Whiteknowes has a tremendous location a short distance to the north of Westruther settlement boundary.
Westruther is a picturesque Berwickshire village in fine rural location and with a good range of amenities including a primary school, church, village hall and a popular in (The Old Thistle Inn). More extensive amenities are found at each of Lauder, Duns, Kelso and Melrose with secondary schooling at the highly regarded Earlston High School.
Westruther had good road links with the main Borders towns and is just 40 minutes away from Edinburgh. The village is ideally situated for all manor of outdoor and country pursuits.
Whiteknowes House blends art with "Belt & Braces" engineering. The main house is designed as multi-generational accommodation and construction was completed in 2010.
The windows layout and stone exterior gives the property a distinctly period look with panoramic views in all directions, whilst internally the main structure is a spectacular green oak frame. Rooms are laid out for comfort and modern living with a plethora of character features throughout.
Due to the high insulation standards in the building, and the installed ground source under floor heating backed up by discretely placed solar panels on the sun room roof, Whiteknowes qualifies for the Government's green deal attracting a payment of approximately £5,000 per annum.
Whiteknowes' many excellent features include solid oak doors with pewter latches, solid elm staircase, Gothic chimney pot fireplace in the sitting room, Period clay brick wall in the kitchen, clay tiles on the ground floor throughout, distressed American oak on first and second floors, internal stone window sills throughout, hollow tree feature in the hallway, stone and cast iron recycled flower tubs built in to the sun room, surround sound, clay pot uplighters and a terrace off the first floor sitting room. Green oak and elm beams are a mainstay of the property.
There is a large outbuilding which includes stable, workshop, double garage and feature pigeon loft (occupied by Barn Owls). Outside is an ancient stone mounting block, Victorian wrought iron flower basket brackets and also a Victorian gas street lamp now converted to electricity.
The grounds are extensive with a variety of different wildlife habitats. A circular walkway from the house will take you through a wild flower meadow, past a half acre wildlife pond and on to a strategically placed summer house to gain best advantage for watching wildlife. Then on through a woodland path, passing an ancient stone built wishing well and past a brick built barbecue (suitably lit for night time use) adjacent to a two metre high statue of the Greek Goddess Diana.
The wealth of wild-life using the grounds is continually on show which includes a pair of barn owls, which successfully breed each year in the purpose built loft above the garage. The main outbuilding has potential for a variety of uses.
Converted Byre - Two bedroom cottage with upstairs sitting area with log burner. Period features include exposed stone and brick internal walls, original timber stall used in bygone days for milking cows. Panoramic views to Lammermuir Hills. Large attached garage and oil fired central heating throughout.
Former Farmhouse - Former stone built farmhouse with planning permission to extend to form a four bedroom house with detached double garage with storage above. All new services on site.
Agricutural Holding NO. 273/0017.
Planning PermissionsHouse 05/006001/SUL
Building Warrant 06/00569/ALTEXT
Significant quantities of materials required to redevelop the farmhouse in a way that ties in with the rest of the development are available by negotiation. This includes scaffolding.
3 Stockproof Fenced Paddocks - currently in grass (about 8.50 acres in total).
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Geo-thermal heating with back up solar panels. Roof water to wildlife pond.
Whiteknowes receives an annual payment of £5,000 - paid quarterly - for their energy system and this should be payable for seven years from the commencement of the scheme in April 2015.