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The Old Steading,Wester Essenside,Ashkirk,SelkirkTD7

Offers in Region of £335,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Stunning Steading Conversion
  • Adaptable Living Accommodation
  • Fantastic Location With Wonderful Views & Walks
  • Extensive Garden
  • Superb Countryside Spot Within Easy Reach of Road Links
  • Scandanavian Inspired Decor ft Wood Burner & Stripped Wood
  • Potential For Self Catering Annexe

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Nestled in rolling countryside, The Old Steading is a unique and beautifully finished steading conversion from 2007, originally constructed in the 1820's. The Old Steading's Scandinavian style blends original features with the comforts of modern living, creating an extremely adaptable living space to make a lovely home in a peaceful setting that benefits from wonderful outdoor space. The views are remarkable and the sunny south-facing landscaped gardens provide numerous sitting areas ideal for relaxing, entertaining, and enjoying. This is a desirable property for those in search of the good life, offering eco-friendly and efficient living. The property has been fitted with solar hot water and photo-voltaic panels, resulting in the already low energy running costs are more than off-set by FIT payments. The extensive plot to the rear includes a bountiful fruit and vegetable garden that is managed organically, with a polytunnel and fenced chicken-run, as well as a spacious detached timber workshop or garage, and stone-built patio in a secluded part of the garden. This is protected by established and sheltering trees providing excellent privacy as well as expansive views opening to the surrounding hills.

Wester Essenside is a peaceful hamlet situated off the village of Ashkirk, seven miles from Selkirk via the A7. Attractions at Ashkirk include The Woll Golf Course, Restaurant, and Function Suite, as well as The Smiddy restaurant in the village; there is also a golf driving range, riding stables, village hall and small country Church within the immediate neighbourhood. There is easy access to main Borders towns, with Selkirk, Galashiels and Hawick all close to hand for amenities and the new Borders rail connection to Edinburgh, with nearby stations at Galashiels and Tweedbank, and bus links from Ashkirk. Wester Essenside falls into the catchment area for the very highly regarded Primary School at Lilliesleaf and the High School in Selkirk, and is served by school buses. The area is well known for its wide variety of countryside walks, with outstanding cycling, fishing and horse-riding, surrounded by beautiful Borderland landscape hills close to the largely undiscovered Ettrick and Yarrow valleys.

From the A7 at Ashkirk take the road to Roberton, continuing past the Woll Golf Course. One mile later at the stone bridge go straight ahead on the lane marked 'no through road' and from here continue for another mile. On entering the hamlet of Wester Essenside, the property is to be found on the right-hand side.

Open Plan Studio, Living Room, Dining Kitchen, Utility Room, Shower Room and In-Built Storage on the Ground Floor. Master Bedroom with Ensuite. Three Further Double Bedrooms and Family Bathroom On The First Floor.

With attractive sandstone frontage, the main entrance to The Old Steading opens from a courtyard where a parking area leads to a wrought iron gate at the entrance to the property, with stone steps to a charming cobbled sun trap terrace and spacious seating area. A glazed external door provides access to the studio, and a second external door opens to the utility room. Vehicular access is also available at the rear of the property, accessed via a slip road round The Old Steading which leads to a parking area next to the garage/workshop.

