St. Clair's,
186 Newhaven Road

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St. Clair's, 186 Newhaven Road, Edinburgh EH6 4QB







This is a rare opportunity to acquire a magnificent Georgian family house situated in the heart of the highly desirable residential neighbourhood of Trinity.

Set back from the roadside behind high stone walls, the substantial detached seven-bedroomed family home is arranged over four floors and incorporates a self-contained two-bed apartment on the lower ground floor. 

The handsome Neo-Greek house is the mirror image of the neighbouring property and were built for two whaling captain brothers in the early 1830s who worked out of the nearby historic Port of Leith.

The current owners have added several modern extensions including an attic conversion and a lovely Garden Room whilst in the grounds of the property there is a home office on the upper floor of the former Coach House.  To the rear of the property is a spectacular and extensive landscaped garden with a large expanse of lawn, herbaceous flower beds, sun terraces and a wonderful Orangery.

The immaculately presented and elegantly furnished house is packed with period character and original architectural features including astragal sash and case windows with working shutters, marble fireplaces, ornate decorative cornicing, rose circles and flagstone flooring.

Lying just under two miles north of Edinburgh city centre, Trinity is hugely popular with families due to its proximity to well-regarded schools, a wide range of local amenities and an extensive choice of recreational and leisure facilities.

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Rettie & Co.

0131 322 2661
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Rettie & Co.

0131 624 9045
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John Wybar

Rettie & Co.

0131 322 2661



Raised Ground Floor

Entrance Vestibule, Reception Hall, Open Plan Kitchen-Dining Room, Snug/Sitting Room, Pantry, Utility Room, Garden Room & Door Access to Rear Courtyard, Double Bedroom Five, Shower Room, Hall Access to Rear Garden & Lower Ground Floor, Gas Central Heating, Alarm System


First Floor

Drawing Room, Principal Bedroom Suite with Bathroom, Dressing Room & WC Room, Double Bedroom Two


Second Floor

Bedrooms Three & Four, Family Bathroom, Landing Study, Attic Storage


Lower Ground Floor

Self-Contained Apartment with Main Front Door to Rear, Hall, Double Bedroom Six & Seven, Bathroom, Sitting Room, Kitchen-Dining Room, Utility Room/Wine Cellar, Cloakroom Cupboard


Outside Space

Stone Gravelled Driveway with Parking for 4/5 Vehicles & EV Charger to Front, Side Driveway Access to Coach House/Home Office & Stables/Workshop, Rear Courtyard Patio & Access to Extensive Landscaped Gardens with an Orangery, Large Lawn, Ornamental Floral & Herbaceous Borders, Mature Trees, Sun Terraces & Log Store



St Clair’s is a stunning detached Georgian property offering beautiful period features and set in large enclosed and landscaped grounds.  The handsome stone property boasts magnificent reception rooms of immense charm combining the elegance and grandeur of Georgian living and period charm with contemporary interiors and modern fixtures and fittings. The versatile accommodation is as follows:


Ground Floor:

Entrance Vestibule & Hall: Stone steps lead up to the grand entrance of the property with a traditional Georgian door flanked by fluted Ionic columns and topped with an architrave, frieze and cornice. The large entrance vestibule features flagstone flooring, ornate cornicing, a rose circle and a beautiful stained-glass inner entrance door that opens into the elegant reception hall. To the rear of the hall, a stone staircase leads down to the lower ground floor whilst there is a back door that leads to the courtyard patio and rear garden.

Snug/Family Sitting Room: With a large sash window overlooking the front of the house, this family sitting room has a relaxed feel and features an Edinburgh Press and an original marble fireplace that houses a log-burning stove.

Bedroom 4: A generously sized double bedroom with high ceilings, an integrated wash basin and views of the Coach House through a sash window.

Bathroom: This partially tiled and wood-floored modern shower room has been added by the current owners to service the adjacent bedroom and features a shower cubicle, wash basin, heated towel rail and WC.

