Whittingehame House is situated in the wonderful East Lothian countryside, about 3 miles south of the pretty village of East Linton. Although Whittingehame House is a secluded country residence, it is exceptionally well placed for the commuter with the A1 providing a fast link to the city centre. There are train links into Edinburgh from Drem and Dunbar, the latter station being on the main line from Edinburgh to London. Edinburgh Airport is about 35 miles away, providing regular domestic and international flights.
The area has excellent services. The nearby conservation village of Stenton has a primary school, while the neighbouring village of East Linton has a broader offering of services including a hotel, pub, butchers, pharmacy and deli. Slightly further afield, both Dunbar and Haddington supplement this offering with supermarkets and a range of high street shops, banks, professional services, hotels and restaurants. There are good local nursery, primary and secondary schools throughout the area and three well regarded independent schools, which are The Compass in Haddington (primary), Belhaven Hill in Dunbar (preparatory) and Loretto in Musselburgh (3-18). Edinburgh also has a number of good independent schools, many of which have direct bus services from East Lothian.
The surrounding countryside is very attractive and there are numerous expansive sandy beaches along the coast. The area is famous for its links golf courses with Muirfield, Gullane, Luffness, Archerfield and North Berwick all within easy reach. The John Muir Country Park, a haven for wildlife, is only a short distance away, and the Lammermuir Hills to the south provide lovely walks, together with sporting opportunities including fishing, shooting, mountain biking and riding.
Apartment 4 occupies the south side of Whittingehame House and has accommodation over two floors extending to over 4200sq ft. In recent years the property has undergone a full renovation to provide exceptional accommodation well suited to modern living. While the house has modern interiors, the property is full of magnificent original features such as sash and case windows and ornate cornicing. The property is accessed through a grand shared entrance hallway and equally grand staircase (shared with one other).
On entering the apartment there is a spacious vestibule with doors off to the sitting room and snug. The snug is fitted with book shelving and could double up as a fourth bedroom if required. The sitting room is a superb space with views over the grounds. In the winter months a large open fire gives the room a gentle warmth. The kitchen (from Murray & Murray) sits on the corner of the building and has a double aspect. It is large enough for a dining table and features a centrally located island with polished Caithness slate work top. The kitchen cabinetry is solid oak and integrated appliances include an AGA, fridge freezer, wine fridge, electric hob and dishwasher.
Beyond the kitchen Is a centrally located hallway and stair. Immediately off the hallway is a utility room and WC. Also accessed from the hallway is the splendid roof terrace which provides a fantastic outdoor space for entertaining and dining.
The dining room with its impressive open fireplace is also off the central hall and looks over the front lawn, down the tree lined avenue. It is a beautiful room with lovely proportions and has Ralph Lauren silk lined walls.
Apartment 4 is currently set up to have three bedrooms, however the snug could provide additional space if required. The principal bedroom is located beyond the dining room and has an adjacent bathroom. There are two further double bedrooms on the first floor with a centrally located bathroom. The larger of the two bedrooms is fitted with bespoke bunk beds from Ogilvies of Haddington and has a dressing room.
The central staircase also gives access to the ground floor wine cellar which has a door out to the gardens via a shared hallway.
The 16 acres of policies at Whittingehame are owned by the Principal Apartment. However, all the proprietors have access to these grounds, with the exception of the lime avenue to the north of the house and the formal garden within the balustrade on the south of the house, which are private to the Principal Apartment. The large tarmac parking and turning area at the front door is shared with the other proprietors.