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9 bedroom detached house for sale
Sunnyhill Road, Hawick, Selkirkshire
Woodnorton was built in 1881 for Robert Pringle, the grandson of the founder of the Pringle knitwear firm, who was at the time head of the company and was, reputedly, determined that his home should be more lavish than the recently constructed, adjacent villa of Westwood.
Robert Pringle extended Woodnorton in 1908 by building a ballroom/billiard room for his son, Walter Pringle, and it bears the monogram REP and date 1908. However, just a few years after the construction, Walter was killed at the battle of Passchendaele during the First World War.
Woodnorton is a fine example of a largely unaltered, late 19th century Scots Renaissance style villa with many fine features such as crow stepped gables, mullioned windows and a steep, flat topped pyramidal roof to the tower. This impressive Grade B listed home with rich history has a real regional and national appeal for buyers wishing to find a unique, versatile and usable period mansion.
Built in 1881 and with the ballroom/billiard room extension in 1908, Woodnorton was designed to impress and offer the finest living of its day. Something the present owners have taken great care to maintain when ensuring the houseís future.
The front door leads into the vestibule with barrel vaulted ceiling, ceramic tiled floor and half glazed inner door to the reception hallway. This open space has the principal stairs with timber balustrade, handrail and newels to the first floor whilst, to the left and right, are the principal reception rooms. A second staircase leads to the ballroom landing, which opens to the stunning ballroom/billiard room with elaborate plaster work to the ceiling and a chimneypiece with garland and cherub detailing.
The fine classical drawing room with its open fireplace is to the south west corner of the building and has a dual aspect with a large bay to the front and south. The dining room is to the south east, again with a dual aspect and an open fireplace with a marble mantelpiece. From the dining room there is access to the butlerís pantry with original storage. Accessed from the main hallway is a sitting room and breakfasting kitchen, housed in the rear elevation which leads to the rear hall and series of store rooms and pantries.
The first floor landing has panelled doors to all 5 bedrooms, the family bathroom, and study. The master bedroom with an ensuite shower room is located over the drawing room and is a delightfully light and airy room. The guest bedroom is another large double bedroom with vanity sink unit and is adjacent to the family bathroom.
There are 3 further double bedrooms and separate WC. The second floor is accessed from the secondary stairs, which lead to a landing with a large skylight, 4 further double bedrooms, bathroom and 2 store rooms.
Energy Efficiency Rating G
Set on the northerly hillside overlooking the Scottish Borders town of Hawick, Woodnorton sits within its own mature and private grounds. Sunnybank Road is widely renowned for being the most impressive address in Hawick and was the location for the majority of Hawickís most impressive homes, many of which were built for the woollen mill owners who made Hawick famous.
Located on the banks of the River Teviot, Hawick is one of the largest Border towns and is selfsufficient with many local businesses, a busy High Street, 2 national supermarkets and schooling for all ages. Private education is available at St Maryís in Melrose and Longridge, near Berwick, whilst further private schooling can be found in and around Edinburgh.
Hawick is surrounded by some of the most impressive landscapes the Borders can offer. There are a wide range of country pursuits that include hunting with the Duke of Buccleuch Hunt, shooting and fishing. There are a number of golf courses as well as sports clubs and associations.
Hawick is positioned mid way between the nationís capital Edinburgh to the north and Newcastle upon Tyne to the south, both having international airports and train stations, whilst to the south there is Carlisle.
The grounds extend to about 2.87 acres and are made up of formal and informal lawns, rose gardens with landscaped pathways and woodland. Access to the house is from the south and the driveway curves from Sunnyhill Road to a parking area in front of the property. To the rear elevation is a courtyard with an integral garage and further outbuildings.