From the terrace at the front of the house, a door opens to the large studio; this is a flexible space with beautiful natural light provided by dual aspect windows, taking in outlooks across the courtyard and hills beyond at the front and enjoying views to the rear garden at the back. Its design accentuates light and space with whitewashed walls and natural wood beams and flooring. The studio would be ideal for a variety of uses: with water and drainage already built in, it could easily be made into a self-contained annexe with its own entrance, or a ground level bedroom with further reception room. From the studio a door opens to the living room which has windows to the front and patio doors opening to the rear sun terrace and garden. A pleasing focal point is created by the Scandinavian multi-fuel stove positioned in the centre of the room, with natural wood floor. A door at the far end opens into the kitchen, a well appointed bright room fitted with an excellent range of wall, base and display units providing ample storage. Astragal windows to the front and rear with timber doors give a country kitchen feel, creating a warm and welcoming family space with plenty of room for freestanding dining furnishings. The sink and drainer are set in a bespoke Ash worktop with a window overlooking the front terrace. Kitchen appliances include an electric oven with hob and freestanding fridge freezer. From the kitchen a lobby leads to both the rear door and the utility room, positioned to the far end with an external door to the front. The utility room is a very spacious room ideal for the practicalities of family life - a place to manage and store outdoor gear, garden produce, shopping, and laundry and other family activities. Opening off the utility room is a fitted shower room with W/C and wash hand basin. The utility room has a window and door to the front providing plenty of light, and is fitted with practical tile flooring, and a double Belfast sink set in a bespoke Oak worktop above excellent tailor-made in-built storage. There are additional fitted full-height and shelved cupboards along one wall providing further storage, plumbing for a washing machine and dishwasher, and room for a free-standing chest freezer, and other furniture.

A timber staircase from the living room with an exposed stone wall behind extends to the upper accommodation; there is a roomy and bright landing with velux windows and original wooden beams, gently coombed ceilings and wooden doors giving the traditional feel of a period property; with further doors opening to the bedrooms, family bathroom and concealed eaves storage cupboards. The two bedrooms situated above the studio are well appointed doubles; with fitted carpeting, excellent levels of light with velux windows, complemented by neutral decor and exposed beams. Bedroom two is currently a study with dual aspect and benefits from bespoke wooden shelving along the back wall. Across the landing, bedroom three is positioned to the front, fitted in a continuous décor with a velux window allowing light and ideal as a child or guest bedroom. The neighbouring bathroom is fully fitted with a corner jet bath, W/C and wash-hand basin, with white tiled splashbacks, corresponding wall covering and mosaic style floor tiles. To the far end, the master bedroom is generously proportioned and enjoys a dual aspect and lovely outlooks. The bedroom has a fitted carpet and in-built wardrobe, with a door opening to the en-suite shower room, washbasin and W/C.

The garden offers flexibility with a variety of potential uses, including growing your own food and keeping animals. It is an idyllic outdoor space to enjoy the wonderful outlooks and rolling countryside. The front courtyard area is paved with a cobbled seating area - ideal for enjoying the most of the sunshine with outlooks across the hills and splashes of colour from various pots, creepers and plants. To the rear, an extensive and completely private section of formal garden gently blends into the hillside and is a wildlife haven and a beautiful backdrop for The Old Steading. A pleasant sun terrace lies directly outside with stone chips and paving and accessible from the sitting room via french doors: the perfect spot for al fresco evenings. The rear garden is enclosed by drystone walling and sheltering greenery, with wonderful wildlife, and gated access opening to numerous walks into the surrounding hills. From the terrace, a well established planted rockery style border has been planted for year round colour and interest, with steps and handrail leading to the main lawn section; home to ponds, planted beds, a log store, and an attractive stone crescent seating area. There is a garage to the side that is currently used as a workshop, next to a gated entrance and a gravelled parking area. The lawn leads to a further area with a fenced chicken run and fruit cage, as well as a large and productive polytunnel and terraced vegetable beds. A hidden compost area is situated beyond the vegetable garden. The polytunnel and vegetable patch are highly productive and have been managed using organic methods; there is also a good selection of mature fruit trees and currant bushes.

Mains electricity. Private water and drainage. Oil fired central heating. Timber framed double glazing. Photovoltaic panels producing up to 4KW, currently earning a FIT income of around £1400 per year, and solar-thermal panels for hot water. Multi-fuel Stove.

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To arrange a viewing or request a copy of the Home Report contact the selling agents, Hastings Property on 01750 724 160 -lines open until 10pm 7 days a week.

Offers around £335,000 are invited and should be submitted to the Selling Agents, Hastings Property Shop, 28 The Square, Kelso, TD5 7HH, 01573 225999, Fax 01573 229888. The seller reserves the right to sell at any time and interested parties will be expected to provide the Selling Agents with advice on the source of funds with suitable confirmation of their ability to finance the purchase.

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08 August 2016


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