6 bedroom detached house for saleFARMHOUSE AND EQUESTRIAN CENTRE/ SMALL HOLDING, Westertoun, Westruther, GORDON, Scottish Borders
- Equestrian Package
- 5/6 Bedroom Period Farmhouse
- Associated Garaging and gardens
- Indoor School
- Outdoor Arena
- Range of stabling, associated ancillary accommodation
- Approx 10 acres of pasture/paddocks
- Scope for development subject to planning
A wonderful opportunity to acquire an Equestrian Package comprising a 5 /6 Bedroom period Farmhouse, associated garage and garden grounds, together with equestrian facilities comprising indoor school, outdoor arena, a range of outbuildings providing around 20 stables, tack room, feed store, dutch barn, and approximately 10 acres of pasture/paddocks. Subject to relevant planning, there may be scope for residential development. The property will be available for sale as a whole or in separate lots.
Westertoun Farmhouse together with Equestrian Facilities and Land to the west extending to some 4.008 ha (9.90 acres) or thereby, and coloured red on the plan
Offers Over £475,000 Ref. 4309630
(Separate paddock with residential development potential, extending to 0.158 ha (0.39 acres) or thereby, and coloured green on the plan is available by separate negotiation).
Ground Floor: Entrance Vestibule, Hall with Gun Room off, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Bedroom 6, Farmhouse Kitchen with Aga, Utility/Laundry/Boot Room, Shower Room, Tack Room leading to Stables, Boiler Room.
First Floor: Five Double Bedrooms and Two Bathrooms.
Outside: Private driveway with ample parking, landscaped gardens and grounds, garage, range of outbuildings providing around 20 stables, indoor school, feed store, dutch barn, outdoor arena, and approximately 10 acres of pasture/paddocks.
Distances: Edinburgh 33 miles Earlston 13 miles Duns 10 miles Kelso 16miles
Berwick Upon Tweed 25 miles (All distances are approximate)
Westertoun is positioned in a lovely rural setting on the periphery of the popular village of Westruther, with fabulous views over the surrounding countryside. The property enjoys a peaceful setting with a high degree of privacy and comes with gardens, grounds and land extending to approximately 10 acres which include pasture /paddocks and a large outdoor arena measuring 60m x 30m approximately. The property offers the best of both worlds, with a rural position but readily accessible. Westruther itself is a lovely small rural village set at the southern edge of the Lammermuir hills, which provide an idyllic backdrop to the surrounding countryside, and boasts a range of amenities including a primary school, church, village hall, and the popular Old Thistle Inn public house. The nearby towns of Lauder, Duns, Kelso and Melrose provide a wider range of shops and amenities, restaurants and recreational facilities. The highly regarded Secondary Schools of Earlston High School and Berwickshire High School in nearby Duns are easily accessible.
On a broader note, the Scottish Borders offers a quality of life that is second to none and in an area of 1800 square miles there is certainly plenty of space to enjoy our beautiful unspoilt countryside and individual towns. Leave the congestion and overpricing behind and discover for yourself what a fantastic place the Borders is to live, work and play. Home to world class activities and attractions, it’s no wonder that the area is so popular with visitors who come here to enjoy mountain biking at Glentress, salmon fishing on the Tweed, walking in our hills and forests or diving off the Berwickshire coast. The area is also known for its’ spectacular Common Ridings, when whole communities come together to celebrate each town’s individual heritage and to cheer on hundreds of horses and riders every summer. The Borders is also a heartland of rugby in Scotland, with the names of our local towns being synonymous with the game and of course Melrose being the original home of rugby sevens.
From our historic towns to rural villages, wherever you go you will be struck by the warmth of the welcome in our communities and the real pride people have in living in this wonderful part of the world. With good transport links, an excellent education system and stunning countryside, a move to the Scottish Borders really could be the best move of your life.
Westertoun is a deceptively spacious period house with associated garage and garden grounds, together with an equestrian package including around 10 acres of pasture land, indoor school, outdoor arena and various outbuildings providing around 20 stables, tack room, feed store and dutch barn. There are two potential building plots on the eastern edge of the property, which are
located within the Westruther Development Boundary as defined in the 2016 Scottish Borders Local Development Plan and these may provide scope for an element of residential development and are available by separate negotiation. The property enjoys the peace and quiet that many buyers seek with wonderful country walks from the property. Westertoun is approached from a private driveway off the B6456, flanked by shrubs and providing ample parking facilities.
The house itself is set within gardens to the front and side, with paddock to the north and the steading and land beyond. Offering flexible accommodation, and retaining many period features, Westeroun is entered from a timber door opening in to the Vestibule with quarry tiled flooring, double glazed window to the front, leading to an unusually spacious and versatile Hall which could be used for Home Office purposes, featuring timber flooring and timber panelling to dado height, with double glazed window to the rear. A useful Gun Room is located off the Hall, with quarry tiled flooring, double glazed window and wall mounted gun safe. The delightful double aspect Sitting Room boasts a welcoming open fire with timber mantle and slate hearth, and feature timber flooring is continued. A range of timber storage cupboards have been created below the stair and there are two double glazed windows allowing plenty of natural light.
The staircase divides the Sitting Room from the Dining Room which can be accessed from either side of the Sitting Room. The Dining Room is another spacious public room, and again boasts feature timber flooring and double glazed window to the front garden, together with a useful servery hatch to the Kitchen. A ground floor Bedroom (6) is located off the Dining Room, with double glazed window overlooking the rear yard, and is a versatile space which could be an additional Snug or family room, music room, games room or home office. A timber panel door from the Dining Room leads into the farmhouse style Kitchen which is a lovely bright double aspect space, and is the heart of this home, with ample space for dining and an oil fired Aga provides that quintessential focal point. A range of timber floor and wall units with ample worksurfaces incorporates a space for a washing machine, and two double glazed windows allow lots of natural light. A UPVC double glazed door leads out to the front garden, and a shelved cupboard provides additional storage.
