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Menslaws is approached by a tarmacadam drive flanked by hawthorn hedges which splits and leads to a gravel sweep in front of the house and the courtyard of traditional buildings to the rear of the house. Menslaws is an attractive, stone and slate house with a southerly outlook over lawns, mature trees and grass fields to the hills beyond. The house dates from circa 1786 and has well-proportioned rooms over two floors offering bright and airy accommodation.
The house requires modernisation which, once completed, will result in a stunning, elegant mansion house surrounded by its own gardens and policies. Menslaws House has a wealth of period features including sash and case windows, open fireplaces, shutters, elegant display cabinets and a superb stone staircase.
Menslaws is entered through a large reception hall with an open fireplace, feature staircase and doors to the principal reception rooms. The south facing drawing room has a bay window and an unusual triangular west facing window. The large dining room has a door to the kitchen which is well served by a number of ancillary rooms. The first floor accommodation is approached by the elegant staircase which leads to a landing lit by a large window and provides access to the 5 principal bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room and dressing room. A secondary staircase adjacent to the back door rises to two secondary bedrooms.
To the north of the house connected to the traditional buildings there is a stone and slate cottage with a sitting room, kitchen, study, bedroom and bathroom. There is potential to extend the cottage by creating a second floor.
To the south of Menslaws, lawns flanked by mature trees and shrubs lead to a ha ha and the grass fields beyond. To the east and west of the house, sheltered lawns are flanked by flower beds. To the rear of the house is a beautiful walled garden divided into borders by box hedges and grass paths. The sheltered walled garden has a kitchen garden area, fruit bushes, flower beds and herbaceous borders.
The traditional stone and slate buildings lie to the rear of the house and comprise a courtyard of buildings divided into:
Stable complex – 8 loose boxes, tack room and feed store;
Barn with loft;
Beyond the traditional buildings are two modern buildings:
General Purpose Shed: 36 m x 18 m - Currently used for cattle, this building has in the past been used as a riding arena;
Sheep Shed: 28 m x 7 m - Timber framed building.
The farmland at Menslaws extends to about 69.48 acres of reseeded grassland and permanent pasture which is registered for IACS purposes. The land is currently used to graze the owner’s short horn herd of cattle with excess grazings being let to local farmers. The land is well-fenced and there is water to each of the fields.
The woodlands which extend to about 9.71 acres are a real feature of Menslaws and are planted in drifts throughout the estate. They provide shelter to the fields and are a mixture of broadleaves and conifers.
There is trout fishing on the River Teviot and Rule Water which form the western boundary of Menslaws. The salmon fishings are owned by the Crown and leased to a local angling club of
which the landowner has membership.
Menslaws enjoys a secluded location in the Teviot Valley, an area surrounded by rolling Borders countryside.
There are good communication links to the north and south via the A68 trunk road which provides fast access to both Edinburgh and Newcastle Airport. The nearest mainline railway station is at Berwick-upon-Tweed which is served by the east coast line services.
The nearest primary school is at Denholm where there is a good range of local facilities for everyday needs. For a wider range of facilities, Jedburgh and Hawick provide a good range of
shops, supermarkets, restaurants and leisure facilities. There is secondary schooling in Hawick and Jedburgh while Melrose has a well-renowned prep school.
Menslaws is well situated to enjoy all the opportunities offered by the surrounding countryside with shooting, stalking, hunting,
golfing, riding, fishing and walks all available locally.