PATON LIFE SUMMER EDITION 2021
A WarmWelcome... We hope you enjoy the ﬁrst edition of ‘Paton Life’ Magazine.
e have created this property lifestyle magazine because at Paton & Co we believe that your property is more than just bricks and mortar. It is your home and your sanctuary. A space to ﬁll with memories. So, whilst we want to showcase the stunning selection of properties we are selling, we also want to share local knowledge about the area, introduce you to local businesses, and provide you with insights into buyers who we have actively looking to purchase now. We hope to enable buyers and sellers to see not only our properties but also the lifestyle that they can provide and the community that is on the doorstep. This ﬁrst edition explains more about why we decided to launch an Estate Agency during a Covid pandemic in March 2021, and how we combine the best of the traditional old school high street estate agent with the new online estate agent. We really enjoyed ﬁnding out what the owners of North College House are going to miss most about their home once it has sold and what attracted them to purchase 20 years ago. In this issue we also feature Scottish knitwear designer Rosie Sugden and chat to Rosie about her business and the inspiration behind her designs, and also discover some of her favourite places in the Scottish Borders where she lives and works. Finally, we talk about how we are extremely proud to be sponsoring Faldonside Farmers Market. We really hope you enjoy reading this magazine. Should you wish to discuss any of the properties or even the condition of the market, then please do get in touch. In fact, it is worth mentioning that the rural property market is extremely buoyant postCovid, and property stock is in low supply – if you are even considering a sale this year or next then it is worth getting in touch to have a further conversation.
Patrick & Celia Paton, Directors
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North College House, Elgin
Oﬀers Over £1,000,000
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ituated in a quiet yet central position in the city of Elgin in Moray, North College House is one of the most architecturally and historically interesting properties in a city that’s known for its noteworthy architecture – not least Elgin Cathedral, which is a neighbour to this distinctive property. It’s believed that the original house was built within the grounds of the Cathedral in the 13th century, and that a small part of that building remains embodied within today’s house. North College now has nine bedrooms and eight reception rooms, including a selfcontained Wing that oﬀers rental potential.
We asked Nigel and Liz to tell us more about this project, and to share some of their insights into life in Moray.
When owners Liz and Nigel Robinson bought this property at the beginning of 1993, they were embarking on a substantial renovation project that lasted all of that year. The couple hadn’t intended to take a project of this scale as they were in the early stages of planning a new build when they spotted North College, having just purchased a plot of land at Craigellachie. Nigel acknowledges that they were jumping in at the deep end with this renovation, but this wonderful old house was crying out for attention.
But also, it was the perfect size and layout for a family home with the extra advantages of being very ﬂexible with a separate/integral Wing and Oﬃce, and multiple options of how you want to conﬁgure and use it.
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What led you to North College House? Nigel: We were lucky enough to chance upon North College in the window of the Solicitors Property Centre in Elgin, and in many respects it was like ﬁnding a wonderful hidden gem, so I guess you could say it was love at ﬁrst sight. And from that point on it was a magniﬁcent and slightly scary adventure renovating a house of this age and being respectful of the weight of history that goes with it.
Liz: This beautiful property appealed to us immediately because of its unique historical importance. There are parts of North College that have been someone’s home for 900 years and all the inﬂuences
Liz: Morayshire was known and loved by our family, and its surprisingly gentle climate and easy access to so many outdoor opportunities and gorgeous unspoilt countryside, in addition to good schools, made it a very appealing place to bring up our children. over the centuries have crafted and created a house full of unusual architectural features, from vaulted rooms on the ground ﬂoor that oﬀer the perfect space to curl up by the ﬁre in the winter, to big bright rooms on the second ﬂoor where both morning and evening sunlight pours in through large bay windows. On a practical level, the house oﬀered the ﬂexibility we needed to be both an ideal family home and an ideal central location for our practice/business. Its location in the oldest part of the city between Cooper Park, the Bishop’s House, and Elgin Cathedral, gives us the best of both country and urban living. We are never surprised to see roe deer and red squirrels along with all manner of bird life in the front garden, while the large back garden is entirely enclosed by a high stone wall and secure fencing and is a great space for children and pets to play in safety. What led you to this area in particular? Nigel: I have known the area since childhood and it’s as amazing today as it was then with great countryside, super amenities, and two airports within easy reach.
