Overlooking to conservation village of Whitekirk in the open East Lothian countryside, The Tithe Barn is set in an elevated position, providing spectacular views of the village and beyond. Stunning views east towards the coast can be enjoyed from the master bedroom.
The surrounding East Lothian countryside offers beautiful views to the Lammermuir Hills and is renowned for its golf courses with Muirfield, Gullane, Luffness and North Berwick all nearby. The John Muir Country Park, a haven for wildlife, is only a short distance away and there are some wonderful walks nearby, in Binning Wood and along Tyninghame Beach as well as the popular John Muir Way. The expansive beaches of the East Lothian coast are numerous and easily accessible.
Whitekirk is focused around the stunning Church, and is comprised of a handful of picturesque traditional properties. The village is a short distance to Dunbar and North Berwick which provide excellent commuter train services. Both towns offer a wide range of amenities including supermarkets, high street shops, banks, professional services and hotels. There are good local nursery, primary and secondary schools throughout the area, of which The Tithe Barn is within the catchment area of North Berwick High School. There are three well regarded independent schools: The Compass in Haddington (primary), Belhaven Hill in Dunbar (preparatory) and Loretto in Musselburgh (3-18) all nearby. All the fee paying schools of Edinburgh are within easy reach and many have direct bus services from East Lothian.
Dating back to the 16th century, when the building was used as a Tower House, the Tithe Barn has been carefully and thoughtfully restored to retain a range of original features throughout, whilst offering contemporary and practical living spaces for modern day to day life.
A striking building of red sandstone with crow stepped gables on both sides, the property sits proudly on its elevated position overlooking the village. The original main entrance leads up to the first floor, however the informal entrance to the kitchen on the ground floor is mainly used today. Large patio doors lead from the terrace to the spacious kitchen, with island, integrated appliances and oil Rayburn cooker. There is ample space for a large family dining table providing plenty of opportunity for everyone to gather.
The kitchen leads into a double height hall providing access to two staircases and featuring the original stone fireplace with inscribed motifs. Access to a fantastic space offering a guest bedroom with en suite shower room tucked under a cosy stone arched ceiling, with its own access outside to the terrace. There is a WC located on the ground floor. The original stone staircase, and the modern timber one both lead up to the first floor where the dining area opens up to the landing with exposed stone wall, and well-hidden original drop-down toilet' (now useful storage area). The landing leads to the snug yet large sitting room with open fireplace, dual aspect windows and walk-in storage cupboard. There is a WC also accessed from the first floor landing.
On the second floor, the master bedroom with en suite lies at the far end of the hallway and benefits from stunning views east towards the coast. There are three further bedrooms on the second floor all serviced by a large family bathroom with free standing contemporary bath, walk in shower and toilet and basin.
Outside, the property is accessed by a private driveway, with parking area and garden shed. A fence marks out the boundary of the generous garden which wraps around the property and provides space for multiple fruit trees, a vegetable patch and bespoke seating area.
Mains water, electricity, drainage, oil fired boiler.
Local Authority & tax band
East Lothian Council tax band H.
The Tithe Barn has right of access over the first half of the drive and then the second half of the drive forms part of the title.
Conservation Area and Listing
The Tithe Barn is an A Listed building, a Scheduled Monument and lies within the Whitekirk Conservation Area.
Fixtures & Fittings
Standard fixtures and fittings are included in the sale. The garden seating is to be excluded from the sale.
Turn off the A198 for Whitekirk passing by St Mary's Church, follow the road round the corner and up the slight hill. The entrance to the private driveway to The Tithe Barn is on the right hand side after the row of cottages. The property is at the end of the driveway, passing the old community hall.