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5 bedroom detached house for sale

The Old Rectory, Lawson Place, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42

Under Offer £550,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Family house with large garden
  • Town centre, yet private setting
  • Walking distance to train station
  • Near leisure centre and beaches
  • 5 bedrooms (2 en suite)
  • 4 reception rooms
  • Double garage
  • Excellent storage
  • EPC Rating = E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Former rectory with nicely proportioned rooms overlooking large and secluded south west facing gardens


The Old Rectory enjoys a secluded setting, yet is exceptionally well placed for the Edinburgh commuter and also for the amenities of Dunbar town centre . Within walking distance there are train links into Edinburgh from Dunbar railway station 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, independent retailers, banks, professional services, supermarkets, hotels and restaurants.Furthermore, Dunbar Leisure Centre and swimming pool, the harbour and various beaches are all within walking distance of The Old Rectory. 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 a short journey away.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful, and the coastal villages and expansive sandy beaches of East Lothian are close by, while the Lammermuir Hills to the south provide wonderful walks. The area is famous for its golf courses with Muirfield, Gullane, Luffness and North Berwick all very accessible. The John Muir Country Park, a haven for wildlife, is only a short distance away.


The Old Rectory is a category B listed, late Edwardian detached villa designed by W J Walker Todd, dating from 1912 and set within the Dunbar Conservation Area. The house, formerly known as Bykerscroft, sits in a discreet, leafy position tucked behind St Anne's Episcopal Church.

The approach to the property is off Lawson Place through a stone pillared gateway to a gravel driveway and parking area by the main entrance. The front door opens into a vestibule which leads into the hall. The principal rooms are all on the south side of the house which gives them superb natural light and a lovely outlook over the large gardens. The drawing room is no exception and has an enhanced sash and case window which opens out fully to the top of stone steps which lead down onto the garden terrace. The room has a modular fitted bookcase along one wall and a gas fire is set into the fireplace. On either side of the drawing room are two further reception rooms, both with bay windows. A large dining room, with parquet floor, has a door providing direct access to the garden and also has a door to the study. The family room is adjacent to the kitchen and is thought to have been the original dining room.

Beyond the family room is a shower room with WC and a walk-in larder, conveniently located by the entrance to the kitchen. The kitchen has space for a dining table and plenty of fitted wall and floor units. It has a large range cooker and an airing cupboard which also houses the hot water cylinder. Next to the WC and occupying the lobby at the bottom of the maid's staircase is a utility room with Belfast sink and space for a washing machine, tumble dryer and upright freezer. There is a large walk in cupboard and a back door leading into the garden. By the back door is a store which sits within the house but is accessed from the garden, which contains the Valliant gas boiler.

On the first floor are five good sized bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms have en suite shower rooms. The principal bedroom has a shower room which could be made to be en suite by the simple repositioning of the bedroom door. There is also a bathroom and separate WC. The ancillary storage is excellent. A smaller staircase leads through a doorway up to the attic where there is extensive storage within the almost entirely floored loft.

Garden and Grounds

The Old Rectory has a gravel driveway leading past the house and large parking area to the double garage. The gardens extend from the southernmost façade of the house. There is a formal garden with a large croquet lawn, separated from the house by rose beds and terraced patio area. At the bottom of the garden is an orchard and woodland garden area which extends along the perimeter of the property adding to its seclusion and privacy. The mature trees include a mixture of elm and silver birch plus a mature Scots pine and an oak tree. There is a greenhouse with power and a hose pipe feed connection. Between the rockery and fruit garden is a smaller second greenhouse, while an ornamental pond with steps down to the lawn on either side makes a pretty feature of the patio area. There is an external power supply and two water standpipes on each side of the house.



Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage.


The Old Rectory is category B listed and is within the Dunbar Conservation Area.

Local Authority

East Lothian Council Tax band G


St Anne's Episcopal Church has recently submitted plans to replace the church hall with a single dwelling. Plans can be inspected on East Lothian Council planning portal. Ref: 16/00040/P

Fixtures and Fittings

Standard fixtures and fittings will be included in the sale along with the ride on lawn mower and rotovator. Other items may be available by separate negotiation.

Square Footage: 3,319 sq ft


The Old Rectory is in a central location within Dunbar. Approaching the town centre from the west along Bayswell Road turn right onto Westgate just before the junction with the High Street. Immediately turn left into Lawson Place where the gateway into the grounds of the Old Rectory is on the right hand side.

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
02 November 2016

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