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A stately home lifestyle awaits the new owner of this grand Victorian conversion near Hawick
Beechhurst is a magnificent sandstone Victorian property with a setting to match, well tucked away off Bonchester Road and occupying beautiful landscaped garden grounds, yet only a few minutes from Hawick. Dating from 1850, the house was clearly designed to make a statement about the wealth and status of its original owner - believed to have been the chairman of a local gas company, which would certainly explain why it is the only property in the vicinity with mains gas central heating. But while bigger was invariably better for affluent property owners in Victorian times to allow for servantsâ€™ accommodation and large families, Beechhurst was ultimately converted in the 1950s to create just four private and very individual properties, no less grand but scaled down in size as befits modern lifestyles.
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Of the four properties this ground and first floor home was apportioned the original impressive tower entrance, along with three separate garden areas. Unchanged externally and every bit as impressive as it was when built, internally the house has been carefully refurbished and upgraded without compromising any of its many fine original features – working window shutters, oak floors, decorative plasterwork, oak panelling and more. The present owners bought the property in 2014 and have since re-decorated throughout in neutral shades that complement natural wood finishes and features.
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Bespoke fitted wardrobes made by a local carpenter were also added to two of the bedrooms in the house. This is a sizeable home eminently suitable for family living, with high ceilings and beautifully proportioned rooms with big windows to enhance the overall effect. Victorian gentry loved to make an entrance, hence no expense was spared to ensure reception halls reflected their status – and Beechhurst is no exception.
The original arched entrance door opens into a bright vestibule with cream-painted wood-panelled walls and original mosaictiled floor, which continues into an outer hall, off which is a large cloakroom in the real sense, with space and provision for coats and footwear as well as housing a separate WC.
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“Unchanged externally and every bit as impressive as it was when built, internally the house has been carefully refurbished and upgraded without compromising any of its many fine original Only then does the main reception hallway reveal itself, a space almost 30ft long and undeniably grand with ornate ceiling and cornice plasterwork, oak flooring and panelled walls to picture rail height that seamlessly incorporate a fireplace, above which is an oil painting by an unknown artist, believed to have been an integral part of the wall panelling for at least 50 years.
features – working window shutters, oak floors, decorative plasterwork, oak panelling and more.”
Off the hall is a beautifully proportioned drawing room with a feature fireplace fitted with Living Flame gas fire and a broad bay window framing lovely views of the side garden and beyond, towards the Minto Hills. Further down the hall is a separate dining/living room with a fireplace (marble inlay and inset Living Flame fire), built-in window seat with storage underneath, staircase to the upper floor – and a door into the adjoining kitchen, a bright room fitted with classic Shaker-style units and Corian work surfaces complemented by glass splashbacks, induction hob, integrated appliances, integral lighting and shelving – the kitchen also has a walk -in pantry and shelved cupboard.
Last but not least, the ground floor layout also includes a utility, additional storage, and a third bedroom, which could also be a study or second sitting room. Upstairs off an extremely bright landing that provides beautiful views of the gardens and surrounding countryside, are two spacious double bedrooms – both benefitting from bespoke built-in wardrobes - and a luxurious fully tiled bathroom with the addition of a separate walk-in shower, vanity storage, under-floor heating, recessed lighting and finished with a stylish vertical heated towel rail. This delightful character home comes with three gardens. To the front is an expansive lawn – thought to have originally been a tennis court.
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