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One of the finest Georgian houses in Berwick-upon-Tweed and positioned on the Elizabethan Quay Walls, Custom House affords superb views over the River Tweed and offers truly splendid period living. Built in the reign of George II, this fine period Grade 1 listed residence retains a wealth of original period features and exudes the charm and elegance of a bygone age. Accommodation comprises: Upper Ground Floor: Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Grand Staircase, Study. First Floor: Landing, Kitchen-Breakfast Room, Three Double Bedrooms, Shower Room/WC. Master Bedroom, 3 Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom. Ground Floor: Landing, Secondary Kitchen, Shower Room/WC, Lower Ground Floor: Hall, Workshop/Boot Room. Cellar: Two Large Vaulted Chambers with Front and Rear Access. Outside: Private Garden Area, Off-Street Parking, Direct Access to Quay Walls. Custom House was built in the 1740's for a wealthy town merchant and his family and sits in an enviably position on the town walls. Beneath this handsome Georgian property is a stunning barrel-vaulted cellar with two large chambers, giving private access directly on to the quayside and used in the past to store shipments including rum and fish. The house was designed to impress the high society of the day and certainly does not disappoint, with an impressive entrance, handsome reception hall and principal reception rooms that would not look out of place in the finest of English country houses. The grand staircase simply takes your breath away and puts Downton Abbey to shame. As the name suggests, the house became the customs house for the town in the nineteen-fifties but had a variety of uses in its history including a mayoral residence, the headquarters of Berwick's militia during the Napoleonic wars and a bank. Restored to a private residence in the twenty-first century, the property offers a buyer a fabulous period home in a wonderful and most sought-after location. Custom House is situated in England's most northerly market town of Berwick upon Tweed, on the towns historic Elizabethan Walls. The property is set in an elevated position overlooking the River Tweed and the town's three road and rail bridges and is a short walk from the town centre and Berwick's mainline east coast railway station. Berwick upon Tweed is a well serviced town with a good range of shops, supermarkets, amenities and leisure facilities all within walking distance of the property. There are a wealth of cafes and restaurants nearby and the Maltings Theatre & Cinema which offer a wide choice of top class entertainment options. Berwick also offers numerous professional services and a wide choice of doctors and dental surgeries as well as the local hospital. There are very well respected local schools for all ages in and near Berwick, including the local Berwick Academy and private Longridge Towers for day and boarding pupils. Further private schooling is available within a short drive including Belhaven Hill prep School in Dunbar for children aged seven to thirteen and St. Mary's prep School in Melrose. Beyond Berwick, there is a range of popular attractions including historic castles and villages dotted along the outstandingly beautiful Northumberland coastline, the renowned Holy Island, the Cheviot Hills and popular market towns of Alnwick and Kelso. Country and sporting pursuits are readily available, including hill walking, salmon and trout fishing, hunting and shooting, Golf is available locally at Goswick and Magdalene Fields, plus swimming, gym squash, indoor bowling and all-weather facilities at the Swan Centre. Council Tax: Band E. Energy Efficiency Rating: EPC Exempt Tenure: Freehold

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