Westfield has a scenic, yet accessible, rural location a short distance to the west of the popular Borders village of Smailholm (means small village). Westfield lies on the south side of the road one mile to the west of …
Westfield has a scenic, yet accessible, rural location a short distance to the west of the popular Borders village of Smailholm (means small village). Westfield lies on the south side of the road one mile to the west of the turning to Melrose at Smailholm Church.
Smailholm has an active community based around the village hall along with a pretty church. Nearby Smailholm Tower is a classic Border tower which inspired Sir Walter Scott, who spent boyhood holidays at nearby Sandyknowe Farm. For lovers of the outdoors there is good walking in the area with several marked routes including a walk from the cottage to Smailholm Tower.
Westfleld has a great location for nature lovers, a wide variety of birds and wild animals having been spotted, and lies in a rich agricultural area between Kelso and Melrose. A wide range of amenities is found in Kelso and Smailholm is also within easy reach of Earlston, Melrose, the A68, the Borders General Hospital, Scottish Borders Councils headquarters and the Borders railway which links Tweedbank/Galashiels with Edinburgh.
Westfield is a charming, traditional detached cottage, part of which was formerly Mertoun Estates Smiddy, which provides versatile and nicely proportioned family sized accommodation. Kitchen and sanitary fittings are modern, windows are double glazed. The income from the solar panels exceeds the electricity costs. The Feed-In-Tariff income which currently pays £1,750 per annum has 19 years of inflation proof contract remaining. Heating is by off-peak storage heaters and Morso stoves. There is a Rayburn kitchen cooker and a 5kw battery system. There is under floor heating in the bathroom.
The cottage has a spacious garden which includes lawns, patio, raised beds, trees, shrubs and ample tarred car parking/turning space. The garden is largely child/dog safe.
The useful range of outbuildings includes an excellent timber garage (6.9m x 3.1m) with concrete floor, electricity and good ceiling height. Adjoining the garage is a greenhouse and a log store. An exercise pod, with electricity, could be used as an office if desired and the attractive old stables provide excellent storage space.
A SHORT PERSONAL NARRATIVE ABOUT THE WILDLIFE FROM THE OWNERS
It was the geese who sold us the house! Up to 6,000 pink footed geese winter in the fields around the house. They accept us walking in the garden. Wonderful! Wintering waders and wildfowl abound in the area between Westfield and Bemersyde Moss, a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve, 2 miles west of the cottage In total we have seen 49 different species of birds. One of the highlights is a big population of tree sparrows which have significantly increased in number with us supplying seed food and nest boxes. We regularly see brown hares and roe deer and there are signs of foxes and badgers close by. Westfield is a perfect house for nature lovers.
Westfield has mains electricity and water. Septic tank drainage. Off-peak storage heaters and solar panels with 5kw battery system.