Focus: Cottages

Focus: Cottages
Bluebell Cottage is just as desirable as its name implies

A HOUSE can be substantial or handsome amongst other things, but when it comes to picture-postcard visual appeal and charm, the cottage can be hard to beat – and the property market currently has some tempting examples, including the three highlighted here… writes Beverley Brown

Helensburgh

BELIEVED to date from around 1860 and set in landscaped gardens in the centre of Helensburgh, Bluebell Cottage is just as desirable as its name implies, while the interior retains original features and reflects the needs of modern lifestyles.

The accommodation is far larger than it looks from the outside. The drawing room has a cornice so elaborate it beggars belief and French doors to the rear garden.

A country-chic kitchen has steps leading down to a sizeable dining room with garden access and utility off to one side.

Upstairs are three double bedrooms and bathroom– the master with en suite shower. Beautiful gardens include seating areas and a summerhouse.

Bluebell Cottage is for sale with Savills’ Glasgow office at offers over £450,000.

Glasgow, West End

COTTAGES are not what you expect to find Glasgow’s cosmopolitan West End, however tucked away at the back of Botanic Crescent is a delightful mews cottage accessed by a private walled residents’ courtyard – and with the added benefit of off-road parking.

Pretty as a picture on the outside, the freshly decorated accommodation is over two floors with the ground floor fully open-plan with seating, dining and kitchen areas, the latter with quality units and integrated appliances (utility off).

Wood flooring is a feature throughout – including the open-tread staircase, which has glass balustrading to maintain the light and visual continuity – while the upper floor comprises master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en-suite bathroom, second double bedroom (also with built-in storage) and a shower room. The ideally situated Mews Cottage 4 (its official title) is on the market at offers over £265,000 with Rettie’s West End office.

Berwickshire

ALMOST as far south as you can go without crossing the Border, the picturesque Berwickshire village of Paxton is home to Wayside Cottage, a property that paints such a delightful picture it invokes an immediate must-have response.

And remarkably, this home’s good looks and charm are not merely skin deep, for inside the owners have carried out a full refurbishment to leave the 150-year-old cottage in showhome condition.

The three-bedroom cottage is entered by a small vestibule leading to a stylish sitting room with a focal fireplace and door to a fully glazed Victorian-style conservatory with access to the garden.

The kitchen has an adjoining dining room with a stone fireplace and there is a utility, bathroom and a double bedroom with French doors to the garden. Upstairs are two bedrooms and outside, the gardens include lawns, barbecue areas a double garage, a shed and a detached workshop. Seven miles from a station, Wayside Cottage is for sale with Hastings & Co in Kelso at offers over £260,000.

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