THE BSPC PROPERTY GUIDE / FEATURE PROPERTY
A modern detached house in Jedburgh in an idyllic setting - with two unusual outbuildings included
Height has many advantages and in the case of Chapelknowe, its elevated setting provides stunning views right across the whole of Jedburgh. Built in 1982, this substantial detached villa also has a beautiful and very private garden extending to around an acre, complete with two unusual outbuildings in addition to the integral double garage – a former pigeon loft and a detached two-storey former clay house currently used for storage – that have the potential to be converted (subject to planning consents). When Kaija and Ian Sanford bought the property 12 years ago it ticked all their boxes. “We particularly loved the quiet and private setting,” says Kaija, “and the garden, which has an abundance of trees, shrubs and plants. Ian has also since added a large vegetable garden that provides us with an excellent supply of home-grown produce.” The Sanfords have maintained and further improved the property by re-fitting the kitchen and en suite shower room and adding a sizable conservatory at the back of the house, overlooking the garden.
The split-level layout includes a hall with stairs leading to the first floor and lower ground floor, spacious living/dining room, sunroom (known locally as a ‘sitooterie’), beautiful dining kitchen and conservatory with French doors to the garden. Downstairs at lower ground level is a utility room with additional storage space, and a WC; up on the first floor there are three bedrooms (one with en suite shower room) and family bathroom, which also incorporates vanity storage and a large linen cupboard. This is a spacious and very attractive family home with many notable features and flexible accommodation – the 26ft living room is easily large enough to incorporate a dining area, although at present the Sanfords use the conservatory as a dining room and have a study area in the living room. This room also has a solid wood fireplace, polished slate hearth and multi-fuel stove as a focal point. The re-fitted kitchen is fitted with classic cream units and wood-effect worktops – a central island provides additional storage while also incorporating a breakfast bar for informal eating.
The freestanding range cooker, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and overhead extractor are all included in the sale. Accessed from the kitchen, the conservatory is a delightful addition and is designed for year-round use – the sitooterie is a bonus, an additional room that makes an ideal place to sit in, as opposed out, and enjoy the glorious views. Upstairs, the main bedroom has a window to the front framing the view. It also has a double fitted wardrobe and shelved cupboard, and a beautiful partially tiled en suite shower room with a particularly large, curved shower enclosure fitted with a power shower. Bedroom two, another good-sized double or twin room, also has two double fitted wardrobes, while the third bedroom includes a computer cupboard. The outside of this house benefits from a large private tarmac driveway with ample parking space for several cars – but the wow factor comes from the landscaped garden, which is just beautiful and includes a patio area to the side and a greenhouse.
Custom-built by the previous owners, the pigeon loft is used at present as a dog kennel but would also suit a variety of alternative uses, including a home office, gym or summerhouse. Larger and even more substantial, the stone-built detached two-storey former clay house at the bottom of the driveway has even greater potential for conversion – both buildings subject to obtaining planning approval. Chapelknowe is a modern house in a very lovely setting overlooking the grammar school and town of Jedburgh – one that would tick all the right boxes for most families.
Chapelknowe Friars, Jedburgh, TD8 6BN Guide Price £395,000 Details on page 10