HOUSES situated close to a mainline railway station can command a premium, especially in outlying rural areas where the lifestyle benefits have to be carefully weighed against the commute to the city for work. This can be seen in the Scottish Borders, where according to Savills’ research, the number of transactions along the Borders Railway line from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank has increased by 15 per cent since it opened a year ago. Here are three on the right tracks in Scotland.
THE town of Melrose is a sought-after location in the Scottish Borders close to Tweedbank railway station. It has historic attractions – Melrose Abbey, Abbotsford House (former home of Sir Walter Scott) and Greenyards rugby ground (birthplace of Rugby Sevens). There are also good shops and convenient access to the A68n.
While the town is best known for traditional house styles, Sunnycote is a cool and contemporary new contender, a detached villa completed in 2011 in a private mature garden set well back from the road on Ormiston Terrace.
Spacious accommodation – the dining room and sitting room have full-height windows and French doors and the 21ft kitchen opens into the garden. Downstairs are two en-suite bedrooms, while upstairs are two more – master with Juliet balcony, bathroom and dressing room. Oak flooring and finishes contrast with dazzling white décor to provide visual continuity and exceptional light. Offers over £595,000 to Rettie’s local office.
GALASHIELS is the penultimate stop on the Borders Railway and it is also the region’s commercial centre. Wilderbank House was built for a local mill owner in the mid 1800s and converted into an upper and lower apartment in 1953. The latter occupies the ground floor and basement and includes a delightful stone-built guest cottage, converted in 2004 from the original coach house to give a sitting room, shower room, well-equipped kitchen and upstairs bedroom.
A substantial family home, it has a 17ft Amdega conservatory, four bedrooms and potential to extend the accommodation. In the grounds are a shared woodland and vegetable garden. For sale at a fixed price of £395,000 with Savills in Edinburgh.
IN Ayrshire, Clover Cottage is a visually striking traditional semi-detached villa set in well-stocked private gardens in the coastal village of Fairlie a few miles south of Largs.
Situated right next to the railway station, enabling a near effortless commute to Glasgow, the property has been upgraded by the present owner who has gone to great lengths to maintain character features.
Downstairs is a 20ft bay-windowed living room with open fire, contemporary fitted kitchen and double bedroom with en-suite wet room/shower. Upstairs are two further bedrooms and a statement bathroom with freestanding roll-top bath and separate shower.
Clover Cottage has a beautiful garden with off-road parking and a tranquil paved patio adjacent to a burn. The village is also home to Kelburn Country Park, tennis court, yachting club and community garden. Slater Hogg & Howison’s Largs office invites offers over £165,000.