Settled approximately a mile from the Berwickshire village of Swinton, Langbank Steading and its adjoining Garden Cottage, offer a wonderful balance of a historical period home - with flexible use of space and catering effortlessly for modern lifestyle requirements.
The impressive history of the property dates back to its original extension in the 18th century; in the 19th century it became a mill, after which it became a steading and latterly, farm buildings, until its demise into a semi-ruinous state in 2006 when it was rescued by the present owners and visionaries, who took the property through its revival over two years - from dilapidation to a highly insulated, energy-efficient timber-framed new home inside the original stone walls. As the planners had requested a 21st addition to the property, the design incorporated a two-storey corner tower linking to what is now a lush, landscaped courtyard garden that reflects a passion for gardening.
The result is a remarkable property comprising two contemporary homes – heated underfloor throughout - the reclaimed blonde stone façade, design and assortment of windows styles and sizes reflect what was there before, which ensures this pristine property possesses character as well as style, and wondrous possibilities of what could be…
Space is something the two properties offer in abundance - the Steading’s large and extremely bright reception hall, which houses two staircases and a cloakroom, can be accessed from the rear entrance via a sizable utility, or from a delightful garden room to the front within the corner tower adjacent to the garden. Off the hall is a dual aspect library or sitting room, a cozy sunroom, and a large family dining kitchen with country-style units and range cooker. Adjoining the kitchen is a striking formal dining room; overlooked by a galleried landing and with a partial double-height ceiling and access to the ground-level garden room. Also opening from the dining room are French doors to the side garden and double-doors into the piece de resistance – a 27ft triple-aspect drawing room, wonderfully bright and awe inspiring with a focal point feature fireplace, log burner and a door to the garden.
The main staircase opens onto the galleried landing highlighting the view down into the dining room below. Off the landing is the upper garden room, another dramatic space with exposed stone feature wall and full-height windows on three sides overlooking the garden. The landing continues to three double bedrooms – the master suite with a full en-suite bathroom, while another two bedrooms share an adjoining shower room. A further staircase leads up to a second wing housing another bathroom, study and fourth bedroom, an ideal self contained combination guest suite.
Originally designed as a separate granny flat with its own private entrance and garden, the two-bedroomed Garden Cottage offers a myriad of possibilities with the option to generate additional income as a permanent rental or holiday let. Alternatively, it could remain as two separate homes for a multi-generation family. The ground floor entrance hall leads to a shower room, fully fitted dining kitchen, and adjoining 26ft living room with access to a quintessential cottage garden. Upstairs, two particularly comfortable and luxuriously proportioned bedrooms, and a stylish family bathroom.
Highlights and Features
• Attention to detail.
The devil is in the detail and the Steading has plenty of it; from the quirky, two-storey corner garden room, restored external stonework, Juliette balcony railings, vaulted ceiling of the dining room and the principal bedroom’s two floor-level windows, there are jaw dropping features both inside and out.
• The great outdoors.
Surrounded by an array of colour, the natural surroundings are brought indoors through excellent use of natural light, bringing a serene feel to the property.
Where no garden existed previously, the current owners cultivated and transformed the former courtyard into a beautiful lawned garden bordered by flowering plants and shrubs. In total, the garden grounds extend to around 1.3 acres which include a stream running along the former mill lade with sheltering trees and a bridge.
The location is blissfully rural yet within walking distance of the conservation village of Swinton and The Wheatsheaf Inn, while the nearby Borders towns are easily accessible.
Swinton itself lies midway between the Berwickshire County town of Duns and Coldstream - a pretty and quintessential town on the Tweed and the Border with England with a full range of amenities and transport links, and ideally serviced by the main line rail station at Berwick Upon Tweed just 12 miles - making it a great balance of semi-rural living while remaining well connected. Edinburgh and Newcastle are within an hour's drive and local amenities at Swinton include a well-regarded Primary School, Village Green, Play Park, Garage, Hotel, Restaurant and Church, with the Berwickshire High Campus in Duns just 4 miles away. The area is surrounded by beautiful rolling landscape - an ideal country location with opportunities for fishing on the Tweed, golf at Duns and The Hirsel at Coldstream and walking in The Duns Castle nature reserve, The Hirsel Estate and for the more adventurous the Cheviot and Lammermuir hills.
Approximate distances; Duns and Coldstream 4 miles; Kelso 10 miles and Berwick upon Tweed 12 miles, the latter served by a mainline railway station to Edinburgh (45 minutes) and London in around three-and-a-half hours.
All integral appliances, fixtures and fittings, as viewed, are included in the sale price.
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating with under floor heating on both levels throughout.