Whiteburn Caerlee Mill - New build homes in Innerleithen

Modern Living, away from the hustle and bustle

Welcome to Caerlee Mill

Our vision for Caerlee Mill is to enhance the established Innerleithen community and add to the heart of this thriving Borders village. This Whiteburn development is ideal for those aspiring to a better life and work balance, and to trade busy city life for the benefits and beauty of the countryside.

Meet your Dream Home

Every detail at Caerlee Mill has been carefully considered, from the roofscape echoing the sawtooth roof of the former mill buildings, to the use of traditional materials. Respecting the integrity of the existing space and setting has been of utmost importance throughout the whole creative process.

The Ballantyne

3 Bedroom Home

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A contemporary home, yet timelessly stylish and available as a generous three-bedroom end terrace or detached house. Space and light create the feel of a loft apartment rather than a two-storey home.

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The Dow

3 Bedroom Terrace House

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The three-bedroom Dow is a stand-out contemporary home that combines a family focused layout with thoughtful finishing touches. Enter through the vestibule where you can take off your shoes, hang up your coat and pull on your slippers.

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The Walker

2 Bedroom House

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At The Walker, space and light are maximised to create the ideal contemporary home. Linking the dining and living areas, the fully fitted kitchen is very much at the heart of the Walker, with light flooding through from the rear patio doors.

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The Gill

2 Bedroom Cottage Flat

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Embrace ample storage space and an open-plan kitchen and living area with attractive french windows that flood the area with light. The Gill is entered either at ground floor level, or via its own contemporary steel stair on the first floor.

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The Brodie

4 Bedroom House

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Style and functionality are intertwined beautifully in The Brodie. First impressions count, and the covered gable porch and well-lit vestibule offer a wonderful indication of what lies beyond.

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An Exciting Future

Innerleithen’s Caerlee Mill has a fascinating history, and now thanks to a new development, it has an exciting future too.

Whiteburn is creating 44 new homes; a range of two, three and four bedroom houses and cottage flats, each one thoughtfully designed to reflect the spirit of the former mill site. Every detail has been carefully considered – from the roofscape echoing the sawtooth roof of the former mill buildings, to the use of traditional materials. Respecting the integrity of the existing space and setting has been of utmost importance throughout the whole creative process.

The vision for the Caerlee Mill development is to enhance the established Innerleithen community, adding to the heart of this thriving Borders village. The aim is also to enable those aspiring to achieve a better life / work balance to escape busy city life and enjoy all the benefits of the beautiful countryside and outdoor pursuits this area has to offer.

Discover Innerleithen

Caerlee Mill sits at the centre of Innerleithen, a thriving town in the heart of the Tweed Valley. The active community boasts excellent cafes, pubs, hotels, an ice cream shop, and a local Co-op for all your essentials. The beautiful surrounding countryside is a Mecca for mountain biking, walking, hiking, fishing, watersports and golf, making it the ideal location for lovers of the great outdoors.

Caerlee Mill Logo

Caerlee Mill was built between 1788 and 1790 at the behest of Traquair-born Alexander Brodie to manufacture woollen cloth. It was the first water-powered textile mill to be built in the Borders and the Mill Lade still runs through the development.

After Brodie’s death in 1811, the factory was rented to David Ballantyne in the 1820s, and during the 1830s the Dow brothers used it to manufacture tartan material and fancy shawls for the Glasgow market. The mill remained the property of Brodie’s estate until 1839 when it was sold to the Galashiels company, Messrs Gill & Sime.

Robert Gill modernized and enlarged Caerlee Mill, adding steam-power to that provided by the water-wheel. By the 1860s, the mill contained six sets of carding machines, 20 hand looms, 30 power looms, and 4,200 spindles, and employed more than 100 people.

Caerlee Mill was sold in 1868 to J W Walker & Co, later becoming part of D Ballantyne & Co. During the early 1900s, Caerlee Mill began to diversify into the production of cashmere goods. In 1919, it was amalgamated along with Waverley Mills and March Street Mills under D Ballantyne Brothers & Co.  After a series of mergers in the 1960s and stiff overseas competition in the 1970s, woollen manufacturing in Innerleithen suffered a gradual but relentless decline. Unfortunately, despite endeavours by its then owners, Caerlee Mills Limited, the business proved unviable and the mill closed its factory doors in 2013.

A full assessment of the historic quality and heritage value of the mill buildings was carried out by Scottish Borders Council and in 2016 a planning in principle was granted to facilitate the redevelopment of the site. Whiteburn Caerlee LLP purchased the site in May 2017 and planning consent for our 44 new homes was granted in August 2018.

The Listed Mill Buildings

The original Brodies Mill, dating back to 1788, is B listed. It and some of the ancillary service buildings have been retained. Whiteburn are in consultation to establish a future use for the mill building. A consortium of bodies is currently exploring the viability of a mountain bike innovation centre, linked to external cycling facilities facilitated through the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. This would funded through the UK Government, and we understand an announcement from the UK Government will be forthcoming in the new year (2019).

St Ronan’s School Nursery
St Ronan’s Road
EH44 6PB
Tel: 07896 830 349

St Ronan’s Primary
St Ronan’s Road
EH44 6PB
Tel: 01896 830 349

Peebles High School
Springwood Road
EH45 9HB
Tel: 01721 720 291

St Ronan’s Health Centre
Buchan Place
EH44 6QE
Tel: 01896 830 203

Borders General Hospital
Tel: 01896 826 000

Kingsmeadows Dental Practice
7 Kingsmeadows Road
EH45 9EN
Tel: 01721 722 320

Dental Practice Peebles
36 High Street
EH45 6SF
Tel: 01721 720 532

  • Co-op supermarket
  • Post office & general store
  • Chemist
  • Two bakers
  • Butcher
  • Award-winning ice cream shop
  • Cafés & pubs/hotels
  • Art galleries & picture framer
  • Antiques shops
  • Charity shop (local fundraising)

What People Say About Us

The flat has exceeded expectations in terms of design and quality of fittings. It has genuinely earned a ‘wow’ response from all our visitors. We are happy to recommend Whiteburn.

Ian and Isobel – Parkview, Dundee

Friendly service with fantastic communication throughout. The finish quality is excellent and the aftercare service has been exceptional.

Janette – Ashludie House, Monifieth