Historic charm in Haddington
This 18th century property, St Lawrence House, is full of historical charm and character. Located close to Haddington town centre and within easy commuting distance of Edinburgh, this beautiful B listed property, in the town’s Outstanding Conservation Area, makes a unique family home. St Lawrence House is a traditional, white harled, slate roofed vernacular East Lothian farmhouse with an interesting history. A carved stone on the lintel of the garden wall is dated 1779, indicating when the oldest part of the property was built.
The current owners have made St. Lawrence House their home for 37 years, having been initially drawn to its historic status. Throughout that time they have sympathetically upgraded the property while carefully preserving and reinstating its traditional features.
A central two storey building forms the original farmhouse. Two single storeys were later added to the east and west, and in the Victorian era, a two-storey extension was added to the rear of the property, which now hosts a generous laundry room, a delightful bathroom, and a separate toilet on the ground floor, with a grand drawing room on the upper floor. The house was last extended in 1907 with the addition of first floor bedrooms above the kitchen.
The drawing room is filled with natural light thanks to a large window. It offers an excellent space, both to socialise as a family and to entertain. It’s also home to one of two original marble fireplaces in the property. The property further benefits from a lovely family room. The modern breakfasting kitchen lies on the east side of the property, boasting corian-topped kitchen units, a Belfast sink and an Aga. With generous space for a table and chairs, the kitchen area makes an excellent spot for enjoying breakfast as a family or for casual dining. The current owners have converted what was previously an adjacent coal store and larder into a useful rear kitchen housing a sink, pantry, fridge-freezer, induction hob, and gas fired central heating boiler.
West of the large entrance hall in the original farmhouse building is the formal dining room. With a feature fireplace and tasteful décor, it is perfect for entertaining. The adjacent parlour is a generously proportioned room. It provides another excellent entertainment space, and features the second original marble fireplace.
The property benefits from four spacious and attractive bedrooms – three on the first floor, and one the second floor. Each offers ample space for a double bed and additional furniture. The fourth bedroom features a coombed ceiling. St Lawrence House also provides two beautiful contemporary bathrooms, as well as two separate WCs.
The property further benefits from a garage to the west and there is generous storage space. Externally, the enclosed walled gardens are a highlight of this property. Mature and extensive, great care has been taken to ensure the attractiveness of the grounds surrounding the house. They benefit from impressive herbaceous borders, fruit trees, a generous vegetable garden, three lawns and an original well. The gardens offer a wealth of safe and secure space for children to play. Directly outwith the walled garden there is a paddock with direct access to the garden and vehicular access to Alderston Road. This could be developed into a rental property or a home office, subject to the usual planning permissions.
About the area
St Lawrence House is located within walking distance of the town centre of Haddington, which offers a range of amenities, including supermarkets and independent shops and eateries. The market town of Haddington, the County Town, is set amidst agricultural countryside in East Lothian, the Garden of Scotlan, d under the Garleton Hills. The town benefits from excellent schools and good transport links to other towns in East Lothian as well as Edinburgh. St Lawrence House is located just across the road from the Edinburgh bus stop, making it the ideal property for those who work in the capital but desire to live in a historic home close to the countryside.
St Lawrence House, West Road, Haddington, EH41 3RE
Offers over £825,000
4 bed detached house with 4 reception rooms
ESPC ref: E398444
EPC rating: E
For more information contact 0131 253 2215
Selling solicitor: Coulters