A BORDERS church which dates back hundreds of years is currently on the market.

Listed by agents Hastings Legal for offers over £145,000, Smailholm Kirk near Kelso offers a rare opportunity for a lucky buyer to own a piece of Borders history.

Smailholm Kirk, which avoided demolition during the reformation, is believed to date back to the 12th century.

The church contains many original and historical features including stained glass windows, a pipe organ, and the laird's loft – where the local landowner and his family would sit, separate from other parishioners.

A Hastings Legal spokesperson said: "Beautifully positioned within the sought after village of Smailhom, Smailholm Kirk offers a unique and rare opportunity for those looking to purchase an iconic and historic building.

"Avoiding demolition after the reformation, Smailholm Kirk is steeped in history and believed to date back to the 12th Century.

"The Kirk now presents a unique development opportunity with generous internal accommodation.

"This kirk has endearing and intriguing historical features such as the laird’s loft and original features such as arches, stain glass window and pipe organ.

"The property includes vehicle access with private parking and driveway.

"Change of use to residential would be subject to thee approval of the local authority and enquiries should be made to Scottish Borders Council Planning Department."

Smailholm Kirk is around five miles from Kelso, and is also in driving distance of Melrose and Galashiels.

Tweedbank railway station is also a short distance away, allowing for suitable connections to Edinburgh for buyers who need to commute

You can take a virtual tour of Smailholm Kirk by visiting the Hastings Legal website – it is advised to do this before registering for an in-person viewing.

For more information on the property, and to register for a viewing, visit the ESPC website.