What work did the house require when you bought it? Nigel: North College was in a seriously sad state and had been badly neglected for some time, but fortunately the house was structurally sound so it was a case of very carefully removing things and restoring until we had brought the house back to her former glory. North College is a very elegant building whose proportions and historic features never cease to give a sense of joy, particularly the combination of white harling and Moray sandstone walls capped with crow steps, and the elegant tall windows. The renovations seemed endless and included amongst many adventures a new kitchen, extensive rewiring, installing a heating system, new ﬁreplaces, curtains, carpets, and the list goes on and on. We were very lucky to have endless expert advice and much common sense. We originally worked with architect Jim Manson of Ashley Bartlam Architects and then, when Jim retired, with Neil Grant of Grant & Geoghegan, who between them ensured that all the restorations and renovations were done in a historically correct and sympathetic fashion. PATON LIFE | 7
Is there one space that has made this house special for you? Liz: This is a hard question as there are several places that are very special in this house. The dining room always looks amazing when the table is set for a party, and I love the bright drawing room with its long bay windows giving views over the Cathedral, the park and the gardens; and the vaulted breakfast room which is a warm and cosy place to have dinner with a small group of friends. Nigel: I will miss the dining room. It’s a very special room that is great for everything from relaxed meals with friends and family to formal white tie dinners. What has made North College House work well for you as a family? Nigel: The layout of North College gives you massive ﬂexibility over how much space you use and what you want to use it for, and the endless conﬁgurations are up to you. At heart it’s a wonderful family home that’s also so much more with its large elegant ﬁrst ﬂoor drawing room, and a serious formal dining room that exudes tradition. Yet it has also been modernized and includes all the trappings of a modern home, but still has enough historic features, like the stone staircase and the arrow slits and garderobe, to remind you of the historic importance of North College and the hundreds of years of history that are attached to this building. Liz: The ﬂexibility of the diﬀerent parts of the house have made it very easy to live and work from here while still deriving an income from The Wing. Initially used as a holiday let, The Wing also worked as an annex to the main house for those times when we had extra friends and family to stay, thanks to an interconnecting door. Now rented out as a very comfortable long let, it still provides an income, without in any way imposing on the privacy of North College itself. The immensely thick walls allow adults and youngsters to have the freedom to be as noisy as they like without disturbing each other – a small thing that can make a big diﬀerence to the smooth running of family life. The ability to work from home knowing that we were only a door away from the children if there was a problem has been a huge bonus, and our proximity to town gave them the freedom to be independent and use the local amenities. Do you have a favourite local walk? Nigel: It’s really hard to choose, but walking the dogs or having a picnic on Birnie moor is super special, with views that go on forever of the sky, sea and hills. Liz: We usually aim for the hills and wide open spaces, and we’ll take supper with us after work on the sunny light evenings that Scotland can oﬀer, or to one of the many local beaches when the weather is colder – both being accessible within 10 minutes by car. What are your favourite local businesses? Liz: Our nearest corner shop is Johnstons of Elgin which in addition to a great coﬀee shop has wonderful cashmere and household gifts, as well as great upholstery fabrics and wallpaper. Our other favourite local businesses are Gordon & McPhail and the Allarburn Farm Shop , The Bay Tree Florist in Batchen Street in Elgin, and The Bootleggers Bothy in Hopeman. Nigel: Gordon & McPhail keep the soul and spirits exceptionally wellwatered and fed! Best kept secret of the area you live in? Nigel: Can we say North College House! Liz: Additionally, the Macallan Distillery Coﬀee Shop has wonderful coﬀee and cake following a long walk in the hills with the dogs. North College House is currently on the market for oﬀers over £1,000,000
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Fochabers, Moray Price on Application
