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Mavisbank House to be bought by Midlothian Council

It’s nice to see some good news, and that a formerly abandoned and decaying country house in Scotland has been saved from dereliction before it had passed the point of no return.

Final plans for the house are yet to be announced, and the trust that will take it over has still to raise the necessary funds, but it says it is confident it will be able to do so.

An architecturally renowned Georgian country house has been saved after suffering decades of neglect.

Mavisbank House near Bonnyrigg will be bought by Midlothian Council which will then transfer ownership to a Preservation Trust.

Mavisbank house was designed by William Adam in 1722.

It is described by Historic Scotland as one of the country’s most important houses and is the first Palladian villa to be built north of the border.

It was gutted by a fire in 1974.

Compulsory purchase

The Mavisbank Preservation Trust said it was confident it could restore the building.

The house is privately owned but the owners remain a mystery.

The council will use its power of compulsory purchase to buy it.

Ownership will then be transferred to the Midlothian Preservation Trust on the condition that it reimburses the council’s costs and takes full responsibility for the renovation work.

via BBC News – Mavisbank House to be bought by Midlothian Council.

Mavisbank House

Mavisbank House in 2004 © Copyright Peter Gordon

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January 11, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , ,

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