INNERLEITHEN is a popular town in the Scottish Borders on the A72, which follows the path of the River Tweed for the most part between the neighbouring towns of Peebles and Galashiels.
The jewel in Innerleithen’s crown is undoubtedly Traquair House, the oldest continually occupied house in Scotland.
But high up on a hill overlooking the Tweed Valley and out of sight of the traffic passing along the high street is The Pines, a magnificent B-listed Arts and Crafts house completed in 1904 for the Ballantyne family, whose cashmere business was a major employer in the area until
Fully modernised in 2005/06 without compromising magnificent original features (oak floors and panelling, fireplaces with Delft tiled inserts, ornate plasterwork and more) the accommodation extends over four floors to make a very substantial family home.
Starting from the bottom, the basement houses a wine cellar and storerooms; the ground floor includes an impressive drawing room, dining room, breakfasting kitchen with Aga and butler’s pantry; the first floor’s galleried landing leads to an en-suite master bedroom, bathroom, two further bedrooms, study/bedroom four and office (the latter can also be accessed by a back stair), and the second floor reveals three more bedrooms (one en-suite) plus bathroom and boxroom.
The devil is in the detail and this home has much to marvel at, including quaint extra spaces such as the tea preparation area off the first floor landing, a game larder and Edwardian tiled cloakroom with an original "Deluge" WC.
Outside, a crazy-paved terrace with a stone balustrade gives a bird’s-eye view of the town and across the Tweed Valley to the hills – and the house’s gardens are a joy to behold. The Pines is for sale with Rettie & Co’s Melrose office at offers over £865,000.