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The Castle - Selkirk

Selkirk (5mls SW), Scottish Borders
Sleeps 11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 6
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
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

Beautifully presented 16th Century castle set within private grounds and enjoying enviable views across the Scottish Border’s rolling hills and countryside.

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.

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

  • 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.

Gavin Grant

This property is personally managed by Gavin.


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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

Scotland is also a land of unique culture where the people are renowned for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Experience the peaceful Isle of Lewis where Scots Gaelic is widely spoken, or immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which are vibrant with thriving arts scenes, delicious restaurants and bustling nightlife. And no trip to Scotland is complete without exploring the castles and distilleries: learn about clan rivalries or bloody battles amongst 13th-century battlements or try a taste of Scotland itself during a tour of one of the 120 whisky distilleries. Pure Scottish culture in a glass.

With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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