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The Swallows is a contemporary home that mixes a rural design ethic with luxury specification and a scenic setting amidst the Lammermuirs
Architect designed and built in 2008 to blend in with the agricultural vernacular and rural landscape at Stobswood near Longformacus, in the heart of the Lammermuir Hills, The Swallows is an exceptional family home set in landscaped gardens and orientated to make the most of panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Location is central to this homeâ€™s appeal in that it offers all the advantages of rural living without being remote. The market town of Duns is only a short ten-minute drive (6 miles), while Edinburgh city centre (40 miles) can be reached by car in around 75 minutes, making it easily commutable for work, shopping or leisure amenities.
The Swallows, Longformacus
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The Swallows, Longformacus
Purchased from the builder in 2010, the present owners were captivated by the scenic beauty of the setting but also its privacy and tranquility, which coupled with the property’s unusual design features – notably its earthy, terracotta-coloured facade incorporating arched cart house windows front and rear to maximise natural light as well as the views – made it a must-buy home. While the external facade is traditional, the interior is fresh, bright and contemporary/country with the emphasis on quality materials and craftsmanship.
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Notable highlights include solid oak flooring, oak doors and skirting, integrated kitchen with granite work surfaces and range-style cooker – and a magnificent master bedroom suite complete with dressing area and luxurious en suite bathroom with freestanding bath and stunning mosaic-tiled spiral shower.
The Swallows also incorporates technology – integrated sound system, Sky TV, HD connection points and a security system. Over two floors the layout comprises entrance vestibule and hall leading to a 21ft living room with stone fireplace housing a multi-fuel stove and patio doors to the rear garden, shower room, well-equipped fitted kitchen/breakfast room with utility off, formal dining room and study/fourth bedroom.
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The present owners were captivated by the scenic beauty of the setting but also its privacy and tranquility, which coupled with the property’s unusual design features – made it a must-buy home The property also has an integral garage that can be accessed via the utility. A staircase in the hall leads up to galleried landing, off which are three double bedrooms, all with contemporary bath/shower en suite facilities. Bedroom two, which has dual aspect views overlooking the rear garden and hills beyond, also has a Juliet-style balcony; bedroom three has an en suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath – but the piece de resistance is the master suite, which includes a particularly spacious dressing room with built-in storage, and an adjoining 17ft bathroom with under-floor heating, mosaic-tiled walk-in spiral shower and freestanding double-ended bath. This home has many notable features - the study, with its bespoke Neville Johnston fitted furniture; the stylish kitchen with range cooker, granite work surfaces, breakfast bar and family room next to a huge arched window; and abundant storage throughout the house, including a double-sized cloaks cupboard off the reception hall and fitted bookshelves on the spacious first floor landing.
The gardens, professionally landscaped, include lawns interspersed by young trees, artfully designed plant beds and borders, monoblock paths, sheltered seating area and paved patio. The Swallows is an exceptional family home in an exceptional setting. Nearby Duns offers excellent schools and shops as well as wideranging sports and leisure facilities – including a swimming pool and 18-hole golf course. Stobswood is also close to the pretty village of Longformacus, which is crossed by the Southern Upland Way and the Sir Walter Scott Way (from Moffat to Cocksburnpath).
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