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White Lodge is a beautifully presented, BListed, 4 bedroom family home set in the popular and picturesque village of Fochabers. The property, thought to have been built around 1830, oﬀers generous family accommodation over two principal ﬂoors and a range of period features. White Lodge oﬀers 4 generous double bedrooms, 2 formal public rooms, an open plan family kitchen/dining/sitting room, 2 family bathrooms and a large conservatory. The house sits in generous garden grounds of about half an acre, oﬀers a single garage and extensive oﬀ street parking to the front of the house and a large outbuilding /further garage to the rear with separate vehicular access from East Street via private lane. Accommodation Comprises: Ground Floor Vestibule, Reception Hallway, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Open Plan Kitchen / Dining / Sitting Room, Conservatory, Bedroom 4, Family Bathroom, Utility Room. First Floor Master Bedroom, 2 Further Double Bedrooms, Family Bathroom. Garden Grounds Garden Grounds of Circa 0.54 ac / 0.22 ha, Driveway, Ample OﬀStreet Parking, Rear Vehicular Access to Timber Garage/Shed. Distances Aberdeen Airport 51 miles, Inverness 47 miles, Aviemore 49 miles, Elgin 9 miles. (all distances are approximate).
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At Home with Paton & Co Q&A with Celia and Patrick Tell us a little bit about what led you both to launch Paton & Co? Celia: We have wanted to do something together ever since we ﬁrst met, because we believe we can do what we do as individuals better as a team. Working for competing agencies, or in marketing roles where I always wanted to be helping Paddy but couldn’t, led to a lot of fun conversations over supper where we would brainstorm, and we always ended up with: we should be doing this for ourselves. Now we are embarking on that dream we get to combine my marketing skill set with Paddy’s sales experience, and build an amazing agency we believe in 100%, and that works alongside our family life. Patrick: Yes, our skill sets were an obvious match. It’s easy to say we can do things better, everyone says that. However, in the main, the market only really has an option of either traditional or online. There’s nothing really in between, and that’s what we believe we bring to the table. Paton & Co oﬀers a hybrid agency combining the good points of traditional (high levels of communication, the personal touch, you know who you are dealing with) with the good points of modern agency (professional marketing, immersive and interactive property deals, advertising through many diﬀerent channels). I’ve always been a hard worker. I enjoy hard work but for the last three or four years I’ve wondered why I’m working so hard for someone else. I wasn’t seeing my family as I’d normally be in the oﬃce for 7am and not getting home until 8 or 9 at night. Those hours don’t bother me, but now I get to see my kids grow up and work hard for my clients. It’s a better balance. Where did your love of property come from? Celia: I’ve always loved browsing through magazines and newspapers showcasing beautiful properties. I still love doing this, so I suspect that my love of property marketing actually started when I was young and constantly asking my parents, “Can we please live here?” I couldn’t wait to own my own home. The aspirational side of buying and selling property and how it conﬂicts with the functionality of a home has always fascinated me. My ﬁrst job was marketing some of the most luxurious properties in some of the most desirable destinations in the world: the Bahamas, South Africa, Tuscany, the Swiss Alps, St Tropez, Ibiza to name a few. The lifestyle these properties oﬀered used to blow my mind. Literally ski inski out homes, or homes with private jetties! I used to market these incredible homes and the lifestyle attached, then bump back down to earth in my ﬂat share in London. My home was a million miles away from the sorts of properties I worked with in my day job, yet I’ve always enjoyed making every space that has ever been mine a home, as my space has always been my sanctuary. I think that it’s a privilege to work in an industry where people allow you into their sanctuary, and trust you to showcase and sell it for them. The whole process of buying and selling is such an emotional rollercoaster, which brings out the people person in me. I’ve also studied Sociology and Counselling, and I think skills learnt through
