Birken lies at the junction of Abbotsford Road and Paterson Street in a popular residential area of Galashiels which is within comfortable walking distance of the town centre and the railway station. The house has a north easterly aspect to ...
Birken lies at the junction of Abbotsford Road and Paterson Street in a popular residential area of Galashiels which is within comfortable walking distance of the town centre and the railway station. The house has a north easterly aspect to the front.
Galashiels is a popular Borders town with a fairly central location within the region and benefits from a good range of shops (including 2 major supermarkets) and a wide variety of recreational and sporting facilities. St Peters Primary School lies within a few minutes walk of Birken and Galashiels Academy is also within easy reach. Part of Heriot Watt University is located in the town.
The Borders General Hospital and Scottish Borders Councils Headquarters are both within easy reach and the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its scenic beauty, offers superb opportunities for horse riding, walking, cycling and fishing. Galashiels has excellent road links with Edinburgh and the north of England and there is a regular train service between the town and Edinburgh.
Birken is one of a number of attractive traditional large houses built in Galashiels in the 1800s for prosperous mill owners. Birken itself was built for James Cochrane Dorward in the 1860s.
The house has an appealing external appearance and provides versatile family sized accommodation. Gas fired central heating has been installed, the Worcester boiler being in the cellar, and most windows have secondary glazing. There are attractive authentic tiled floors in both the entrance and back halls, as well as the vestibule, and both main public rooms have fine original cornicing. Birken also benefits from large picture windows (many rooms have dual aspect), high ceilings and impressive polished mahogany stairs, doors and skirting boards.
Birken sits within generous garden grounds which are nicely landscaped and include lawns, borders and generous off road car parking - accessed from Paterson Street. The garden is child/dog safe and includes a tremendous 120 year old yew hedge along with a variety of mature trees - including apple, pear and eucalyptus.
Outbuildings include a spacious detached double garage, summer house and WC - which is integral to the house but has external access.