PROPERTY: FIVE TO VIEW WITH GARDEN FEATURES ; for Many, Says ROSALIND RUSSELL, a House Is Not a Home Unless Its Setting Is Just Right for Them
russell, Rosalind, The Independent (London, England)
EDROM HOUSE near Duns, 45 miles south of Edinburgh, stands on the site of an old peel tower, parts of which are incorporated in the house. With centuries of turbulent history, it's hardly a surprise that beneath the lawn there is a priest hole, thought to lead to the Boatspool Burn. The 18th-century laird's house, listed Category B and dating from 1740, has a morning room, music room, a stone spiral staircase and a first- floor front door. There are eight bedrooms, a library, wine cellar and a wine room with a vaulted fireplace. Price pounds 475,000. Knight Frank, on 01578 722814.
THERE ARE almost 114 acres to Restrop Farm, near Swindon, Wiltshire and they include Ringsbury Camp, an Iron Age hill fort. The farmhouse and land, organically farmed since the Sixties, is being sold by the Charitable Trust for the Protection of Britain's Land Heritage, with an organic covenant. The 17th-century, Grade II farmhouse, in need of renovation, has a drawing room, dining room and parlour, five bedrooms and three more rooms. English Heritage make an annual grant to the farm owners to aid management of the hill fort site. Price pounds 750,000. Colvilles, on 01392 426550.
UPPER COBB House in Lyme Regis, Dorset, is outstanding. The garden has access to the footpath to The Undercliff, made famous by John Fowles' book The French Lieutenant's Woman. …