Kitchen-Dining Room: This spectacular open plan kitchen-dining room sits at the heart of the property. It provides a wonderful social place to cook, dine and entertain. The Countryside Kitchen features wood-fronted lower and upper storage units, Cumbrian slate worktops and a central island with a breakfast counter that can accommodate two bar stools. The well-equipped kitchen features brand-name integrated appliances including a gas-fuelled AGA, a separate two-burner gas hob, electric AEG fan oven, and a double sink with an extendable nozzle spray. There is a large sash window that frames pretty garden views.  The dining room is perfect for large scale entertaining with plenty of room for a large table that can comfortably sit 16 people. The spacious room boasts some fine architectural details including ornate cornicing, a petal-shaped ceiling rose, timber dado panels, two Edinburgh Press and an impressive original feature fireplace with marble surround and Club fender. 

Pantry & Utility Rooms: A ‘secret’ double wall door in the dining room opens into an inner hall with a shelved pantry cupboard and a good-sized utility room with a sink, washing machine, tumble dryer, base and upper storage units. There is also a ceiling clothes pulley and an automated and rain-sensitive Velux window.

Garden Room: The current owners added this attractive room that is positioned off the dining room to the side of the property. It is a wonderful place to sit and relax with plenty of natural light from the cupola above. There is French door access to the courtyard patio.


First Floor:

The beautiful original stone staircase with cast iron decorative balustrade and mahogany handrail sweeps up past the stunning statement window with a pretty view of a mature birch tree to the first-floor landing. The staircase also features a beautiful plasterwork archway and attractive rose circle. 

Drawing Room: Bathed in natural light from the two full-height astragal sash windows with exterior decorative cast iron balconies, the high-ceilinged formal reception room features many beautiful original features including ornate cornicing, a rose circle, a period fireplace with open fire and white marble surround and a shelved drinks cupboard. This is a fabulous entertaining space with a sense of timeless elegance.

Principal Bedroom Suite: Partially glass-panelled double doors open from the landing to access the three-room suite. This well-presented principal bedroom enjoys plenty of light from the full-height sash window with exterior decorative cast iron balcony. It features an original fireplace with a lovely decorative cast iron insert and painted mantel, attractive cornicing and an open display shelving with cupboard below. Adjacent to this room is a walk-through dressing room with a wall of mirror-fronted wardrobes that leads to an enclosed WC room. Completing the suite is a large modern bathroom with Travertine tiling, a bathtub, walk-in shower, integrated dual wash basin unit with cupboard below, heated towel rail, underfloor heating and WC.

Bedroom 2: Charming light-filled double bedroom with a tranquil outlook overlooking the rear garden. There is a deep under-stair walk-in cupboard offering plenty of shelving and hanging solutions.


Second Floor:

Bedroom 3&4: This attic conversion has been added by the current owners and provides two large bright and airy double bedrooms with several Velux windows with one of them enjoying views across the rooftops to the Firth of Forth and East Lothian. Both have under-eave storage cupboards.


Bathroom: The modern bathroom features stylish Tumbled Travertine tiling, a large shower cubicle, bathtub, wash basin, heated towel tail and WC. There is an under-eave storage cupboard.

Study: There is room for a study area on the L-shaped landing.


Lower Ground Floor:

The accommodation on the lower ground floor can be incorporated into the main house as it is connected internally by a staircase from the hall. Alternatively, it can be used as a self-contained annexe with its own private entrance at the rear of the property that can be accessed through the side gate of the driveaway where there is an entry intercom installed. This provides flexibility to create a two-bedroom apartment; an ideal solution for anyone looking for a granny flat, to house staff or as a profitable short-term rental. There are two good sized double bedrooms to the front and back of the house, a dining-kitchen with a gas-effect wood burner stove, a bathroom and an elegant sitting room and a Stonecraft marble-surround fireplace that houses a remote-control flame-effect gas fire. There is also a deep storage cupboard that houses the twin boilers which serve the whole house. The light-filled kitchen-dining room benefits from a dual aspect over the front and side of the property and features several integrated appliances including a four gas-burner hob, a Siemens oven and warming drawer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and sink. The modern bathroom comprises an electric shower, integrated wash basin unit with cupboard below, mounted mirrored vanity cabinet, heated towel rail and WC. The annexe has a useful cloakroom cupboard opposite the main front door and a large utility room that incorporates the original wine cellars.


Coach House & Stables:

The former Coach House and adjacent stable block is accessed from the driveway to the side of the property through the original carriage gates. The upper part of the two-level property has been converted into a fully insulated modern home office whilst the lower part is used for additional storage. The former stables are currently used as a DIY workshop and to store bicycles and garden equipment. The formers owners had lapsed planning permission to convert the Coach House and stable into a habitable dwelling.