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each will help me when focusing on marketing Paton & Co and delivering a good service for our clients as, while it sounds clichéd, I really do care about each individual’s property journey. Patrick: My initial love of property deﬁnitely came from the house I grew up in. Although on paper it wasn’t a great property (heavy on public rooms, light on bedrooms), it was a very happy home in the heart of Edinburgh, surrounded by stunning properties and architecture. While I always appreciated property from this young age, I fell into it as a career. I returned home from Australia and I was lucky enough to get a job with The Flat Company, a property management company in Edinburgh that was founded by Bill Walters and Dee Zank, who, along with their team, are passionate to this day about property. This is where my property career began and I haven’t looked back. I went on to work at Knight Frank, and then Smiths Gore/Savills, before becoming a partner at Rettie. Property sales, and speciﬁcally negotiations, are something I particularly enjoy, and I feel very lucky to have a career in the industry and a supportive family behind me. Of all the properties you get to see, is there any speciﬁc style or period that you’re always drawn to? Celia: I love traditional Victorian and Georgian properties; I love their proportions, their elegance and features. Having travelled a fair bit, I feel that the property and architecture on our doorstep here is second to none. I clearly remember getting oﬀ an aeroplane after a long stint away and seeing our architecture with fresh eyes. I had always appreciated the history and styles in the UK, but I can honestly say that I found a new level of appreciation. We live in a very special place, which is why it doesn’t surprise me that we have such a large tourism industry, despite our lack of sunshine! Patrick: I agree with Celia that Georgian and Victorian architecture is stunning and timeless. That said, if done correctly, there are some stunning new build examples out there. I think there’s a lot to be said for being able to create your own space for your own needs and requirements. One day I hope we will build our own house. We can create the ﬂow and the space, and select the viewpoint of the property, as well as deciding on how many bedrooms and bathrooms it has and how we want it to be heated and insulated. I greatly admire some of the new build homes that my clients have created. What led you to move to the Borders? Patrick: I moved back to the Borders about nine or ten years ago because my dad wasn’t well at the time, and I wanted to be closer to my family. He’s now ﬁghting ﬁt and he and mum are great babysitters to have on call. Although I didn’t expect to move to the Borders quite so young, I wouldn’t change it for the world. We have some great friends and an amazing social scene, some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK to explore, and we get to live in a beautiful house and all within a short drive or train journey from Edinburgh. Celia: For me it was Paddy! Although I grew up in the Highlands, I
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purchased our current home I found it hard and stressful. I did everything that I advise my clients not to do, and what made it worse was that I knew I was doing it. Celia very much took the reins when we purchased our house in Norham. Celia: Yes, this is such a diﬃcult question as I think the answer is both! We’d seen some stunning property come to market so we are lucky in that sense, but while selling property is our day job, being on the buyer’s side isn’t a natural place for us to be. Yes we know the processes, property values and best practices, but all that goes out of the window and we were thinking with our hearts and not our heads! Being the purchaser is as terrifying for us as it is for anyone else as, at times, the process is completely in the hands of someone else. Thankfully this acknowledgment of how important and emotive selling and buying property is makes us better at supporting others thought it. With our home, we totally fell in love with it – well, once we got inside! It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but once inside it was perfect for us. We actually bought before we had kids so the family angle wasn’t really on our agenda. It was more about space for family and friends to be able to stay and what the area oﬀered going for lovely dog walks without having to necessarily get in the car being key. Being within walking distance of the local pub was an important consideration at the time – although with two kids now I can’t remember the last time we were there! It wasn’t just the house it was the whole lifestyle package. The house just ticked every box for us and has been a happy place to make memories ever since.
