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A modern bungalow has the edge when it comes to saving energy and reaping the rewards
Whyalla is a modern detached villa located in the delightful semi-rural village of Ashkirk just off the main A7 midway between Selkirk and Hawick, a setting that is rural yet convenient for commuters who also have a rail link to Edinburgh at Tweedbank terminus, only 20 minutes drive from Ashkirk. Extended by the present owners eight years ago from a three bedroomed home with one bathroom, it now has four double bedrooms, refitted bathroom and new Jack-and-Jill-style shower room – and with a huge loft space suitable for conversion, there’s ample scope for the accommodation to be developed further.
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But what also makes this property stand out above the rest are its exceptional eco features, which include electricity generating photovoltaic panels (PV) that produce an annual income from the Feed-In tariff of £1,800 to £2,000 – index linked and with 22 years still to run – while the recently refitted kitchen incorporates an energy efficient Falcon ‘Saver’ oven with the option to cook economically for one or two people and be upsized when catering for larger numbers. The owners have also installed a sophisticated NEST intelligent thermostat system that smoothes out peaks and troughs in the central heating and can be remotely operated when away from home.
Featured Property Whyalla, 12 Cransfield Drive, Ashkirk, TD7 4NN
Fixed Price £245,000 • Details on: Page 26
Last but not least, the property has a charging point for electric and hybrid vehicles. The payback for this level of investment in new energy saving technologies is a home accredited with high B energy rating and the ability to make fuel bills virtually a thing of the past. Combining style as well as substance, Whyalla’s contemporary interior is attractively presented and the accommodation is configured over one level for easy and convenient living.
The entrance vestibule and L-shaped hallway lead to a sitting room with front-facing bay window and feature fireplace, large open-plan fitted kitchen and adjacent dining area, main bathroom (bath, vanity basin/storage and separate shower), four good-sized double bedrooms – one with en suite shower room, while three have fitted wardrobes.
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“ What also makes this property stand out above the rest are its exceptional eco features, which include electricity generating photovoltaic panels that produce an annual income from the Feed-In tariff ” Wood-effect Karndean flooring extends throughout the hall, kitchen/dining area and bathrooms – the kitchen is a key selling point, fitted with contemporary white units, integrated appliances and black granite worktops, while the dining area is adjacent to double doors opening onto a decked rear patio, also with plenty of space for dining furniture. Although modern, the house has dado panels and wood finishes to provide added detail and interest. Whyalla has lovely garden grounds - mainly low maintenance lawn and mature trees/shrubs but with enough space to develop further and create a kitchen garden. It also has a Tarmac driveway widening at the front of the house to provide parking for several vehicles. Ashkirk village is a small but active community that offers many lifestyle benefits - beautiful surrounding countryside, wide range of outdoor opportunities, and excellent local facilities, including The Woll golf course and restaurant – within walking distance of Whyalla – and The Smithy pub/restaurant, only a five-minute stroll from the house.
Whyalla is an all-round winner, a family home with outstanding energy-saving credentials and picturesque village setting, yet also easily accessible for Selkirk and Hawick on the main A7 trunk road – a combination of benefits rarely available on the market.
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