Bought by an expatriate Scot in 2010.
This striking Arts & Crafts house, previously called The Pleasance, was built around 1900 by the Architect Sydney Mitchell for his own use. Whilst comparatively modest in scale to the nearby Greywalls by Lutyens, its response to the landscape to make the most of the sea views is considered by some to be more successful.
At the time of purchase by our Client, significant parts of the house had been demolished and what was left was in poor if habitable condition. Despite the category A listing we were successful in adding three significant extensions, restoring the original layout and appearance of the house – as best we could given that the curtilage had been altered – including the reinstatement of Mitchell’s flower corridor, which is thought to be unique.
Muirfield Gate is now one of the very best country house accommodations in Scotland with stunning views over the first fairway of the famous Muirfield championship golf course to the Firth of Forth, a true golfers’ paradise.
We have also been commissioned to carry out a similar project on the adjacent house, which used to be the ‘back of house’ accommodation to The Pleasance – housing staff, workshops, stables and so on. This is now on the drawing board and will soon be a four-bedroom house finished to a similarly high standard.
The house was photographed by and featured in Country Life Magazine in 1907. This occurred again 106 years later when Country Life revisited the finished property in 2013. It was also nominated for two RIAS awards in 2013.