A VICTORIAN house which has been home to church ministers for more than a century is to be sold.

Belhaven Manse is being marketed by Paris Steele, while the Church of Scotland is looking to buy a replacement home for the next minister.

The Rev Neil Watson took his final service at the church, linked with nearby Spott Parish Church, in the summer of 2021 before switching to a parish in Rutherglen. He had been in East Lothian for almost four years.

The Rev Brian Hilsley has been serving as interim moderator.

A spokesperson for the Church of Scotland told the Courier: “Belhaven Manse is a Victorian house which was built for the then minister around 1860.

“The building is being sold with the aim of purchasing a new manse.

“This will be more suitable for a modern family and more energy efficient, in keeping with the General Assembly’s call for congregations such as Belhaven to become more environmentally friendly.”

The recruitment process for a new minister is expected to begin “shortly” and the aim is to have someone in post next year.

The five-bedroom property is on the market for offers over £690,000.

According to ESPC: “The Manse on Belhaven Road in Dunbar presents an exceptional opportunity for potential buyers looking for a recently refurbished elegant house situated within its own grounds in the charming town of Dunbar.

“This property has undergone sympathetic restoration, boasting a neutral decor throughout, allowing the new owner to add their personal style and charm to the property.

“The house retains a multitude of period features, including high ceilings, intricate ornate cornicing, feature fireplaces, and a central staircase that adds to its character.”

Two of the five double bedrooms feature en-suites, while there is also a family bathroom and a ground-floor WC.

There are also two box rooms, as well as a lounge, dining room and kitchen.