Rare chance to buy into a former school conversion in the Scottish Borders

A conversion of a former school offers homes with top marks in the Scottish Borders.

Borders house-hunters should take note of an excellent opportunity to acquire a new home in a former school.

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Independent property consultancy, Galbraith, is marketing two semi-detached homes which are being created in the former Stow Primary School, in the village of Stow near Galashiels. Each property is for sale for £275,000.

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Alex Inglis, head of residential sales for Galbraith at its Kelso office, said: “The old school is a lovely traditional Victorian building dating from 1872 and is situated in an elevated position with panoramic views.

"Stow is very accessible for commuters and has a thriving community.

"This is an excellent opportunity to live in a traditional building but with all the convenience and high-specification fixtures and fittings of a new build property such as excellent thermal insulation, brand new kitchen and bathrooms and underfloor heating.

"Purchasers will be able to have some input into the choice of internal layout and kitchen cabinets if they act quickly.”

On completion, both properties will have four bedrooms, two bathrooms and an en-suite to the master bedroom, plus an open-plan sitting room / kitchen and a separate study and utility room.

There is the opportunity to change one of the bedrooms into an additional reception room if preferred.

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The houses will have off-street parking in the driveway and both will have garden areas front and rear.

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Stow is a popular Borders village on the A7 about eight miles north of Galashiels and twelve miles from Melrose.

The village is well placed for commuting to Edinburgh and the main Borders towns and has benefited from the re-opening of the Waverley Rail Link between Edinburgh and Tweedbank.

There is a frequent train service to Edinburgh from Stow.

Stow has an active community and includes the lovely and historic St Mary of Wedale Church.

There is a very regular train service from Stow to Edinburgh Waverley.

The village has a new primary school and there is a well-regarded secondary school in Galashiels.