Wakefield Bank occupies a quiet, east facing plot within the heart of Galashiels. Nearby schools include the independent St Mary's Preparatory School in Melrose while the private schools of Edinburgh are within daily reach. Both a local primary school and Galashiels Academy are within walking distance of the house, as are excellent play park areas.
The area is renowned for its outdoor activities. The Southern Upland Way passes near the property and there are some excellent walks close by. Horse riding is popular, with the Borders offering excellent hacking terrain and a number of well-known riding schools nearby. The River Tweed is one of the most prolific salmon rivers in the world. There are a number of golf courses nearby and Galashiels itself has a nine hole course. The Borders General Hospital is in close proximity. The town has a range of supermarkets which include M&S Simply Food, Tesco, Asda and Aldi as well as independent retailers and many services. There is also a multi screen cinema and swimming pool. Melrose also has an excellent range of shops, especially for buying local produce.
Edinburgh is 37 miles to the north and can be easily reached via the A7. The Borders Railway provides a direct link from Tweedbank to Edinburgh. The train station at Tweedbank can be easily accessed both by car and bicycle with the added benefit of free parking. Both Edinburgh and Newcastle have international airports. It can be quicker and easier to take the train from Tweedbank to Edinburgh, and from there, a further train directly to London King's Cross.
Wakefield Bank is a fine C Listed villa dating from 1845, set within a well presented corner plot on Abbotsford Road. The house has a wealth of period features throughout and has spacious accommodation over two floors, with further accommodation at basement and attic levels. The property is entered through a decorative, heavy, wrought iron gate and the house is entered through an attractive tiled vestibule with panelled glass door into the hallway. To the right is an impressive double aspect drawing room with large bay window and open fire. There is fine decorative plasterwork and it makes for a superb room in which to entertain. Across the hallway from the drawing room is a cosy sitting room which has a wood burning stove and southwest facing window.
The dining room is situated close to the kitchen and links with an impressive sun room which faces southeast and overlooks part of the garden. The kitchen is to the back of the house and has a 4 oven AGA as well as a peninsula unit which extends out from the wall and provides informal dining space. There is a range of both floor and wall mounted cabinets which provide ample storage. The ground floor accommodation is completed by a laundry room, pantry and cloakroom.
The first floor has five generous bedrooms. The principal bedroom faces south and has a fitted wash hand basin, which is a feature in all of the bedrooms. Two bathrooms service the bedrooms on the first floor and there is access to the ground floor from either end of the first floor corridor and landing. For those wanting a home office there is a perfect space by the back stairs for home working.
Wakefield Bank has superb lower ground floor store rooms and workshops as well as a small attic room accessed by stairs from the first floor landing. There are four separately accessed areas at basement level, with two of the store rooms accessed from the kitchen and hallway. On the east side of the house is a large garage suitable for 3 to 4 cars with access directly into the house via the sun room. The garage links with the boiler room and potting shed, while the workshop, coal cellar and gardener's toilet are accessed down the steps at the rear of the house.
The gardens which surround Wakefield Bank are well presented and display colour all year round. Of particular note are the roses which are feature throughout the garden. The main area of garden sits on the southwest side of the house and there is a large lawn with well-kept borders which surround the lawn. The wider garden is enclosed by a stone wall and there is a summer house which overlooks the lawn, as well as a garden shed. A path to the front of the house links the garden on the other side of the property, which is laid to lawn and also has a variety of shrubs.