3 Bed House - Detached
Offers Over £395,000
Bracklinn is a very desirable eco house that will instantly reverberate with those looking for a bespoke home in an idyllic setting that offers the ultimate dual lifestyle. With consideration in the build applied to the sustainability of the property, Bracklinn boasts some impressive energy efficiency credentials coupled with numerous aesthetically impressive design features.
Locations this good are rare, therefore when a large garden plot with outline planning permission became available in 2009, the only decision facing the plot’s buyers, was what to build.
Two years later, the result was Bracklinn, a distinctive one-off architect-designed eco house designed by Chris Morgan of John Gilbert Architects in Glasgow and completed by local builder Malcolm Horsburgh. While the external façade displays attractive Scottish larch cladding and particularly large windows on all sides, this home’s single most important design element is its west-facing orientation and open views across the surrounding countryside towards Duns, the latter a catalyst for a two-storey layout with the living area on the upper level.
Designed to meet the present owners’ brief to make best use of natural light, space, views and energy efficiency, Bracklinn features an eco-friendly heat recovery ventilation system, high levels of insulation, Scandinavian glazing, an economical dual-fuel heating system partly supplemented by a wood-burning stove in the sitting room and solar roof panels to provide hot water in summer when the heating is off – an ideal system that works in unison with the seasons to minimise fuel costs.
Immediately striking are this home’s aesthetic features – solid oak flooring on both levels; natural wood finishes; oak staircase with glass balustrade; quality fully fitted kitchen with oak worktops and integrated appliances; and all-white
eutral backdrop which further heightens the sense of light and space to give an interior redolent of classic Scandi style.
Edrom is a small village in Berwickshire that offers all the peace and tranquillity of country living but with the added benefit of being less than three miles from local amenities in the neighbouring village of Chirnside, similarly close proximity to Duns, and only a 20-minute drive from both Berwick-on-Tweed and the award-winning beach at Coldingham Bay.
Travelling from Duns towards Berwick Upon Tweed on the A6105 continue for approximately four miles when Edrom is sign posted off the main road to the left. Upon entering Edrom Village, continue towards Edrom Kirk, Bracklinn is location on the right hand side.
Entrance Hall, Three Double Bedrooms, Shower Room, Open Plan Living/Kitchen/Dining Room, Utility Room. Double Car Port. Private Landscaped Gardens.
The ground floor accommodation flows from a very spacious reception hall housing the staircase with built-in storage underneath, to three large double bedrooms and a contemporary shower room. A key selling point, all three bedrooms have direct access to the garden – the largest of the three (purpose-designed as an artist’s studio, hence the addition of a ceramic sink), is currently a second sitting/garden room. Suitable for many uses, it has windows on two sides and a full wall of fitted storage/bookshelves.
Upstairs is devoted to open-plan living, a hugely practical and dazzlingly bright space which flows seamlessly from landing to living room (with wood-burner and full-width, west-facing gable windows framing views towards Duns) extending into a galley-style fitted kitchen and dual-aspect dining room – a wonderfully sociable layout configured to maximise the views and ensure the cook remains within sight and sound of both the living and dining areas. Completing this level is a family bathroom and a good-sized utility room with access to a time-saving external staircase down to the garden.
Bordered by hedges and woodland and designed for minimal maintenance, Bracklinn’s particularly generous and totally private gardens are a haven for birds and wildlife and include a variety of fruit trees – apple, pear, cherry and medlar, the latter an ornamental flowering tree with a pretty blossom and edible fruit that has been cultivated since Roman times. Interestingly, Edrom Nurseries in nearby Coldingham specialises in rare plants and those most suited to the local climate.
Other outdoor features include a sizable elongated store attached to the rear of the house accessed by a door at each end – ideal for cycles and garden equipment – and a chipped driveway leading to a detached double carport with scope for a garage if required.
Lounge - 5.0m x 3.8m
Dining Room - 3.0m x 2.7m
Kitchen - 3.3m x 2.6m
Bedroom One - 5.0m x 3.3m
Bedroom Two - 3.8m x 3.8m
Bedroom Three/Studio - 5.4m x 4.7m
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage, Double glazing and multi fuel. Heating via which is connected to panel radiators and a mechanical heat recovery system. Supplementary electric panel heaters are provided at ground floor level.