Three of the best property renovation projects for sale in Scotland

You can create a dream home, just add imagination . For those with the skills renovation projects offer huge potential, suggests Kirsty McLuckie.

When it comes to taking on a renovation project, sometimes location isn’t everything. Polly Cregan, head of residential sales for Galbraith’s Galashiels office, says that when a property comes on the market which needs a substantial amount of upgrading it can attract attention from all over the country, from those who are looking to take on a project and add value.

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She says: “We have number of buyers on our books from all over the UK, who will take on a rundown property and live in it for a year or two to do it up.

“They are specifically looking for a project, and location is second to the house itself as an attraction.”She points to Linden Lea, a detached house overlooking the River Tweed at Boleside, to the south of Galashiels.

“While the house has running water, central heating and has been lived in until recently, it is being sold as a refurbishment project because new owners will want to upgrade it, either to live in it themselves or to sell on.”

For those who find their budget won’t stretch to exactly what they want, taking on a refurbishment project is seen as a way to afford a home which can then be adapted through their own efforts.

Picture: Linden Lea house, Galbraith

Linden Lea is a detached, late Victorian house which is full of character but it has been largely unaltered for many years. And it is currently on the market with Galbraith for offers over £275,000.

Picture: the views from the house are lovely, Galbraith

The accommodation is over two floors with the added potential of a spacious, part-floored attic.Cregan says: “It is an ideal project as new owners could move in and upgrade as they went along.”

Picture: Chesterhill House, Bell Ingram

Built in 1870, Chesterhill House is a C-listed Tudor-Italianate style property in grounds of over three acres on the southern shore of the Firth of Tay in Fife.

It has been unoccupied for several years and is in need of complete renovation, which explains its relativity low price tag of offers over £200,000.

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Despite its current condition, the property has retained a number of impressive architectural features including castellated parapets and a square plan tower.

A finely constructed oval walled garden is also listed and predates the existing house. Intact gardens of this style and age are especially rare in Scotland.

It also has mains water and electricity with drainage, as well as oil central heating and open fireplaces in the principal rooms.

Picture: the garages are in need of total renovation, Bell Ingram

What’s more, it has detached garages which, although having fallen into disrepair, offer great potential for refurbishment.

Carl Warden, of Bell Ingram in Perth, says: “Chesterhill House is in need of considerable upgrading but for anyone up to the challenge, it has endless potential to be transformed into an impressive, character-filled family home.”

Picture: Fearbeg bothy, Strutt and Parker

A bothy at Fearnbeg on the Applecross peninsula is on the market at offers over £65,000 with Strutt and Parker, but it is a bit more of a challenge.

The site it stands on has been granted full planning permission for a four-bedroomed dwelling house set over one-and-a-half storeys.

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Picture: the location has beautiful views, Strutt and Parker

As such, it is more of a building plot than a refurbishment, but it is situated in a spectacular location.

The property looks over the outer sound of Loch Torridon toward the Torridon mountains to the north-east including the horned peak of the powerful Beinn Alligin which looms in the distance over the sea.