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Mossfennan House, Broughton, Peeblesshire, ML12

Under Offer £695,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Country house with superb views
  • Excellent family accommodation
  • Drawing room and dining room
  • Family kitchen
  • 8 bedrooms plus 2 maid's rooms
  • Extensive ancillary accommodation
  • Steading with development potential
  • Gardens and woodland with burn
  • Paddock (2.6 acres)
  • EPC Rating = F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Historic house with steading and paddock and breathtaking views over the Upper Tweed Valley


Broughton 3 miles, Biggar 9 miles, Peebles 13 miles, Moffat 20 Miles, Edinburgh 32 miles

Mossfennan House has a wonderful rural setting in the Upper Tweed Valley with a spectacular outlook over the river Tweed to Hopecarton Glen, and close to the thriving community of Broughton. The property has good road links to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the south.

The village of Broughton (3 miles) has a primary school with a school bus service serving Mossfennan and the local area. There is also a local shop, garage, post office, and a bar and bistro. Slightly further afield are the towns of Biggar, Peebles and Moffat. Each of these towns offers a wide range of professional services as well as secondary schooling, supermarkets and a range of sports facilities. They are also host to a number of theatre and music clubs.

The local area provides a plethora of outdoor sporting opportunities with exceptional hill walking and mountain biking on the 7Stanes. There is shooting and trout fishing to let locally and Stobo Castle Health Spa and Dawyck Botanic Garden are a short drive away.



Mossfennan has been in the ownership of the Welsh family since 1753. However, records of the property date as far back as 1214 as the property lies on the route of the monks travelling to Melrose Abbey. The category B listed house dates from the 18th century when it was built in the form of a traditional farmhouse. In the Victorian era it was extended at either end and gentrified to create grand reception rooms, additional bedrooms and maids' accommodation, taking the form of the pleasant long low structure seen today.

As part of an important travelling route the local area has a rich tapestry of history. One such example is that only a short distance away Logan Burn runs on its way to join the river Tweed at the site of the ancient hamlet of Linkumdoddie, which was immortalised in Robert Burn's poem 'Willie Wastle'.


Mossfennan House is a two storey house with two attic rooms. The house was built to make the most of the beautiful setting and has a wonderful open aspect. Under the piended slate roof the harled walls are painted white with stone quoins and the dining and drawing rooms both have splayed bay windows to capitalise on the outstanding views. While the house would benefit from some upgrading, it retains many original features including fireplaces, working shutters and ornate cornicing.


The main entrance leads through a vestibule into a reception hall which is lined with wood panelling and has a fireplace set beneath a stone surround. Adjacent to this the library has fitted bookcases and a fireplace. The hall runs through to the large dining room which has a bay window and evidence of the old hatch to the kitchen. A glazed door opens onto the patio. The cornice is particularly detailed and has a picture rail running beneath. A press is set into the wall to the right of the fireplace which has a timber mantel over a marble and tile surround.

The kitchen is fitted with hardwood floor units and worktops which incorporate the washing up and food prep sinks. There is an oil fired Stanley cooker with balanced flue. A peninsula divides the cooking area from a workstation with desk set beneath one of the windows. There is space for a large kitchen dining table, a large fridge freezer and a dishwasher. A door opens out onto the patio while a back door leads outside towards the steading.

Along the hall next to the reception hall is a cloakroom with a wash basin, hanging space and separate WC next to the curved stone staircase. A door opens into a passage way leading past a bathroom through to the sitting room from which the back stairs lead directly to the first floor and on up to the attic bedrooms. This area together with the space occupied by the office, utility room and workshop could be incorporated to create a self contained apartment, subject to the necessary building consents. The boiler room, which has a log hatch, has a large Scanfield wood burning boiler which is still in working order and used occasionally in addition to the oil boiler located in the workshop.

On the first floor there is an impressive drawing room. The elevated position provides views through the bay window that trump those from the dining room below. Again there is elegant cornice work. To the left of the press, there is a Jetmaster fireplace beneath a marble mantelpiece.

The master bedroom suite occupies the wing to the back of the house. There is a spacious dressing room and a bathroom. There are six further bedrooms on the first floor, three of which have wash basins. These share a third bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin and a separate WC. A seventh room or study, which is an anteroom to one of the larger bedrooms, would make a good dressing room or additional bathroom.

The attic bedrooms on the second floor are accessed by a narrow maids' staircase. These make superb storage or overflow accommodation.

Mossfennan Steading

Set to the rear of the house is a traditional steading built of stone under a slate roof. Currently this is utilised for garaging, storage, kennels and workshops. This building has development potential subject to the necessary planning consents.


Mossfennan House is approached up a tree lined drive which turns into a private driveway leading up to the house. An expanse of lawned garden runs around the front of the house and down to the paddock which drops away beyond. The paddock extends to approximately 2.6 acres. To the right of the property is a woodland garden and a gully with a small burn running down towards the Tweed. This is lined with mature trees which screen the house from the working farm.

Adjacent to the house is a large woodshed. There are two bunded oil tanks, one serving the Stanley range and the other the central heating boiler.


The drive to Mossfennan House is owned by Mossfennan Farm. After splitting from the private drive to Mossfennan House the drive leads behind the steading leading towards the farm. Mossfennan House retains full access rights and maintenance is shared proportionately. This drive is the secondary access to the farm.

Mains electricity, private water, private drainage to septic tank.

Mossfennan House is category B listed.

Turcan Connell, Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh, EH3, 9EE.
Tel: 0131 228 8111

Local Authority:
Scottish Borders Council tax band G

Fixtures and Fittings:
Standard fixtures and fittings are included in the sale. Some items of furniture may be available by separate negotiation.

Acreage: 5.75 Acres


From Edinburgh take the A701 to Broughton and continue for about 3 miles. The drive to Mossfennan House is on the right hand side by a gate lodge. Continue up the drive for 500m and enter through the gateway leading to the front of the house.

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09 June 2016

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