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.