4 bedroom terraced house for saleHall House, High Street, Aberlady, East Lothian, EH32
- Charming B Listed house
- 2 reception rooms
- Open plan kitchen/diner
- 3 bedrooms (one en suite)
- Family bathroom
- Drawing room / bedroom 4
- Pend from front to back garden
- Walled garden and patio
- EPC Rating = E
Superb period house in a central position in Aberlady, a sought after coastal village in East Lothian
Longniddry train station 3 miles, Gullane 2.5 miles, North Berwick 7 miles, Edinburgh 17 miles
Aberlady is a charming conservation village in a delightful setting on the southern shores of the Firth of Forth. The village offers good local services, including a post office, hotels and a primary school. Secondary schooling in the area is at North Berwick High School. Private schooling is available at Loretto in Musselburgh, the Compass School in Haddington, and Belhaven in Dunbar. All are very accessible, as are the fee paying schools of Edinburgh. The market town of Haddington lies about 5 miles to the south and there is fast road access via the A1 to Edinburgh (16 miles) as well as a convenient commuter rail link from Longniddry, making Aberl ady an excellent base for commuting. Edinburgh Airport is about 26 miles away and provides regular domestic and international flights.
The East Lothian coastline is well known for its pretty scenery, and Aberlady Bay is renowned for its Nature Reserve, which has fabulous bird life, including many thousands of over-wintering geese. This area is, however, probably best known for its exceptional golf courses, including Craigielaw and Kilspindie on the edge of the village, and Longniddry, Archerfield, Luffness, Gullane and Muirfield. The property's proximity to the Lammermuir Hills means that there is a wide range of other outdoor activities within easy reach, such as walking, riding and field sports, including fishing and shooting.
A B listed building with crow stepped gables, Hall House was built in 1880 and is situated in the heart of the village. The property retains many period features, including wooden flooring, original fireplaces and ornate cornicing.
Set back from the pavement behind a low wall and front garden, the main entrance to Hall House opens into a lobby leading to two bright, south facing reception rooms. The sitting room has a stripped wooden floor and a cast iron fireplace. The windows are screened from the street by a hedge. The dining room leads through to the hall and large dining kitchen which over looks the back garden. At one end there is a generously proportioned utility area with deep storage cupboards. Housed in one of the cupboards is a gas boiler. The kitchen is newly fitted with base and wall units and a new fridge/ freezer and electric oven with gas hob. The sink is by the window. There is space for a large dining table. A glass inner door leads to the back door, opening up onto the patio and garden.
Off the hall there is a cloakroom and WC by the staircase leading to the first floor. Here there is a wonderfully spacious and bright drawing room with a triple sash and case window, press and a fireplace. There are three good sized bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room which has a second door to the landing, as well as a family bathroom.
The garden to the front of the house is gravelled with a paved pathway to the front door and entrance to the adjacent pend. A hedge runs along a low stone wall providing privacy from the street. At the back of the property there is a paved terrace by the kitchen which steps down to the lawn which is bordered by flower beds and a small pond. There is a stone outbuilding, formerly the old wash house with the old brick laundry tub still in situ. The pend, with a secure double door, connects the back garden to the front entrance and provides further outside storage.
Hall House, and the adjacent Drill Hall, were designed by William Young, Architect, London. William Young designed the wings of Gosford House as seen today. The original Gosford House was designed by Robert Adam and built to his specifications, then the wings were knocked down and then rebuilt using William Young as a virtually unknown architect at that time although he went on to design Glasgow City Chambers and the War Office, Whitechapel (although the latter was completed by his son). Invoices from William Young for sketches, drawings and specifications for the Drill Hall and Dwelling House are held in the Gosford House archives and dated Midsummer 1885. Hall House was built as a dwelling house but it is understood that Lord Wemyss wished for it to also accommodate a village reading room and accordingly for many years it housed a library and place for local meetings.
From Edinburgh follow the A1 east until the junction signed North Berwick (A198). Continue on this road through Longniddry, turning left at the mini roundabout, and then turn right at the T-junction by the coast. Follow this road into Aberlady. Within the village, the A198 will bend to the left, but the High Street continues straight across; the property is the second on the left with unrestricted on street parking outside.
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