Discover the ‘Good Life’ with a smallholding

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Demand for rural smallholdings has increased noticeably in recent years for a number of reasons.

The attraction may not be that portrayed in the ‘Good Life’, but getting the work-life balance right is something which appeals to more and more people – particularly if the day job can be reduced to three or four days a week and /or allows a degree of home-based working.

Smallholdings offer the opportunity to attempt a degree of self-sufficiency through growing vegetables and keeping livestock – or simply offer a base to enjoy the countryside and equestrian pursuits.

Thistle Doo, near Ancrum, a modern four bedroomed house with just under five acres of land, is an ideal property for such a venture.

It enjoys exceptional views over the Ale Water and the rolling countryside beyond, and includes a useful modern farm building of more than 390m², as well as a separate timber lodge providing ancillary accommodation, including a living area with fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room. Beyond the lodge there is a former railway cutting with chicken shed and run.

A larger proposition is Marchcleugh, which lies between Kelso and Jedburgh and offers 14 acres and has the possibility of additional land.

It includes a traditional five -bedroom farmhouse set in a commanding position. It includes both modern and traditional farm buildings with planning permission for residential use, either through new build or conversion. Marchcleugh is available as a whole or in separate lots, with flexibility as to the individual buildings and land included.

On a different note, Ednam West Mains is a working small farm with full organic status, currently running a breeding ewe flock ad producing free -range eggs. Situated close to Kelso it extends to 77 acres and is lotted for sale. It includes a stunning architect designed eco house with oak cladding and a swooping sedum roof, as well as more than 880m² of recently constructed farm buildings ,which include office and workshop space.

For details call Hugh Jones at Edwin Thompson LLP on 01896 751300 or visit