Dating back to the 13th century, Wedderlie House in the Scottish Borders has a rich and regal history.
The stately home was once in the hands of legendary Scottish monarch, Robert the Bruce, who lead the Scots to victory against the English during the First War Independence until his death in 1329.
The Bruce gifted the property to his ally Sir Richard Edgar in 1327.
The two were said to be close friends, with Sir Richard reportedly present when Robert slayed the Lord of Badenoch (also known as the Red Comyn) in Dumfries in 1306.
Once the Edgars took possession, the property remained in the family for over 400 years. During this time it was converted from its original keep design into a larger mansion house. Sir James Edgar added a fortified tower to the property in 1684, and this feature is still a prominent part of the current design.
Following near ruin in the 19th century, a recent renovation has transformed the property into a comfortable mansion.
Linda Robson of Knight Frank sayid: “this part of Scotland is one of the few places where being king or queen of the castle is affordable; added to which this house has so much going for it”.
It now features nine bedrooms and four reception rooms. In addition, the Wedderlie boasts secondary accommodation north of the main house in the form of a four bedroom cottage. There is also a converted barn, three stables and some outbuildings. The kitchen comes complete with an aga, inglenook fireplace and breakfast bar.
Situated about a mile north-east of the small village of Westruther, the property could make an idyllic family home for those seeking the country life. It is only seven miles by road to the Royal Burgh of Lauder, where most amenities can be found, and the main tower of the house boasts scenic views to both the north and south.
The estate itself includes 53 acres of land, 23 of which are woodland. The grounds include two paddocks and two walled gardens, one of which is used for growing vegetables.
Outwith the grounds, the wider Scottish Borders provide countless outdoor opportunities like walking, cycling and hunting. Salmon and sea trout fishing are very popular along the River Tweed, and there are a number of first class golf courses nearby, such as the Roxburghe Championship course near Kelso.
Wedderlie House on the market through Knight Frank for offers over £1,195,000.