The accommodation is presented in excellent order over two floors and includes a modern and well-equipped kitchen and living room on the top floor and two double bedrooms (one with an en-suite shower room), one single bedroom and bathroom on the floor below. The property has rooftop views of Berwick from the top floor and is within walking distance of the local shops and amenities. The apartment would ideally suit first time buyers and investors looking to take advantage of a busy rental market.
The Corn Exchange was built in 1858 and soon became a centre of Berwick life, beyond its role in business and finance. It was used for auctions, balls, entertainments, and many aspects of social life. It was also a venue for political and religious meetings, including many in connection with things such as the franchise, the temperance movement, licensing acts and fishing rights. When the building ceased to function as a trading exchange in the early 1960s it was converted to become the town’s swimming pool until 1998 and was then redeveloped in the 2000’s to the present residential apartments.
The front entrance door opens from the communal stairs to a vestibule leading on to a welcoming entrance hall with stairs up to the top floor. The principal bedroom is light and spacious and has a double built-in wardrobe and an en-suite shower room with a shower cubicle, WC and hand basin. There are two further bright bedrooms, one a double and one single bedroom along with a bathroom with a bath with a shower over, WC and hand basin. Upstairs, the landing has a large built-in cupboard housing the hot water tank and gas boiler and leads on to a living room and a well-appointed kitchen with built-in appliances including an electric oven and hob, fridge freezer and dishwasher. The top floor rooms are lovely and light and have a wonderful rooftop view over Berwick.
The original ‘dealing floor’ of the Corn Exchange now forms an unusually shaped communal inner courtyard with bin storage areas.
10 The Old Corn Exchange is located in a central position close to the high street and town centre, Hide Hill and Bridge Street with their independent shops, bars and restaurants just a short walk away. The adjacent historic Elizabethan town walls provide access to a number of bracing walks with spectacular views over the Tweed Estuary and out to sea. Berwick upon Tweed has a comprehensive range of facilities including a variety of shops, restaurants, and banks as well as the award-winning Maltings Theatre. The mainline railway station is within easy walking distance and offers regular services to Edinburgh and Newcastle as well as London, some three and a half hours to the south. The A1 is close at hand providing good access to the regional and national road network.
The local area is well known for its spectacular scenery with the rugged coastline and unspoilt beaches of North Northumberland and the imposing Cheviot Hills. Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, Bamburgh Castle and the ancient Border towns of Coldstream, Kelso and Melrose are within easy reach. There are a number of excellent links and inland golf courses locally and racecourses at Kelso and Musselburgh. The area is renowned for the quality of the countryside pursuits on offer and the east coast provides dramatic scenery, magnificent beaches, sailing, sea fishing and diving. Despite its proximity to both Edinburgh and Newcastle, the area has a low population and therefore offers a quality of life that is becoming increasingly rare.
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Gas central heating.
By appointment with the sole selling agents, Edwin Thompson.
999 years from 2005.
£40 approx pcm to The Sandgate Corn Exchange Management Company.
Energy Performance Rating: C
Council Tax Band: C