Bell’s Mills Dean Village building, Water of Leith property restoration, Conservation Area flats sales

Bells Mills Edinburgh Restoration

Development by EDI in Edinburgh World Heritage Site

post updated 19 April 2024

Final phase of Bell’s Mills development to be released end of April – Building restoration

Location: Dean Conservation Area, on Water of Leith, New Town

Bell’s Mills development complete as phase 2 is released

Bell's Mills
Dean Conservation Area property images courtesy of architects practice

Bell’s Mills

The final phase of Bell’s Mills is released at the end of April, signalling the completion of this secluded development on the banks of the Water of Leith in Edinburgh.

Part of the Dean Conservation Area, Bell’s Mills is a stone’s throw from the Gallery of Modern Art and Dean Gallery. It sits on the site of an historic water mill and granary dating to the 1800s and has already proved popular with buyers looking for a contemporary home, a short walk from Haymarket and the West End.

Now the final phase of sixteen two and three bedroom apartments – and one penthouse – will be released onto the market. The penthouse is the last of only four at the development and is expected to attract particular interest.

Bell's Mills Edinburgh

BUREDI & Bishop Loch Apartments

Developed by Bell’s Mills Limited, the joint venture between BUREDI and residential developers Bishop Loch, the apartments adjoin the newly-restored Bell’s Mills House, a detached family home and garden dating from 1780, which is also for sale.

The show apartment interior has been designed by Eileen Kesson of Envision, who took her inspiration for the colour palette from the wooded riverside of the Water of Leith.

All apartments have balconies, while some of the larger apartments and the penthouse have substantial terraces so that residents can enjoy the views along the river.

Next to the contemporary development, the five-bedroom, five-public roomed, 18th century Bell’s Mills House has retained its original Georgian features including shuttered windows, fireplace surrounds and decorative plaster work while featuring elegant, contemporary bathrooms and kitchen. The front garden has several mature trees and to the rear, a small garden mostly laid to lawn with a decked seating area, provides a low maintenance and sheltered sun trap.

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BUREDI & Bishop Loch Edinburgh World Heritage Site Development

Acting Chief Executive of EDI, and Chair of BUREDI, John Mark Di Ciacca, said that the development continues to prove attractive to buyers:
“We believe that the unique location and the high quality design are a winning combination. Bell’s Mills offers a restful retreat just 10 minutes’ walk from the heart of the city.

“We expect this final phase to continue to be attractive to buyers looking for a contemporary home in a conservation area, that’s close to many of Edinburgh’s cultural attractions.”

Matthew Benson, New Homes director of the Bell’s Mills sales agents, Rettie & Company said:
“Located in the Dean Conservation Area and surrounded by some of the city’s finest Georgian architecture, Bell’s Mills rubs shoulders with some of Edinburgh’s most desirable addresses.

With the developers offering added incentive in the form of price reductions of up to £70,000, Bell’s Mills offers excellent value for money to those wishing to move up the property ladder or investors looking for properties with good projected rental yield.

Bell's Mills Edinburgh

“Daily statistics and news reports may give the impression of a stagnant new build market but while depressed, it is also dynamic. Windows of opportunity such as that currently offered to shrewd buyers and investors by Bell’s Mills will be few and far between.”

The Show Apartment and Bells Mills House are now available to view from Thursday 23rd April – Thursday to Sunday 11-5pm and by appointment. The show apartment can also be viewed on a new e-tour.

For further information about Bells Mills property call selling agents Rettie and Company on site on 0131 3154808, out with the site opening hours please contact 0131 220 4160 or email [email protected] or visit

Dean Village Property Designs

Dean Village Properties – selection below:

Well Court – Dean Village building
Well Court

Well Court architect : Sydney Mitchell

Dean Village buildings

Dean Village context : Edinburgh New Town

Dean Bank Lane – Edinburgh housing

Close to the Dean Village is Stockbridge Buildings

Scottish Capital Building Designs

Scottish Capital Property Designs – recent architectural selection below:


Scottish Parliament

RBS Gogarburn

Edinburgh New Town
Edinburgh New Town
photo © Adrian Welch

Dean Gallery
Dean Gallery
image © Adrian Welch

Tron Square
Tron Square
image © Adrian Welch

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