A COTTAGE in the "picturesque" Borders countryside would make an "idyllic" family home.

Elmbank cottage in Smailholm is on the market for offers over £220,000 and blends country living with modern interiors.

Listed with Hastings Legal, Elmbank is a two-bedroom cottage offering "the best of both worlds" as a family home or as an investment property.

A Hastings spokesperson said: "A rare opportunity for those in search of a country cottage boasting picturesque views of rolling countryside, offering both an idyllic home and a promising investment opportunity.

"Nestled in the serene village of Smailholm, this charming cottage presents an enticing opportunity for those yearning for a recently modernized cottage, all within easy reach of Kelso and its conveniences.

"Throughout the cottage, thoughtful modernization has been seamlessly integrated while preserving its inherent character."

Inside the cottage there is a large open plan kitchen, dining and living room which is connected to a conservatory..

The two bedrooms are found along the same hallway as the recently modernised family bathroom.

The spokesperson added: "At its heart, a generously proportioned open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area, loaded with captivating features.

"A striking contemporary forest green kitchen adorned with quartz countertops and a substantial central island commands attention, offering both style and functionality.

"The ambiance is further enhanced by the inviting glow of an open fireplace, housing a multifuel stove, creating a cozy atmosphere to be cherished."

Externally Elmbank has an encompassing front, side and rear lawned garden.

To the rear of the property there is an elevated grassy area with a patio.

There is also a garden shed and off-street parking to the side of the property.

For more information on Elmbank, including floor plans, and for contact details to register for a viewing, visit the ESPC website.