East Third Farmhouse, Smailholm, Kelso, TD5 7PH
4 Bed House - Detached
Offers Over £420,000
About the property
Beautifully positioned within this sought after village, famed for the historic, 15th Century Smailholm Tower and its links to Sir Walter Scott, this quintessential former farmhouse offers the best of Borders living and for those looking seeking the ‘good life’, opportunities this good don’t come along very often. Dating from the late 1800’s this property’s interior is truly charming and characterful with a good degree of versatility, ideal when catering for family life. The adjoining annex is currently used to accommodate extended family which works perfectly but for those looking to generate an income stream, the annex is easily self-contained and offers obvious potential as a holiday let cottage. The scale of what is offered externally is equally impressive; the stone byre currently incorporates a double garage and former stable, both of which are extremely useful and could lend themselves to various uses depending on requirements. The extensive grounds extend beyond and are a gardening enthusiast’s dream. The neat lawned areas extend into a productive fruit orchard and vegetable garden complete with pond. Beyond this is the grassed paddock, having been used in the past to keep horses and sheep; in total the grounds extend to around 1.85 acre.
The position of Smailholm truly offers the best of both worlds; central to the rest of The Scottish Borders but also within a short drive of the rail line at Tweedbank which makes this property ideally suited for those that commute daily to Edinburgh. Equally, the main East Coast rail line at Berwick Upon Tweed gives easy connections to London.
Smailholm is an attractive and historic village located around five miles from Kelso and also within easy driving distance of Melrose and Galashiels. The area is famed for its natural beauty and is popular with tourists; the historic 15th century ‘Smailholm Tower’ is located close by which is a prominent landmark in the area which proved inspirational to Sir Walter Scott.
Main House: Sitting Room, Family Dining Kitchen, Utility Room, Conservatory, Cloakroom, Three Double Bedrooms and Two Bathrooms. Annex: Sitting Room, Double Bedroom and Bathroom
A traditional double entrance door opens into a useful lobby with window to the front. From there a door allows access into the main hall with carpeted staircase to the upper floor. Occupying what would have been the original Blacksmiths Smiddy, the sitting room is an impressive space with good natural light thanks to the array of windows and further enhanced by the vaulted ceiling. In keeping with the traditional style this room also features exposed floorboards and a log burning stove set into a feature fireplace. Glazed French doors allow access to the garden grounds towards the rear. The farmhouse style kitchen is ideal for everyday family dining with plenty of space for table and chairs. As you may expect from a property of this nature, the kitchen features an oil fired aga style ‘Redfyre’ which is recessed into a tiled fireplace. Again, windows to both the front and the rear ensure good light whilst French doors to the side open on to a sun trap paved patio, ideal for summer dining. Adjoining the kitchen, the utility room provides a useful facility and connects the main house to the annex. A fantastic addition to the property and added in the early 2000’s, the conservatory is an extension of the living accommodation. Particularly spacious with ample room for more formal dining as well as sofas or such like. With outlooks over the grounds and double doors allowing access directly off the drive. Usefully, the third bedroom, a nicely proportioned double is located on the ground floor and enjoys an aspect over the grounds to the front. The well-appointed ground floor benefits from both a family bathroom and cloakroom. The cloakroom provides a WC and wash hand basin whilst the main bathroom adds a touch of luxury with a free standing roll top bath as well as a separate shower.
The staircase enjoys good light with a window over and leads to the first floor landing with second bathroom off. Both bedrooms at this level are particularly spacious rooms, both benefiting from dual aspect windows ensuring outlooks over the grounds to the rear and the village to the front.
Connected to the main house via the utility room, the annex rather usefully benefits from its own access from the front gardens and therefore provides scope to be completely self-contained if desired for those looking at options for an income stream. The annex comprises a large lounge with outlooks to the front and a log burning stove. The French doors off the sitting room lead to a lovely sheltered, sun trap patio. The bedroom is a particular spacious double room and the bathroom is well appointed with a three piece suite.
Garage and Workshop
Forming part of a stone built, byre, this is an excellent space. The double garage benefits from light and power with the adjoining former stable currently utilised as storage. The private drive is extensive and provides space for several vehicles as well as caravans/horseboxes or such like if required.
The grounds are a real delight, extending to around 1.85 acre in total. The neat lawned areas that surround the property are beautifully tended with a selection of soft fruit trees and raised vegetables beds. These lawned areas extend into a productive fruit orchard with additional lawned areas a strategically placed summerhouse, beautifully positioned to enjoy the sun into the evening. The orchard area also incorporates a garden pond and wooded area. The wooded area extends to the paddock which is positioned beyond. Ideal for those looking to keep small livestock or ponies with stone dyke and fenced boundaries.
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating.