4 bedroom house for saleThe West Wing, Whittingehame House, Haddington, East Lothian
Offers in Excess of £625,000
- 4 reception rooms
- 4 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Private entrance and garden
- Access to about 18a of grounds
Whittingehame House is situated in wonderful East Lothian countryside, about 3 miles south of East Linton. Although The West Wing is a secluded country residence, it is exceptionally well placed for the commuter. The A1, which is now dual carriageway from Dunbar to Edinburgh, provides a fast link to the city centre. There are train links into Edinburgh from Drem and Dunbar, the latter station being on the main line from Edinburgh to London. Edinburgh Airport is about 35 miles away, providing regular domestic and international flights.
The area has excellent services both at Dunbar and Haddington. Haddington in particular is a most attractive town with a supermarket, a range of high street shops, banks, professional services, hotels and restaurants. There are also local nurseries, primary and secondary schools and a private primary school, The Compass,. Belhaven Hill Preparatory School is one of Scotland's best private prep schools and is situated in Dunbar, while Loretto is at Musselburgh. All the fee paying schools of Edinburgh are within easy reach.
The surrounding countryside is attractive and the coastal villages of East Lothian are close by. The area is famous for its golf courses with Muirfield, Gullane, Luffness and North Berwick all within easy reach. The John Muir Country Park, a haven for wildlife, is only a short distance away. The expansive beaches of East Lothian are numerous and easily accessible. The Lammermuir Hills to the south provide lovely walks, together with sporting opportunities including fishing, shooting, mountain biking and riding.
The West Wing, is a superb, self contained house, which forms part of the Grade A Listed Whittingehame House, built for the Balfour family and later the family home of A.J. Balfour. This wonderful neo-classical mansion was designed by Sir Robert Smirke, the main building dating from 1817. William Burn made further additions in 1827, one of which was the West Wing. The property has been restored and improved by the current owners and now provides a magnificent home, with elegant accommodation arranged over ground, first and second floors.
On the ground floor, a porch leads into the spacious reception hall. This in turn leads into the dining room, and has a staircase leading to the first floor. The kitchen is a lovely room, which looks out directly over the private garden. It has plenty of space for a dining table and benefits from an excellent range of units, which incorporate a five ring gas range cooker with two ovens below. Adjacent to the kitchen are a walk in larder, with marble slab and excellent storage space, and a utility room. On the other side of the hall there is a large study, which could easily be used as a family room and at the far end, under the secondary staircase which connects all three floors, is a small cloakroom.
The principal bedroom accommodation is on the first floor and is accessed from a large central landing. The master bedroom is a wonderful room with a dressing area and a large en suite bathroom. There are two further double bedrooms on this floor and a family bathroom.
The focal point of the second floor is a magnificent drawing room which has a high ceiling and wonderful views over the grounds. It has an open fireplace with black marble surround and hearth and room for a large grand piano. At the top of the stairs is a library/sitting room with one wall of built in book shelving. A sewing room, further bedroom and cloakroom complete the second floor accommodation.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The West Wing is approached through wrought iron gates, which lead into the private formal garden. This is charming and has been divided into three garden "rooms" with formal beds surrounded by gravel paths. The beds have been planted with a diverse range of plants and shrubs and provide colour and interest for most of the year. On the right, as the garden is entered, is a stone garden building, ideal for over-wintering plants and propagating. Opposite this is a single garage with workshop off, the former containing the oil tank.
In addition to the private garden, the owners of the West Wing enjoy access to all the grounds of Whittingehame House, with the exception of the lime tree avenue and the area within the balustrade adjacent to the principal apartment. These grounds provide wonderful amenity and enhance the quality of life enjoyed at Whittingehame.
See floor plan.
From Edinburgh, follow the A1, signed for Berwick-Upon-Tweed. At Haddington, leave the dual carriageway, taking the old A1 towards East Linton. After passing the road into East Linton, take the second turning on the right, following the signs for Traprain and Whittingehame. Drive through a short tunnel and turn right at the T junction. Follow this road for about 1.5 miles, when the road turns ninety degrees to the right and shortly thereafter turns sharp left. Follow the road down the hill and go straight on at the next junction. After a short distance, the gates to Whittingehame House will be seen on the right hand side, marked by a standing stone. Follow the main drive to the mansion house; the gates to The West Wing will be seen on the right, as you approach the house. Parking is in front of the main house.
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