TYNINGHAME Mill is one of those rare properties that is so overwhelmingly desirable on the basis of location and external characteristics alone, you know you want it without even crossing the threshold.
Dating from 1828, the property occupies a tranquil setting on the edge of Tyninghame. The village is a picture-postcard conservation area near Dunbar in East Lothian with a cricket pitch, village hall and coffee shop. The mill, which still has the original wheel in place and mill lade flowing past, was converted in the 1970s and is further enhanced by beautiful gardens sporting fruit trees and manicured lawns.
There are three parts to this property, which further increases its desirability – the main mill house, comprising sitting room, fitted kitchen, three bedrooms (master en-suite) and bathroom; an achingly pretty detached cottage with an open-plan sitting room/kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom and its own sun-trap patio and garden; and a sizeable steading building with pantiled roof, currently configured to provide a studio, kitchenette, WC, stores, garages, workshop and wood store but with scope for numerous alternative uses.
The mill house is a compelling fusion of original architectural features – crow-stepped gables, latticed windows and exposed beams – mixed with a clean, contemporary interior that exudes a feeling of Zen-like calm.
The double-height hall has a curved wall, while the double-height sitting room has a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, wood-burning stove and French doors to a sheltered courtyard.
Completing the ground floor is a delightful kitchen overlooking the mill lade, and a double bedroom with en-suite wet room. The staircase, which hugs the curved wall in the hall, is a feature on its own, leading to two further bedrooms that share views of the Lammermuir Hills.
The cottage is currently used as a holiday let, however, plans have been drawn up to show how a new kitchen link could be created that would bring the house and cottage together to make a substantial family home.
Similarly, there are plans to develop the garage space into additional accommodation – planning consent in both cases has now lapsed but could be re-applied for.
Tyninghame Mill is a real gem – for sale with Savills’ Edinburgh office at offers over £795,000.