Located off the Kitchen, there is a useful Boot Room/Utility/Laundry area boasting two “Belfast” sinks set below a double glazed window to the yard, worksurfaces, some wall mounted storage cupboards and another storage cupboard. A UPVC double glazed rear door leads to the yard. A useful Shower Room is located off, with vanity unit housing inset wash hand basin, WC and shower enclosure, together with a single glazed modesty window to the front.
Sliding doors from the Boot Room lead directly into the Tack Room, with “Belfast” sink and worksurfaces, and affords access to a Boiler Room off, which houses the “Grant Spira Condensing Wood Pellet boiler and associated plumbing etc. From the Tack Room there is access to the front of the building,where the 5 tonne hopper for the biomass central heating system is situated, with another door giving direct access into the Stables. There is a rear staircase adjacent to the Tack Room which leads to the first floor accommodation.
From the Sitting Room/Dining Room a timber staircase also leads to the first floor accommodation, opening on to a Landing/Hallway. The Master Bedroom is located to the right, and is a bright double aspect room with double glazed windows, boasting a range of fitted wardrobes with louvre doors, and an additional storage cupboard. A family Bathroom is adjacent, with double glazed window, and comprises a three piece white suite of pedestal wash hand basin, WC and bath with timber panelling, together with heated towel rail and walk-in shelved airing cupboard. Bedroom 2 is a good sized double room, and is located opposite the Bathroom, with double glazed window to the front. A timber door from the Hall leads to Bedroom 3 which is a spacious room with feature timber panelling and coombed ceilings with a double glazed window to the front. From the Sitting Room/Dining Room a timber staircase also leads to the first floor accommodation, opening on to a Landing/Hallway.
The Master Bedroom is located to the right, and is a bright double aspect room with double glazed windows, boasting a range of fitted wardrobes with louvre doors, and an additional storage cupboard. A family Bathroom is adjacent, with double glazed window, and comprises a three piece white suite of pedestal wash hand basin, WC and bath with timber panelling, together with heated towel rail and walk-in shelved airing cupboard. Bedroom 2 is a good sized double room, and is located opposite the Bathroom, with double glazed window to the front. A timber door from the Hall leads to Bedroom 3 which is a spacious room with feature timber panelling and coombed ceilings with a double glazed window to the front. A doorway leads Bedroom 4, which is a large split level bright room, with eaves storage cupboard, and steps lead to the rear Landing/Hall, where there is another large Bathroom with three piece suite adjacent to Bedroom 5, another spacious double room with coombed ceilings and “Velux” type windows, with eaves storage cupboards. This area has the potential to be self-contained for various uses, potentially an Annexe for teenagers or a relative, or combined with Bedroom 5 could be used for B&B purposes.
Westertoun benefits from a private driveway and ample parking, a detached tandem garage which houses two vehicles. The immediate gardens to the front and side are laid mainly to lawn. In addition, there is further grazing land of around 9 acres currently split into three main paddocks, an outdoor riding school (60m x 30m approx.) with a rubber surface, and a range of outbuildings comprising traditional building adjoining the house which currently provides a stable block with five good sized stables with store room off, passage leading to the indoor riding school (25m x 25m approx.) with a sand surface, a further building providing four stables, a four bay hay barn, and pony stable block providing a further 11 smaller stables. There is ample storage and feed rooms together with further garaging tothe front of the property and large store room with WC. A further room
From Edinburgh, head south on the A68 and at the Carfraemill roundabout take the first exist onto the A697, and then take the B6456 where Westeroun can be found on the left hand side of road as you approach Westruther.
For those with the use of Satellite Navigation the postcode for this property is TD3 6NE.
Fixtures and Fittings
Only items specifically mentioned in the particulars of sale are included in the sale price.
Mains electric, metered water supply, mains drainage, oil fired Aga. A “Grant Spira” Condensing Wood Pellet biomass central heating system has recently been installed. We are advised that this generated an income of approximately £5,530 in feed-in tariffs in 2016.
The sale will be subject to provision for a clawback of 50% of the uplift in value in the event of any future residential development over and above conversion or extension of the existing traditional steading range.
The clawback provision will be for a period of twenty-five years. The amount of the clawback to be paid by the Purchaser or their successors will be 50% of the uplift in value (the difference between the value of the land or the relevant part with planning consent and the then agricultural value).
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Rights, Easements & Outgoings
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, whether public or private, and any existing or proposed wayleaves, easements, servitude rights, restrictions and burdens of whatever kind, whether referred to in these particulars or not. The property is sold subject to the rights of public access under The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The Purchasers will be held to have satisfied themselves on all such matters.
The house and steading are situated within the Westruther Development Boundary as defined within the Scottish Borders Local Plan 2016.
On this basis, appropriate residential development proposals within this part of the property are likely to be considered favourably by the Development Management Section of Scottish Borders Council.
There are no known special landscape designations, scheduled monuments, listings or other prejudicial notifications affecting the property. There are not understood to be any Environmental Schemes in place.
Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale with Vacant Possession by Private Treaty. Entry as agreed between the parties.
Offers in Scottish Legal Form should be submitted to the Selling Agents. A closing date for offers may be fixed and interested parties are advised to register their interest with the Selling Agents. The Vendors shall not be bound to accept the highest or indeed any offer.
Strictly by appointment with the Selling Agents.
Particulars prepared March 2017
Property ref: 121_2523_4309630
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