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Easy living is the hallmark of a distinctively different detached villa in Melrose

Built in 2008 by Rivertree Developments, number three Harleyburn Drive is an impressive – and refreshingly different – detached family villa, situated within a sought after residential development at the foot of the Eildon Hills close to Melrose, one of the most picturesque small towns in the Scottish Borders. Present owners Robert and Wendy Morrall bought the house from new, having been won over by its scenic setting and design. “The open-plan living area is split-level and has a lovely feel to it as well as being very light - as a family home the space and specification is exceptional. We also love being able to walk into town, while I can be on Melrose Golf Course – or the pathway up the Eildons within two minutes of leaving home,” says Robert.


3 Harleyburn Drive, Melrose





3 Harleyburn Drive, Melrose

Although modern inside, the villa’s facade pays homage to the town’s historic roots and traditional aesthete by incorporating a sandstone turret entrance in the angle between the L-shaped house and adjoining double garage, which gives this home additional character and interest from additional features, such as a conical slate roof, sandstone surrounds and dormer windows above the garage.

“We excavated back into the hill at the back, built a wall and planted the area with shrubs and heathers, and added a paved patio, which provides a great space for entertaining and dining,” he adds.

Having bought the house from new, there was no garden to speak of and in the intervening years Robert and Wendy have created a fully enclosed outdoor space that looks good and requires very little by way of maintenance.

Easy access to the garden/patio is one of this home’s key selling points, as the ground floor layout includes a 26ft L-shaped fitted kitchen/dining/family room with wide French doors at either end, while the separate lounge has a third set of French doors.

Featured Property 3 Harleyburn Drive, Melrose, TD6 9JX

Guide Price £455,000 • Details on: Page 10

Particularly appealing visually is the spacious open-plan reception hall with two steps down to the lounge and two steps back up to the adjoining formal dining room – all carpeted and decorated in a calming neutral palette for visual continuity to create spaces that flow from one to the other within infinite ease, broken by an offset feature staircase and focal fireplace with gas Living Flame fire in the lounge.


“The open-plan living area is split-level and has a lovely feel to it as well as being very light - as a family home the space and specification is exceptional”

Completing the ground floor layout is a cloakroom and utility, the latter accessed from the contemporary high-spec kitchen, which is beautifully fitted with cream units, an island housing a gas hob and overhead extractor, granite work surfaces, integrated appliances – and given its two sets of French doors, the whole room benefits from having practical ceramic tiled flooring. The hall also has a door into the double garage. Off the gallery landing upstairs is a front-facing master bedroom with en suite shower room, and a dressing area with two sets of fitted wardrobes, plus a particularly spacious family bathroom with separate shower and four further double bedrooms – three with fitted wardrobes, while the fourth occupies a 22ft-plus area above the garage that has eaves storage, two dormer windows and an en suite shower room. Presented in immaculate condition inside and out, this home’s ultimate selling point is easy living – and in this day and age, who doesn’t want that?

It is also conveniently located within easy reach of Melrose’s many amenities, historic attractions, sports facilities and cultural events – this being the home of the world-famous Melrose Sevens and the annual Borders Book Festival, amongst others – as well as offering easy access to Edinburgh, via the nearby A68 or by rail, from the Borders Railway terminus at Tweedbank.

Distinctively Different


Harleyburn Drive , Melrose , TD6 9JX  
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