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5 bedroom detached house for sale

The Priory, Countess Road, Dunbar, EH42

Under Offer £795,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Exceptional mansion house
  • Beautiful mature gardens
  • Potential residential plots
  • Town centre location
  • Close to station
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Large family kitchen
  • 3 reception rooms
  • Extensive garaging
  • EPC Rating = F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Spectacular Edwardian mansion house set in secluded and beautiful mature gardens in the heart of Dunbar.

Potential for two residential plots.


North Berwick 11.5 miles, Edinburgh city centre 30 miles, Edinburgh Airport 39 miles


The Priory enjoys a secluded setting yet is exceptionally well placed for the Dunbar town centre amenities and the commuter alike. Within walking distance there are train links into Edinburgh from Dunbar which is on the main line from Edinburgh to London. The A1, which is dual carriageway from Dunbar to Edinburgh, provides a fast link to the city centre and Edinburgh Airport is about 38 miles away, providing regular domestic and international flights.

Dunbar provides a range of high street shops, banks, professional services, supermarkets, hotels and restaurants. There are good local nursery, primary and secondary schools in the area. On the edge of the town, Belhaven Hill is considered to be one of Scotland's best private prep schools. Alternatively, Haddington (10 miles) has a private primary school, The Compass, while Loretto is nearby at Musselburgh and all the fee paying schools of Edinburgh are within easy reach.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful 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 as are the Lammermuir Hills to the south.


The Priory is a category B-listed mansion house built in 1910 by J Jerden and Son. It has an elevated position providing a superb outlook over the beautiful and extensive south facing garden.

The main entrance and inner hall open into the grand wood panelled reception hall which has a woodburning stove. The drawing room has dual aspect windows and a fireplace fitted with a gas fire. Adjacent to this is the study. The dining room also has impressive wood panelling and a hidden door which connects to the kitchen. The kitchen's main access is granted from the reception hall, passed a cloakroom with WC and a traditional pantry. A large open plan kitchen has been created to conform with modern family living, which has good space for dining and a sitting area by a wood burner. The kitchen area has fitted base and wall units with a Stoves range and a variety of integrated appliances. A door opens directly onto the patio to the front of the house. To the rear of the kitchen is a utility area and side door leading to the garages.

A grand staircase, naturally lit by a double height window, leads to the first floor. There are five nicely proportioned bedrooms in all, two of which have en suite shower rooms. The master bedroom has dual aspect windows and a large dressing room. The family bathroom has a bath and separate shower.

A spiral staircase leads from the landing up to an open plan attic room where a large games room has been created. There is a shower room with steam shower cabin and WC.

Gardens and Grounds

The house is entirely surrounded by mature gardens affording it exceptional privacy for such a central location within the town. The drive, with electric gates, is well maintained and leads to a turning circle around a pond and fountain to the front of the house. Further down the garden, in the shade of the trees, is a fully stocked koi pond and summer/pump house. The productive gardens also have a poly tunnel, orchard and greenhouses. Along the eastern boundary of the property close to the house is extensive garaging providing space for multiple vehicles and workshop space. The original but now secondary access leads from the back of the house towards the High Street.

Building Plots
A planning application has been submitted to East Lothian Council for the erection of two houses at the bottom of the garden on the site of the grass tennis court and the orchard. These houses would share the access from Countess Drive and would be well screened from The Priory by the mature trees already in existence in the garden. The decision is pending. [ref: 12/00409/P]


Mains gas, electricity and drainage.

The principal vehicular access is from Countess Road. A secondary access is via the High Street. The adjacent residence known as The Bield has a servitude right of access over the High Street access.

Local Authority
East Lothian Council, Council Tax Band D

The Priory is category B Listed.

Fixtures and Fittings
Standard fixtures and fittings are included within the sale. Other items may be available by separate negotiation.

Planning Permission
Planning permission for the erection of two houses, garages and associated works is currently pending with the East Lothian Council. Plans can be inspected on the East Lothian Council planning website [ref: 12/00409/P].

Square Footage: 6,074 sq ft
Acreage: 2.6 Acres



From Edinburgh follow the A1 following signs to Dunbar. Exit the A1 at the Spott Roundabout taking the first exit. Continue straight on Spott Road and take the second exit at the next roundabout. Turn left at the T junction, on to the A1087/ Queen's Road. Following the sign for town centre, follow the one-way system onto Countess Road at the traffic lights and continue straight on Countess Road. The gated entrance to The Priory is on the right hand side.

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26 May 2016

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