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Berneray’s relocating rock star Fish has put his £850,000 Haddington home up for sale and crashed his estate agent’s website within 20 minutes.

Luckily, those wishing to see the house listing could still access it via rightmove.co.uk.

The Spittalrig property near Haddington has been Fish’s home since 1988. It is set in the Lothian countryside, just 30 minutes from the Scottish capital.

The property went on the market shortly after Fish and his wife, Simone, returned from Berneray, where they had been helping builder Angus MacDougall get their new Berneray home in shape. They hope to move in October.

His Spittalrigg home of 30 years is a converted four-bedroom farmhouse set on an acre of land.

Called The Studio, Fish, aka Derek Dick, set up a recording studio where he and a host of other artists have recorded music. While operating for a decade as a commercial studio, it hosted Nazareth, the Blue Nile, Jericho, PJ Harvey, and Radiohead, among others.

A keen gardener, Fish created a mature orchard and raised beds featured in Beechgrove Garden and Gardeners’ World in recent years.

Fish is sad to be leaving, as he recorded 11 solo albums at The Studio, including his final album, Weltschmerz, in 2020.

Fish told The Scotsman: “There are a lot of incredible memories from my time here. The dramas, the craziness, the laughter and the tears that filled this building over the years – it’s saturated with great energies.

“It has been a fantastic place to live and work in, and everyone who has been here has been blown away by the vibes, the space and the layout.

“There are a lot of mixed feelings about leaving the Studio, but we feel it’s time to move on and let someone else enjoy what we have created here, bring their own ideas and imagination in and take it to the next level.

“It would be great to think that a musician might carry on the legacy of the original studio in some way, but I know that whoever takes it on will have a creative soul, and they will know it’s their home as soon as they walk in the door.

“The Studio is that sort of place. It’s different and very special and a unique dwelling that will capture the heart of someone who belongs to live there.”

The property is on the market at offers over £850,000 and has a home report value of £875,000.