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Scotland's Home of the Year Finalist - Urban Cool in Countryside - Now for Sale

Spottes Mill, the finalist property for the South of Scotland in the BBC series Scotland’s Home of the Year 2021 has now come to the market through Galbraith.

The property, a rebuild of a former grain store, epitomises urban cool right in the heart of the Dumfries and Galloway countryside. Built using a mixture of the original and locally reclaimed stone as well as new granite, western red cedar and modern steel and glass Spottes Mill brings together the best of old and new to create a stunning contemporary home, which also won the best Residential New Build Award in 2019.

There are three bedrooms, a wonderful open-plan main reception space with living area, dining area and  luxurious kitchen, separate utility room, boot room, two bathrooms and the master bedroom has a study area, dressing area and en-suite bathroom with balcony. The property has an air-source heat pump, triple glazing and underfloor heating on the ground and first floors.

Aaron Edgar of Galbraith, who is handling the sale said: “This is one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever brought to the market. The quality of the finishes and the attention to detail that has been lavished on the property is second to none. The architect has worked with the owners to create a striking, bold overall design, balanced with smaller-scale tucked away spaces and a relaxing feel throughout. In addition to all this the landscaped gardens and the setting, adjacent to Spottes Burn and its traditional stone bridge, offer an extraordinary rural retreat in a beautiful part of the country.”

The owners Mark Paterson and Carol-Ann Brown worked for three years to create the property, praising the vision of their architect Peter Sassoon.

Mark Paterson said: “We met Peter and we got on really well instantly. He had amazing ideas for the design and he challenged us to be bold and to go for what we really wanted. He has worked in Oman on some stunning projects and then came back to the area, like me. We went through hundreds of drawings and debated every aspect but the whole process has been really good fun. The finished result is perfect for the site and a fantastic place to live.”

The grounds extend to about 0.6 acres, with views over the burn, areas of lawn and patio areas including a lovely outdoor dining area with granite paving, seating area and a contemporary firepit.

Carol-Ann Brown says her favourite thing about the house is being able to listen to the sounds of the stream while sitting in the garden. “It’s an amazingly restful and quiet house, for us just opening the doors and being able to listen to the trickling burn is the best part of living here. This is such a beautiful setting and I’m sure the new owners will enjoy it just as much as we have.”

An area of land adjacent to the property has recently been purchased by the owners and is included with the sale. This would allow for the construction of perhaps a garage or workshop (subject to the necessary planning consents).

The couple both love motorbiking. Mark Paterson runs his own business selling and hiring quad bikes and motorcycles - Paterson ATV - so quad bikes and biking is a true passion! This weekend Galloway Forest Park plays host to Raiders Gravel, a gravel cycling event  making the most of the terrain of the region, which is renowned for mountain biking as well as being an ideal place for walking and star-gazing – Dumfries & Galloway is home to the UK’s first Dark Sky Park.

The property is walking distance from the village of Haugh of Urr which has a thriving local pub and community and lies just a few miles east of Castle Douglas Food Town, with its unique variety of independent restaurants, cafes and galleries.

 

Spottes Mill is for sale through Galbraith for offers over £750,000.