An exceptional village property with a large garden and spectacular views over open countryside.
Smithy House is a charming detached period house situated on the edge of the attractive hamlet of Nether Blainslie. The house is thought to date back to the early 1800s and occupies a substantial plot. It faces south, overlooking the exceptional garden and beyond, with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.
The house is approached through a large sun lounge which leads into the hall and the sitting room. This is a spacious room, ideal for entertaining, which has a wood burning stove. From here a door leads into the kitchen. This has an excellent range of wall and floor units, incorporating a four ring electric hob, a double oven, as well as space and plumbing for a washing machine and a fridge freezer. A door leads from here into the garden. On the far side of the sitting room is the main hall, off which is the bathroom. There are two ground floor double bedrooms and two on the first floor.
The garden is exceptional. It has in the past boasted a large vegetable garden but is now principally laid to grass, interspersed with shrub beds. The views from the garden to the south and east are exceptional. There are a number of outbuildings including a shed, a greenhouse, a single garage and a stone byre. There is also off street parking to the north and south of the house.
Smithy House is situated on the edge of Nether Blainslie, 3 miles to the south of Lauder. The town has excellent facilities including a Co-op supermarket, a doctors surgery, a primary school, some excellent places to eat, including Firebrick Brasserie and The Black Bull, a bakery, butcher and delicatessen. Thirlestane Castle is a major tourist attraction and has lovely walks in its grounds. The towns of Melrose and Galashiels (both 9 miles) have a wider range of shopping, professional services and leisure facilities. For schooling, there is a primary school in Lauder and an excellent secondary school in Earlston. St Mary's is a well thought of preparatory school in Melrose and the private schools of Edinburgh are within easy reach.
The A68 provides swift road links both north and south. The train station at Stow (7 ½ miles) has regular services to Edinburgh (45 minutes) and Edinburgh Airport (37 miles) has flights to many UK, European and international destinations.
The Scottish Borders offer a wealth of outdoor activities. For the golfing enthusiast, there is an excellent local course on the hill above Lauder, a championship course, The Roxburghe, in Kelso and the links of East Lothian are within striking distance. There is an extensive network of local walkways in the surrounding countryside with more arduous walking, including the famous Southern Upland Way, available in the nearby Lammermuir Hills. The area is also well-known for its cycling routes, with many events taking place throughout the year. A unique aspect in the Scottish Borders calendar are the 'common ridings', where towns host annual gatherings on horseback for a cross-country ride together with a festival of celebration.
From the Edinburgh City Bypass take the A68 south, signed for Jedburgh. Continue south on the A68 passing through Pathhead and enter Lauder. Go through Lauder and take the first road on the right, signed Blainslie 2 miles. Follow the road into the village, pass the village hall on the right, and Smithy House will be seen shortly after on the right, next to the telephone box.Read all
- Exceptional large garden
- Far reaching views
- Superb village setting
- 4 bedrooms
- 2 reception rooms
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