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Stichill North Lodge, Stichill
A pretty character lodge house near Kelso that is rural without being remote Victorian lodge houses have a charm all of their own and Stichill North Lodge is a particularly attractive example, given its garden setting and woodland backdrop. It is also deceptively spacious – from the front, who would believe this was a four bedroomed home?
Off the rear hall in the extension is a cloakroom/WC and four further rooms – two double bedrooms overlooking the mature and well-stocked rear garden, third bedroom, and a large bathroom with bath and separate shower.
Dating from circa 1820 and built at one of the entrances to Stichill Estate and its now demolished mansion house, the lodge has been more recently extended at the rear to create a sizeable family home in a peaceful rural setting close to Stichill village, two miles from Kelso and only five miles or thereabouts from the English border at Coldstream.
Owned and loved by the same owner for the last 21 years, the lodge’s finer points include high levels of natural light – the master bedroom and living room are particularly light as both are spacious dual aspect rooms with high ceilings, the living room also benefits from a stone fireplace and open fire. The dining room also has a fireplace and could equally be a charming family/sitting room. Opposite the dining room, the kitchen is nicely fitted with wood units – there is also a utility off with a door to the garden.
Internally, this is a house of two parts and almost identical size, albeit seamlessly joined by a rear hall. The original blonde sandstone lodge has typical Victorian embellishments – Gothic-style front door furnishings, roof finials, tall chimneys, decorative carved bargeboards . . . even the downpipes have an ornate twist. Inside, a vestibule gives way to the main hallway, off which are four large rooms – a front-facing bay-windowed lounge and dual aspect master bedroom (both windows benefitting from the original wooden shutters), with a formal dining room and fitted kitchen behind.
Outside, the gardens extend around the side and rear of the property and offer complete privacy with lawn, mature trees, shrubs and established beds and borders providing splashes of colour against the green of the woodland backdrop. There is also a good-sized paved patio for outdoor dining, sheltered seating areas – and at the side, a driveway with parking space for several vehicles leading up to a detached single garage.
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Stichill North Lodge
Stichill, Kelso, TD5 7TJ
Offers Around £267,000
Stichill is a picturesque village in an elevated setting with views over the Eden Water and the Tweed Valley towards the Cheviot Hills. Historically the home of a notorious Riding family of Border Reivers, the village is best known for its ancient church, dating from 1770 – nowadays the church hall is the focus of a wide range of social clubs and activities – but other attractions include the less well known Stichill Linn, a spectacular waterfall hidden in the woods at Newton Don and fed by the otherwise slow flowing Eden Water. Other local attractions include Edenwater House in nearby Ednam, an old stone-built former manse now highly acclaimed for its outstanding cuisine, fine wines and luxurious accommodation. Stichill North Lodge is a delightful home that will have very widespread appeal with buyers who are looking for character, plenty of space and a garden in a setting that is rural without being remote.