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Upper Faldonside, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9BG
- 23 acres arable
- 295 acres pasture and grazing
- 8 acres of woodland
- Dutch barn
- Duck flighting pond
With the hills of the upper Tweed valley to the west, and the more open farmland of Berwickshire to the east, the central Tweed valley offers some of the most beautiful and varied countryside in the south of Scotland. Faldonside stands in its own hidden valley, in the heart of the Scottish Borders, and remains very accessible but remarkably private. To the east of Faldonside lies Sir Walter Scott's home, Abbotsford.
Renowned for its productive farmland and forestry, the Scottish Borders are also famous for their range and quality of country sports. The nearby River Tweed is one of Scotland's finest
salmon rivers, and there are well-managed grouse moors to the north-east in the Lammermuirs. Apart from Faldonside's own sportings, there are opportunities to take shooting throughout
the Borders and the Lothians. This is wonderful riding country, with active hunts, pony clubs and equestrian events. Faldonside is in Buccleuch Hunt country, with the Berwickshire and Jedforest packs nearby. Kelso Racecourse is an easy drive (17 miles). There are many golf courses in the area, including picturesque nine hole courses at Melrose and Selkirk, and a championship course at The Roxburghe near Kelso, (19 miles).
Despite its completely rural location, Faldonside is close to local amenities. The historic Abbey town of Melrose and the principal shopping centre of Galashiels are within easy reach. Melrose is a thriving town, lying at the heart of the local community, home to the internationally renowned Melrose Sevens and the popular Borders Book Festival. It provides a good range of independent shops and excellent restaurants. St Mary's preparatory school sits in the centre of the town.
Galashiels provides the principal shopping in the area including supermarkets and professional services. The area is well served by agricultural suppliers and livestock markets, including St. Boswells (7 miles) and Wooler (35 miles). The major agricultural show, The Border Union, takes place in July at Kelso and the annual Kelso Ram Sales in September is the largest event of this type in Europe. Edinburgh city centre is within easy reach via the A7 and A68 trunk roads, and the railhead of the proposed new Edinburgh-Borders railway is three miles away at Tweedbank. There are
local primary schools at both Melrose and Selkirk and secondary schools in Earlston and Selkirk.
Faldonside is an exceptional agricultural and residential estate with outstanding amenity and sporting opportunities. At its core lies an attractive period house surrounded by well maintained
gardens and sheltered policies, including a walled garden. In addition to the principal house there is a traditional gate lodge. Faldonside is at the end of a minor public road which terminates
at the gate lodge. Extensive woodlands provide shelter for livestock and the foundations for the shoot. The good network of internal roads gives easy access to most parts of the estate.
LOT 2 - UPPER FALDONSIDE 332 ACRES
Lying on the eastern side of the estate, this block of farmland rises from Cauldshiels Loch, at about 240m above sea level, to the top of Cauldshiels Hill at about 320m, from where there are panoramic views over the surrounding Borders countryside. The hill itself is the site of a fort, which is designated as a scheduled ancient monument. Extending to 332.20 acres in total, it comprises 23.13 acres of arable, 174.45 acres of permanent pasture, 121.08 acres of rough grazing and 8.92 acres of woodland. The land benefits from good access off a private track running along most of the western boundary of the Lot, and also from a track running along the southern shore of the loch. There is a useful steel framed Dutch barn (14m x 6m), and set of lambing pens. A short distance east of the Dutch barn is a duck flighting pond.
From the north, follow the A68 southwards towards Jedburgh. About three miles after Earlston take the second exit off the roundabout onto the A6091 (signposted Melrose and Galashiels). Continue towards Galashiels and at the first roundabout take the first exit, continuing on the A6091. At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto the B6360 (signposted Abbotsford). Follow this road for about one and a half miles, then turn to the left up the hill beside a line of trees (this turning is easy to miss). Continue on this road for about half a mile until you reach a crossroads, with the entrance gates straight in front of you.
From the south, follow the A68 northwards towards Edinburgh. About two miles after St Boswells take the first exit off the roundabout onto the A6091 (signposted Melrose and Galashiels). Continue thereafter as above.
From the south west, follow the A7 northwards towards Edinburgh. Continue through Selkirk towards Galashiels and Melrose. Follow this road for about one and a half miles, then turn right onto the B6360 (signposted Abbotsford). Follow this road for about four-fifths of a mile, and then turn to the right up the hill beside a line of trees. Continue on this road for about half a mile until you reach a crossroads, with the entrance gates straight in front of you.