Polly Cregan of Galbraith, who is handling the sale, said: “This is a dream home for anyone wishing to reconnect with nature and switch off from the stresses and strains of modern life. The tranquility and privacy on offer at Ropelawshiel are second to none, but there is no compromise on modern comforts, with lovely refurbished accommodation throughout. It’s the perfect place to enjoy walking, cycling, fishing and wildlife-watching in a beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland.”
The attractive south-facing accommodation includes entrance porch, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, two bedrooms, shower room, utility room, and family bathroom. French doors in the kitchen and sitting room allow light to flood the rooms as well as providing easy access to the garden.
The open-plan annexe offers bright and spacious accommodation including a utility room, open plan sitting room/kitchen/dining room, bedroom and bathroom. There is scope to incorporate the annexe into the main accommodation, if desired, subject to the necessary planning consents.
The current owners have used locally sourced materials as far as possible in the refurbishment of the property and have added energy-efficient features including solar panels, a wood-fired boiler and extra insulation.
Ropelawshiel offers generous gardens and grounds of about 3.8 acres (1.5 hectares) and has previously been registered as a small holding. There is a wildlife pond along with woodland walks to allow full appreciation of the grounds. The property comes with Riparian Fishing Rights on the Rankle Burn. The burn rises in the hills behind Ropelawshiel and runs through the southern edge of the property, where spawning salmon can be spotted in the winter.
The useful outbuildings include a large timber and corrugated iron shed/garage (10.92m x 0.64m); a log shed storing timber for the boiler (7.01m x 4.06m); and a traditional stone keb house (7.75m x 3.45m). Further storage sheds house the Danish wood fuel boiler and 2,000-litre hot water tank.
Craik Forest is home to many species of woodland birds, bats, owls and red squirrels. There is a network of forest trails maintained by Forestry & Land Scotland.
Hawick is 16 miles from the property while Selkirk is about 21 miles.
Ropelawshiel is for sale through Galbraith for Offers Over £415,000.