(pounds) 350,000

What: A real-life longhouse, Redhall Cottage was originally four small farm cottages that were converted to form one large home, offering flexible family accommodation with no fewer than six en suite bedrooms.

Where: Between Eyemouth and Ayton, close to Berwick-Upon-Tweed and within commuting distance of Edinburgh.

WHY: No shortage of attractions for sporting enthusiasts,

including golf, sailing, shooting and fishing - most notably salmon on the Tweed.

WHAT'S OUTSIDE: Set in almost two acres of gardens with

well-maintained lawns and mature trees. Savour the panoramic views of the

surrounding countryside

and the sea from the raised decked patio.

anything special: Comes complete with its own cottage industry. Redhall is currently run as a three-star bed and breakfast with a recently-

established certified caravan site.

CONTACT: Strutt & Parker

on 0131 226 2500.


(pounds) 270,000

What: From the outside,

Newton Cottage is a typical

B-listed detached rural property but the interior is all a la mode with an uncompromising and very trendy specification.

Free flow of space between the dining kitchen and the living area and an ultra-hip en suite

master bedroom upstairs.

Where: Bliss out in this

secluded setting close to the cathedral city of Dunblane

with all the convenience of

central belt commuting.

WHY: A house that makes a statement about your life,

combining uptown sophistication with relaxed rustic style.

WHAT'S OUTSIDE: Rooted in ease of maintenance, a pretty

cottage garden - accessed from the French doors in the lounge - is laid out with a mix of lawns and patios.

anything special: With

glamourous glass bricks and blonde hardwood floors, this is a house that refuses to be limited by its traditional bones.

CONTACT: Clyde Property

on 01786 471 777.


(pounds) 245,000

What: Beguiling detached

C-listed cottage on three levels with a sitting room, a playroom, four double bedrooms and three bathrooms - all upgraded in keeping with the character of the house.

Where: On the cusp of the

popular west Perthshire village of Killin, which lies within the Loch Lomond National Park.

Why: Worth buying simply for the quirky name, Yellow Cottage is a rural home mellowed by age. The owners are unsure of its origins, but think the name stems from the colour of the exterior woodwork.

what's outside: Six acres of garden with a summer-house,

a grazing paddock and mature woodland extending down to the River Dochart, which

comes with salmon and

trout-fishing rights.

anything special: Cracking credentials for country-style cooking, courtesy of a Crannog dining kitchen with oil-fired Rayburn cooker.

contact: Allen&Harris

on 01786 462 355.