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Garden Flat in Seaside Town - easy for Edinburgh & more

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Central location, small quiet walled garden - 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4 max

We have been letting our snug central garden flat since 2009. It is the lower third 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.

2 Templelands was a doctor's surgery for many years, then owned by a nationally important ceramicist, before being a private home (we stay upstairs most of the year, so are on hand should you have a problem).

There is a small quiet working garden up a few steps at the back with pleasant outlook, and it is only a few minutes walk to the sea and harbour on the one hand and the High Street shops are next door all, with 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/Vapers please. 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.

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 such as gannets fly by.

More Details

About Us

Ruth Alder
29 High Street
EH42 1EN Dunbar
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Ruth & Philip
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
7 August, 2018

About Ruth & Philip

We have lived in Scotland 30 years, almost entirely in East Lothian, sometimes referred to as the Garden of Scotland. Ruth was the architect of Couthie, a small giftware design company, now sold and is now devoting herself to flower arranging. Philip is a management / environmental consultant, the odd job man, factotum.

Ruth & Philip purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Ruth & Philip chose Dunbar

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 disappoint as it is packed with old fashioned charm, which we appreciate not everyone likes.

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 (around 150 of them are listed, though quite a few at risk 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks! Excellent hospitality. Stockholm
Aug 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Dunbar in East Lothian

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Recycling is mandatory
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Hot water on demand
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , cot / Z bed available
  • 100% Crushed Linen sheets, towels included. Extra child bed / cot on request.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Accessibility: The Garden Flat is a listed historic building entered down some steps, so may not be suitable for all abilities or if wheelchair access is desired. The garden has steps too. Please contact us if you are concerned about accessibility issues.


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Garden Flat in Seaside Town - easy for Edinburgh & more
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 20 reviews

Seaside Apartment Close to City

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: 13-Dec-2009
  • Date of Stay: October 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are welcome back to our East Lothian Holiday Flat any time! Have a great xmas! Philip & Ruth
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We had the time of our lives here

  • 5 of 5

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!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to have Kerstin and her delightful children stay.
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  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice holidays in a very nice flat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wee bit of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2010
  • Date of Stay: June 2010
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
The Volunteer
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Kilometres
Dunbar Golf Club
Nearest Train
300 Metres
Dunbar Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
A1 Edinburgh
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
The Creel
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Dunbar East Beach
Car: not necessary

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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Always contact us first to confirm the rate and the availability.

Most holiday lets in June thru to August start on a Saturday.

Bank holidays, school holidays and Xmas and New Year etc, usually attract a premium rate.

Strictly non smoking, no pets, no long lets.

Max of 2 sharing for business trips is advised.

Accessibility: there are steps to front door and steps to garden.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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