Despite being one of the easiest parts of Scotland to reach the Scottish Borders has been described as Britain's best kept secret. The area offers something for everyone with its great community spirit and friendly rivalry, possibly best demonstrated …
Despite being one of the easiest parts of Scotland to reach the Scottish Borders has been described as “Britain's best kept secret”. The area offers something for everyone with its great community spirit and friendly rivalry, possibly best demonstrated in the colourful Common Ridings which are staged each summer to celebrate the Region’s unique identity and remember its tumultuous past. Most Borders towns have a rugby team and local games, including the popular Rugby Sevens tournaments (this version of the game having originated in Melrose in the 1880s) also help to bring the community together.
Most house hunters are primarily interested in location and the Borders countryside, along with its picturesque towns and villages (none of which has a population of over 20,000), scores high on this count. The area is also within easy reach of major cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle. Communication links are good with an excellent network of roads and a regular train service between the central Borders and Edinburgh. The main east coast railway line runs down the eastern edge of the Borders with a station at Berwick upon Tweed.
Birkenside, a small settlement to the east of the A68 between Earlston and Lauder, has an excellent central location within the region and is within easy reach of Earlston (with its highly regarded modern High School), Lauder (with its history and fine range of local amenities), Melrose (one of the most charming of the Borders towns lying between the Eildon Hills and the River Tweed), Kelso (described by Sir Walter Scot as one of the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland and lying at the confluence of the River Tweed and Teviot) and Galashiels (the commercial hub of the Borders with a regular train service to Edinburgh).
Health and education are high up on many home owners list of priorities and the popular Borders General Hospital is located just outside Melrose. St Mary’s Preparatory School in Melrose is highly regarded and there is a good range of private schools in Edinburgh (with mini-bus pick-ups from Earlston and Lauder) as well as at Longridge Towers near Berwick upon Tweed.
The Scottish Borders is an excellent place to live if you enjoy outdoor pursuits. The region is Scotland's leading cycling destination with many of its towns having well marked cycling trails along the mainly quiet country roads with longer trails including the Border Loop (250 mile circular trail around the region), the Tweed Cycle Route (95 mile linear route along the Tweed) and the Four Abbeys cycle ride (54 mile circular trail around the Region’s four superb ruined abbeys). There is world class mountain biking at Glentress and Innerleithen, along with a 7 Stanes Mountain Biking centre at Newcastleton and numerous other off road trails around the region.
The Borders is a tremendous walking area with most towns and villages have a selection of sign posted walks. An annual festival of walking is held in the region. Long-distance walks crossing the region include the Southern Upland Way, St Cuthberts Way and Berwickshire coastal path.
Most of the main Borders towns has a swimming pool and there are some superb wild swimming spots for those prepared to seek them out. Other sports available include archery, clay pigeon shooting, canoeing, wind surfing, diving, sailing and surfing.
The Borders has some of the best golf courses in Scotland including courses at each of Lauder, Melrose and Kelso. The Roxburghe Championship course is near Kelso.
Other nearby Borders attractions include the magical Thirlestane Castle, Mellerstain House ( a particularly fine Adams mansion which is the home of the Haddingtons), Floors Castle (the home of the Duke of Roxburgh), Bowhill (the family home of the Duke of Buccleuch), Traquair House (reputedly the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland) and Manderston House (with its impressive silver plated staircase).
The fact that Newstead, one of Melrose’s satellite villages, is reputedly the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Scotland speaks volumes of the desirability of this area as a place to settle down.
The plots form part of an exclusive small residential development with each plot benefiting from some excellent outlooks over the surrounding countryside.
Plot 3 extends to about 0.79 acres/3,206 sq.m.
Plot 4 extends to about 0.28 acres/1,134 sq.m.
Plot 5 extends to about 0.39 acres/1,589 sq.m.
Plot 6 extends to about 1.21acres/4,880 sq.m.
Each plot has planning permission for a single dwelling house with associated works and landscaping.
Further details on the planning permission can be seen on Scottish Borders Council’s planning website. The planning reference is 10/01581/FUL.
Any Section 75 contributions will be met by the developer.
Main utilities are provided to the driveway of each plot and only require final connection.