This showcase green home sits on the edge of the village of Ettrickbridge with beautiful views to the hills. The owner’s home, past the Shetland sheep, is a few yards away but fencing and hedging ensure privacy.
Clad in glowing larch, its sedum roof changes colour with the seasons, the solar panels are hidden by the foliage and the heat-exchange system is so sophisticated central heating isn’t required. It’s a restful, light-filled, very comfortable one-storey house, with oak doors and flooring, triple-glazed windows, wood-burner and games. From the rocking chair in the huge picture window of the lounge you can see heaps of wildlife – use the binoculars and log your sightings in the wildlife diary.
The large secure shed is useful for storing fishing gear, bikes and outdoor kit. There’s an orchard with free-ranging hens, a deck and your own grassy garden. Walks and cycle rides start from the door, and you can take a day trip to Edinburgh on the scenic Borders railway.