2 THE AVENUE, GIFFORD, EAST LOTHIAN
You know the quote, ‘You had me at hello’? (If it sounds familiar but you can’t place it, think Jerry Maguire.) Well, I’d argue, some houses have that effect. You don’t need to get inside to appreciate their character or the great interior style: you’re sold from outside on the street, or in the driveway, walking up to the front door.
Number 2 The Avenue is one of those houses. There’s the location for a start. The conservation village of Gifford is a very appealing spot, and as its conservation status implies the village is filled with equally appealing properties. The beech trees lining the village green form an avenue that leads towards the imposing gates of Yester House, which was the seat of the Marquess of Tweeddale from the mid-17th century until 1967, and most of the traditional stone buildings here would originally have been estate workers’ cottages.