Now this really is something. Once upon a time, this was a military outpost. Now it is stylish contemporary living space – or the Lysander House converted World War 2 radar station in North Berwick, East Lothian if you prefer.
Big thanks to @lothianloop on Twitter for pointing us in the direction of this place, which is actually two houses for the price of one. More on the second place later. First up, let’s look at the main house.
As we said, this is a converted radar station converted to a modern home. That seems to be quite a popular thing to do right now, no doubt because of the history, the art deco-like structures you have as a starting point and more often than not, the land surrounding it. Indeed, you might recall The Restoration Man show covering a renovation of an airfield tower recently.
This one, like many of these buildings, has a rural location to the north of Dirleton, between the village and Yellowcraig beach, with the wartime structure converted to a high end two-storey house, mixing classic features such as Crittal windows with premium finishes like oak floors, under floor heating and an integrated music system throughout the house. The end result is impressive.
Head in and you’ll find a reception hall that leads to an ‘exceptional’ drawing room with open fireplace, overlooked by the galleried landing above and with a glazed Loggia and some wonderful views.
Also on this floor is a sitting room with access to the garden, a dining room with wine store and a contemporary kitchen at the centre of the house with boot room/utility room.
The bedrooms are also on the ground floor, including the matter suite with garden access, large dressing room, en suite shower room and a morning room. A guest bedroom has an en suite shower room and there are three further double bedrooms, along with a family bathroom.
Head up the stairs and you’ll find an L-shaped galleried landing overlooking the drawing room, which also has access to an external balcony. Steps lead to a cantilevered Belvedere, with views to the north, and a large office with an en suite WC. You can also access the ‘winter garden’, which is glazed on three sides and has door out to a very large decked roof terrace with wrought iron balustrade.
Outside space includes a gated entrance, tree-lined drive, large gravelled parking area and the garden and grounds, which cover something like 6.24 acres. If you like horses, there are also two paddocks.
Oh yes, that other house too. That’s Driftwood Lodge, a detached, two storey house built in a similar style to Lysander House and formerly a generator house and armoury. It is now a four-bedroom house, which also has a hall, large sitting room, kitchen, conservatory and bathrooms, plus its own outside space.
So two houses and no shortage of land. If you are looking to relocate, the price is £2,500,000.
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