5 bedroom detached house for saleBackhill, Carberry, Musselburgh, East Lothian
CLOSING DATE 5TH OCTOBER 12 NOON
The Dower House is a substantial, period, family home, which is situated in a lovely, rural position, within easy access of the city bypass and Edinburgh. The house has extensive accommodation, which is arranged over ground and first floors extending to 4,472 sq ft. The rooms are of a generous proportion and although the accommodation would benefit from some upgrading, it provides an exceptional opportunity to create a first-class family house. Period features include a wonderful, vaulted ceiling in both the dining room and part of the drawing room and decorative plaster work.
At the centre of the ground floor accommodation is a reception hall, from which a flight of stairs leads to the first floor. Off the hall is a drawing room, with views out over the surrounding countryside, an open fire and part-vaulted ceiling. Also off the principal hall is a small sitting room/study, which has a door leading into the conservatory. A corridor from the reception hall leads to the rest of the ground floor accommodation, which includes the dining room, with its vaulted ceiling, and the kitchen. The kitchen has a range of wall and floor units incorporating a Bosch electric hob, 1½ bowl sink, 2 electric ovens and space and plumbing for a dishwasher and washing machine. There is ample space for a dining table and a walk-in larder. The ground floor accommodation is completed by a large boot room, with a flag stone floor and a separate WC with a Belfast sink.
The first floor has 5 double bedrooms. These all have high ceilings and generous proportions. They are served by one, large family bathroom, which has a separate shower cubicle, bidet, WC, bath and twin basin. Adjacent to this is a separate WC.
From the first floor landing, a staircase leads to the attic where there are 2 further rooms with restricted head height under the eaves. A secondary staircase leads from the first floor landing back down to the ground floor.
The Dower House is approached by a private, tree-lined driveway, which leads to the parking and turning area to the back of the house. A separate drive sweeps down to the west side of the house, where there is a further parking area. The principal garden at The Dower House lies to the west and south of the house. To the west of the house, there is a charming rose walk with climbing roses trellised either side. There are a number of lovely herbaceous borders with privacy and shelter provided by mature shrubs including yew, laurel, holly and some specimen trees. To the south of the house, a herbaceous border runs adjacent to the property and in front of that is a rose bed. To the north of the house, the ground rises with an area of lawn interspersed by fruit trees.
Musselburgh lies to the east of Edinburgh, where the River Esk meets the Firth of Forth. The town has a wide range of local facilities with supermarkets, shops, library, medical centre, theatre, restaurants, bars and cafes, leisure complex, and various sporting clubs. An annual festival in the summer culminates with a spectacular procession of horses known as the Riding of The Marches. Edinburgh offers a wide variety of cultural, shopping, leisure, and business facilities to be expected of Scotland's capital.
Primary and secondary schooling is available in Musselburgh. In addition, Loretto School, Scotland's oldest independent school takes children from 3 to 18 years old. Edinburgh has a wide range of private and public schools offering a wide choice to parents.
Edinburgh city centre is easily accessible either via the A1 trunk road or by rail from Wallyford station. Edinburgh (Waverley) train station is a link to the national railway network. The A1 connects with the city bypass, and in turn with the motorway network providing good road connections to the rest of the country. Edinburgh Airport has a range of flights to UK, European and international destinations.
East Lothian provides a wide range of activities and is renowned for its quality golf courses. Locally, there are three courses including Musselburgh Links, the oldest playing golf course in the world. Further afield, Muirfield, Gullane, Luffness and Archerfield are some of the best known courses in Scotland. The Firth of Forth with its sandy beaches is popular throughout the year with local families, holiday makers, horse riders, ramblers and dog walkers. The coastline is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers, while there is a local yacht club at Fisherrow. Musselburgh Racecourse hosts both flat and national hunt racing throughout the year. The John Muir Way, which extends for almost 73km linking East Lothian with Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders offers magnificent views and provides the opportunity to experience the local flora and fauna.
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