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A one-off extended villa in Coldstream with one of the best views in the Borders Swiss cottage is a detached property - dating from the 1960s and later extended – that can be summed up in one word: location. Occupying one of the best positions in Coldstream, the property’s elevated setting is set off to perfection by beautiful gardens and simply breathtaking views south to the Marjoribanks monument, River Tweed to the Cheviots, a vista that provides real-life kitchen sink drama for the kitchen and living room, both of which have suitably large windows for maximum effect. The rear view also inspired a previous owner to create a covered verandah, accessed from the dining room and rear hall – a facility that is now one of this home’s key features. The house is also notable for its distinctive design and highly adaptable accommodation, in part two -storey with an adjoining self-contained annex – a facility that offers scope for a granny flat or similar or as part of the main house, which combined makes this a substantial home with three reception rooms, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Set well back from the road and accessed from a sizeable driveway leading to the integral double garage, a canopied front entrance opens into a spacious reception hall and ground floor accommodation – configured all on one level with the exception of a first floor double bedroom and adjoining bathroom.
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The beauty of this house is that the rooms could be configured to suit individual circumstances. Currently, it has a spacious dual aspect drawing/dining room - where a totally unexpected cupola-style roof light sends additional light to the centre of the room - study, double bedroom with adjoining bathroom (bath and separate shower), rearfacing sitting room with feature fireplace and views to die for, dining room opening onto the covered verandah, and fitted kitchen with walk-in larder cupboards and space for freestanding appliances and dining furniture (and a view that would keep you permanently at the kitchen sink). Adjacent to the kitchen is a very large utility with built-in storage – were it possible to remove the wall between this room and the kitchen it could make a spectacular open-plan kitchen/dining/family room. The utility leads into a long rear hall with front and rear doors giving the property four external access points in total, in addition to internal access to the garage. At the end of the inner hall is a spacious annex room that could be completely self-contained and currently serves as a double bedroom with en suite WC and separate shower. A staircase in the main entrance hall featuring a full-height window to the front of the house, leads up to a small galleried landing with built-in storage and access to a bathroom and large double bedroom with windows on two sides revealing uninterrupted views over the gardens to the river and beyond.
The gardens are a major feature – beautifully manicured at the front, while the south-facing rear garden benefits from all-day sun – and a superb covered verandah from which to admire the river views on days when the sun is absent. Swiss Cottage is an extraordinary property that would benefit from some interior modernisation and represents a rare opportunity to acquire a one-off family home.