11 & 12 Market Square, DUNS, Scottish Borders, TD11 3BZ
The Bank House and ground floor, former Bank, are now being sold together as an exceptional detached building set in the picturesque Border town of Duns, with well appointed generously proportioned flexible accommodation arranged over four floors. This traditional property is presented in good order and sits in an imposing position within the town centre. The addition of the ground floor accommodation opens up a wide range of further possibilities for the future of the combined property. The gardens are mature and well maintained with multiple outbuildings.
Accommodation Currently Comprises:
Ground Floor: General office/ main retail area, manager’s office, further office, strong room, rear hall, stationery cupboard/file store, kitchen, ladies and gents WC’s, understair storage cupboard and boiler cupboard, exit to the court yard to the east.
First Floor: Landing, drawing room, dining room, kitchen, pantry/ utility room, rear hall, garden room with access to garden, storage cupboard.
First Floor Mezzanine: Potential for separate suite currently configured to provide study/ dressing room and bedroom with built in wardrobe. Shower room/ wc accessed off the main stair.
Second Floor: Master bedroom, dressing room, four further bedrooms, bathroom.
Attic Level: Two attic rooms with potential to provide additional bedrooms or ancillary accommodation.
Distances: Edinburgh 45 miles, Newcastle 48 miles, Berwick Upon Tweed 18 miles (All distances are approximate).
The property is situated within a prominent position within Duns town centre. Duns is the county town of Berwickshire serving a relatively wide rural hinterland. The town itself has a relatively small population of around 2,750 according to the 2016 Mid Year Population Estimates. It is a traditional market town providing good range of local facilities and services including primary and secondary schooling, a variety of independent shops, banking services, public houses, restaurants, veterinary surgery, police station, garden centre, library, fire station, council and housing association offices. The area boasts a range of attractions including Duns Castle, a number of stately homes, the annual Common Riding and the Jim Clark Museum. The surrounding countryside including the Lammermuir Hills provides some spectacular scenery and some excellent terrain for a range of outdoor pursuits. Other recreational facilities in the area include a swimming pool, a gym, and adjoining children’s play centre and golf driving range, 18-hole golf course, squash courts, all weather astro-surface pitches and a range of sports clubs.
On a broader note, the Scottish Borders offers a quality of life that is second to none and in an area of 1800 square miles there is certainly plenty of space to enjoy our beautiful unspoilt countryside and individual towns. Leave the congestion and overpricing behind and discover for yourself what a fantastic place the Borders is to live, work and play. Home to world class activities and attractions, it’s no wonder that the area is so popular with visitors who come here to enjoy mountain biking at Glentress, salmon fishing on the Tweed, walking in our hills and forests or diving off the Berwickshire coast. The area is also known for its’ spectacular Common Ridings, when whole communities come together to celebrate each town’s individual heritage and to cheer on hundreds of horses and riders every summer. The Borders is also a heartland of rugby in Scotland, with the names of our local towns being synonymous with the game and of course Melrose being the original home of rugby sevens. From our historic towns to rural villages, wherever you go you will be struck by the warmth of the welcome in our communities and the real pride people have in living in this wonderful part of the world. With good transport links, an excellent education system and stunning countryside, a move to the Scottish Borders really could be the best move of your life.
Bank House is a magnificent Detached Category B Listed symmetrical three storey Italianate former Bank and Manager’s House which is believed to have been constructed in around 1857. The property is of traditional stone construction with polished cream ashlar sandstone to the principal elevations – front and west, under a hipped roof clad in slate with attractive modillion cornice detailing to the eaves. The town centre elevations conceal generous grounds with well-tended private gardens to the rear accessed off a stair from the first floor level and separate access from a courtyard to the rear; a cobbled courtyard with garaging and a former stable range providing a garden storage shed accessed from the garden level, as well as a workshop and store to the ground level. Internally, the accommodation benefits from generous proportions retaining many period features including ornate cornicing; ceiling roses; picture rails; deep skirtings; panelled doors; timber framed casement windows with working shutters; and traditional cast iron column radiators to the principal rooms. The recent addition of the ground floor re-unites the property offering potential to re-configure the accommodation opening up a wide range of possibilities which may include additional living accommodation; Guest House/ Bed and breakfast accommodation; Restaurant/ Café/ Bistro/ wine Bar; Hotel or a range of alternative complimentary business uses.
Established use of the ground floor will be Class 2 – Financial, Professional and Other services of the Town and Country (Use Classes) (Scotland) Order 1997. Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 this permits Class 1 – Retail uses. Allowing for position we would also anticipate that the Planning Authority would consider a range of alternative uses such as Café, Bistro, Restaurant, Wine Bar or even Guest House/ Hotel Use.
Travelling into Duns, from any direction the towns Market Square can easily be located at the centre of the town. The property can be found in the Market Square close to the east entrance to the town centre.
Fixtures and Fittings
Only items specifically mentioned in the particulars of sale will be included in the sale price.
Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage. The ground floor has an independent gas fired central heating system supplemented by Dunham Bush electric heaters to the main office.
Scottish Borders Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA. Tel 01835 824000.
Council Tax: D
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Rights, Easements & Outgoings
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, whether public or private, and any existing or proposed wayleaves, easements, servitude rights, restrictions and burdens of whatever kind, whether referred to in these particulars or not. The property is sold subject to the rights of public access under The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The Purchasers will be held to have satisfied themselves on all such matters.
There are no known special landscape designations, scheduled monuments, listings or other prejudicial notifications affecting the property. There are not understood to be any Environmental Schemes in place.
Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale with Vacant Possession by Private Treaty. Entry as agreed between the parties.
Offers in Scottish Legal Form should be submitted to the Selling Agents.
A closing date for offers may be fixed and interested parties are advised to register their interest with the Selling Agents. The Vendors shall not be bound to accept the highest or indeed any offer.
Strictly by appointment with the Selling Agent
Particulars Prepared October 2019