regarded as one of the nation’s architectural gems.

The council agreed in principle last week to use its compulsory purchase powers to acquire legal title to the house, which lies in the valley of the River North Esk between Bonnyrigg and Loanhead.

If this takes place, ownership of the property would transfer immediately to the Mavisbank Trust, a subsidiary company of the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust.

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