Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2012 : Liberton Tower

15th century square tower house abandoned as a dwelling by the family in 1620 and used for agriculture until the late 20th century when it was restored.

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Interiors from this period are difficult to recreate, and this is done well, with a nod towards the period with oak furniture, flagstones, and heavy oak furniture. The knole sofa is a later design from the 17th century but works well in this interior and the little antlers above the fireplace remind us gently that this is a Scottish interior.

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It is not a house for those who like vast acres of light and bright. The defensive 15th C windows are tiny.

It was visited on a day with good light, and the inside lights were on. It was quite dark inside with delightful shadows cast. I can see this being quite a magical interior at night.

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