Savills | Cairnbank House, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3HR | Properties for sale
5,645 sq ft(524.44 sq m)
Offers over £800,000

Cairnbank HouseDuns, Berwickshire, TD11 3HR

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in June 2020
  • Four income producing units in all including two apartments within the mansion house and converted stables and coach house.
  • Located on the edge of Duns to the east of the Scottish borderlands.
  • Good proximity to road and rail network for access to Edinburgh and the south.
  • Grounds with paddocks and stables. About 8 acres.

Classical Georgian mansion house with income producing accommodation and beautiful grounds extending to c.8 acres.

About this property

  • Cairnbank House is a charming and especially fine example of symmetrical Georgian architecture. The property provides flexible, easily managed family accommodation, and has been sensitively modernised to retain many period features.

    A wide stone staircase leads up to the front door, and into the large, double wing entrance hall. A curved staircase lies ahead, whilst the hall splits both left and right. To the left of the main hall is a cosy sitting room with log burner, and a leafy outlook over the rear garden and small paddock.

    At the west end of the hall. The elegant drawing room boasts an ornate plaster ceiling cornice and stunning views to the Cheviot Hills through a large bay window. A large log burning stove is set into the marble fire surround. There are two west facing windows, and a walk-in drinks cupboard.

    To the right of the main hall is a kitchen with integrated appliances and a breakfast area overlooking the rear garden. At the east end of the hall is a spacious dining room. The dining room reflects the symmetry of the drawing room and features a large bay window with fabulous southerly views and two side windows. A door at the rear of the room provides access to a small lobby leading into a bathroom and adjacent cupboard.

    The staircase from the main hall curves up to the first floor, where a glass partition and door create a divide between the ground floor, first and second floors. The first floor landing leads to a family bathroom, master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, two further bedrooms and a south-facing study.

    The staircase continues up to the second floor to two charming bedrooms with combed ceilings, both with bay dormer windows overlooking the front garden and rolling countryside. A WC off the landing separates the two bedrooms.

    The basement level is accessed from a separate staircase from the main hall, and contains a utility room, access to the rear garden and, if required access points to both the West and East flats (these access points are currently blocked off).

    Stone gate pillars mark the entrance to the leafy driveway that leads past the Old Stables up to the gravel parking area in front of Cairnbank House. The driveway forks at the Old Stables to provide access to the Coach House, the small paddock and to the two apartments beneath the main house. Mature trees, hedges, shrubs and lawns surround the property providing privacy for each of the dwellings.

    East Flat
    The East Flat is a light and spacious two bedroom property with kitchen, sitting room, dining room and bathroom. The sitting room overlooks the secluded south garden and has access outside through a side door.

    West Flat
    The West Flat has a spacious light and airy sitting room, kitchen with breakfast area overlooking the back garden, bedroom and bathroom.

    The Lower Coach House
    Accessed from the ground floor, The Lower Coach House offers two well-proportioned bedrooms, a spacious sitting room with dual aspect windows, kitchen and bathroom.

    The Upper Coach House
    Situated on the first floor, The Upper Coach House is accessed by external steps to the front door. An internal staircase leads up into a spacious sitting room flooded with light from two dormer windows and two skylights. The property also contains a kitchen, bathroom, and hallway to two double bedrooms.


    Mains water and electricity, mains gas, and private drainage.

    Fixtures and Fittings
    All standard fixtures and fittings are to be included in the sale.

    Local Authority
    Cairnbank House is within Scottish Borders council tax band G
    East Flat is within Scottish Borders council tax band A
    West Flat is within Scottish Borders council tax band A
    1 Coach House is within Scottish Borders council tax band A
    2 Coach House is within Scottish Borders council tax band A

    Cairnbank House along with the stables, Coach House and gatepiers are all B Listed.

    A new owner will be obligated to pay 25% of any uplift in value as a result of any planning permission for the development of the paddock to the north of Cairnbank House and the fields to the south Cairnbank House as identified on the site plan. The clause will remain in place for 25 years from sale and will be enforceable regardless of owner. Further details are available from the agent.

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Local information

  • Cairnbank House is set in the idyllic rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders, on the outskirts of the bustling market town of Duns.
  • The town has a good range of shops and services and an excellent sports centre with swimming pool, tennis courts, and two gyms. Duns also boasts both a new primary school and a new high school. Private schooling is available at St Mary's in Melrose and Belhaven in Dunbar- both a short drive from Duns, while Longridge Towers close to Berwick provides a daily bus service. Edinburgh's many excellent private schools are just over an hour away.
  • Local pubs and restaurants include the Allanton Inn, the Collingwood Arms in Cornhill on Tweed, the Wheatsheaf in Swinton and the Craw Inn near Reston, while Hugos and Pearsons cafes offer lunches and home-baking in Duns.
  • The property is just over an hour's drive from both Edinburgh and Newcastle airports with frequent services to international and national destinations. Berwick-upon-Tweed, a 20-minute drive to the east, has a mainline railway station with a fast and regular service south to London, via Newcastle, and north to Edinburgh.
  • The Border's region is renowned for its unspoilt rural landscape and for its country sports. The River Tweed, one of Scotland's best known salmon rivers, flows through the region's rich agricultural area known as the Merse. Local estates and several notable estates in the Lammermuir Hills to the northeast, offer shooting. The region's glorious countryside, quiet lanes and beautiful east coast beaches are perfect for nature lovers, bird-watchers, horse riders, cyclists and walkers. Golf enthusiasts are spoiled for choice with Duns' own pretty golf course, courses at both the Roxburghe and The Hirsel, and championship courses within a reasonable striking distance at Muirfield, Gullane and North Berwick.
  • Edinburgh- and Newcastle's- vibrant arts and cultural heritage are within easy rail and driving distance, while the Scottish Border's own festivals and horse-riding traditions and events are on the doorstep.

Additional information

  • Directions: Duns 0.8 miles, Berwick Upon Tweed 15.5 miles, Edinburgh 45 miles, Newcastle 76.5 miles DIRECTIONS From Edinburgh, head south on the A1. At Grantshouse, turn right off the A1 onto the A6112 to Duns. Follow this road for approximately 15 miles into Duns. At the T-junction opposite the Co-op, turn left, and continue to the roundabout, with Aitchisons garage on the corner. Turn left and head out of Duns. Just before the 30mph sign, turn right at the sign for Wedderburn Castle. Cairnbank House is the first property on the left with stone pillars flanking the entrance to a tree-lined drive.
  • EPC Rating = D