Love at first sight

Champfleurie Cottage
Champfleurie Cottage

This A-listed cottage outside Linlithgow completely captured the hearts of Linda and Craig Walker when they were house hunting six years ago.

The couple were moving from Edinburgh and looking for somewhere a little larger but also handy for their work in the capital.

And it appears that the charms of this three-bedroom house were just irresistible.

Mrs Walker said: “We lived and worked in the city.

“We saw this house and just completely fell in love with it straight away.

“It’s lovely to work in the city and come home to this.

“It’s an oasis.”

Since welcoming their two children to the family, the couple have found that it’s a great place to bring up their little ones, too.

With a large south-facing garden for the summer and a cosy fire in the winter, it’s proved to be homely with a semi-rural feel.

But 1 Champfleurie Cottage also has plenty of other delights that exude style and charm.

In addition to the original fireplaces, diamond-detailed leaded pane windows and wooden beams, it also has a stunning spiral staircase, solid-wood flooring, a contemporary bathroom and family-sized kitchen.

Mrs Walker said: “The features are really delightful.

“We love the wood-burning stove in the living room, it’s nice and cosy.

“The solid wood floor is also original, and is reclaimed wood from a gym floor.

“There’s also solid oak flooring in the dining room.

“The garden at the back is also beautiful. It’s mature and colourful all the year round.

“There’s a sycamore tree to give the kids some shade in the summer.”

“The views are also stunning.

“From upstairs, you can see right across the fields and the Forth Road Bridge.”

The cottage also boasts a large detached garage, and there’s also an outhouse where the family have a freezer and household appliances.

These extras add to the storage within the property which includes two large walk-in cupboards and a handy under-stairs coat cupboard.

Despite moving from this property, the couple say that they would like to stay in Linlithgow.

Mrs Walker added: “Linlithgow is brilliant for everything. It’s great for the kids; we’re always at the loch to feed the ducks and the town itself has everything you need.

“The train station in Linlithgow is also excellent.”