East Lothian Apartment Rental Photos and Description
Central Relaxing Walks Countryside & Coast - Fast trains to Edinburgh - sleeps 4
Charming snug central flat in Georgian Town House called Templelands (1790) with traditional cottage feel, quiet garden, 5 minute walk to sea. Lovely walks along East Lothian, Scottish Borders coast/countryside. Edinburgh is 20 minutes by train.
Suit small families / couples with passion for outdoors, countryside, photography, heritage, and culture, non-smokers.
To find offers and book online, search: Templelands (29 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1EN)
Fresh flowers+welcome basket of local/organic produce included, which will always have something special.
Local food shops, amenities & transport, the sea nearby, fantastic coast, stunning hills and countryside. 3 min. to train station. Parking nearby.
Modern kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, Wifi, (very small) TV & DVD, but retains old traditional finishes with all the patina, character and history of a 200 year old cottage!
Weather:May-Jun & Sep warmer than you think, avoid the crush. Autumn & winter stunning too. Non smoking only
Dunbar is close to Edinburgh and Berwick upon Tweed. Visiting northern England and Northumberland for day trips is practical by train or by car. Bambrough Castle and Holy Island are worth a visit, and The Alnwick Garden, in Alnwick (with its famous second hand book store) is not far away. Tourist attractions are many, but you'll probably want to stay here if you want to mix countryside walks or bracing hikes on hills and by the sea with trips to the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. East Lothian and the Borders are rich with history and archaeology. The Votadini tribe occupied Traprain Law, between Haddington and Dunbar, a volcanic plug not dissimilar to North Berwick Law and Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. The geology and wildlife is as fascinating as the historical and archaeological heritage. There are many miles of protected coast, with the most outstanding example the Bass Rock, with a bird colony counting in excess of 50,000. Not to be missed. If you are up for it, you can hire bikes and take to the gently rolling countryside or the hills if you have the strength and stamina.
East Lothian is most famous for its golf tourism, but you probably knew that. But there are a number of excellent sandy beaches for surfing, wind surfing and kite surfing. Dunbar has its own local surf school. Divers will find that Dunbar has wrecks and treasures of its own, but close enough to St Abbs, which is world famous (with stunning rugged coastline). You can enjoy boat trips to the Bass Rock or for sea fishing. Fishing from the shore (after a good storm is best) or from the harbour wall. Fly fishing in the right conditions / season is also available and we are not so far from famous Salmon rivers like the River Tweed.
Templelands: The Knights Templar may have owned the land that Templelands is built upon. The historical evidence is tantalising with the site of a Carmelite Monastery nearby and there is at least one published reference.
The house itself is a compact terraced town house, one of a pair dating back to the late eighteenth century. A listed property mainly on account of the elegant frontage, including characteristic ionic columns, as well as interesting internal features, including a winding cantilevered stone staircase.
In between excursions you are welcome to use the Shared Garden at Templelands. It is a small managed garden laid out to herbaceous beds, lawn, a few fruit trees and a small vegetable plot. It is peaceful and quiet, with a pleasant outlook towards the sea. There are different seating areas and a patio away from the house, area where you can take breakfast or lunch or sit and watch sea birds fly by.
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
About Ruth or Philip
We have lived in Scotland 20 years, almost entirely in East Lothian, sometimes referred to as the Garden of Scotland.
Ruth or Philip purchased this apartment in 2008
Why Ruth or Philip chose East Lothian
We like old houses and sensitively renovating them, which means leaving a clear indication of their past uses and original finishes, wherever this is practical, using traditional as well as environment friendly techniques.
What makes this apartment unique
It is accessible for the High Street, so you will not need a car. The railway is on the East Coast connection to Edinburgh and London. The sea is 5 minutes away. Dunbar has a growing reputation for the arts and an unusual concentration of historic buildings, many in need of repair (and representing good value for money if you are investing!)