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Former Home Of Scottish Inventor Appears On The East Lothian Market

Houston Mill is a 17th century, grade B listed, watermill and former home of Andrew Meikle (1719-1811), the Scottish mechanical engineer and inventor. The property, that has been sympathetically restored and converted over the years, has been launched to the market by CKD Galbraith.

Andrew Meikle was well known in the agricultural sector for inventing the threshing machine, a device used to remove the outer husks from grains of wheat. He also invented windmill 'Spring Sails' in 1772, which replaced the simple canvas designs previously used with sails made from a series of shutters that could be operated by levers.

Credited with inspiring John Rennie to become a noted civil engineer, whose creations include the Lune Aqueduct and Waterloo Bridge, his legacy lives on and his work was honoured in 2011 when he became one of seven inaugural inductees to the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.

The present owners of Houston Mill, Mr Chris Thorman and Professor Natalie Waran, bought the property in June 2011 and have significantly upgraded the property over the last 5 years to create a special and unique family home. The accommodation is set over two floors and includes five spacious bedrooms and several welcoming reception rooms, with a generously proportioned kitchen and family room at the centre of the home.

Situated in a secluded location on the edge of East Linton and surrounded by approximately eight acres of mature gardens and paddocks, Houston Mill offers a slice of rural tranquillity. The new owners would also enjoy fishing rights on around one third of a mile of the River Tyne which runs through the property's ground and has a mix of salmon and trout, as well as a resident heron. 

The property offers high-quality equine facilities, including a stable block with three loose boxes and separate tack room, an outdoor arena and a barn with several secure rooms and workshops. 

Jamie McNeill, head of residential sales at CKD Galbraith's Edinburgh office, said:

Houston Mill offers the opportunity to acquire a prime East Lothian property which offers all the benefits of rural living, combined with the convenience of local village amenities and easy access into Edinburgh, making this a truly unique proposition.

The property offers immaculately presented and flexible family accommodation, with the kitchen and family home at the centre of the house. The setting is both private and convenient, with an open outlook over the countryside to one side and the River Tyne on the other. 

The eight acres of land and high quality equine facilities make this the perfect lifestyle property and we anticipate a high level of early interest will be received.

East Linton is a pretty conservation village situated just off the A1, approximately 24 miles east of Edinburgh. It's a thriving village with a very welcoming and active community and there are numerous local amenities centred around the attractive village square. The village has an excellent primary school and there are well regarded secondary schools in North Berwick, Dunbar and Haddington, whilst Belhaven Hill in Dunbar and the highly-regarded fee paying schools in Edinburgh are easily accessible. 

Houston Mill is on the market for offers over 890,000 through CKD Galbraith. For further information please contact the firm's Edinburgh office on tel: 0131 240 6960.