SMALL but beautifully formed aptly sums up The Foundry, a unique, one bedroomed mews property on the edge of the UNESCO world heritage site in Edinburgh’s New Town Conservation Area, only a stone’s throw from Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament.

This tiny stone-built property is believed to have been part of the Abbeyhill Foundry, which occupied the site prior to the construction of a police station in the 1890s, a striking B-listed red sandstone castellated property next door to the mews, which has since been converted to a private residence.

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By the turn of the 21st Century the property had become derelict and was on the Buildings at Risk Register – until a few years ago when it was rescued by an architect who acquired planning permission to turn the building, which has a footprint of just 28 square metres, into a bijou home. Raising the roof and creating a large dormer-style window with views to the iconic Parliament building and Arthur’s Seat, enabled the accommodation to be laid out over two levels to maximise every inch of space.

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The result is an extremely light and beautifully styled home with an open-plan flow to the split-level, first floor living space. The ground floor houses the entrance hall, storage cupboard and staircase, double bedroom and contemporary, fully tiled shower room. The staircase leads up to a fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, breakfast bar and steps up to a cleverly configured and exceedingly bright sitting room with Velux windows down one side – and unexpectedly, an external glazed door onto a delightful private decked terrace at the rear. From here, three further steps – crafted in wood and a design feature in their own right - access a quirky mezzanine-style dining area with clear glass balustrades that benefits from the over-sized dormer window.

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The entire interior radiates light, enhanced by pristine white décor, natural wood finishes and low-maintenance flooring - the bedroom in parquet-style wood, while the hall, shower room, stairs and upper level floor areas are tiled.

The Foundry is a ‘love at first sight’ property and although small, its clever design makes it ideal for downsizers, professionals looking for a city centre base, and investors – the furniture may be available by separate negotiation. Offers over £250,000 are invited by Coulters’ Edinburgh office.