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Hawick, Great Britain

Lindores, a spacious 'Arts & Crafts' house in the Scottish Borders

Lindores, a spacious 'Arts & Crafts' house in the Scottish Borders

Misty shot from our Christmas Day walk at the local golf club, looking back over Hawick and the Eildons

Misty shot from our Christmas Day walk at the local golf club, looking back over Hawick and the Eildons

Lindores, a spacious 'Arts & Crafts' house in the Scottish Borders Misty shot from our Christmas Day walk at the local golf club, looking back over Hawick and the Eildons
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Spacious 'Arts and Crafts' family home in the Scottish Borders

Welcome to Lindores.

Lindores is a beautiful ‘Arts and Crafts’ house built in the historic Borders town of Hawick.

NB Please note we are already booked for 12-21 August 2016 and the first week of September.

It is a stunning whitewashed/sandstone detached house constructed around 1910 with a large garden tucked away at the end of a private lane off Fenwick Park in a sought-after part of Hawick with views over the Minto Hills in the distance. It’s within a quarter of an hour’s walking distance of the town centre with its range of shops, restaurants, schools, sports centre, theatre and cinema complex.

What makes it so special to us is that previous owners have retained almost all of the original features, including detailed cornicing and coving, period fireplaces, elaborate brass fittings, ceiling roses and wood panelling and flooring, while introducing the ‘mod cons’ of central heating with combi boiler, double glazing and modern lighting.

It’s a very spacious home with four bedrooms and everywhere has been recently redecorated and refurbished in keeping with Scottish and Scandinavian Arts and Crafts traditions. It’s laid out as follows:

• a large drawing room with TV and satellite, French windows leading to the garden and open fire and a massive cushioned ottoman, plus separate window seating and chandelier
• huge dining room/lounge, with two leather couches, massive dining table to fit eight (or more!) and open fire, plus a Tiffany-style crystal waterfall chandelier
• country-style kitchen with range cooker (gas/electricity), Belfast sink and breakfast table
• a double walk-in pantry and utility room with washing machine and drier, fridge/freezer, breadmaker etc
• walk-in downstairs cloakroom
• downstairs WC with sink
• three double bedrooms with wardrobes, bedside tables etc
• one study with a big desk and smaller reading area with a woodburning stove (a purely ornamental family heirloom that we couldn’t bear to part with)
• Art Deco themed family bathroom with brand new vanity unit-style sink, panelled bath, waterfall/multi-function shower and heated towel rail.

In addition, there’s an attic awaiting conversion, with a fascinating tiny wooden staircase worthy of a CS Lewis story.

The gardens are delightful, with rockeries, ferneries and flowering shrubs and mature ornamental trees providing shelter and including an attractive copper beech. There are plenty of places to sit and relax with a delightful suntrap courtyard garden enjoying the best of the evening sun with further lawn and a bench under the trees for summer.

For bird watchers, I keep the small cherry tree opposite the kitchen well stocked with bird feeders and we regularly see nuthatches, coal tits, blue tits, great tits, robins, chaffinches, greenfinches, goldfinches and the occasional long-tailed tit, plus robins, blackbirds and thrushes in the rest of the garden.

It’s a dog-friendly house as the whole area is fenced off and there’s a sturdy five-barred gate at the entrance to the driveway, with parking for two cars on site and plenty of street parking as well. Your dogs are very welcome in our home.

There’s a big garage, too, for larger items such as roof-top boxes and golf clubs.

Hawick is a historical town nestling in the hills and the gateway to the Scottish Borders with strong links to farming and textiles industry and with a proud rugby tradition. It’s a great location, with lovely drives in every direction. A stunning 20-minute drive gets you to Abbotsford (the home of the famous Sir Walter Scott) and the beautiful Borders abbeys of Melrose, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Kelso. We’re also half an hour to the new Borders railway which runs from Tweedbank to Edinburgh Waverley, whisking you to the heart of the city in just 50 minutes. Edinburgh is also driveable in an hour and a quarter, as are Carlisle and Newcastle. Closer to home is Kelso, with its stylish Flemish-style cobbled town square, trendy shops and real ale pubs.

You can also drive east to Eyemouth on the coast and marvel at the seals, then take the lovely up the coast to the delightful fishing village of St Abbs, a popular haunt for scuba divers and nature lovers.

Hawick itself boasts the Heart of Hawick, an arts centre in a, complete with cinema, theatre, bistro/bar and textile archive. Fashionistas into their cashmere can indulge themselves with a visit to one of the many outlet shops in town, including Hawico, Johnstones of Elgin, Lovatt, Pringle and Shorts of Hawick.

With this is mind, when it comes to walking, you’re spoilt for choice, with lovely walks in the restored Wilton Lodge Park and Walled Garden in Hawick itself, to pleasant strolls in the surrounding hills and valleys, with longer hikes to the south in Teviotdale or to the north in Selkirk (The Haining, the Bowhill Estate) and along the banks of the Tweed in Melrose, or along the Teviot from the Harestanes craft centre past the elegant Monteviot House.

Keen ramblers can check out the many footpaths in the area, notably Borders Abbeys Way, St Cuthbert’s Way and the Romans and Reivers paths that intersect the whole area.

