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The Stables is an impressive, unique and rarely available B listed property benefitting from flexible living accommodation predominantly arranged over one level together with high ceilings, open fires, solid wood flooring and delightful period features. The property is set around a central cobbled courtyard and has large mature garden grounds offering excellent privacy. There is also potential to create a self contained annexe (subject to the necessary consents) within the current accommodation and there is lapsed Planning Permission for a double garage with rooms above. Situated in a quiet and exclusive setting within the popular seaside town of North Berwick, the property is located close to the beach and golf course and is within easy commuting distance to Edinburgh by road or rail.
This individual property, which has lead paned windows, decorative lead guttering and the original wrought iron weather vane, was designed by John Kinross in 1898 for James Craig, a paper manufacturer. The former hayloft at the centre of the main building has the initials JC carved within it. Kinross was involved in the restoration of historic buildings, became an expert in stable design and was consulted by Lorimer.
The bright and generously proportioned accommodation, arranged over two floors, is ideal for modern family living and entertaining and comprises - welcoming entrance hall; cloakroom with WC, WHB and useful coats cupboard; impressive and spacious double aspect sitting room with an open fireplace providing an attractive focal point, doors give access to the garden and courtyard; the family room is open plan to the sitting room and provides a large space for relaxing; the dining room has an alcove and doors opening out to the courtyard and is conveniently located next to the spacious kitchen/dining room which has an excellent selection of bespoke hand painted kitchen units in Farrow and Ball grey/green tones, granite worktops and a four oven AGA, there is ample room for a large dining table in this bright room and doors open out to the courtyard; utility room with additional storage and access to the courtyard; hallway with door to the courtyard; double bedroom 2 with dressing room and en-suite shower room; double bedroom 3; double bedroom 4 and family bathroom with freestanding bath and separate shower, and on the first floor - landing with access to extensive eaves storage (which may be suitable for conversion to create further accommodation subject to the relevant consents); impressive master suite comprising large bedroom with sitting area with gas stove and Juliet balcony providing open views; study/dressing room; contemporary en-suite bathroom with separate shower and excellent storage and large dressing room.
North Berwick lies on the East Lothian coast within easy commuting distance of Edinburgh and is one of the most sought-after towns in the County. It has a busy high street, with a wide range of local shops and restaurants and there is a Tesco supermarket on the outskirts. Excellent local primary schooling and the well-regarded High School are both within easy walking distance of the house. Private schooling at all levels is available at Loretto in Musselburgh and in Edinburgh. North Berwick has two excellent golf courses, a yacht club, rugby club, tennis courts, a swimming pool and sports centre, and a luxury spa club is situated at the Marine Hotel. East Lothian has many fine walks by the sea and inland. Edinburgh can be reached in about 45 minutes by car or by train in half an hour and there are extensive bus services.
The stunning gardens will be appealing to potential purchasers and offer excellent privacy. There is a large walled sheltered sunny courtyard which is accessed from the principal rooms and provides an extension of the living space. Further mature south west facing gardens wrap round the rear and side of the house with areas of lawn, a decked patio, trees, established planting and a children’s play area.