Outside Space:

Front Garden: The circular-shaped stone gravel driveway can accommodate four or five vehicles and there is an EV charger on one wall. With impressive wrought-iron entrance gates flanked by original stone gate piers, the stone wall-enclosed driveway is edged with leafy shrubbery and mature trees. The former carriage gates on the side of the house give access to the Coach House and rear garden.

Courtyard Patio: Sited directly to the rear of the house is a large, enclosed courtyard patio that offers plenty of space for al fresco dining.

Rear Garden: Box ball hedging lines the path leading into the magnificent large stone wall enclosed garden. Well stocked with an abundance of herbaceous plants It has been cleverly landscaped by noted gardener designer Nick Burton who has created several sun terraces to enjoy the day long sunshine around the garden. Of particular design note is the Italianate-style parterre garden with symmetrical box-enclosed ornamental flower beds with a fountain feature at its centre. There is another lovely sun terrace for al fresco dining located next to the stunning Orangery that provides an indoor sitting room. A large part of the garden is laid to lawn and is bordered at one end by a mature Leylandii hedge that provides shelter and privacy. The wall-enclosed garden also features a vegetable patch and a log store.



Situated near to the Firth of Forth shoreline, Trinity is a highly sought-after residential area with lovely leafy streets and a thriving community spirit. It lies just two miles north of Edinburgh City Centre and enjoys excellent bus and cycle links to the city and beyond.

The area is well served with local amenities with a Sainsbury’s Local on Craighall Road. Within close proximity is an Asda superstore at Newhaven and a M&S Food Hall in the Ocean Terminal complex, where you will also find a VUE cinema, restaurants, high-street shops, and The Royal Yacht Britannia visitor attraction. There is a farmer’s market every Saturday in nearby Leith where you will also find two Michelin-starred restaurants, waterfront bars and cafes.

Victoria Park, a beautiful public park with extensive open parkland, large children’s play park, community tennis, football and basketball courts, sits across the road from the property. It is from the park that you can access the North Edinburgh Cycle Network that connects Trinity to the city centre and Haymarket in one direction and the bustling port of Leith in the other. You can also access the Water of Leith Walkway that will lead you to cosmopolitan Stockbridge with its independent shops, restaurants, cafes and weekly market, Inverleith Park and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.


It is just a short walk to the picturesque Newhaven Harbour on the Firth of Forth waterfront where you will find several restaurants and the David Lloyd Leisure & Tennis Club. Other recreational facilities in the locality include Lomond Park Tennis & Bowling Club, the St Serf’s Tennis Club and the Pure Gym at Ocean Terminal.


There is excellent state school provision with the property situated across the road from Trinity Primary School and just a short walk to Trinity Academy whilst there is also a large choice of private schooling options nearby including The Edinburgh Academy and Fettes College.


The property lies within easy access of the A1 to East Lothian that links into the City Bypass and Edinburgh’s central motorway network. Trinity will also benefit from the extension of the city’s tramline to Leith and Newhaven when it is completed which will provide both a link to the City Centre and Edinburgh International Airport.


General Remarks:


Proof and Source of Funds / Anti Money Laundering

Under the HMRC Anti Money Laundering legislation all offers to purchase a property on a cash basis or subject to mortgage require evidence of source of funds. This may include evidence of bank statements/funding source, mortgage, or confirmation from a solicitor the purchaser has the funds to conclude the transaction. All individuals involved in the transaction are required to produce proof of identity and proof of address. This is acceptable either as original or certified documents.


Fixtures and Fittings:

Only items specifically mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale price. Blinds, curtains and light fittings may be available by way of separate negotiation. In all other aspects the treatment of fixtures and fittings within the relevant Conveyancing Standard Clauses apply.



Gas central heating, mains water, gas and electricity, broadband, telephone (subject to telephone providers’ regulations).






Council Tax Band Category: G






By appointment through Rettie & Co, 11 Wemyss Place, Edinburgh EH3 6DH. Tel: 0131 220 4160.



1.       The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Rettie & Co, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.


2.        The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered contract in reliance on the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.


3.       Any error, omission or mis-statement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause for action.


Prepared May 2022 – First Issue.

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