Barnlea is centrally located within the coastal town of Dunbar in East Lothian. The historic town with its thriving community is host to two working harbours and Dunbar Battery is a recently restored open-air venue with amphitheatre and coastal garden. The High Street offers many independent shops, galleries, restaurants and cafés with a large supermarket on the outskirts.
Facilities include a leisure centre with a swimming pool, two golf courses, Foxlake Wakeboarding Park and Scotland's largest surfing school, Coast to Coast. There are wonderful cliff top walks and sandy beaches and the John Muir Country Park is situated alongside the two, offering walking routes across East Lothian.
Local primary and secondary schools are available and Belhaven Hill independent prep school is also located in the town. The mainline rail network from London to Edinburgh stops in Dunbar, with approximate journey times to either Edinburgh or Berwick Upon Tweed taking 30 minutes, while the A1 bypasses the town giving excellent access both to the north and south.
Barnlea is a substantial detached B Listed townhouse which dates from the early 1900's, with spacious accommodation arranged over four floors including cellars and attic bedrooms. There are superb period features throughout including high ceilings, sash and case windows and decorative cornicing.
The entrance to Barnlea is set on the south side of the house with a porch and a welcoming vestibule with glazed fanlight over the inner doorway and original tiled floor. Beyond the vestibule is a double width hallway with doors off to the main reception rooms.
The drawing room is wonderfully spacious and has a grand fireplace with traditional timber mantelpiece. Two large south facing windows bring in plenty of natural light. The dining room is the mirror image of the drawing room, with the same full height windows and also has a useful hatch to the kitchen next door. The kitchen is fitted with floor and wall cabinets with space for integrated appliances and an electric hob. A separate study completes the principal rooms on the ground floor and has lovely views of the walled garden.
At the rear of the house an inner door separates the working everyday parts of the house including the downstairs WC and cloakroom and a breakfast room with built in storage and link door into the formal drawing room. Adjacent to the breakfast room is the boiler room which is plumbed for a washing machine and down several steps is the old wash house with traditional Belfast sinks and back door to the garden.
The first floor is accessed by a sweeping staircase which leads past a double height window with stained glass detailing. The four generously sized double bedrooms sit off the landing and benefit from period features including tall sash and case windows making the most of the views to the north towards the sea. There is an adjacent family bathroom and separate shower room. Finally, the attic floor has a further three rooms accessed by an adjacent stairway.
The gardens which surround Barnlea are mostly laid to lawn with mature fruit trees and flower beds. The fully enclosed private rear garden is of an excellent size for a townhouse and includes a raised platform giving views to the sea, and access to the back lane behind the house. A gate accesses the driveway on the north side of the house where there is parking for several cars and a separate garage linked to the former stables.