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“The farmhouse is very deceptive in that it looks small from the outside but is, in fact, very spacious inside”

Truly unique - a fully upgraded farmhouse When Derek and Susan Brant bought Stichill Mains Farmhouse in 2006 the property had lain empty for many years – but there was enough there for the couple to imagine how it could look. There was also a large barn on the site, which they could see also offered enormous potential. Fast forward six years and the three bedroomed farmhouse is now a beautiful three bedroomed family home that combines all the character and original features of a traditional property, but with the benefit of modern fixtures, fittings and services. As for the four bedroomed barn – now an established five-star holiday let with bookings throughout 2013 - who would ever believe this stunning two-storey conversion had ever been a muddy old cow shed? “We did the house first and then applied for planning permission to convert the barn,” explains Susan. “The farmhouse is very deceptive in that it looks small from the outside but is, in fact, very spacious inside.” What is particularly striking is that the interior is modern but with high ceilings, wood paneled doors and windows, attractive fireplaces and open fires – features that give it a traditional feel. “The reclaimed stone fireplace in the living room was so heavy we had to reinforce the floor,” Susan adds.

Apart from the living room the layout also has a dining room, large dining kitchen, three bedrooms (one en suite) and family bathroom. But in this house the devil is in the detail. The dining kitchen is fitted with cream Shaker-style units with wood-effect block -style worktops and tiled splashbacks, while appliances include a stainless steel gas hob, built-in over/grill and overhead extractor – there’s also space for a slot-in dishwasher and fridge/freezer, free-standing fridge/freezer and dining furniture. Off the kitchen is a useful boot room with access to the garden and driveway beyond.

“We did the house first and then applied for planning permission to convert the barn,”


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and separate barn conversion near Kelso This huge space has room for formal dining furniture (at present a table and ten chairs) and TV/family area The ground floor also has a large living room, en suite double bedroom, shower room, and fourth bedroom with built-in wardrobes. Off the upstairs landing, which has a magnificent arched triple window to maximize the views, is a split-level master bedroom complete with dressing area and built-in storage and en suite bathroom, another spacious double bedroom with Juliette-style balcony, and adjoining 18ft bathroom.

The dining room is another lovely room with neutral decor, attractive front-facing bay window (plus another side window) and a fireplace and open fire. The master bedroom is situated on the ground floor, a beautiful south-facing room in cream and white that has built-in storage and a sizeable en suite bathroom with over-bath power shower. The two remaining bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs, from where there are stunning views south to the Cheviot Hills. Bedroom two is exceptional – 29ft in length with a step down into a dressing area that could also be a nursery – while bedroom three is also double size and has built-in storage. Accommodation in the barn is also on two levels. This property is as luxurious as it is unique, with an amazing 43ft long dining kitchen, which has south -facing folding doors and windows to capitalize on the light and views and give access to a delightful walled and paved garden. Added wow factor and character is provided by flagstone flooring (which also extends into the adjoining utility/laundry), stylish units including a central island breakfast bar, all with granite-effect worktops, and an induction hob with built-in oven, grill and extractor.

These properties have attractive garden grounds – in addition there is a sizeable open barn/workshop that can be used for parking or storage - and subject to planning, could be further developed. Both properties are currently for sale as a whole at £685,000 – and as Derek and Susan are prepared to offer a further £20,000 off the asking price for a limited period only, it means the total discount could be as much as £30,000 less than the original asking price. The couple, who are relocating down south, are also happy to consider selling as two separate lots – and may also consider an exchange. Situated in a part of the Borders renowned for fishing, shooting and all manner of outdoor opportunities that are a magnet for tourists, Stichill represents a unique home and/or holiday let business.

Stichill Mains Farmhouse & Barn Stichill, Near Kelso Asking Price £685,000 Details on page 7


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