Walking down the churchyard and through the gates we turn left along East Green with the vicarage on our right hand side and soon pass Eldon House, with its distinctive pantiled
roof and the 17th century Manor House.
I arrived there on a sunny day, which could only help I suppose, but it seemed that here was a Scottish village unlike any I have seen, all red pantiled
or thatched roofs and crow-stepped gables surrounding a beautiful palace and nestled into rolling green hills.
It is octagonal, brick-built, with sandstone dressings and a pitched pantiled
Priced at pounds 720,000, the house is a 'wonderful fusion of modern living and architecture with traditional stone and pantiled
roof' say the agents, Knight Frank in Oxford.
Turning right along the roadway, we pass a stone and pantiled
farm building, on the right and follow the gently undulating route over a stone bridge that crosses the Tranmire Beck.
Outside is a range of outbuildings constructed of brick under a pantiled
roof - this building also requires total renovation.
Outbuildings at Southerns include a stone and pantiled
roofed garage, lean-to, store and fuel store.