have always loved it in the Scottish Borders and have extended family here. It’s a very special place to live. As Paddy touched on, it’s so well connected to the larger cities yet oﬀers beaches, mountains, and beautiful towns and villages on the doorstep, each bursting with local independent businesses. It’s also a lovely place to have had children as there’s such a strong sense of local community where we live. Our local village, as an example, has a post oﬃce van, a baker, a butcher, a local shop, a couple of pubs, a school, and so many activities what more could you want! With all your experience in property, did it make it harder or easier when it came to ﬁnding your own home? Patrick: I’m a fairly decisive person and ﬁnd it uncomplicated and straightforward advising clients because the path is so clearly laid out for me. That said, when we 14 | PATON LIFE
What does a working day look like at Paton & Co? Celia: My day is going to be a 50/50 split between childcare and work. As I will be predominately focusing on marketing and administration, I can be fairly ﬂexible with when this is done. We have some great nurseries nearby which the kids love, so this ensures that I can achieve some good uninterrupted desk time. I am so looking forward to being Celia Paton the professional again. I love being a mummy, but a healthy work/mummy split is 100% my happy place. Patrick: I will be operational side of the business, primarily valuations, taking property to market, and property negotiations. I personally love getting out and meeting people, whether on a valuation or doing viewings. It’s what keeps my role interesting. As we’ve all been staying closer to home in recent months, what have been your favourite places to explore in the Borders? Celia: We’ve spent a lot of time on the beach – our kids, Jock and Freddie, and our dog,
Fidge, just love it, as do we. Also we have some beautiful river walks along the Tweed which we can start from our door. Northern Edge coﬀee in Berwick has been a saviour for a caﬀeine kick and we have thoroughly enjoyed deliveries from Fig Food an independent catering company who pivoted to oﬀer lockdown Friday night takeaways. Patrick: The only place I would add is Abbey St Bathans. Although I’d been there many times on business I’d never explored it properly. It’s a stunning spot to walk and as a bonus it has a great bakery that makes cruﬃn – half croissant, half muﬃn. What could be better, right! Where are you most looking forward to visiting this summer when we can travel more freely again? Celia: I can’t wait to catch up with friends both near and far. I’m particularly looking forward to going to Edinburgh to see my sister’s new ﬂat and enjoying the plethora of restaurants and shops on her doorstep there. And I can’t want to get my hands on some Joelato gelato from the new St James Quarter when that opens. I’m also looking forward to escaping over to the west coast, to Seil Island, a spot we really love. It feels like we’re on a proper holiday every time we go there. Patrick: I’m not going to lie – I’m very much looking forward to getting back to my preferred local, The Cross Inn in Paxton, and also to taking Celia for a lovely meal in The Hoebridge in Gattonside, which is one of my alltime favourites. And I can’t wait to head north to the Highlands and cast a ﬂy on the River Spey. I ﬁnd nothing more relaxing than ﬁshing… although this might have to wait as I sense we’re going to be very busy! If you were to describe each other in just three words, what would you say? Patrick: Thoughtful you won’t meet a kinder, more generous person if you tried. Positive – sales is tough and it’s easy for your head to go down. Ceals keeps my head up and focused on my clients and family. Engaging – Celia has a way of putting things that gets the most out of people. It’s a skill in itself. Celia: Honest – you always know where you stand with Patrick. Hardworking – he never stops, partly because he just loves what he does. Decisive Paddy has an amazing ability to make decisions. It’s one of the many reasons we complement each other!
Accommodation Comprises: Ground Floor Reception Hallway, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Parlour, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Pantry, Workshop/Home Oﬃce, Utility Room, Downstairs Shower Room, Boiler Room. First Floor Master Bedroom, 4 Further Double Bedrooms, 3 Family Bathrooms. Outside Ample OﬀStreet Parking, Car Port, Formal & Informal Garden Grounds of about 2.64 Acres, Grazing Paddock of about 5.8 Acres, 4 x Stables, Tack Room, Feed Store. In Total 8.44 Acres / 3.42 Hectares. Old Bewlie is a beautiful 18th century country house set in particularly stunning garden grounds and oﬀers a 5 acre grazing paddock. The property has been completely rebuilt in recent years by the current owner and now oﬀers very comfortable, wellappointed family accommodation located in some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Old Bewlie extends to about 3715 Sq F/345 Sq M and comprises of a very handsome family sitting room positioned oﬀ the family kitchen breakfast room, a dining room and the parlour. The ﬁrst ﬂoor has 5 comfortable double bedrooms, 3 family bath/shower rooms and oﬀers access to attic space. Much of the accommodation on the ground ﬂoor opens out to the stunning 2.6 acres of garden grounds. The main entrance to Old Bewlie is approach up the private driveway which also oﬀers access to the car port and stable block. In addition to the generous garden grounds there is a separate 5.8 acre grazing paddock.
