Pittendreich House

A residential care home for the elderly located within extensive grounds on the northern edge of Lasswade in Midlothian, Pittendreich House is a substantial sandstone villa built in the Jacobean baronial style in 1857. It was the work of David Bryce (1803-76) for Sir George Deas, Lord of Session (1804-87). There are none of Bryce's usual pepperpot turrets, but there are fine examples of crow-stepped gables, together with an unusual sunken service wing. The interior was refurbished by Lorimer & Matthew in 1928, who installed fireplaces in the fine public rooms in the style of an earlier period. At this time the owner was Douglas Strachan (1875 - 1950), the noted stained-glass artist who inserted some of his work into the windows of the library. Subsequently the house was a girls' school before becoming a nursing home. It was B-listed in 1979 and refurbished by its current owners. Also B-listed is the early 18th C. doo-cot in the grounds. This is partially ruined, but the stone nesting boxes can still be seen lining the interior walls.

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