Country mansion living

If you’ve thought about owning your own Downton Abbey style country house, then this imposing late Victorian home in the Scottish Borders could be very appealing.


Rathburne House is located in the Lammermuir Hills, surrounded by beautiful countryside and close to the pretty village of Longformacus. The home sits within 12 acres of grounds, with woodland access and gorgeous views.

The home’s extensive accommodation is arranged over three floors, and due to its flexibility it has been formerly used as a shooting lodge, a country house hotel, for bed and breakfast or in its current guise as a superb private home. For those interested in buying this property, it could really make a fantastic holiday let, country B & B, or to enjoy it for your own personal use.

As you’d expect, the house has many fine period features including ornate cornicing and open fireplaces. The hall is the centre piece of the ground floor accommodation with its magnificent plastered ceiling, an ornate fireplace and an elegant broad staircase leading to the mezzanine and first floors.

The present layout utilises eight reception rooms, including your very own bar and snooker room, a library and a summer room, with access to the garden through French doors. One of the kitchens has an Aga and secondary stove, ensuring the room is kept warm and cosy.

There are eight bedrooms, and many of these have their own en suite facilities. The second floor accommodation provides extensive secondary accommodation and could easily be used as a self-contained flat.


The gardens and 12 acre grounds are equally as extensive as the accommodation. The northern boundary of the grounds is the centre line of the River Dye where there are natural bathing pools as well as some excellent trout fishing. At the back of the house, accessed off a courtyard is a three bedroom cottage which has been used successfully as a holiday let commanding rent of approximately £425.00 per month.

Lonformacus lies just six miles to the south of Duns, an attractive market town which provides all essential local facilities including primary schools, secondary school, professional services, shops and a supermarket. A railway station at Berwick upon Tweed provides a fast link to both Edinburgh and London King’s Cross. There are excellent opportunities for the country sports enthusiast, including salmon and trout fishing and pheasant and grouse shooting on local estates. There are about 10 golf courses within easy reach including an 18 hole course at Duns and The Roxburghe, a new championship golf course near Kelso.

Rathburne House, Longformacus, Duns, TD11 3PG

12 bed detached house with 4 public rooms

Offers Over £925,000

EPC rating: E

ESPC reference: 359608

Contact: For more information call 0131 253 2669

Selling solicitor: Hunters Residential