Bellspool Coach House is a charming, detached property in the heart of Upper Tweedale.
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Bellspool Coach House is a charming, detached property with a striking architectural presence. Initially built as the stabling and carriage quarters for Dawyck House around 1863, with further development in 1909 to accommodate the motor car, it underwent residential conversion in 1998. The current owners have extensively upgraded the accommodation to create a modern family home while retaining many original features. Presented in walk-in condition, new owners will enjoy comfortable living from day one, while planning how to personalise and adapt this unique property to suit their own tastes and needs.
The layout makes for harmonious living, meeting the differing demands of family members, friends and guests. There are versatile, spacious rooms for socialising and gatherings, counterbalanced by pockets of privacy to which individuals can retreat to relax or work undisturbed. There is also excellent storage space throughout.
Ground floor The hub and heart of the home is the splendid Victorian red brick central archway reception hall. With double glazing to both the north and south elevations, it creates an exceptionally light, welcoming and engaging space to enjoy year round. Set on two levels, and separated by a cast iron balustrade, is a split-level sitting room. There is a Charnwood dual-fuel stove in the hearth, handcrafted wooden shutters, and three Gothic style chandeliers. The inviting stone-floored kitchen benefits from ample storage, space for a large table, and a Rangemaster induction stove. The original cast iron stable post and grill separates the kitchen from the rear door entrance. Immediately adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room, lined with Cole and Son wallpaper from an authentic Victorian design, and an original stable post and tie set into the wall. The dining room opens on to the snug, a cosy, wood-panelled room with Charnwood logburning stove and wooden shutters. The ground floor also houses a shower room. Accessed from the covered walkway at the rear of the kitchen is the pump room and boot store. This leads through to the laundry, beyond which is a multi-purpose space for exercising or use as a second office. There is an integral garage with handmade doors.
First floor The master bedroom is an impressive, brightlylit room with windows on three aspects, a large walk-in wardrobe, and en suite shower room. There are three further double bedrooms and an office, served by a family bathroom with a cast iron, roll-top bath. At the end of the landing is a guest suite, comprising a spacious shower room and a large double bedroom with a south-facing dormer window.
The south-facing, sheltered and secluded garden extends to approximately one acre. It is well stocked with woodland plants, azaleas and rhododendrons, and surrounded by several majestic tree specimens. The upper level is mainly laid with wild meadow planting, finishing with a small coppice. From here there are views down over the property, with its clock face and weathervane, to the hills behind. To the east side by the perimeter boundary is a log store and large, traditional handcrafted larch timber shed with substantial storage and racking space. There is also ample parking for cars.
Bellspool Coach House is set in the heart of Upper Tweeddale, the closest designated National Scenic Area to Edinburgh. The countryside is noted for its outstanding beauty, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Uplands and its heather-clad hills. It is an easy, 7.9 mile drive to Peebles, a thriving Borders commuter town. Edinburgh is just 30 miles away and the airport 34 miles. Such a position makes it possible to enjoy the tranquillity of rural life while never being out of reach of the facilities and entertainments of town or city. Bellspool Coach House also enjoys first-rate attractions close to home. Within walking distance is the 65-acre Dawyck Botanic Garden. The arboretum has national and international significance for its horticultural value and role in nature conservation. Just 1.5 miles away is the entrance to Stobo Castle, one of Scotlands premier spas and which offers membership to its extensive facilities. Throughout the valley wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy being close to nature, and the opportunity to spot heron, otters, deer and hare. The area is famous for its connections to the novelist John Buchan, author of The 39 Steps, and keen walkers will relish many trails, including the fabulous scenery along the 13-mile route from Broughton to Peebles named in his honour. It is also ideal cycling country, and the 95-mile Tweed Cycle Route passes nearby. The bustling, picturesque high street of Peebles offers a good choice of shopping, cafes and restaurants, with its mix of high-street names sitting alongside independent traders including a family-owned butchers and bakers, fish shop, grocers, clothing shops and interior design and art galleries. The town has an arts centre, The Eastgate, which hosts touring performers, screens newlyreleased films and streams live performances from top UK venues. There is an excellent health centre at Hay Lodge, while Peebles High has a strong reputation as one of the best secondary schools in the region.
SatNav postcode: EH45 9JU. From Peebles take the A72 heading west. After 3.7 miles turn left onto the B712. After 4.2 miles you will pass the entrance to Dawyck Botanic Gardens on your left, and the driveway to Bellspool Coach House is the next turning on your left.Read all
- Striking architecture & original features
- 5/6 bedrooms, including guest suite
- 4 reception rooms
- 4 bath/shower rooms
- Walk-in condition
- Mature, south-facing garden
- Rural, yet commutable
- National Scenic Area setting
- Close to Dawyck Botanic Garden and Stobo Castle spa
- Large garage with development potential (subject to planning)
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