The Borders is also famous for its castles, towers and chapels: Floors Castle, Mellerstain House, Smailholm Tower, Fatlips Castle, http://www.rosslynchapel.com/ – and not forgetting dramatic Hermitage Castle to the south and to the north, Rosslyn Chapel of The Da Vinci Code fame.

We have maps and leaflets galore at your disposal, but here are some links to give you an idea of how much there is to see and do in this area. I haven’t even included sports - rugby galore, fishing, cycling or pony hacking.

Useful links:
Heart of Hawick - www.heartofhawick.co.uk
Borders Railway - www.bordersrailway.co.uk/
Visit the Borders - www.getintotheborders.com/
Borders Abbeys driving tour - www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/ustours/borderabbeys/index.html
Abbotsford - www.scottsabbotsford.com/
St Abbs - www.stabbs.org/
The Haining, Selkirk - www.thehaining.co.uk/
Bowhill Estate - www.bowhillhouse.co.uk/
Romans and Reivers walk - www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/routes-and-places-to-walk/paths-index/scotlands-great-trails/romans-and-reivers-route.aspx
Monteviot House, Jedburgh - www.monteviot.com/
Floors Castle - www.roxburghe.net/castle
Mellerstain House - www.mellerstain.com/
Smailholm Tower - www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/stboswells/smailholmtower/index.html
Fatlips Castle - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatlips_Castle
Harestanes craft centre - www.scotborders.gov.uk/harestanes/
Hermitage Castle - www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?propid=pl_149
Wilton Lodge Park and Walled Garden - www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186505-d3513940-Reviews-Wilton_Lodge_Park-Hawick_Scottish_Borders_Scotland.html
Kelso - www.visitkelso.com/
Rosslyn Chapel - www.rosslynchapel.com/

We like to think of ourselves as Intervac veterans. In the past, we've enjoyed trips to Whidby island (near Seattle), Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden and many destinations in the UK from Edinburgh to Ironbridge.

So, if you’d like to do an exchange to the Scottish Borders, do please get in touch. Rob is now (semi-) retired, so our timings are very flexible and we’re open to suggestions, especially from the UK, Ireland or northern Europe. We could also consider further afield depending on dates!

Please note we are already booked for 12-21 August and the first week of September.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 1 Children
  • 14 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
  • Writer

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 5

References

In my house

  • Pets - Allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Long-term exchange wanted
  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Park / playground
  • Garage
  • Bicycles: 3

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Car necessary
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • United Kingdom
  • Scotland, UK
  • Wales, UK
  • Ireland
  • England, UK
  • France
  • Poland

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Español
  • Deutsch

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Edinburgh -

Hawick is a historical town nestling in the hills and the gateway to the Scottish Borders with strong links to farming and textiles industry and with a proud rugby tradition. It’s a great location, with lovely drives in every direction. A stunning 20-minute drive gets you to Abbotsford (the home of the famous Sir Walter Scott) and the stunning Borders abbeys of Melrose, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Kelso. We’re also half an hour to the new Borders railway which runs from Tweedbank to Edinburgh Waverley, whisking you to the heart of the city in just 50 minutes. Edinburgh is also driveable in an hour and a quarter, as are Carlisle and Newcastle. Closer to home is Kelso, with its stylish Flemish-style cobbled town square, trendy shops and real ale pubs.

Hawick itself boasts the Heart of Hawick, an arts centre in a, complete with cinema, theatre, bistro/bar and textile archive. There are ample supermarkets within a five-minute drive (Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Lidl). Fashionistas into their cashmere can indulge themselves with a visit to one of the many outlet shops in town, including Hawico, Johnstones of Elgin, Lovatt, Pringle, Peter Scott and Shorts of Hawick.

You can also drive east to Eyemouth on the coast and marvel at the seals, then take the lovely up the coast to the delightful fishing village of St Abbs, a popular haunt for scuba divers and nature lovers.

When it comes to walking, you’re spoilt for choice, with lovely walks in the restored Wilton Lodge Park and Walled Garden in Hawick itself, to pleasant strolls in the surrounding hills and valleys, with longer hikes to the south in Teviotdale or to the north in Selkirk (The Haining, the Bowhill Estate) and along the banks of the Tweed in Melrose, or along the Teviot from the Harestanes craft centre past the elegant Monteviot House.

Keen ramblers can check out the many footpaths in the area, notably Borders Abbeys Way, St Cuthbert’s Way and the Romans and Reivers paths that intersect the whole area.

The Borders is also famous for its castles, towers and chapels: Floors Castle, Mellerstain House, Smailholm Tower, Fatlips Castle – and not forgetting dramatic Hermitage Castle to the south and to the north, Rosslyn Chapel of The Da Vinci Code fame.

Occupation

  • Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
  • Writer

Children

  • Girl - Age: 27

Pets

About Our Family

Rob is a semi-retired professor of inorganic chemistry, emeritus at the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick. I'm a writer of historical fiction as well as science fantasy books. Our daughter is currently doing a Masters in Medieval Art at the University of Edinburgh.

Our interests are many and varied. Here's a few: galleries, botany, orchids, film noir, aviation, Victoriana, good science fiction on the telly, bird watching, spy thrillers, drama, a decent cocktail, cooking, arts and crafts, murder mysteries, travel ...

References

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