RopelawshielHawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 7NQ
Offers Over £415,000
- Amazing rural location.
- In the heart of a working forest.
- 3.85 acres
Ropelawshiel is the ultimate ‘get away from it all’ property located 3.5 miles from the public road, in the heart of the Craik Forest. The working forest is a large, remote woodland and is home to a huge diversity of wildlife.Ropelawshiel is accessed via a network of forest roads. The property can be reached from both the B709 at Gair to the west and the unclassified Borthwick Water road to the east. Access to the forest is also possible to the north at Redford Green. Basic provisions can be purchased at Angecroft Caravan Park, just north of Gair on the B709.The rural area is 16 miles from Hawick where a broad diversity of shops and services can be found. These include primary and secondary level schools, 4 major supermarkets as well as a good range of independent shops. Ropelawshiel falls into the catchment for Kirkhope Primary School in Ettrickbridge and Selkirk High School.Ropelawshiel was built about 200 years ago as a shepherd’s cottage and has been sympathetically modernised over the years. The stone house was originally built as a cottage with adjoining byre. The byre was subsequently converted into the annexe and has been used as a holiday let since.Significant work has been carried out to the main house in the last 6 years with particular attention being made to use locally sourced materials.The eco conscious upgrading has been thoughtfully carried out to retain the integrity of the original building. The improvements include installing solar roof panels to provide hot water, insulation to the roof and walls, double glazed windows and doors and under floor heating. Furthermore, a wood boiler has been installed. The heating for the annexe has the option of being run as part of the main house or reverting to the oil fired boiler.A particularly unique kitchen includes an electric Aga with ovens and hotplates that operate independently as well as a solid fuel Esse stove. The storage units are free standing to allow a degree of flexibility in its layout. Floor to ceiling height French doors in the kitchen and sitting room allow excellent light to flood the rooms as well as providing easy access to the garden. The open plan annexe offers bright and spacious accommodation. The annexe has an independent meter and central heating system and features a wood burning stove. The kitchen provides floor based units and the bathroom is fitted with classic modern fittings. With the appropriate permissions there is scope to incorporate the annexe into the main accommodation.Ropelawshiel offers generous gardens and grounds and has previously been registered as a small holding. The garden and grounds have been laid out to encourage wildlife and many species of flora and fauna can be seen A wildlife pond along with woodland walks have been created to allow full appreciation of the grounds.The property comes with Riparian Fishing Rights on the Rankle Burn. The burn rises on the hills behind Ropelawshiel and runs through the southern edge of the property where spawning salmon can be spotted in the winter.The outbuildings include a large timber and corrugated iron multipurpose storage shed/garage (10.92m x .64m). A log shed has been built to store the timber for the boiler (7.01m x 4.06m). A traditional stone keb house (7.75m x 3.45m) provides an additional storage building and has recently been re-roofed with corrugated sheets. Integrated storage sheds house the Danish wood fuel boiler and 2000 litre hot water tank.