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Macbiehill FarmhouseWest Linton, Peeblesshire, EH46 7AZ


    Key features

    • Spacious house in converted steading with superb modern extension
    • Eco friendly property with ground source heat pump, wind turbine and solar panels
    • Studio annexe
    • Courtyard garden and greenhouse
    • Barn with kitchen, compost loo, extensive workshop and stores
    • Small holding extending to about 5 acres with poly tunnel
    • Wildlife pond

    Certified organic smallholding with farmhouse and multipurpose barn

    About this property

    • Macbiehill Farmhouse has a wonderful outlook over rolling countryside to the southwest. The land extends beyond the house and is a peaceful and productive smallholding providing superb amenity to the house.

      The house has a spacious layout providing versatile accommodation with a variety of living and ancillary space. The house is converted from the major section of a former traditional steading and is entirely single storey. The access to the house is through the gated pend into the central courtyard or around past the barn.

      The modern extension to the house was created to form a large living and studio space for the well-known Bread Matters bread-making courses that the owner ran here for many years. It is bright and airy and connects seamlessly with the kitchen which has all the practicalities of a commercial kitchen but the proportions and feel of a family kitchen. There is a wood-fired oven which is ideal for bread and slow cooking. The sitting room, which like the dining/ living room has a wood burning stove, has generous windows providing a lovely outlook over the smallholding and down the Newlands Valley.

      There are at present three bedrooms in the house with a fourth bedroom currently utilised as a study. There are two shower rooms (one en suite) and a bathroom as well as a cloakroom off the hall. Further sleeping accommodation is provided in the courtyard annexe which also has a shower room.

      The courtyard provides a sheltered and private garden with the greenhouse and annexe situated along the northern aspect. The Greenhouse has two productive grape vines as well as peach and fig trees.

      Barn
      A relatively recent addition to the property is a large multipurpose barn which has excellent storage and workshop areas. There is a kitchen that provides a useful space for dealing with produce from the land and a facility for events. The wet room is positioned to be easily accessible for the land holding and has a compost loo.

      Land
      The smallholding extends to about 5 acres in all. An agroforestry scheme was established in 2011. The basic design involves a rotation of cereals, grass and vegetables in 15 metre alleys between strips of willow, hazel, alder, poplar, aspen and birch. These are grown for food, shelter and (coppiced) timber for the wood-fired oven and wood-burning stoves in the farmhouse. The land was fully certified by the Soil Association in 2012 and has maintained its organic licence ever since. There is also a polytunnel and wildlife pond.

      Viewings
      Strictly by appointment with Savills - 0131 247 3756.

      Services
      Mains electricity to barn and house (three phase).
      Mains water. Private drainage to septic tank.
      Heating by ground source heat pump topped up by energy efficient Rointe electric heaters.
      PV solar panels with Feed In Tariff expiring 2031.
      Evance R9000 5kw wind turbine – Feed in Tariff expires 2032.

      Local Authority & tax band
      Scottish Borders Council tax band G

      Miscellaneous
      Soil Association number AB21011
      Agricultural holding number 88/642/0065

      Access
      The driveway from the main road, and its maintenance, is shared with the neighbouring properties.

      Fixtures & Fittings
      Standard fixtures and fittings are included in the sale. The electric stone oven and associated stands and equipment in the kitchen are not included in the sale. For the avoidance of doubt the Haussler HABO15 wood fired oven is included in the sale.

      Planning
      The property currently has planning consent for partial use as a bakery school.

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    Local information

    • Surrounded by rolling open countryside, Macbiehill is a pleasantly rural, yet accessible location. The house is amongst a small hamlet of properties a short distance from the villages of Romanobridge and West Linton, and there are easy routes into Peebles, Biggar and Edinburgh. The Edinburgh City Bypass is about 12.5 miles away and provides access to all the services Edinburgh has to offer, including the railway network, international airport and private schooling.
    • About 5 miles to the northwest of Macbiehill is the conservation village of West Linton, providing a good range of local shops and services. These include a post office, nursery, primary school and tennis, golf and bowling clubs. Peebles (14 miles) complements this offering with a greater range of services including secondary schooling, supermarkets and a range of sport facilities. Half a mile away, Whitmuir is an organic farm with farmshop, café and gallery, providing a superb local convenience store.
    • The surrounding area provides a plethora of outdoor recreational activities such as hill walking, golf at local courses including Glencorse and West Linton, and renowned mountain biking trails at Glentress Forest in Innerleithen.

    Additional information

    • Directions: Take the A701 south from Edinburgh. At the Leadburn Junction continue on the A701 signposted to Carlisle. After about 4.5 miles by the Whitmuir farm shop, turn right to Macbiehill and after about half a mile, left onto the lane signposted to Macbiehill Farm. Continue straight on to arrive at Macbiehill farmhouse.
    • EPC Rating = C