Mavisbank House has a fascinating history around Loanhead in Midlothian.
Once upon a time, it was a great country home belonging to the well-known Scottish Enlightenment philosopher and politician Sir John Clerk.
It is an overgrown ruin these days whose splendour has been replaced by a gravely eerie atmosphere.
Construction of the first Palladian villa in Scotland started in 1723 and was finished four years later by the renowned Scottish architect William Adam, based on designs.
It lies in a picturesque countryside, which is awesome because Clerk once wrote an essay on how to create the perfect country retreat.
Clerk, Penicuick’s 2nd Baron, was a prominent figure in Scottish society. He was one of the Union of Parliaments commissioners and one of the first Scottish MPs to sit in London after the Union Act.
The house would remain with his family until it was sold in the 1870s, with the new owners at the site opening up an asylum.
The Quietly Exploring website reports that the doctors operating Mavisbank Asylum were members of the Aesculapian community, which thought recovery was “an art as well as a science.” Mavisbank Asylum was built for rich people to be able to recover in a rural setting.
Dr Joseph Bell, the smart man who would inspire the character of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, was one of the doctors involved.
Mavisbank stayed a hospital until the 1950s, but in the 20th century, it would start to decline later.
Since then the country house has been in a destroyed condition, it has been ineffective to apply for lottery money to repair it in 2013.
Historic Environment Scotland is actively drawing up plans to save it from further deterioration.
Our gallery above features pictures from Google Maps of the Mavisbank Building, including images from inside the ruined building.