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Old Bewlie, Melrose Oﬀers Over £830,000
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Paton & Co are proud to sponsor Faldonside Farmers Market
e are delighted to have been able to sponsor the ﬁrst Faldonside Farmers Market. With so many fantastic local stall holders, we knew as soon as we heard about the event that we wanted to support it and get involved. Getting to know local businesses and sharing insights with our buyers and sellers is at the heart of what we do. It felt like a perfect ﬁt. Posy and Pete MaitlandCarew, who established the Faldonside Farmers Market, are incredibly creative and talented, and we have so enjoyed being part of the journey that has seen them bring their dream of hosting an artisan farmers market in the Scottish Borders to life. Visit www.patonandco.com/faldonside for details of the stall holders featured at the market, and don’t forget to follow @faldonsidefarmersmarket on Instagram and Facebook to be informed about dates for future events. We’d also like to say a big thank you to Stretch Tents Scotland who generously provided us with one of their fantastic tents, ensuring that Paton & Co can oﬀer visitors a comfortable place to chat regardless of the weather. www.stretchtentsscotland.com / @hellostretchtentsscotland
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Flowers by Ginger House Garden www.gingerhousegarden.co.uk / @gingerhousegarden
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The Old School House, Near Loch Lomond Oﬀers Over £460,000
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The Old School House is a charming and characterful home positioned close to Balloch and Helensburgh. The Old School House has been signiﬁcantly extended since 1996 by the previous owner with the original building dating back to 1880. Built predominantly in stone with a slate roof The Old School House oﬀers ﬂexible accommodation which retains much of its original charm, yet its interiors are remarkably contemporary in their decoration. The property oﬀers 3 very comfortable public rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, ample garden grounds with decking and parking, with a stonebuilt bothy currently used for storage. Subject to the relevant consents from the National Park Authority, it may oﬀer potential to create holiday letting accommodation or a home oﬃce.
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In Conversation with Rosie Sugden S
cottish knitwear designer Rosie Sugden launched her eponymous label in 2011 after graduating in Knitwear Design from Northumbria University, and her cashmere accessories line has grown since to include turbans – the design that started it all – alongside beanies, socks, scarves and snoods, as well as a new baby collection that was launched last year. Rosie’s fashionforward designs have garnered a loyal following: last autumn/winter, in the midst of Covid uncertainty, Rosie was busy manufacturing orders for the likes of Bloomingdale’s, Anthropologie, and Fortnum & Mason, along with independent boutiques up and down the UK, while her website sales were booming. As she says: “I found that products kept selling faster than I could make them, which was a great problem to have.”
nostalgic for me. So really I think it was his passion for textiles that seeped into my life. It happened very organically from there. I enjoyed being creative when I was young and after school I went on to Chelsea College of Art in London for my foundation course, and then to Northumbria University to study Fashion Design where I specialised in Knitwear. I started my business about a year and a half after leaving university and it happened very organically.
Rosie’s collections aren’t simply about musthave accessories, however. Rosie set out to design and manufacture longlasting products as an antidote to the throwaway clothing mentality, while also showcasing the craftsmanship of the Scottish textile industry – all the cashmere used across the collections is made in Scotland. We caught up with Rosie to chat about her business and the inspiration behind her designs, and also to discover some of her favourite places in the Scottish Borders, where Rosie lives with her husband Fred, and their two pugs, Daphne and Edith.
