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Hope springs eternal – and this detached villa in Cornhill upon Tweed is a family keeper

Hope Cottage is a modern detached villa built to a high specification but with a traditional design and finish that presents such an aesthetically pleasing picture it only took one look to charm present owners, Edward and Sandra Ashfield, when they first saw it eight years ago.

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Looking for a retirement home, the couple had frequently holidayed in the Scottish Borders and loved the picturesque village of Cornhill-on-Tweed. “This property was so attractive, it just seemed to beckon us,” says Sandra. “Being only two years old at the time, the interior was also lovely, while the rear garden backs onto fields with open countryside beyond. The village shop is down the road and Coldstream is only a ten -minute drive, so this property ticked all the boxes for us.”

Hope Cottage, Cornhill on Tweed


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Hope Cottage, Cornhill on Tweed

Only one mile from the border and only a short drive from there on to Berwick upon Tweed, Hope Cottage is very close to the iconic Coldstream Bridge, which spans the river Tweed – interestingly, the part deemed Scottish has A-listed status, while the English section is Grade II listed. Designed by architect John Smeaton, the sandstone bridge was opened in 1767 at a cost of £6,000 – some of which was paid after the event by toll charges – and a plaque on the bridge commemorates a visit by the poet Robert Burns to Coldstream in 1787.

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Looks can be deceiving, for although this property has all the charm and character of a traditional cottage, in reality it is a particularly spacious family home with integral single garage and accommodation over two levels. On the ground floor, an attractive entrance vestibule opens into a hall with a distinctly welcoming ambiance, off which is a cloakroom with useful built-in storage, spacious dining kitchen and a sitting room with windows to the front and rear.

A carpeted staircase from the hall rises up to a galleried landing leading to four bedrooms – master with rear-facing rural outlook and partially tiled en suite shower room –and a stylish family bathroom with roll-top bath (overhead shower) and built-in cupboards on one wall. A front-facing double bedroom is currently used as an office.


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“Being only two years old at the time, the interior was also lovely, while the rear garden backs onto fields with open countryside The Ashfields have improved the property by extending the storage in the kitchen – and the 21ft sitting room now has a contemporary fireplace with marble surround and inset (LPG) Living Flame fire as a focal point. However, the heart of this home is undisputedly the 19ft open-plan kitchen/dining room, a lovely space with French doors opening onto the south-facing rear garden, the kitchen work area is fitted with farmhouse-style units, wooden worktops, tiled splashbacks and integrated appliances, including an induction hob, eye-level oven and grill, dishwasher and fridge freezer. The kitchen also has a walk-in utility cupboard with space and plumbing for a washing machine. The established rear garden is a feature in its own right. South facing and bordering open countryside, it provides complete privacy, maximum sun and includes a delightful patio off the dining kitchen, lawns, mature well-stocked flower and shrub beds and a sheltered seating area.

beyond. The village shop is down the road and Coldstream is only a ten-minute drive, so this property ticked all the boxes for us.”

To the front of the property, the walled entrance and driveway incorporates off-road parking in front of the garage. Cornhill on Tweed has a local village store and coffee shop, church, village hall and popular hotel and restaurant - all within walking distance from the house. Freshly decorated in neutral shades throughout and further enhanced by natural wood finishes, Hope Cottage is a beautifully presented home ready to move into and enjoy from day one.

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