Sophie’s inside track on East Lothian
Coulters Associate Director Sophie Duns heads up this leading property agency’s new office in East Lothian.
20 Aug 2018
No stranger to the area, Sophie was born and brought up in North Berwick. Here she gives us the inside track on what she loves about life in East Lothian.
I was brought up in North Berwick and genuinely believe it’s one of the best places to live, the coastal scenery is just breathtaking with beautiful beaches, woodland walks and an abundance of golf courses and outdoor activities all under an hour’s drive from Edinburgh.
North Berwick has a real holiday feel to it, you can’t help but relax as you enter the town whether you’re driving or training it. It offers a more sedate pace of life than the city yet you’re close enough to enjoy the best of both worlds so the ideal location for commuters, retirees and families alike.
An essential part of my job is travelling, whether its meeting clients, colleagues or researching properties in East Lothian as well as Edinburgh and its surrounding areas. But, it’s here in North Berwick where I really feel at home so it’s been fantastic to open our office and spend lots more time here. It’s almost impossible to narrow down the appeal of living in East Lothian but I’ll try…
I touched on East Lothian’s beaches briefly and scenery – I love spending my weekends walking Nala, our Pomeranian along its many beautiful beaches. For those in the know, Seacliff is a hidden gem with a beautiful shoreline. My family home is minutes from West Bay in North Berwick and I’ve spent many a weekend walking its long stretches of sand with Nala. The Bass Rock is clearly visible from the beach, it’s rated as the third-best cliff dive in Britain if you’re an adventure seeker!
For foodies, you are literally spoilt with the choice of great quality independent eateries and coffee shops. I love Osteria in North Berwick, it’s a high-end Italian with a lovely intimate setting. I also enjoy venturing off to Greywalls Hotel in Gullane for an afternoon tea with the most spectacular views over the Firth of Forth. The Lobster Shack is another favourite pitstop of mine, it serves up the best fresh lobster and chips so great for a bite to eat outdoors on a summer night.
I’m a fan of the outdoors and sport so spoilt for choice as East Lothian is quite literally booming with outdoor activities whether it’s riding, zip lines or golfing. I take my niece and nephew to East Links Farm and enjoy visiting Fox Lake, Scotland’s first Wakepark, it’s got great aerial rope courses and wakeboarding for all ages plus zip lines and a wonderful family-run café so you can easily spend a full day there. I’ve ridden all my life and Seacliff stables are where I learnt to ride so it would be remiss not to highlight the many hacks, treks and riding lessons on offer here. Where better to head out for a hack than here where you can enjoy a combination of coastal and woodland treks.
If like me you have a busy and demanding job and look for a bit of downtime, Fletchers Cottage Spa at Archerfield Estate is a godsend. There’s no shortage of top treatments, which you can enjoy with a glass of bubbly in hand!
I spent my childhood in East Lothian and have amazing memories of family life. It goes without saying that it’s a brilliant location for families, there’s just so much on offer from excellent schooling, sports and outdoors activities, eateries and more.
Whether you are looking to move to, from, or within East Lothian, we’d love to help you so please do get in touch.