After I graduated I had this burning idea for a knitted turban and I couldn’t ﬁnd one anywhere. I remember sketching it and showing it to my father and saying how great I thought it would be in cashmere because it wouldn’t itch my forehead! He loved it. Looking back, it’s hard to pinpoint a particular moment where and when this was decided, but my father took me to see a small mill that he knew could do smaller production runs for me, as the bigger mills wouldn’t have been able to oﬀer me that kind of ﬂexibility. Before I knew it, I had designed a small collection, placed a very tentative order with the mill, and had a logo and website designed.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to choose a career in textiles? I grew up around textiles. My late father, James Sugden, ran a vertical mill in Scotland for many years, and both my maternal and paternal grandfathers worked in textiles in Yorkshire too. My father used to pick me up after school and take me round checking each department. He was very handson and knew about every department and process that the cashmere, wool or merino went through. I loved the smell of the dye house; that scent is very
I launched the business in October 2011, and I remember my very ﬁrst sale – it was such an amazing feeling to know someone had found my website and liked my design. That’s where it all began, and the following year I launched a proper collection and haven’t looked back! I truly owe it all to my father because he supported me every step of the way and taught me how to order yarn, calculate costings, deal with production… pretty much everything. What impact has living and working in the Scottish Borders had on your business? I could be manufacturing oﬀshore and it would deﬁnitely be cheaper, but by manufacturing in Scotland I know that all my
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products are made in sustainable environments and supporting UK jobs, which is something I value highly. The expertise of the textiles workforce in the Scottish Borders has been handed down from generation to generation and I am proud to work with such highly skilled people. It didn’t even occur to me to consider manufacturing my collection anywhere else. I work with two mills – one in Hawick where my socks, baby range, and pompoms are knitted, and another near Peebles where all my other styles are knitted. Everything we knit is 100% cashmere, and I buy my yarn from two reputable spinners – one in Scotland and another in Yorkshire. On a practical note manufacturing in Scotland is great because I know the team at the mill really well, and I can always get hold of someone on the phone, or even just drive there because it’s only thirty minutes away from home. I can’t imagine not being able to pop in and see how things are coming along production wise. How does living in Scotland inﬂuence your designs? I think I am most inspired by colour and colour combinations as that plays such a key part in my product. I ﬁnd nature, and particularly the west coast of Scotland, very beautiful and inspiring. I love Colonsay and Sanna Bay, and we also went to the Isles of Lewis and Harris a few years ago and I still think about places we visited there and the scenery – it’s so unspoilt. I also love modern art – Denis Bowen and Cy Twombly are my favourites. I also saw the Hilma af Klint exhibition in New York in 2019 and that was incredibly inspiring. What does a working day look like for you? I love to start the day with a walk with Daphne and Edith. This really prepares me for the day ahead and it just always feels so good to get out in the fresh air. I also work from a home studio and, as I don’t have a commute, I feel the walk is a good substitute. I check emails and Instagram ﬁrst thing, which is a terrible habit but it does give me an idea of how the day is going to go. I’m at my desk by 8.30/9am and most days are spent in the oﬃce ﬁelding emails about wholesale or retail orders, perhaps doing a bit of design work, or maybe shipping wholesale orders, but my best days are when I go to the mill. I love to check in on production and see how things are going; it’s always exciting to see new samples or colours that are coming oﬀ the machines. As we’ve all been staying closer to home in recent months, what have been your favourite places to explore? I live in St Boswells and we have so many fabulous walks around here. My walks with Daphne and Edith encompass parts of St Cuthbert’s Way, and I absolutely love walking around Dryburgh, Mertoun and Maxton. Walking has deﬁnitely been my salvation during Covid and lockdown. After a long walk, and if I’m feeling indulgent, there’s nothing better than a delicious takeaway pizza from Hunters Stables (https://www.huntersstables.co.uk) in the village. Where are you most looking forward to visiting this summer when we can travel more freely again? Deﬁnitely the west coast. My husband and I have a family holiday booked for Mull so we can’t wait for that. We’ve also booked two weekends later on in the autumn at a couple of gorgeous AirBnBs so I’m looking forward to that. I absolutely adore exploring the west coast of Scotland and love to get my annual ﬁx. We went to Sanna, on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, last year, and it was heaven on earth. I’m also really excited to see friends and family in London, and have them up to stay here too. What are your favourite local businesses? I’m a book worm so it’s huge source of joy having such a fabulous book shop 200 metres from my house. The Mainstreet Trading Company (https://www.mainstreetbooks.co.uk) is wonderful, their book team are brilliant, and I adore their café too for delicious sandwiches, soups and cake. I also love to buy Leftﬁeld Kombucha and perello olives from their deli.
