THE BSPC PROPERTY GUIDE / FEATURE PROPERTY
An impressive detached villa in Hawick that belies its origins - and its central location
The White Cottage is a quintessential family home, a detached four bedroomed villa on Langlands Road in Hawick with lots of space inside and substantial garden grounds outside. But it wasn’t always like this. Hard as it is to believe, the original core of this property is actually a one-hundred -year-old cottage that was extended post -war to its present size. Location being everything, The White Cottage ticks all the boxes with a mature and completely private, almost park-like, setting that belies its central location. “The location was the main attraction when we bought the property twenty-eight years ago,” says present owner Ron Laidlaw. “Everything in the town is within walking distance, including the schools, while the house’s slightly elevated position has lovely open views. In addition, we also loved the garden and the privacy it affords.” Ron and his wife Cecily have added their mark in practical ways - renewing all the services, re-working an external store to provide a ground floor cloakroom, installing new windows and upgrading the level of insulation – but also aesthetically, as over time, Cecily has transformed the garden and made it an exceptional feature in its own right.
Internally, the accommodation is very impressive and lists solid wood parquet flooring in the hall and a Fyffe stone fireplace in the living room amongst its eye-catching features.
Completing the ground floor layout is a rear vestibule, cloakroom, storage cupboards, and an attractive porch/sun room, the latter situated at the side of the house overlooking the front garden.
The vestibule (usefully fitted with coat hooks and a built-in cupboard for coats etc) opens into an attractive hall, off which is a bright living room with windows to the front and side of the house.
A carpeted staircase in the entrance hall leads to the upper floor, where there are three good-sized double bedrooms (one currently used as a home office) all with built-in wardrobes, a side-facing single bedroom with an access hatch to the partly floored attic, attractive family bathroom with vanity-style basin and over-bath mains shower, and unusually, a further separate WC with a large rear -facing skylight.
The sitting/dining room is another spacious, double fronted public room, while the L-shaped kitchen overlooks the rear garden and has an excellent array of fitted wall and base units with marble -effect work surfaces, plus a large shelved pantry and plenty of space for freestanding appliances.
The White Cottage, Langlands Road, Hawick, TD9 7HL
Outside, there is a single garage, brick outhouse, and more than enough parking space for several cars - but the main attraction has to be the garden, which is a delightful mix of mature trees, shrubs, feature hedges, lawns and crazy-paved paths and a lovely patio, the latter with a stone water feature. The White Cottage is conveniently close to shops, schools, sporting and leisure facilities and Hawick’s many unique attractions, such as Wilton Lodge Park – but also well placed for commuting via the A7 north to Edinburgh (60 miles) and south to Carlisle (42 miles) and the M6. Rail links are available at Berwick and Carlisle.
In Region of £265,000 Details on page 23
An impressive detached villa in Hawick that belies its origins and its central location. The White Cottage is a quintessential family home,...