Self-built from scratch! Triple glazed, solar electric and water, heat pump, and a log fire. Mountain and road cycling possibilities, with lock-up and cleaning facilities, walking, riding, fishing, golfing, kayaking, climbing, and exploration. Lovely pubs and restaurants, all located in a picturesque and historic landscape. Used for family birthdays, reunions, baby showers, corporate business planning, surprises, retreats, the Fringe, overseas visitors and a half-way house for Scottish/English!
A friend once said that the Scottish Borders is a land for fairy tales. Our house is right in the middle of a quite magical landscape.
The house is old and new, it looks old on the outside, but new on the inside. It can be as quiet as putting your head under a pillow, you feel your stress leaving in minutes.
The dark skies at night show you galaxies and shooting stars. Lying on the lawn looking up at night is best.
The deer are often seen in the field next door, with badgers, foxes, and many hare. Bats and house martins are busy catching the insects and keep the place remarkably clear. There are lots of pheasant and partridge too, and yes, we have two pear trees. We actively encourage the house martins as there is nothing better than sitting out with a glass of wine in the evening having them swoop over your head as they feed their young in their nests under the rafters. We have placed catch trays for droppings under the nests, but while you are there from time to time the birds may miss! We are in the country. Their cleanliness we can't always guarantee. On the 16th April 2020 the renowned ornithologist, Mike Pennington, on route to the Shetlands, in one day, counted many species of birds by walking around the garden with binoculars. They included Mallard, Red-legged Partridge, Common Pheasant, Feral Pigeon, Common Woodpigeon, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Buzzard, Eurasian Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Eurasian Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Skylark, Sand Martin, Willow Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Eurasian Wren, Common Starling, Eurasian Blackbird, European Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Common Chaffinch, European Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common House Martin, Grey Heron. Out of the 226 species that have been already seen in the Scottish Borders. Not bad for a stroll around the garden.
The supermarkets are open till ten and are only a couple of miles away, a perfect combination of town and country.
Buy your eggs from the neighbours, 100% fresh. And there are real farmers markets for great food.
Family gatherings: Over the last few years the house has often been used for large family gatherings and events. Birthdays have been celebrated here from 30 to 80 years old. We use it for the same purpose. Open access, downstairs ensuite bedroom, huge kitchen and dining area where people sit chatting to the early hours. And in the summer, the same activity just moves to the patio.
Self Builders - If you are thinking of self-build I am more than happy to explain the process. Yes, it was hard, but the end result is fantastic as you will find.
Brilliant App for the Scottish Borders - "SCOTLAND STARTS HERE", Apple or Android. Makes planning really easy.
In the Borders, there is plenty for both the locals and visitors to enjoy as spring arrives.
Between Glentress and Keilder with lots of other off-road opportunities. As keen cyclists ourselves we can provide lock-up facilities, bike washing facilities and various tools.
Golfers can play more than 20 courses on the best-selling "Freedom of the Fairways" pass: from the championship 18 holes at Roxburghe and Cardrona, to Britain's most extraordinary golf course, over the crashing waves of the North Sea at Eyemouth. For more details look for "scotlandgolfcourses" (slash) Scottish-borders (slash) on the web.
Archers have the opportunity to rove the forest to simulate hunting for prey, while clay-shooters can test their aim on the rapid-fire, realistic flushes. In gentle waters, fishermen can cast a fly in the hope of hooking the wild trout, grayling and salmon teeming in the Tweed, the queen of salmon rivers, and its tributaries.
Whether you want to walk, run, ride, fish, rally, swim, cycle, sail, golf, abseil, kayak or climb, these are the adventures awaiting you in the contrasting local landscapes of hills, loch, moor, forest, meadow, river and coast.
Out and about.
Walkers can hike the Eildon, Cheviot or Lammermuir hills, and rock-climb the crags of Ruberslaw, yet also explore the beaches and coves of East Berwickshire.
Road cyclists can discover the ranging countryside at their own pace on the quiet lanes of the many sign-posted cycleways, while mountain bikers can enjoy the world-class trails of 7stanes Glentress Forest in the Tweed Valley and also at Newcastleton.
Off-roaders, rally drivers and even nostalgic holiday-makers in love with VW camper vans can find the freedom to roam the area's varied terrains. Motorcyclists ride the 3,000 km of roads that made local sons of speed Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop champions.
Horse-riders can canter and gallop through the woodland trails of Scotland's horse country.
If history is your interest, there are a number of excellent historic properties to whet your appetite. I cannot recommend highly enough a visit to Abbotsford, home of Walter Scott. And for those youngsters looking for something a little extra, a number of venues run special activities to suit.
And at the end of the day, exhausted, you can relax with delicious food and drink in a local eatery before you start something completely different the next morning.
Selected works from the local paper, the Southern Reporter.
Tipus de propietat
Jedburgh, Escòcia, Regne Unit