Designed by William Adam, with Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, Mavisbank is one of the finest examples of a Palladian villa. It was built in the 1720s as a retreat for Sir John, a wealthy merchant and prominent figure in the Scottish Enlightenment, to escape the polluted atmosphere of Edinburgh.
The house passed out of the Clerk family in 1815 and went on to become an asylum. It was retired as an asylum in 1946, being purchased by its last Medical Superintendent, who returned it to use as a family home, demolishing the extensions built in the 1800s. In the 1950s the house was purchased by Archie Stevenson, who presided over 20 years of steady decline that saw Mavisbank become a dump for old vehicles before finally suffering a serious fire in 1973.
Historic Environment Scotland in collaboration with the Landmark Trust are currently seeking lottery funding to restore the building and landscape. Simpson & Brown have developed proposals to create a 5 bedroom holiday let within the main house, with a café and HES training facility located within the pavilions. The application is currently being considered with an outcome expected in the summer of 2021.
|Client name:||The Mavisbank Trust|
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