Rural idyll offers the best of both worlds

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East Dalcove House is an impressive country property, formerly a Free Church manse, enjoying around an acre of landscaped gardens in a blissfully-rural location.

Situated five miles from the conservation village of St Boswells, it offers easy access to the A68 and onwards to Edinburgh.

As well as three fine reception rooms, an Aga kitchen and an adjoining conservatory, there are four generous first-floor bedrooms, a dressing room, a bathroom and a separate shower room.

An interconnecting two- bedroomed cottage is ideal as a granny flat or to provide holiday letting income.

There is a biomass boiler with a RHI income stream which significantly reduces the expected running costs of the property.

Outside there are wonderful, well-stocked grounds with colourful borders, broad lawns, an established kitchen garden and sturdy chicken run. As well as useful outbuildings and an integral double garage, there is a timber pony stable and a greenhouse. The grounds also include the site of a former kirk.

The current owner has carried out substantial improvements to the property to an exacting standard, using specialist local tradesman, and it retains plenty of period detail, including pitch pine doors and deep skirtings, plaster cornices and several shuttered windows.

At the rear is a large courtyard providing parking for several vehicles. The mature landscaped grounds include an enclosed terrace to the front, ideal for alfresco meals.

To the far end of the garden lies a former stable, including a tack room with water and power, near to which are gates out to the lane.

what and where?

East Dalcove House

how much?

Offers over £785,000

who is selling?

Rettie & Co

anything else?

EPC rating – F