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Selkirk (5mls SW), Scottish Borders

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Sleeps 11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Change Fri
pets Dogs welcome 2
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Party houses
Wedding venues
Hen parties
Stag Parties
Towels included
Cot available
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautifully presented 16th Century castle creating a unique holiday home experience
  • A great location for keen walkers and cyclists with plenty of activities to enjoy
  • Visit some of the area’s beautiful locations including Bowhill House and Yarrow Valleys
Property code: TOWER

Situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders, this stunning period tower is ideally situated to explore some of the area’s finest offerings. A fantastic base for visiting some Scotland’s most iconic locations such as the world famous towns including Melrose. Further afield you can find Edinburgh and you can enjoy a trip to the capital city using the new Scottish Borders Railway from Tweedbank station. The property itself is located in the small and peaceful village of Ettrick. The village has a vast history, literary lights including Sir Walter Scott, James Hogg and Ettirck Shepherd all spent time here and it’s easy to see why. The nearby Yarrow Valleys offer a beautiful and undisrupted vista where you can enjoy the tranquillity. For those who are more adventurous, Glentress Forest is the UK’s leading mountain bike centre and is within easy reach of the property and there are plenty of other outdoor activities to partake in. If you fancy something more relaxing, the beautiful Bowhill house, theatre, tea room and golf courses are all within easy reach. Let the world pass by whilst you enjoy a day trout fishing.

Approached by a long track road, the majestic tower sits within private grounds. Once you have entered the property, 2 steps down from the hall lead you into the kitchen which has been handcrafted and offers an AGA, fridge, freezer, microwave, espresso machine, dishwasher and pantry, which makes preparing your family’s favourite meals as easy as possible. The kitchen is also home to the grand dining table, this room is full of charm and grandeur. Also on the ground floor, you can find a handy utility room which houses the washing machine, tumble dryer and an additional fridge. The large and spacious games room is located on the ground floor and is equipped with table tennis and board games, perfect for keeping everyone entertained. On the first floor you can find the great hall, a grand room with plump sofa and armchairs, a roaring open fire which is contained within the huge stone fireplace and beautiful views. This room is perfect for curling up in on a lazy evening with loved ones. The study is located on the first floor tower and is accessed via a stone, spiral staircase. The study is full of historic charm, with its paintings, woodburner and wingback chairs. This is a great room for sitting back and enjoying the roar of the fire whilst reading your favourite book. The sitting room benefits from a flatscreen TV, iPod docking station and plenty of comfortable seating, perfect for enjoying your favourite movie or boxset.

The bedrooms which are arranged over the top three floors all offer amazing views and are fitted with handmade Duxiana beds. The first bedroom is on the first floor and features a king-size zip-and-link bed with an en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath and WC. The next bedroom is accessed via a stone spiral staircase and is fitted with a super-king-size bed and a private bathroom with an opulent roll-top bath and has a shower over and WC. The third and fourth bedrooms are on the third floor, and are also accessed via a stone spiral staircase, and there is a king-size zip-and-link with an en-suite bathroom with WC and a double with a roll-top bath and WC. The fifth bedroom is on the fourth floor and is located in the top tower. This bedroom is accessed via a stone and wooden spiral staircase and benefits from a king-size zip-and-link with an en-suite shower room with WC. There is also 2 additional WC’s which can be found on the ground floor and a handy wetroom situated on the third floor tower.

Outside there are large, mature and beautiful enclosed gardens to explore. There is also garden furniture, which makes this the perfect place to enjoy breakfast or a light lunch.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

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  • 5 bedrooms: 3 king-size zip-and-link with en-suites, 1 double en-suite and 1 super-king-size en-suite
  • 5 bathrooms: 5 en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms and 2 separate WC’s
  • AGA, fridge, freezer, microwave, espresso machine, dishwasher and pantry
  • Utility room: washing machine, tumble dryer and additional fridge
  • Trout fishing
  • Games room with table tennis and board games
  • Open fire in great hall
  • Woodburner in study
  • Heating and electricity included
  • Bath robes provided
  • Steep stone, spiral staircases – care must be taken
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub/restaurant 1 mile, shops 4 miles
  • TV & DVD, Freeview, iPod docking station, CD and Hi-Fi
  • Selection of books available
  • Catering, butler and daily maid can be arranged, pre booking essential.

The most idyllic base for those who like to pepper their holidays with varied activities and attractions, this superb family home is perfect for curious minds and itchy feet. Get to know the area and explore the local walks nearby, spending time in the local of village of Ettrick famed for its rich history and literary connections including Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg who also wrote under the nickname Ettrick Shepherd.

If you want to get active over a rambling hike or bike ride, the Yarrow Valley offers a wonderful adventure playground in which to enjoy the sights and let off steam. If you are into your biking, head to Glentress Forest (26 miles) for a real challenge. The UK's leading biking centre, Glentress Forest is a mecca for two-wheeled enthusiasts and sure to give you something to write home about.

For something a little more relaxed, Bowhill house is 3 miles away and offers a number of outdoor activities for you to partake in or simply somewhere special to savour a hot cup of tea and wedge of homemade cake. You can also drive over to Selkirk, 4.5 miles away, and dip in out and of the town's selection of cafes and shops.

If you have your sights set on something more lively for a day, Scotland's legendary capital, Edinburgh, is 46 miles away. Hop in your car or nab yourself a seat with the Scottish Borders Railway from Tweedbank Station and immerse yourself in all of its vibrancy and history.


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