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TV’s Kirsty voices fears about Mavisbank House

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.

Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark has said she would be devastated if Loanhead’s historic Mavisbank House had to be demolished.

Ms Wark was the property’s celebrity advocate when efforts began to restore the house on the BBC Restoration programme in 2003.

Speaking to the Advertiser last week she said: “It is one of the truly great country villas outside Edinburgh and I think it would be devastating if it was to be razed to the ground.

“My understanding is that, if something doesn’t happen soon, that is what is going to happen.”

The Mavisbank Trust is to reapply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £3.2 million.

Last week it revealed that vandalism was causing concern for the fabric of the building. A chimney collapsed in recent weeks.

Ms Wark added: “[Mavisbank] is hugely important and for it to be lost would be dreadful. I think it is a wonderful building and I really, really hope the trust application is successful.”

Read more on this story in the October 17 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.

 

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