|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
We have been letting our snug central flat since 2009. It is the lower half of a Georgian Town House also known as Templelands (built 1790), but has a traditional compact cottage feel, formerly the servants quarters and kitchens and decorated modestly and unpretentiously in shabby chic fashion. Templelands was the doctor's surgery for many years and is now a private home (btw we stay upstairs most of the year, so are on hand should you have a problem). There is a quiet working garden up the steps at the back with pleasant sea views, and it is a 3-5 minute walk to the sea on the one hand and High Street shops a few minutes away and easy parking nearby.
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, strictly non-smokers. Check with us if you have special needs.
To find us and reserve 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 are warmer than you think, so avoid the crush. Autumn & winter stunning too. Non smoking only.
Dunbar is a relatively quiet town, off the beaten tourist trail (mostly centred around North Berwick and Gullane) but really close to Edinburgh and Berwick upon Tweed. Visiting northern England and Northumberland for day trips is practical by train or by car. Bamburgh 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.
We have lived in Scotland 20 years, almost entirely in East Lothian, sometimes referred to as the Garden of Scotland. Ruth is the main architect of Couthie, a small giftware design company. Philip is a management / environmental consultant.
Ruth & Philip purchased this apartment in 2008
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. If you're expecting a modern refurb, this will dissappoint as it is packed with old fashioned charm.
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 (150 of them are listed), many in need of repair (and representing good value for money if you are investing!) If you are booking from outside the UK we will only accept credit card payment or an international bank transfer.
The location of this apartment is wonderful- on the beautiful East Lothian coast, with a view of the sea from the garden, but only about 30 minutes by train from Edinburgh. Although, once you get out of the city, you really don't want to go back in- the parkland, stately homes and beaches round here are so gorgeous.And the apartment itself is wonderfully stylish, newly decorated and fitted out. Ruth and Philip are lovely and welcoming. We really didn't want to leave!
TP and PH, London
We loved everything about our stay in Dunbar. Ruth and Phillip were more than accommodating to us! We arrived early and they had the flat ready early for us (THANK YOU)! The flat was clean and charming, and there was even fresh bread waiting for us upon arrival. We loved the garden, and how close the flat was to the harbor, shops, pubs, and everything we needed. We were a little worried at first about it being cold in the flat, but shooting a text, they quickly replied and helped us get the heat up to where we were perfectly comfortable for the rest of the stay. Highly recommend! We will be back, and this is where we will stay! THANK YOU RUTH AND PHILLIP!!!!
Sehr schön eingerichtete, gut gepflegte Wohnung mit Garten, direkt im Zentrum von Dunbar. Komplett eingerichtet mit Spül- und Waschmaschine. Perfekt für max. 4 Personen. Reservierung und Zahlung des Mietpreises unproblematisch, Kommunikation mit den Vermietern problemlos per Email. Absolut empfehlenswert!
Great flat very clean well equipped would recommend to any one would stay again Ruth and Philip are very helpful and friendly and dumbar is a lovely place to visit
We were two adults with three little children and there was plenty of space for our belongings. Also the kitchen is equipped with all you need and even more. There's a beautiful garden from where you can see the sea. Ruth & Philip were super friendly and helpful, so we really felt at home. In Dunbar, everything is within walking distance and there are some good pubs.
We will be booking again! The welcome was warm and just what we needed from our drive from Yorkshire - a wee package of goodies (cookies included) on arrival!!! The basement flat just off Dunbar high street is a must for anyone who needs a 4 bed flat to act as a base for their travels. The train station and connections to Berwick and Edinburgh are a short stride from the apartment. And when the sun shines we can recommend an outside perch at any of the coffee shops along the high street; the fish and chips are pretty mammoth too. The beach is amazing for clearing the cobwebs - every morning we were the sole occupants taking in the morning sun. Please be aware no weather can be guaranteed but rest assured this is a great location to start your Scottish adventure!
Located between Edinburgh and Berwick upon Tweed (both just 20 minutes by train), 5 minute walk to the beach or cycle along the stunning coast, countryside or up to the hills. Easy day trips to Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Fife and Perthshire. No car needed as there are fast trains will get you to the heart of the bustling cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Perth in no time, but local parking is very easy. Car hire or bus if you wish to visit the picturesque villages like Cove, Coldingham, St Abbs, North Berwick, Dirleton, and Stenton, East Linton and Gifford. The Scottish Borders are nearby. The weather in Scotland is unpredictable, but is consistently colder only from mid October to mid April. The scenery, walking and cultural activities are fantastic all year round. Italians should bring their Loden's, wrap up and ask mother's permission (Philip is Italian, so I know) all year round, but most other times the weather is changeable and maritime with fine weather from May to July and September too. August is notoriously wetter, but mild.
Golf: There are many Golf courses nearby including the world famous Muirfield in Gullane. Winterfield, which is in Dunbar, has stunning coastal views and Dunbar Golf Club is a classic links course, both within walking distance.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Always contact us first to confirm the rate and the availability. Most holiday lets start on a Saturday. Bank holidays, school holidays and Xmas and New Year etc, usually attract a premium rate. Call if you require a single night, we don't normally exceptional circumstances apart.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.