Described as a tower house, it is as you would expect a Scottish castle to be - full of character, authenticity and brimming with history. Is this the one you are looking for?
Built in 1535 as a fortified tower house, by the late 18th century it was abandoned as a dwelling until lovingly restored in the 1990's by the current owners. Today it has been completely refurbished to cater for the needs of today within the confines of a 16th century castle. This exceptional Border peel tower retains all the authenticity of the past with stone clad walls, shot holes, steep stone turnpike stairs and an inglenook fireplace.
Bookings can be for weekly rentals, weekends Friday – Monday or for mid-week options for a minimum of 2 nights. For those wishing catering during your stay – this can be arranged with advance notice.
There are two sections to the building, the castle and the adjoined house. The castle has four floors, with the vaulted kitchen with dining area on the ground floor. Above this is the Great Hall, with roaring fire, providing a comfortable and informal atmosphere for guests to relax. Next to this, is a snug study room, which is ideal for finding some peace and quiet. Then there are four comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms on the floors above. Within the house section, at ground level is a large open plan reception space, which is ideal for hosting events like small weddings. Next to this is a commercial kitchen, which only becomes available if required to cook for larger numbers. Above this, is a games room and a further bedroom and bathroom. All the bedrooms contain the most technologically advanced beds in the world, the hand-made DUX beds from Sweden, which will ensure you have an exceptional night's sleep. The south-west facing walled garden is a delightful secure space and looks out to a farmhouse beyond. It is ideal for playing croquet on the lawn or enjoying a glass of Pimms on the terrace on a summer's evening. The castle is situated next door to a farm where agricultural activity takes place each day.
WHAT TO DO IN THE AREAThe Borders is known as the short break destination of Scotland and provides many activities for all the family. The Ettrick and Yarrow valleys are perfect for walking, mountain biking or horse riding, and the rivers ideal for fishing or even kayaking. For golfers there are the fantastic championship golf courses of The Roxburghe and Cardrona which are both nearby. This area is rich and varied in its history and culture, including Melrose Abbey and Abbottsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott. Whilst those looking for city life, then Edinburgh and all it's attractions are only one hour away.