Paxton Steading, Whitsomehill, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3NF


A rare opportunity to acquire an architect designed stone-built steading conversion, perfectly blending the character and charm of a period property with the contemporary style and comfort of twenty-first century living. Occupying a generous plot on this small exclusive rural development, this welcoming family home offers far-reaching views over the Berwickshire countryside. The property has high-end quality fixtures and fittings throughout and affords a high degree of privacy. Whitsomehill is within walking distance to the village of Whitsome with a shop and post-office and a short drive from Berwick-upon-Tweed and all the amenities the town has to offer, including a main-line train station with regular services into Edinburgh, Newcastle and London.


Giles Charlton
Sales Negotiator


Property Details & Description

Accommodation comprises:

Ground Floor: 

Entrance vestibule, main hall, open-plan kitchen, dining area and living room, family room, utility room, two double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, family bathroom.

First Floor:                     

Landing, master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite, double bedroom with en-suite



Two private parking spaces, landscaped gardens to the front, side and rear, patio areas, large timber shed countryside views.


Chirnside 4 miles, Berwick Railway Station 10 miles, Edinburgh 50 miles (all distances are approximate).



Paxton Steading is positioned in a wonderful rural location and forms part of an exclusive residential development comprising eleven converted stone steading buildings and four detached new build family homes. The development lies one mile south of the village of Whitsome, where there is a local shop and post office. Within eight miles is the Berwickshire market town of Duns which offers good local amenities and schooling for all ages. Whitsomehill is also within ten miles of Berwick-upon-Tweed, England’s most northerly market town. Berwick offers a wide range of amenities including a private school at Longridge Towers, several supermarkets, a range of local and national shops, banks, restaurants, a theatre/cinema and a number of sporting facilities and clubs. Berwick also offers a mainline rail station which is excellent for commuting possibilities, being only 45 minutes from both Edinburgh and Newcastle and around 3.5 hours from London Kings Cross. Edinburgh or Newcastle upon Tyne international airports are both just over an hour’s drive from the property. The Scottish Borders and North Northumberland offer a wonderful lifestyle opportunity with easy access to miles of un-spoilt coastlines and beaches, open countryside and many other country pursuits. Despite Whitsomehill’s proximity to both Edinburgh and Newcastle, the area has a low population and can therefore offer a quality of life that is becoming increasingly rare.



Paxton Steading is a most attractive stone-built character family home with a modern contemporary interior over two floors. Forming part of the small exclusive development of Whitsomehill, the property is accessed via a lane leading from the main road into the development and after a short distance the house can be found on the right-hand side, with private parking for two vehicles and a path leading up to the front door. The front door opens into a welcoming vestibule with an attractive exposed stone recess for storing coats and shoes. The vestibule has a beautiful porcelain tiled floor and these tiles extend through into the main hall and open plan kitchen, dining and living room.  From the vestibule an inner door opens into the main hallway with a large walk-in cupboard and a staircase leading up to the first floor. The kitchen, dining and living space is all open plan with an amazing exposed vaulted timber beam double height ceiling and elegant timber staircase with galleried landing and glass balustrade. The kitchen is positioned to the front of the house with windows to the front and side and is fitted with a range of floor and wall-mounted country-style units with counters over. There is a range of cupboards, drawers and pan-drawers and the countertop splashback is a mixture of exposed stone and ceramic tile. A central feature of the kitchen is an impressive range cooker with a five-ring gas hob and an extractor hood above; there is also an integral dishwasher. Within the kitchen there is space and plumbing for an American style fridge-freezer with ice and filtered water. The kitchen flows into the dining space with windows and a glazed door opening into the garden and flooding the space with natural light. The dining space leads into the living room with a feature ceiling height exposed stone wall. Off the living room and through a squared archway fitted with a modern rolling barn door is the family room, a lovely and bright second reception with direct access into the rear garden that can be closed off from the open-plan living space and offers a variety of uses; including being used in conjunction with the guest suite above on the first floor accessed by a spiral staircase, to create an independent living space or annexe. Off the main hall are two double bedrooms, one to the front and one to the rear of the house, both with fitted wardrobes. These bedrooms are served by a family bathroom with a ceramic tiled floor and comprising bath with mains shower over, WC, hand basin and wall-mounted towel radiator. Completing the ground floor accommodation is the utility room, with an exposed stone wall, plumbing for a washing machine and housing the boiler. On the first floor accessed by the timber and glass staircase with galleried landing is the master suite, with windows to the front and rear and having both a walk-in dressing room and a separate en-suite shower room, comprising mains shower, WC, hand basin, wall-mounted towel radiator and a ceramic tiled floor. Completing the first-floor accommodation is the guest bedroom and en-suite above the family room, accessed by a separate spiral staircase. The double bedroom has windows to the side and rear of the property and the en-suite comprises a shower room with mains shower, WC, hand basin and wall-mounted towel radiator.


Externally the house has a private gravelled parking area to the front that easily accommodates two cars and a path leading up to the front door. Also to the front of the property is a pretty landscaped garden, mainly laid to lawn and planted with a variety of plants, shrubs and trees providing year-round colour and interest. The garden flows around to the side of the house with a patio area outside the doors leading out from the dining area and to the rear, where there is another area of lawn, a delightful screened patio outside the family room and a large timber shed. The garden to the rear has mature planting and hedging that provides a high degree of privacy.

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General Remarks

Satellite Navigation

For the benefit of those with satellite navigation the property’s postcode is TD11 3NF.



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Fixtures and Fittings

All fitted carpets, curtains, blinds and light fittings are included with the sale.

Listing and Conservation

Please be aware, Paxton Steading is not Listed, nor in a conservation area


• LPG metered underfloor central heating.

• Private drainage to a reed-bed system.

• Mains electricity and water.

• Property has BT Fibre 250 broadband.

Council Tax

Band E

Energy Efficiency Rating

Band: D


Local Authority:

Scottish Borders Council

Tel: 01835 824000.


Internet Web Site:

This property and other properties offered by Rettie South LLP can be viewed on our website at www.rettie.co.uk as well as our affiliated websites at www.rightmove.co.uk zoopla.com, www.primelocation.com, www.s1homes.com and www.thelondonoffice.co.uk


Offers should be submitted in Scottish Legal Form to the selling agents Rettie South LLP, 50 Hide Hill, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1AB.  A closing date by which offers must be submitted may be fixed later. Please note that interested parties are advised to register their interest with the selling agents in order that they may be advised should a closing date be set. The seller reserves the right to accept any offer at any time.


Servitude Rights, Burdens & Wayleaves:

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes whether contained in the title deeds or informally constituted and whether or not referred to above.  


Particulars and Plans:

These particulars and plan are believed to be correct but they are in no way guaranteed.  Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation nor in any circumstances give grounds for action at law




1. The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Rettie Berwick LLP, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.


2. The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into contact in reliance on the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.


3. Any error, omission or mis-statement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause for action.


Important Notice


Rettie Berwick LLP, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:


1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either in writing or by word of mouth.  Any information given is entirely without responsibility on the part of the agents or the sellers.  These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.


2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate.  The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive and it should not be assumed that the property remains as photographed. Any error, omission or mis-statement shall not annul the sale, or entitle any party to compensation or recourse to action at law. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents, including for its current use. Rettie Berwick LLP have not tested any services, equipment or facilities.  Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise and ought to seek their own professional advice.


3. All descriptions or references to condition are given in good faith only. Whilst every endeavor is made to ensure accuracy, please check with us on any points of especial importance to you, especially if intending to travel some distance. No responsibility can be accepted for expenses incurred in inspecting properties   which have been sold or withdrawn.