Ge­or­gian sym­me­try and Bor­ders beauty are com­bined in this Pre­mium Prop­erty

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - Front Page - Bev­er­ley Brown

EADOW House is an achingly pretty pink sand­stone Ge­or­gian villa set in around an acre of lush gar­den grounds within the heart of the con­ser­va­tion vil­lage of St Boswells, near Mel­rose in the Scot­tish Bor­ders.

Only 39 miles from Ed­in­burgh and eas­ily com­mutable by road (A68) or rail from the Tweed­bank ter­mi­nus, this is a fam­ily home of sub­stance in a se­cluded set­ting that in­cor­po­rates a cob­bled court­yard, ma­ture gar­dens, wood­land, fruit trees and veg­etable patch, pad­dock, two sta­bles, two garages, sum­mer­house and nu­mer­ous out­build­ings.

Dis­play­ing typ­i­cal Ge­or­gian sym­me­try, el­e­gant room pro­por­tions and orig­i­nal fea­tures, the house is be­lieved to date from around 1800.

Over two floors, the prop­erty com­prises of an im­pres­sive en­trance hall, three re­cep­tion rooms, kitchen with large four-door Aga, but­ler’s pantry and larder, plus a util­ity, cloak­room and rear hall – and on the first floor, five bed­rooms, study, bath­room and shower/wet room.

Closer in­spec­tion re­veals char­ac­ter

fea­tures, such as the par­tially wood-pan­elled down­stairs cloak­room and com­modi­ous stor­age in the quirky but­ler’s pantry, the open arch­way at the end of the main hall lead­ing to the rear hall – and the or­nate white-painted wrought iron stair­case balus­ters.

The 22ft draw­ing room and sim­i­larly spa­cious for­mal din­ing room both have deep square bay win­dows and fea­ture fire­places, while the in­for­mal sit­ting room is at the rear of the house, next to the util­ity and back door to the gar­den – and the up­stairs bed­rooms are all beau­ti­fully pro­por­tioned and spa­cious, master with dual as­pect win­dows and dress­ing room/en suite. Meadow House is reached via a pri­vate drive­way lead­ing to a gravel front area with am­ple park­ing – a cob­bled court­yard wraps be­tween the rear of the prop­erty and the main out­build­ings. The main gar­den is a mix of im­mac­u­late lawn, spe­cial­ity trees and shrubs, es­tab­lished bor­ders – at the rear is a good-sized pad­dock with fruit trees, green­house and veg­etable patch.

Sit­u­ated above the River Tweed, St Boswells is re­puted to have the largest vil­lage green in Scot­land. It also has a good se­lec­tion of lo­cal shops, pri­mary school (catch­ment area for Earl­ston High School) and nu­mer­ous leisure op­por­tu­ni­ties. Meadow House is for sale with Ret­tie’s Mel­rose of­fice at of­fers over £665,000.

IM­PRES­SIVE: The kith­cen's four-door Aga dom­i­nates the space leav­ing a last­ing im­pres­sion to both master chefs and novices alike.

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