Woodside Cottage, Ellemford, Duns, Scottish Borders, TD11 3SG
Woodside Cottage is a charming period C-Listed property set in just over 4 acres of garden grounds situated in the Lammermuir Hills in one of the most beautiful situations in the Scottish Borders. The area is one of the truly rural parts of the country despite close proximity to Edinburgh and Newcastle. The perfect property to appreciate the peace and tranquillity of the Berwickshire countryside, Woodside Cottage is situated well back off a country road, near the Southern Upland Way and just a few miles from the historic town of Duns.
Positioned over two principal floors, Woodside Cottage offers two charming and characterful reception rooms, three double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a separate shower room. The open plan kitchen dining room has a range of units and makes the most of the stunning garden outlook with French doors that lead straight out to a patio with the garden beyond. Much of the 4.4 acres of garden grounds are made up of established woodland trails and beautiful formal lawns with specimen trees, ample parking in front of the house and a sunny raised patio area to the rear. A small stream meanders through the woodland. There is ample scope to extend the property subject to the relevant permissions.
Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Kitchen Dining Room, Family Bathroom, Shower Room, Bedroom 3, Ample Storage.
Master Bedroom, Bedroom 2.
Stunning Garden Grounds of 4.38 Acres, Ample Parking.
Duns 6.5 miles, Berwick-upon-Tweed 20 miles, Dunbar 24 miles, Edinburgh 38 miles,
Eyemouth 18 miles, Kelso 22 miles,
Haddington 19.5 miles
(distances are approximate).
Ellemford is small hamlet along the Whiteadder river running through the Lammermuir Hills, an area of natural beauty and wilderness separating Edinburgh from the south eastern Scottish border towns and villages. Woodside Cottage is idyllically positioned in the heart of this beautiful part of the Berwickshire countryside, combining the tranquillity of a secluded retreat with the security of a small neighbourhood.
The former County Town of Duns, a distance of 6.5 miles, provides good local amenities with a range of small independent shops, coffee shops, a garden centre and a supermarket. The local primary school and secondary school (Berwickshire High) are here as well as a community swimming pool. Duns hosts heritage sites such Manderston House, the Jim Clark Motor Museum, and walks round Duns Castle Estate.
Woodside Cottage is perfectly located for exploring both local and wider areas.
The surrounding villages and hamlets of Cranshaws, Longformacus and Abbey St Bathans offer historic charm, wild woodland walks and breath-taking open views perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities. The Southern Upland Way passes nearby en route from Longformacus to Abbey St
Bathans where there is an artisan bakery and café. Various signposted walking routes traverse the Lammermuir Hills and pass alongside the Whiteadder river. Watersports and fishing are available at the Whiteadder Reservoir Watersports Centre, and fishing is also available at the Watch Reservoir and on the Whiteadder river.
Equally impressive is the nearby Berwickshire coastline with various beach and harbour towns which all link up together via the Berwickshire Coastal path and include St Abbs, Coldingham, Eyemouth and historic Berwick-upon-Tweed with its Elizabethan Walls, museums and galleries and amenities. Coastal activities include birdwatching and scuba diving at St Abbs and a sheltered sandy beach at Coldingham. From Berwick there is easy access to the North Northumberland Coast and Northumberland National Park.
Woodside Cottage is situated on the scenic B6355 which crosses the Lammermuir Hills and offers dramatic views of the surrounding area. Gifford (15 miles) and Haddington are in East Lothian, en route to Edinburgh, and both offer a range of facilities.
The historic Border Abbey towns including Kelso, Melrose and Jedburgh are also easily accessible with a range of tourist attractions.
Country and sporting pursuits are widely available and there are several golf courses within a short drive including Duns, Eyemouth, Dunbar and Magdalene Fields in Berwick. There are also designated cycling routes throughout the area.
The major transport links to the property are Berwick-Upon-Tweed railway station 20 miles away, and Edinburgh railway station 38 miles away. Woodside Cottage is immediately situated on the B655. The junction at Grantshouse just 12 miles away connects commuters to the A1 for quick access South to Newcastle, Leeds and London or North along the coast to Edinburgh, while less than 14 miles away the A697 and A68 will take drivers North to Edinburgh and beyond, out West towards Glasgow or South to Jedburgh and into Northumberland. The Edinburgh City Bypass is 40 minutes’ drive from Woodside Cottage.
The area at Ellemford was a muster site for Scottish armies in medieval times and James IV camped in the valley with his troops prior to the Battle of Flodden in 1513. He prayed in the Ellem Kirk before advancing to the Border where he became the last monarch to be killed on a British battlefield.
Woodside Cottage Architectural Interest
Originally late 18th to early 19th century with alterations and embellishments in 1894, Woodside Cottage is a well detailed lodge with most of the architectural features still intact; the sundial, crowstepped gables, corniced door piece and skew putted dormer. The initials on the door lintel stand for Andrew Smith (an Edinburgh brewer who owned the nearby Whitchester House and its surrounding estate) and his wife, Ida Frances Landale. At one time known as “Foresters House”, it is thought that the local architect George Fortune, may have been responsible for the changes made to the cottage in the late 19th century although the sloping roof of the two-storey part of the building may have replaced the crenelated tower he planned.
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Reston Station - https://scotlandsrailway.com/projects/reston-station
Berwick Train Station - https://www.lner.co.uk/the-east-coast-experience/our-stations/berwick-upon-tweed-station
Coldingham Sands - https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/coldingham-bay-p315511
Duns Golf Club - https://www.dunsgolfclub.com/
Eyemouth Golf Club - https://www.eyemouthgolfclub.co.uk/
Scottish Borders Council - https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/
Jim Clark Motor Museum - https://jimclarktrust.com/jim-clark-motorsport-museum/
Whiteadder Reservoir - https://whiteadderwatersports.co.uk
St Abbs Scuba Diving - https://divestabbs.com
Fixtures and Fittings
Only items specifically mentioned in the particulars of sale are included in the sale price.
Listing and Conservation
LPG Gas Central Heating
Mains Electricity & Water.
Drainage to a Septic Tank.
Energy Efficiency Rating
Band F (Rating 25)
Scottish Borders Council
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Particulars prepared in April 2022.