An historic Hawick mansion built by the heir to the Pringle knitwear empire is expected to fetch up to £650,000 when it is sold this month.
Woodnorton in the town’s Sunnyhill Road, which is being sold by the Glasgow-based firm, Auction House Scotland, was built by Robert Pringle, whose grandfather founded the Pringle knitwear brand in 1815.
Built in 1881, the Flemish-inspired mansion is set over 2.8 acres of gardens and grounds and has nine bedrooms, sprawling grounds and its own ballroom.
Robert Pringle lived in the house until the 1950s before selling it on and after extensive restorations, the present owners have now decided to move on.
The selling agents describe it as “a beautiful and virtually unaltered Scots Renaissance mansion with fine Flemish and Gothic inspired detailing with high quality interior features.”
At the time of its construction, Robert Pringle was reputedly determined that his home should be more lavish than anything recently constructed in Hawick.
The house, originally built as ‘Craigmore’, also boasts a drawing room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, laundry room, boiler room and a study on the ground floor where historic robes and books are on display.
According to Historic Scotland it is the fine villas on the outskirts of Hawick, such as Woodnorton, which by the end of the 19th century had helped the town establish a reputation as one of Scotland’s wealthiest Victorian burghs.
“Commissioned by prominent local figures who wanted to live in tranquillity away from the factory smoke, many of them appear to be trying to outdo each other in grandeur,” said Historic Scotland in a report on Hawick’s history.