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Photo Credits: Paula Russell www.paularussellcreative.com | Ciara Menzies www.ciaramenzies.com
If you were to describe your dream home, what would it look like? Fred and I bought a very ugly 1960s house and we are in the process of renovating it. When it’s ﬁnished I really do think it’ll be our dream house. We love living in the village and the sense of community, so the location couldn’t be better and has always been the most important thing to us. We’ve worked with a superb architect, Stuart Davidson (https://stuartdavidsonarchitecture.co.uk), and we are so excited to give our home a modern makeover. Plus my mother, who is a garden designer, is plotting out our garden for us, so I’m hugely excited for that and to have her expert advice.
See Rosie’s collection here (https://www.rosiesugden.com) Follow Rosie on Instagram at @rosiesugdencashmere (https://www.instagram.com/rosiesugdencashmere/)
I also dream of having a holiday home or little cabin somewhere on the west coast. It wouldn’t need to be big, but proximity to a beach, somewhere like Sanna Bay, would be the absolute dream. PATON LIFE | 27
Accommodation Comprises Ground Floor Reception Vestibule, Sitting Room, Open Plan Family Kitchen, Dining Room/Sitting Room, Bathroom, Bedroom 3, Utility Room, Small Oﬃce, Pantry, Ample Storage. First Floor Very Large Master Bedroom, Bedroom 2, Family Shower Room, Bedroom 4/Home Oﬃce, Ample Storage. Outside Ample OﬀStreet Parking, Car Port, Garden Grounds Front and Rear, Stabling, Grazing Paddock, Amenity Woodland. In Total 4.92 Acres/1.99 Hectares. Scawmill Farmhouse is a charming and characterful family home positioned on the edge of the historic town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders. The farmhouse, an original mill, has been extended over the years to oﬀer practical family accommodation with beautiful rural aspects. Scawmill Farmhouse oﬀers 3/4 comfortable double bedrooms, 2 attractive public rooms and 2 family bathrooms. The property sits in just under 5 acres and beneﬁts from a grazing paddock, stables, tack room, a picturesque stream (Dean Burn) running through the front garden and amenity woodland. Although the property has a very rural aspect and feel it is still within an easy 1015 minute walk of Hawick Town Centre.
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Scawmill Farmhouse, Hawick Oﬀers Over £360,000
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Coming soon - Applecross Shell Cottage / The Birdhouse
Contact us for more details – 01896 809 200
We are looking for properties... A section of buyer proﬁles looking for homes • Retired Couple, moving closer to family. Wish to be within short drive of Kelso. Cash buyers with budget of up to £700,000. Looking for min 3 bedroom house, ideally with large garden or with a paddock.
• Relocating family with signiﬁcant budget, looking for a country house with between 50100 acres of parkland. Within 45 min drive of BerwickUponTweed. • Young family looking for a home in Melrose area, 4+ bedrooms. Would consider modern or traditional. Budget £500,000.
• Downsizing couple looking for a 4+ bedroom detached house within a 10 mile radius of St Boswells. Budget of £1,000,000. • Retiring/downsizing individual, looking for house with nice garden grounds. Budget of £500,000. Minimum of 3 bedrooms within central Scottish Borders.
We work with buyers and sellers in rural areas across Scotland, and once our current non compete restrictions have been lifted on 14th September 2021 we will also be operating in Berwickshire and North Northumberland.
• Creative individual looking for a project. Budget of £425,000. Detached house, minimum 3 bedrooms ﬂexible on location.
Should you be looking to buy or sell please do call us on 01896 809 200 or register online www.patonandco.com
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