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West End Cottage, Swinton

An extended cottage in the village of Swinton with charm and character in abundance Sometimes the most unassuming looking houses turn out to be something special – and none more so than West End Cottage in the Berwickshire village of Swinton, which has a two-storey extension at the rear overlooking a stunning south-facing garden.

“The garden is very secluded – and ideal for children, pets and keeping chickens,” says Julian. “We also loved the huge inglenook fireplace in the living room – and the clever way in which it has been converted and extended to make a very spacious four bedroomed family home.”

Swinton is a perfect lifestyle location, a pretty place with a village green, local primary school, well-known hotel and restaurant and a wide range of leisure opportunities, from golf and fishing to walking and cycling in the Cheviot and Lammermuir Hills. The village also has easy access to the nearby towns of Duns, Coldstream and Kelso, while the railway station in Berwick upon Tweed is just 12 miles away.

Predominantly on one level, the L-shaped cottage has a similarly shaped entrance hall separating three adjoining double bedrooms on one side, and the bathroom, cloakroom, utility, dining kitchen and living area on the other side, while the fourth bedroom is positioned on the first floor at the back of the house, where it benefits from large windows that overlook the garden and open views south beyond.

Originally one long single-storey cottage dating from 1790, it has been extended twice in the last 25 years to make a deceptively spacious four bedroomed family home. Present owners Julian and Margaret Davies bought the cottage 12 years ago having fallen in love with the dining kitchen, which has wide double doors opening onto a beautiful south-facing patio and garden.

The 21ft living room is a standout feature with windows to both the front and rear and a magnificent stone-built inglenook fireplace housing a logburning stove and tiled hearth. A stunning focal point, it also has a massive timber mantel and concealed lighting, which casts a warming glow even when the stove is not in use. Timber doors on either side of the fireplace open into the adjoining dining room, another dual aspect room that could equally be a family snug/TV room or home office.


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“ We also loved the huge inglenook fireplace in the living room – and the clever way in which it has been converted and extended to make a very spacious four bedroomed family home”

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Details on: Page 21

West End Cottage,

Selling Solicitor:

Swinton, TD11 3JH

Offers Around £285,000

The undisputed hero of this home is the rear-facing dining kitchen, which is light, bright and large enough for seating and dining furniture, while the work area is fitted with modern wall and base units with attractive tiled splashbacks and ceramictiled flooring. Best of all, one wall is almost entirely glazed and incorporates double doors onto the patio and garden beyond, comprising mainly lawn with mature trees and shrubs, plus a shed and fenced area housing the oil tank and space for storing logs. A gate next to the patio area gives access to a private parking area and garage at the side of the cottage. Beautifully presented with neutral decoration and timber finishes throughout, the bedrooms are all spacious and either have built-in storage or space for freestanding furniture; the main family bathroom has painted wood-panelled walls to dado level and white tiling above, and there is a modern white shower room. West End Cottage is a home of immense charm and character in a very accessible village setting.

West End Cottage, Swinton, TD11 3JH  

'West End Cottage' is superb and truly deceptive property which, from first impressions may be rather unassuming but opens up to the rear in...