5 bedroom detached house for saleMarvingston Road, By Gifford, Haddington, East Lothian
How Knowe is an exceptional, small holding situated in a magnificent, secluded, location with wonderful southerly views over rolling countryside to the Lammermuir Hills. The house dates from the early 1990s and is designed to take full advantage of the views and the south facing position. It was extended to create a first floor in the late 1990s, the result being an excellent, family home with extensive well-balanced accommodation, which together with its landholding make an exceptional property, the likes of which rarely come to the market.
On the ground floor, the accommodation is approached through a porch, which leads into a central hall. Off this are the principal reception rooms, which include a drawing room, with an open fire place and sliding, glazed doors to a patio outside. Both the drawing room and the adjacent dining room have fabulous, southerly views. From the dining room, a door leads into the kitchen. This has an excellent range of wall and floor units, which incorporate a stainless steel, 1½ bowl sink, a 4-ring induction hob with extractor over and twin electric ovens. There is space and plumbing for a dishwasher and space for a large fridge freezer. Adjacent to the kitchen, is an extensive utility room/laundry room/back hall, which has a separate WC. Also off the kitchen is a family room, which links back into the hall. There are 3 ground floor bedrooms; a large, double bedroom with an en suite wet room, a further double bedroom and a twin bedroom. These are served by a family bathroom. The ground floor accommodation is completed by a study under the staircase.
On the first floor, there is a master bedroom with a dual aspect and wonderful views. This has a large range of fitted wardrobes and a walk-in dressing room. There is a further double bedroom on this floor and both bedrooms are served by a further bathroom, which has a Jacuzzi-style bath and a separate shower cubicle. There is an exceptional games room, which has windows on two aspects , a fitted bar and pool table; the first floor accommodation is completed by a substantial walk-in store room accessed from the landing. There is an access hatch to a loft area above and this provides additional storage.
At the back of the house, there is a large, double garage. This has an insulated kennel at the back, with a concrete, easily cleaned, run around the perimeter, a coal shed and a generator room (the generator is included in the sale).
How Knowe is approached from the minor public road by a private driveway, which leads to a parking and turning area to the back of the house. The garden at How Knowe surrounds the house. Immediately to the front of the house, there is a patio, which enjoys the afternoon and evening sun. There are large expanses of lawn, extensive shrub beds, rose beds and a variety of trees have been planted including limes, and a number of fruit trees and bushes.
How Knowe is a working agricultural unit and has a single arable field of approximately 22 acres, which lies principally to the east and south of the house. This is currently sown in winter wheat. This field qualifies for the Basic Payment which will be sold with the property. There is a Section 50 Agreement which states that the occupation of How Knowe will be limited in all time to come solely by a person or persons and their dependants permanently engaged in working the agricultural unit. For further information on this, please contact the selling agent.
The current owners have investigated the possibility of converting part of the landholding in to an equestrian set up, with stabling, an all-weather arena and parking facilities. Plans for this were drawn up and submitted to pre planning stage although not submitted for full planning; these are available from the selling agents.
How Knowe is situated about 3 miles west of Gifford, a pretty conservation village. The village has a thriving community with many clubs and organisations and caters for local amenities including small supermarket, newsagent and post office, gift shops, café, hotels, garage, village hall and church. There is a 9-hole golf course and an 18-hole course at Castle Park.
Haddington, approximately 5 miles, caters for everyday amenities with the high street at the heart of the town, which has many independent shops, supermarkets, banking and professional services, a library, and a range of cafes, pubs and restaurants. The Aubigny Sports Centre has a wide range of sporting activities for all the family along with swimming pool. The town hosts an annual agricultural and country show every June, and in September the Lammermuir Festival presents a programme of international quality music, in venues such as Lennoxlove House on the outskirts of the town.
In terms of education, Yester primary school in Gifford has an excellent reputation. The Pumpkin Patch private nursery and The Compass private preparatory school are in Haddington. Kings Meadow primary school, Haddington infants' school and Knox Academy secondary school are also within the vicinity. There are a number of private schools in Edinburgh.
How Knowe is ideally placed for easy access onto the A1 north and south. For those who travel into Edinburgh, there is a train station at Longniddry or there is a bus link from Haddington to Wallyford, which connects with local commuter trains. There is a mainline station at Dunbar which has a regular service to London. Edinburgh airport serves many UK, European and international destinations.
For the outdoor enthusiast there is no shortage of activities and pursuits in the area. The John Muir Way, which extends for almost 73km linking East Lothian with Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders offers magnificent views of East Lothian and provides the opportunity to experience the local flora and fauna. To the south, the Lammermuir Hills have many hill walks, trekking and a variety of field sports. East Lothian is well known for its quality links golf courses, including Muirfield, Gullane, Archerfield, North Berwick and Luffness. To the north, the Firth of Forth with its sandy beaches, is popular throughout the year with local families, picnickers, horse riders, ramblers and dog walkers. The coast is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers while North Berwick and Dunbar have active yacht clubs.
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