Nestled gently on the banks of the River Tweed amidst the rich dramatic beauty of the landscape made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott, this really is an enchanting spot. Built in the early 19th century, Stirling Towers with its ornate orchard gate and fairytale turrets was originally part of the aristocratic folly of the 11th Earl of Buchan. Sleeps 4, 2 bedroom. 2 dogs welcome. Wi-fi available. Dryburgh Abbey and national walking routes on the doorstep. Tweed fishing just a spey cast away!
Offered as two outstanding holiday lets, the cottages at Stirling Tower have undergone a complete transformation to ensure the highest level of guest comfort throughout.
Sitting at the end of no-through road surrounded by scenic parkland and woodland, the area is steeped in history and heritage, positioned just a stone’s throw from the romantic medieval ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the mighty sandstone statue of Sir William Wallace, and the Dryburgh chainlink bridge.
With its captivating exterior and plush interior, No. 1 Stirling Towers will ease you into a holiday mindset in no time. Designed for four, the cottage has plenty of space for relaxation and entertaining with its warm ambient sitting room and woodburning stove, while a separate dining room with cosy open fire is an atmospheric spot to indulge in lovely evenings into the wee small hours.
The kitchen is well equipped with all mod cons, including a wine fridge to keep that crisp Chablis at the perfect temperature! There is a separate utility room for outdoor kit and the four-legged members of your party, leading onto the raised patio and lawned garden. Upstairs the two en-suite bedrooms enjoy the most fantastic views of the river and fishing guests can start their day in anticipation taking in the views over the bridge pool.
For larger parties looking to holiday together, the cottage can be let in conjunction with No. 2 Stirling Towers which sits next door.
Stirling Towers is within walking distance of the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel where guests are welcome to use the bar and AA rosette restaurant and bistro, and is just three miles from St Boswells which boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms. There is also a good butchers, small Co-op supermarket and the Borders Gunroom.
Nearby Melrose (7 miles) is one of the most picturesque in the Borders and has an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including The Country Kitchen for deli produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees; Dalgetty’s Bakery, makers of the original Selkirk Bannock; or Baird’s Butchers for locally sourced produce as well as freshly prepared homemade meals which are perfect for holiday stays. You will also find a quality fishmongers, a fresh fruit and veg shop as well as two small convenience stores.
For coffee and cake, pop into Apples for Jam for a steaming cappuccino and a delicious butter cream sponge, or for evening dining, the Town House, Burts or Marmions all come highly recommended. A short drive will also take you to the pretty conservation village of Gattonside ( 6 miles) for excellent food at Seasons or the Hoebridge Restaurant.
Activities and attractions
Dryburgh is an excellent base for exploring the local area. The evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott, sits just a five minute walk away, upheld as the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Also on the doorstep is the mighty red sandstone monument of Sir William Wallace, and nearby Scott’s View offering panoramic views over superb Border’s countryside.
For outdoor pursuits, there are excellent walks from the cottage along the river and several major walking and cycling routes nearby including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous St Cuthbert's Way which charts the historic trail of this revered seventh century Saint on a 62 mile walk between Melrose Abbey where he started his religious life and his eventual resting place on the sublime Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
It is also an ideal base for fishing parties with notable middle Tweed beats including Dryburgh, Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game is also available locally, including Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or perhaps try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
For golf fans, the 9 hole Melrose golf club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills, or head to the stunning championship course at the Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso for a lovely afternoon followed perhaps by an evening meal at t
For sightseeing, the grand stately homes and castles of Floors, Mellerstain, Manderston, Abbotsford and Thirlestane are all within a short half hour drive where the beautiful artworks, rich architectural detailing and scenic grounds and gardens are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
For short breaks, our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for friendly get-togethers where you can enjoy National Hunt Racing at Kelso Racecourse, local Antique Fairs and Auctions, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, Point-to-Point Meets, the Borders Book Festival, Walking Festival and Common Ridings.......to name just a few!
A half-hour will take you to the wonderful heritage coastline with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, while the cultural city of Edinburgh is just an hour’s drive where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.
The accommodation sits on two floors.
Sitting room - two large double sofas provide plenty of seating space for rest and relaxation. Woodburning stove (logs supplied). Technology includes a flatscreen TV with Freeview and integrated DVD. A selection of books, games and DVDs are provided.
Dining room - with antique dining table and seating for six. Open fire. Sideboard with serving space. Additional storage is provided in the ground floor turret space.
Kitchen/dining - fully equipped with electric oven, ceramic hob, large fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated microwave, and wine fridge. There is an informal dining space with seating for 4/6. The leads into a separate utility room with washing machine and facilities. A glazed door provides access onto the raised patio (4 steps) and lawned garden.
Bathroom - ground floor bathroom with large shower unit, bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom one - with 4’6” double bed, dressing table, side tables, chest of drawers, walk-in closet, wall-mounted flatscreen TV.
En-suite bathroom - with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - with 5’ kingsize bed, side tables, chest of drawers, flatscreen TV, built-in wardrobe.
En-suite bathroom - with corner shower unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Central heating throughout the property.
Woodburning stove in the sitting room - logs supplied.
Open fire in the dining room.
High quality bed linen and luxurious towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Bath robes are supplied.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.
A welcome pack is provided.
Garden and grounds
There is a raised patio and lawned garden to the rear of the property with outside furniture which is fully enclosed. The patio is accessed from the kitchen/utility to the rear.
There is private parking to the front of the cottage.
Catering can be provided on request. A homemade meal delivery is popular for guests’ first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow. Please contact Crabtree & Crabtree for details.
Two well behaved dogs are permitted but must be kept to the utility and kitchen area of the property only.
No. 1 Stirling Towers is a semi-detached property. This adjoins No. 2 Stirling Towers which is also offered as a holiday let. The rear patio offers guest privacy and is not overlooked.
The property is strictly no smoking.