Impressive mill house with medieval Motte hits the market in the Scottish Borders

An impressive 19th century mill house, which boasts an idyllic waterside location is now on the market in the Scottish Borders.

An impressive 19th century mill house, which boasts an idyllic waterside location is now on the market in the Scottish Borders.

Bedrule Mill, which sits within 25 acres of land and lies approximately two miles east of the village of Denholm, is a four-bedroom home which has been sympathetically upgraded and extended over the past decade.

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The property is the oldest building in Bedrule, a small settlement on the east side of the Rule Water between Hawick and Jedburgh.

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Its foundations date from before 1540, making it contemporary to Bedrule Castle, the remains of which are in the neighbouring property to the south.

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It was a corn mill consisting of two one-up/one-down cot houses, with mill attached for much of its life.

In the 18th/early 19th Century it became a pirn mill, making the bobbins and reels for the textile industry in Hawick and further afield. Signs of the wheel housing are on the west gable above the rill.

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In the present day Bedrule Mill is a delightful family home which benefits from the several renewable energy installations.

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The ground floor of the property consists of versatile and nicely proportioned spaces, with morning room, open-plan sitting room to dining area and kitchen with oil fired AGA, separate dining room and utility room.

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Upstairs, there are three double bedrooms plus a fourth bedroom which could also function as a nursery or study, with a family bathroom and a separate shower room also located here.

Outbuildings include an early 19th century stone barn which has been recently refurbished and repaired.

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This building houses a biomass pellet boiler, which serves under floor central heating (ground floor) and radiators, together with hot water.

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The system would also accommodate a generator to supply heat and light to house.

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A large multi-purpose steel framed building, a short distance from the mill house, incorporates storage for farm/agricultural use, double garaging, workshop, WC and two spacious office/studio rooms.

There are 16 solar panels are on the roof of this building with their output feeding into the grid. The property currently benefits from RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) and FIT (Feed In Tariff) payments.

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Outside, the mill house sits within approximately 25 acres of land on the side of a spring fed fresh water rill and enjoys tremendous privacy.

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The property is a registered small holding and its approximately 3.6 hectares of permanent grassland is eligible for IACS payments for proprietors’ own stock, and for the Scottish Governments’ current greening policy.

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In the garden and the steep bank beside the steel barn, there are a number of rare or special trees, grown from seed, some collected from the wild, including two unnamed alders collected by the RBGE (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) from Japan where they are endangered.

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They come with RBGE certification. Bedrule is also home to an impressive early medieval Motte – a scheduled monument and under the auspices of HES (Historic Environment Scotland).

Kathleen McIntee, of the Galbraith Kelso office which is handling the sale, said: “Bedrule Mill is a remarkable historical property set within a truly picturesque landscape.

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"The current owners have modernised and upgraded Bedrule fantastically well and this creates a home that is ready to be moved into and enjoyed.

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“The mill house provides exceptional family accommodation, combining period charm with comfortable contemporary living.

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"With the accompanying outbuildings, beautiful land and delightful rill, Bedrule is a property that we expect to attract significant interest regionally and from further afield and really has to be viewed in person to be fully appreciated.”

Bedrule Mill is for sale at offers over £650,000 with Galbraith.

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