An exceptional example of Georgian architecture, Berrywell, a four bedroom detached house in Duns, is bursting with historic charm and character. Believed to have been visited by the National Bard himself, Robert Burns mentions Berrywell in his journal of his first tour of the Borders. It is believed Burns was friends with Robert Ainslie, a young apprentice lawyer who lived in the B-listed Berrywell back in the 1700s.

Berrywell exterior

As well as boasting an interesting history, the property benefits from an enviable secluded woodland position on the edge of the town of Duns. It offers fantastic open views to the south taking in The Cheviots in the distance.

Traditional features and modern styling

Berrywell was extended during the Victorian era, so in addition to the plentiful original features dating back to the Georgian period, the east wing features large bay windows on the ground and first floors. The original features present include high ceilings, cornicework, ornate fireplaces and the original servants’ quarters.

Having been sympathetically renovated in recent years, the home is now an expert blend of the old and new, with both traditional features and contemporary styling, particularly evident in the modern kitchen and bathrooms. The property would be well-suited to families but could also be used a B&B, as each bedroom conveniently has an en suite.

Berrywell kitchen

Ground floor accommodation

On the ground floor, there is entrance vestibule with chequered tiled flooring which leads to the entrance hall. The light-filled drawing room is positioned to the front of the property and features windows on both side, one of which stretches from floor to ceiling and offers lovely southerly views. The room also has an open coal fire.

The dining room is also positioned to the front of the property and benefits from an original feature fireplace and built-in storage. In the east wing, the ground floor accommodation includes a lounge/family room with south-facing bay windows. There is also a spacious and modern kitchen with plenty of room for dining furniture.

Upper floor accommodation

All four bedrooms are on the upper floor – the master boasts great views to the south thanks to a large bay window and benefits from a stylish en suite. Two of the other bedrooms also feature south-facing windows, and one also has a beautiful marble fireplace. In addition to the four en suites, there is a family shower room off the main landing.


Externally, the property exudes grandeur, with a tree-lined driveway leading to the stone façade of Berrywell. The private garden grounds surrounding the property incorporate a well-maintained lawn area, original detached stable block with a hayloft and a double garage/workshop.

Berrywell views

About Duns

Positioned on the edge of the town of Duns, Berrywell benefits from a peaceful location while maintaining easy access to local amenities. There are primary and secondary schools in Duns along with great leisure facilities, including a swimming pool, tennis course and golf course, making it a great location for families. There are also many walking routes nearby and the town is home to several independent shops.

The Berwick Upon Tweed train station is just 15 miles away, allowing for easy access to Edinburgh, Newcastle and other cities. By car, Edinburgh is just over an hour away from Duns, making it a great base for those who wish to escape city life but retain relatively easy access to the Scottish capital.

Find out more

With plenty of historic charm, spacious rooms and a great location, Berrywell would make a wonderful family home. To find out more about the property and arrange a viewing, contact Hastings Legal on 01573 922603. You can also request the Home Report

Property details

Berrywell House, Duns, TD11 3HR
Offers Over £495,000
4 bed detached house
3 reception rooms
ESPC ref: E410184
EPC rating: E
For more information contact 01573 922603
Selling agent: Hastings Legal