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A substantial modern villa in Kelso that hits all the right notes for family living
Location, location, location . . . a familiar mantra but a particularly apt one for a substantial detached villa in Sutherland Gardens, a quiet cul-de-sac development in Kelso comprising just eight detached homes constructed by local housebuildeer M&J Ballantyne in a setting that benefits from views over Shedden Park and is within walking distance of the town centre. David and Helen McKay bought number eight Sutherland Gardens as soon as it was completed in 2010, having fallen in love with the property’s size, flexible layout and setting. “We wanted the advantages of a new modern home but being older, were looking for a small niche development – and this was perfect on both counts,” says David. “The neighbourhood is quiet and friendly, we have a lovely garden for entertaining when the family visit – and it’s only a five minute walk to our favourite restaurant, The Contented Vine,” he adds.
Sutherland Gardens, Kelso
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8 Sutherland Gardens, Kelso
Since moving in the couple have injected colour and interest into their large rear garden, which now has a variety of low-maintenance shrub borders to break up the expanse of lawn, while notable features include a charming summerhouse positioned next to a small pond waterfall – and a pergola spanning the paved patio adjacent to the house, a feature that looks stunning with the addition of hanging baskets in summer. More recently, they have maximised the potential of the property’s roof orientation by installing photovoltaic panels that will not only reduce the house’s fuel bills but also provide an income for the next 20 years from the sale of surplus electricity back to the National Grid.
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Internally, the McKays’ villa is everything you would expect and more in a family home – under -floor heating throughout the ground floor, flexible layout, spacious well-proportioned rooms, good storage space and quality fixtures and fittings, including attractive oak doors and finishes. The ground floor accommodation comprises an L-shaped hall leading to a 20ft sitting room with windows to the front and patio doors to the rear,
a spacious family/TV room, an attractively fitted dining kitchen with integrated appliances including a Rangemaster dual-fuel cooker and an American-style fridge freezer, a utility /laundry with internal access to the garage – and last but not least, off the kitchen is a delightful sunroom with doors onto the patio and garden beyond.
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“We were looking for a small niche development – and this was perfect on both counts. The neighbourhood is quiet and friendly, we have a lovely garden for Upstairs, the sizeable landing incorporates a gallery section overlooking the sunroom at one end and a front-facing window at the other end. It also provides hatch access to the attic and a linen cupboard. Off the landing are four double bedrooms (one currently used as a study) and family bathroom – the master bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and en suite shower room, while two other bedrooms also have fitted wardrobes. Everything about this home is focussed on easy living and low maintenance, from the quality wood laminate flooring throughout the ground floor (carpeted staircase and landing and bedrooms), to the easy-care gardens, which at the front includes level lawns and a monoblocked driveway leading to the attached double garage (remote controlled door).
entertaining when the family visit – and it’s only a five minute walk to our favourite restaurant, The Contented Vine.” This is a very desirable home in an equally desirable, almost park-like setting only a mile from Kelso’s world famous Junction Pool and within walking distance of town centre amenities – a family property that really does tick all the boxes.
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