Cairns House is a stunning, contemporary five-bedroom church conversion 3 miles from Kelso.
The first floor living area is entered via a bespoke glass and oak staircase, one is awed by a 54′ x 34′ space with opaque glass floors below, magnificent rose-glass windows at either end and a superb vaulted ceiling. It would be difficult not to be impressed.
This spectacular space has been carefully designed to maintain the wow-factor whilst creating a functional and cosy living space. Individual living areas offer seamless accommodation ideal for families and large parties who want to be together whilst not being on top of one another. There is a bespoke kitchen complete with breakfast bar, high-tech kitchen wizardry, a more traditional dining area for 14, a games area with pool table and a sitting area with sumptuous sofas, flat screen TV and DVD and state of the art sound system with pre-loaded albums. Specially-designed travertine flooring with zoned underfloor heating and a contemporary multi fuel stove in the seating area create a cosy ambience during the winter months (initial supply of logs provided).
The light-filled bedrooms in the main part of the church are furnished in a simple, contemporary style enhanced by light through the opaque floor tiles of the floor above. The substantial master bedroom has its own bathroom complete with designer fittings, argon mood lighting and a state of the art sound system.
The house has a myriad of interesting architectural features and has been featured in a number of architecture and interiors magazines including Grand Designs, Homes and Interiors, and featured on the BBC Homes Live show in 2007. It was described by the Scotsman as “one of the most arresting homes in Scotland”.
From the first floor living area, patio door open onto a cedar clad balcony with fabulous views over the Tweed Valley to the Cheviot Hills beyond. An additional timber decked patio area to the side of the house provides an outside dining area and barbecue for summer dining ‘al fresco’. The attractive garden is fully-enclosed (providing the gate is shut) providing a large, safe area for children and dogs.
Truth is Mr Q I don’t want to stay here……I want to LIVE here. I had better start saving. I am off to fit draught excluders, turn off unnecessary lights, take the TV and computer off standby……..every little helps.