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A prime location, elegance and charm sum up a classic Georgian semi-detached villa in Kelso
Georgian domestic architectureâ€™s timeless appeal owes much to the feel-good factor of homes that have large windows to enhance the quality of light, beautifully proportioned spacious accommodation and interior detailing that is plain in comparison to the ornately embellished homes of the later Victorian era. Braemohr is a fine example of a Georgian family home. Situated in the sought after Forestfield area of Kelso in a leafy setting with attractive garden grounds and a woodland backdrop, the semi-detached villa has all the traditional hallmarks - but having been carefully upgraded by its present owners, Angus and Linda Forbes, it doubly benefits from contemporary fixtures and fittings and a classically stylish interior.
Braemohr, 11 Forestfield, Kelso
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Braemohr, 11 Forestfield, Kelso
The Forbes bought the property 15 years ago notably because of its central location and character. “Forestfield is a highly desirable – and also very sociable – area within walking distance of the town’s amenities and attractions,” comments Angus. “I also liked the fact that it is close to the River Tweed for fishing – and offers easy access to the hills and surrounding countryside. Since we moved in we have replaced the bathroom, renovated the kitchen, installed engineered oak flooring throughout most of the ground floor level and also improved the garden.”
Featured Property Braemohr, 11 Forestfield, Kelso, TD5 7BX
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The accommodation comprises tiled entrance vestibule and hall (cloakroom off) leading to two reception rooms, both of which have dual aspect windows – sitting room to the front and side and dining room to the rear and side – plus fitted kitchen and rear porch with access to the garden. Upstairs are three bedrooms and family bathroom.
The hall makes an immediately welcome impression with oak flooring, original staircase with wrought iron balustrade and fresh neutral decoration. The sash and case windows in this house are a distinctive feature and as most – including the reception rooms - have original working wooden shutters they are also practical.
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“Forestfield is a highly desirable – and also very sociable – area within walking distance of all the town’s amenities and attractions” The same practicality equally applies to the front and rear porches, both of which have space for coats and shoes/boots that otherwise can end up cluttering the main hallway. The sitting room also has a marble fireplace and open fire and recessed shelving with storage beneath, while the dining room, which also has a focal fireplace and open fire, incorporates an entire wall of bespoke floor-to-ceiling built-in storage fronted by discreet handless doors – and oak flooring which continues through an opening into the adjoining kitchen. The latter has a broad window overlooking the rear garden – enhanced by an additional skylight window - and is fitted with cream units and attractive colour co -ordinated tiled splashbacks. Gently curving, the Georgian staircase is a classic feature leading to the bedrooms and bathroom.
The master bedroom is especially notable for its extensive built-in storage on one wall, while bedroom two also has storage and lovely views over the very private rear garden and woodland. Last but not least, the bathroom has painted wood-panelled walls to half height, large window, solid oak flooring and over-bath shower. The house has a delightful setting that includes a detached single garage with graveled driveway and parking area at the front – and more notably, a private and sheltered rear garden with a level lawn and shrub borders, bordered by trees. Braemohr is a completely charming family home combining the size and elegance of the past with all the comforts demanded for modern day living.
It also has a desirable location within the high-amenity town, which next year will include a new state-of-the -art high school. This home is a keeper – and a real opportunity not to be missed.
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