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Location and lifestyle are the drivers for a wonderfully stylish reworked bungalow near Coldingham
The Berwickshire coastline packs a lot of drama and diversity into its relatively short length – all of which can be seen to best advantage off the Coastal Path, which stretches 28 miles from Cocksburnspath to Berwick-upon-Tweed – and one of the most picturesque sections takes in the quaint fishing village of St Abbs and craggy St Abbs Head Nature Reserve and Coldingham Bay, the latter renowned for its award-winning beach, colourful beach huts and crystal clear water that attracts scuba divers and surfers from far and wide. Grangeburn House occupies an idyllic rural setting just outside the village of Coldingham close to both of these coastal attractions.
Grangeburn House, Coldingham
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Grangeburn House, Coldingham Built in 1989 and extensively refurbished and upgraded in recent years, the property also benefits from easy access to the A1, making Edinburgh only a 40-minute commute by road – and if the proposed reinstatement of nearby Reston railway station goes ahead, only two miles from the main east coast rail service north to Edinburgh and south to London. Location was key when the owners purchased Grangeburn House ten years ago, at which point it was a fairly nondescript 1980s bungalow with a dated interior that needed a facelift. But the rooms were big and airy and showed promise for what it could become.
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Since then, the whole property has been completely upgraded, to include a new kitchen, central heating system, boilers, windows, new flooring and all the bathrooms have been renewed within the last year. The addition of bi-fold doors – internally and externally – serves to make the interior lighter still and maximise the views.
The result is a visually striking contemporary home centred on a cleverly designed open-plan living space that flows seamlessly on one level from the formal lounge into a spacious family room/snug and on into a 27ft long kitchen/dining room, adjoining utility and main family bathroom. At the opposite end of the house are three bedrooms, two of which have luxuriously appointed en suite bathrooms and built-in storage.
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“The result is a visually striking contemporary home centred on a cleverly designed open -plan living space that flows seamlessly” In addition, the property has a detached double garage, detached timber-clad summerhouse with two sets of sliding doors – and a detached two -roomed annex that currently has full planning consent for a granny annex (drawings available). Grangeburn’s exterior is equally appealing, with private garden grounds extending to over an acre - predominantly south-facing at the rear with open views across adjoining farmland and a sizeable decked terrace, which currently houses a hot tub. The lounge, family room/snug, dining kitchen and master en suite all benefit from direct access to the terrace, the latter providing the finishing touch to an indulgent 14ft bathroom with freestanding double -ended roll-top bath and separate double-sized shower. The detail in this home is superb, as is the quality of the finish and interior design. The front entrance hall extends virtually the full width of the property and accesses the near 26ft lounge, which has a logburning stove, adjacent log-filled feature recess and full-height triple windows overlooking the rear garden as well as a door onto the deck.
Bi-fold doors link the lounge and family room/snug, which continues into the open-plan dining area and kitchen, an inviting social setting that includes a log-burning stove and recently re-fitted kitchen work area with Shaker-style units, block wood worktops, granite-topped central island breakfast bar and white electric range cooker. The property is accessed via a sweeping private driveway that extends past level lawns and a wooded area (complete with underground bunker) and also widens to incorporate space for parking. At the rear, an expansive lawn stretches beyond the decked terrace with a paved path marking the route down to the summerhouse. Grangeburn House is an outstanding family home, beautifully presented throughout and configured to suit modern lifestyles. Add in the setting, close to a charming village with good amenities (including a primary school) and nearby sandy beach, and it becomes a truly exceptional property – viewing really is imperative to appreciate it fully.