Award-winning Galashiels guest house set to be changed into a family home

A well-established Galashiels guest house famed for its magnificent and award-winning gardens is poised for conversion into a family home.

By Paul Kelly
Friday, 9th July 2021, 12:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th July 2021, 10:50 am
Binnieymire House.
Binnieymire House.

Scottish Borders Council has received a planning application to change the use of Binniemyre Guest House in Abbotsford Road, from Class 7 use (hotels and hostels) to Class 9 use (houses).

The applicant, Edinburgh-based Benjamin Brust, says in a statement with the application: “We are in the process of purchasing the home, and the sellers, who own the property and have operated it as a bed and breakfast in the past, are aware of the application.

“On the basis that we are not proposing any current changes to the property or its grounds, we do not believe it is necessary to make additional provision for trees, SUDS and/or waste disposal.

"We also hope that the conversion of use can be coordinated amongst ourselves, yourselves and the sellers to accommodate transaction timelines.”

Binniemyre Guest House is a large Victorian mansion set in its own large grounds surrounded by magnificent 100 foot Canadian Fir trees and prize-winning gardens.

It was built in 1862 for a local mill owner and was originally called Eildon View, as at that time no other houses had been built in the area and the house had uninterrupted views to the magnificent Eildon Hills.

The house’s gardens won the Gala in Bloom competition in both 2013 and 2014.

The house was built for the Morrison family, who were one of many wealthy mill owners in the area.