More are making the great escape

The Borders is an unspoilt area of glorious countryside with a network of market towns and attractive villages, generally undiscovered by tourists and incomers.

The Borders is an unspoilt area of glorious countryside with a network of market towns and attractive villages, generally undiscovered by tourists and incomers.

But the secret of the Borders is rapidly being uncovered and the area is fast becoming a hotspot for buyers looking for good value in an area with a superior quality of life for main homes and for holiday properties.

Towns such as Berwick, Wooler, Kelso, Jedburgh, Galashiels and Hawick are increasingly popular with homebuyers. The towns each have their own attractions, such as cobbled market places, abbeys, castles and true local shops, and all have their own fascinating history.

Ewan Harris, land agent with Wooler-based Sales and Partners, said: "The Borders are attracting more and more people to live and work in or commute to the area.

"It is well-placed between the big conurbations of Tyneside and Edinburgh, with good links to the A68 and A1. There are not the same pressures on transport, but also access north and south is easy and due to get easier with the proposed opening of the Waverley rail line linking Edinburgh to Tweedbank, near Galashiels."

Mr Harris praised the "great quality of life in the Borders".

He said: "It's a wonderful place to escape the stresses and strains of work and to get away from it all.

"Homes are very good value and we are seeing more people are coming into the area to live. We have a good number of quality new developments, attracting a range of buyers and there is a good range of older properties, from small cottages to estates with many acres of farmland and sporting rights.

"The area has so much to offer - glorious hills, a magnificent coastline and country sports second to none. The River Tweed, for example, is the best river in Europe for salmon."

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