Superb, unique countryside home

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This modern “12th Century” timber frame house with adjoining converted byre and former farmhouse (for refurbishment) has many excellent features.

Whiteknowes has a tremendous rural location on the edge of Westruther, a pretty Borders village with a good range of amenities and good road links with Edinburgh.

Whiteknowes House blends art with “Belt & Braces” engineering. The main house is designed as multi-generational accommodation and construction was completed in 2010. The windows layout and stone exterior gives the property a distinctly period look with panoramic views in all directions, while, internally, the main structure is a spectacular green oak frame. Rooms are laid out for comfort and modern living with a plethora of character features throughout.

These include sold oak doors with pewter latches, sold elm staircase, Gothic chimney pot fireplace in the sitting room, period clay brick wall in the kitchen, clay tiles on the ground floor throughout, distressed American oak on first and second floors, internal stone window sills throughout, hollow tree feature in the hallway, stone and cast iron recycled flower tubs built in to the sun room, surround sound, clay pot uplighters and a terrace off the first floor sitting room.

Due to the high insulation standards in the building, and the installed ground source underfloor heating, backed up by discretely-placed solar panels on the sun room roof, Whiteknowes qualifies for the government’s green deal, attracting a payment of approximately £5,000 per annum.

Whiteknowes House has five reception rooms, terrace, five bedrooms, four bath/shower rooms. stable block with stable, kennel, workshop, double garage and boot room.

The grounds are extensive with a variety of different wildlife habitats. A circular walkway from the house will take you through a wild flower meadow, past a half acre wildlife pond and on to a strategically-placed summer house to gain best advantage for watching wildlife.

Then on, along a woodland path, passing an ancient stone-built wishing well and past a brick-built barbecue (suitably lit for night-time use) adjacent to a two-metre high statue of the Greek Goddess Diana.

The wealth of wildlife using the grounds is continually on show which includes a pair of barn owls, which successfully breed each year in the purpose-built loft above the garage.

The main outbuilding has potential for a variety of uses.

There is an attached two-bedroom converted byre, a former farmhouse (current refurbishment project) and three stock-proofed fenced paddocks.

Offers over £1,250,000 – contact CKD Galbraith, 30 The Square, Kelso, TD5 7HL, call on 01573 224 244, email: or visit