I am delighted to say that we are very close to completing the £1m refurbishment of Bothwell House, a 16th century Grade A listed building that has had quite a history.
The property was home to Adam Bothwell, the Bishop of Orkney, who officiated at the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots, to the 4th Earl of Bothwell in 1567 and later to twice provost of Edinburgh, William Dick, who rose to become the wealthiest Edinburgh merchant of his generation with widespread business interests in London and France.
In the last century it was divided up and used for offices, so we have stripped everything backed to the original walls, before converting the building back to a homely residence. Existing blocked windows have been opened-up and former doorways reinstated with original timber panels and doors reused wherever possible.
In the space we have now created another five highly distinctive heritage suites bringing the total number of serviced apartments at the location to 36.
The apartments include four studios and one two bedroom suite and all have been designed to the same high standards of our existing Old Town Chambers portfolio.
Bothwell House deserves to be given a new lease of life and without losing its historic character we are bringing it into the 21st century with modern technology, smart TVs, Wifi, kitchen gadgets and contemporary furnishings. There is always a sense of pride to the sensitive restoration work that we have been a part of and the certainty that we have created a very different and evocative space for people to enjoy.