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By Fiona Reid
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Contemporary cool in the countryside

AN EYE catching property in the region which made the final of Scotland’s Home of the Year TV show is up for sale.

Spottes Mill at Haugh of Urr was a finalist in the 2021 series and has been described as ‘urban cool in the countryside’.

The property is a rebuild of a former grain store using a mixture of the original and locally reclaimed stone as well as new granite, western red cedar and modern steel and glass for a contemporary look, which earned it the title of best Residential New Build Award in 2019.

There are three bedrooms, an open-plan main reception space with living area, dining area and luxurious kitchen, utility and boot rooms, two bathrooms and the master bedroom has a study area, dressing area and en-suite bathroom with balcony. It has an air-source heat pump, triple glazing and underfloor heating.

The grounds extend to about 0.6 acres, with lawn and patio areas including an outdoor dining area with granite paving, seating area and modern firepit.

Owners Mark Paterson and Carol-Ann Brown worked for three years to create the property, praising the vision of architect Peter Sassoon.

Mark said: “Peter had amazing ideas for the design and he challenged us to be bold and to go for what we really wanted. He has worked in Oman on some stunning projects and then came back to the area, like me. We went through hundreds of drawings and debated every aspect but the whole process has been really good fun. The finished result is perfect for the site and a fantastic place to live.”

Carol-Ann says her favourite thing about the house is being able to listen to the sounds of the stream while sitting in the garden. “It’s an amazingly restful and quiet house, for us just opening the doors and being able to listen to the trickling burn is the best part of living here. “I’m sure the new owners will enjoy it just as much as we have.”

Spottes Mill is for sale through Galbraith for offers over £750,000.

Agent Aaron Edgar said: “This is one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever brought to the market. The quality of the finishes and the attention to detail that has been lavished on the property is second to none. The architect has worked with the owners to create a striking, bold overall design, balanced with smaller-scale tucked away spaces and a relaxing feel throughout.

“In addition, the landscaped gardens and the setting offer an extraordinary rural retreat.”

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