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The Castle - Selkirk

Selkirk (5mls SW), Scottish Borders
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Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
5 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Luxury
Family friendly
Quirky
Castles
Party houses
Wedding venues
Hen parties
Stag Parties
Towels included
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

Whether you are looking for a well-deserved break or to let loose with an activity-packed holiday, this magnificent and unique self-catering castle nestled within private grounds enjoys the best of both worlds. Not only fantastic accommodation to enjoy throughout the day but an excellent base for exploring the surroundings, you can take your pick of country pursuits or city adventures from within the heart of the Scottish Borders. Whisk your favourite people and four-pawed pals away and get ready for a getaway like no other.

A truly unique retreat for up to 11 people and their two dogs to relish together, this fabulous 16th-century castle has been lovingly refurbished to create a great family homestay near Selkirk. One of a kind, its inherent charm will captivate and enchant as soon as you arrive, offering something for all generations to fall in love with. Kitted out with an impressive five bedrooms and six bathrooms, having to take your turn for luxurious baths or invigorating showers will be a thing of the past; there’s even a games room your children will adore as an extra bonus.

Take two steps down from the hall and head into the kitchen on the ground floor; there’s no better way to recharge after hours of exploration than with AGA-warmed stew and glass of vino. Dish up and serve around the attractive grand dining table and when you’re done, simply pop your plates in the dishwasher. While the kids scurry away to the games room, adults can head upstairs to the first floor where the great hall awaits, complete with plump sofas and warmed by a roaring open fire. Perfect for downtime, the study is accessed via a steep stone spiral staircase, while the sitting room beckons for movie nights with the family.

Arranged over the top three floors, the property’s bedrooms each promise nights of sheer comfort and mornings with glorious views over the countryside. Each boasting handmade Duxiana beds and their own en-suite bathrooms, the bedrooms are awash with charm. Follow the maze of spiral staircases to reach your room of choice and look forward to a great night’s sleep.

Venturing outside, you will be met with large, enclosed gardens bordered by mature shrubs which are an ideal place to relax when the weather is good. The peaceful surroundings will allow you to listen to the sounds of nature. In the evenings, make the most of the garden furniture for family gatherings; celebrating quality time spent together in this most beautiful of settings.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • EPC rating  - F
  • Arrival: 16:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 3 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £500 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £50. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

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.

Gavin Grant

This property is personally managed by Gavin.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 8 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Ken 18th August 2023

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Reviewed by Katrin 4th August 2023

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Beautiful Fireplace and wonderful comfy beds. Absolutely amazing! Very different to a lot of other holiday houses. Stunning garden and a most wonderful housekeeping team.

Reviewed by Gordon 6th January 2023

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It was an absolute privilege to stay at Aikwood Tower with family and friends. It is an extremely well appointed and comfortable property, which has been lovingly restored. We would highly recommend Aikwood Tower for a holiday or a family gathering.

Reviewed by Joanne 22nd December 2022

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Reviewed by karen 26th October 2022

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Aikwood Tower was everything we hoped it would be. A castle to the little ones. A party venue for the birthday boy. Relaxing sofas with sumptuous upholstery and oh so comfy beds! A kitchen in which to create, drink, chat, host and be hosted. Extra touches like the coffee station halfway up the stairs and the generous supply of detergent tablets, coRead moreffee pods, bathrobes. The very exciting welcome pack and the always friendly, always helpful answers to so many questions. Very highly recommended. Hide

Reviewed by Kenneth 10th June 2022

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Fantastic facility, comfortable, warm, etc. the whole experience was great.

Reviewed by Anthony 1st April 2022

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A memorable and exotic experience! A great place to celebrate an 80th birthday, and the oldies bagged the bedroom in the extension where the stairs were not so challenging! The Tower was spotlessly clean, very well equipped, warm and cosy, with an unlimited supply of logs available. Cooking on an AGA was a new experience for us but we managed fine.Read more The ambience in the main lounge was very relaxing. If you get a food delivery sent to the Tower, get them to put it through the kitchen window! Hide

Reviewed by John 10th March 2022

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