Life-changer of the week:Drylaw House - a 'hidden' country retreat in the heart of Edinburgh

In a leafy corner of Edinburgh, two miles from the city centre, is the magnificent Drylaw House. Now for sale, the four-storey home would make the ultimate retreat for Londoners looking to "Lexit" in style...

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In prime central London, £1.5 million might just about buy a two-bedroom penthouse. But head to Edinburgh, and the same budget can be used to snap up a palatial ten-bedroom mansion. 

Just two miles from the city centre, the 18th-century country pile has the added convenience of having schools, business and Edinburgh's cultural attractions right on the doorstep.

It sits in three acres of tranquil private grounds, discreetly tucked away from the surrounding residential area and only half a mile from the coast.

"No one knows we're here", says current owner Mr. John McAreavy. "For the past twenty years, we've been able to live a country life but in the centre of town."

Income potential: the ten-bedroom home spans four floors and 7,400 square feet, ideal for conversion into a boutique hotel subject to permissions

Drylaw House is arranged over four floors, spanning 7,400 square feet, with a mass of entertaining space that could easily convert to a fabulous boutique hotel. 

Solid wood floors, high corniced ceilings and open fires are the theme in wood panelled reception rooms and a stunning second-floor study.

Leafy views: a minimalist kitchen overlooks the landscaped rear gardens

The kitchen sports mint green cabinetry and walnut worktops and the staircase is a rather grand affair of stone stairs and elaborate balustrading.

With a guide price of £1.5 million, Drylaw House is on the market through Coulters (0131 291 0081).

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