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Maplehurst

A substantial and largely unaltered Edwardian villa on Abbotsford Road in Galashiels, a half-mile (1 km) southeast of the town centre, Maplehurst was built 1904-06 in the Arts and Crafts style by local architect John Hall for Andrew Fairgrieve, the owner of Huddersfield Mill in the town. The name recognises that the house was built for his new Canadian wife, Carrie, and it marries Canadian Art Deco features into its Arts and Crafts design. The bulk of the two-storey house is grey-rendered, with half-timbered gables, deeply overhanging eaves extending from steeply-sloping slate roofs. Its bay windows, the doorway and chimney are constructed in red sandstone rubble with sloping footings. Windows and edges have narrow red sandstone ashlar margins and there is an octagonal tower at the rear corner.

The interior has retained most of its original features including the original Native American tapestry wall covering in the entrance hall, oak floors and panelling, Arts and Crafts fireplaces and detailing in the principal rooms, together with stained glass windows with a maple leaf motif.

The house was B-listed in 2006 and remains in private hands, now providing boutique-style bed and breakfast accommodation. Its garden includes a considerable number of fine trees, many of them Canadian species.


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