Welcome to the Tower of Hallbar, once a defensive tower and now an unusual and intriguing holiday let for 7 persons. The tower is available year round for week long stays and short breaks.
The Tower of Hallbar, formerly home to the Lockharts of Lee, is situated in the beautiful Clyde Valley.
Crowned by a garret, cap house and a parapet walkway, this austere building rises four storeys high above the Braidwood Burn. Architectural features include crow-stepped gables, an oriel window, dovecote and gargoyles. A steep stone staircase connects all five floors of the tower with uneven treads, often known as trip-steps, built within the thickness of the 1.5 metre exterior wall. The tower is set in five acres of native woodland, young orchards and meadows.
The fully fitted kitchen/dining room, with its overarching stone vault and adjacent cloakroom occupy the ground floor. The Great Hall, on the first floor, has a fine original fireplace with a wood-burning stove and oak furniture of the period. The substantial ceiling beams are enlivened with colourful paintings showing heraldic motifs, flowers and beasts of the forest. The bathroom and bedrooms are arranged over three floors. Above the Great Hall there is a well-appointed bathroom and charming single bedroom. On the floor above is a wonderfully atmospheric vaulted twin bedroom. The master bedroom, at the top of the tower, is reached by going out onto the parapet. Surrounding the tower is a pleasant garden, ideal for outside eating in the summer months.
The neighbouring nineteenth century cottage or bothy provides a comfortable double bedroom and a sitting room with a wood-burning stove. There is also a small kitchenette/utility area and a wet room. Interconnecting telephones link the buildings.
NB: The Tower of Hallbar is situated on an ancient right of way. Walkers and riders may use the track. Please note the stairs in the tower are steep and uneven making the property unsuitable for the disabled, infirm or very small children.