To describe this sale as a rare opportunity is a dramatic understatement, writes Beverley Brown
SET in around five acres of Berwickshire countryside three miles from Lauder and easily commutable to Edinburgh, Dod Mill is not so much one unique historic property as several, offering myriad lifestyle and income opportunities for extended families, holiday lets, smallholding or other business.
Included is Dod Mill House, a south facing upgraded family home with two reception rooms, dining-sized kitchen with Aga, utility, three bedrooms (one en-suite) and bathroom. Quality is evident throughout with particular emphasis on the use of natural materials, including wood flooring and finishes, which combine with original architectural features and neutral décor to give a pared-back contemporary feel to the interior.
Nearby is the B-listed Old Mill, which has been converted to create a visually striking double-height living space with wood-burning stove, oak fitted kitchen and charming mezzanine bedroom with shower room, while the basement offers ample storage and could provide further accommodation or a games room – more notably, the adjoining water wheel provides enough power to light and heat this property.
The third part of this uniquely fascinating character trio is Dod Mill Cottage, which has an open-plan kitchen/living room, bedroom and shower room. Both the cottage and the Old Mill have been assessed by a premium holiday letting agent (indicative rental levels available).
There is also potential to extend the cottage, subject to planning.
Nor does it stop there; within the grounds is a substantial stone-built and recently renovated kiln house (also B-listed, with potential for a farm shop or home office), workshop, car port, several bothies, an amazing stilt house studio positioned next to the millpond that feeds the mill race and water wheel, plus a paddock with vehicular access, orchard, nuttery and a delightfully eccentric half-house-half caravan fishing
hut by the river.
Seldom does a property offer so much or so many options. Combined with a picturesque rural setting, aesthetic appeal and quality specification as befits its present architect owner, Dod Mill is in a
category all of its own.
Offers over £820,000 are invited by Rettie’s Melrose office.