Putting your new home on a good steading

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The Scottish Borders is rich in old steadings and derelict farm buildings which have been converted to new homes.

This is a wonderful way to use redundant agricultural buildings and breathe new life into local communities, helping them grow without building new homes, often in remote areas where these would not pass planning regulations.

But not all are successfully conversions. Some are stunning others less so.

Often the nature of a steading building leads to impractical layouts including long ribbons of corridors and bad connections to upper rooms. And some developers, keen on their return, pack too many dwellings into one space.

However, when sympathetically executed these once abandoned farm buildings can make stunning, flexible homes. The recently completed Steading at Swinside Hall near Jedburgh, is one such success.

Based on the traditional ‘U’ shape, the use of large windows and natural materials bring in not only light and stunning views, but lends the property an easy sense of flow.

Traditional features from the original building have been preserved and sympathetically combined with modern design. The use of stone, slate, oak and glass give a traditional feel with contemporary edge.

The Steading has four bedrooms, a study, two bathrooms and an impressive live-in kitchen.

Underfloor heating, triple glazing, a large wood burner and a hand-built country kitchen all add to the quality of this new conversion.

Contact Edwin Thompson’s Galashiels office on 01896 751300 to view. Guide price of £349,995.

When it comes to design and generous use of space, the conversion of Blackerstone Farm Steading near Duns is impressive. Number 3 is new to the market and boasts a most dramatic and spacious double height reception room with gallery, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a 17ft library or study area in the gallery and a modern kitchen.

Located 10 minutes from the A1, this property gives all the benefits of rural living with quick access to Edinburgh and the north coast.

At a guide price of £320,000 it is also on the market with agents Edwin Thompson – call Berwick 01289 304432.

For those who would rather carry out a conversion to their own specification there is a rare opportunity at Low Cocklaw near Berwick Upon Tweed.

At a guide price of only £90,000, Whitedamhead Steading is in a good state of repair and has full planning permission to convert into two dwellings – one with three bedrooms, the other two.

An ideal investment opportunity to re-sell one of the properties or make a return with a successful holiday let in this popular tourist area.