This ancient Tower is situated in the Scottish Borders, an area of outstanding natural beauty and rich in history. Whilst ideal for a house party with a difference, the Tower also provides a dramatic backdrop for some exciting events and is a most romantic and magical hideaway for an intimate wedding. Small groups will be able to take advantage of the sporting opportunities on offer locally as well as the relaxed and informal atmosphere. This is an unusual and unique property and will satisfy those whose minds have been jaded by yet another country house hotel.
Built in 1535 it is an historian’s dream for it has a long and often gruesome history. It has been painstakingly restored, winning six architectural awards and now offers a unique and fascinating hideaway.
The Tower sits within a half acre of walled garden, with herbaceous borders in a typical design of an 18th century Scottish garden. Beyond the lawn there is an orchard containing many of the traditional varieties such as quince, damson and crab apple, and the gardens are an ideal spot for an outdoor wedding, weather permitting of course.
Although not vast the four storey Tower is full of quaint craftsmanship such as the left turning spiral stone stairwell. The rooms are spread throughout the building so it is not for those unable to cope with the spiral staircase, but for those looking for a venue which is full of character, this is it.
The living spaces include a small but superbly appointed kitchen with a vaulted ceiling and a more modern dining/games room in the former barn. This room has been cleverly designed to provide some event space as well as an area to spread out for dinner or to let off steam with some games. The high roof has allowed for an interesting use of the space to add a gallery above with TV room and study area.
The delightful Great Hall is on the first floor, up the staircase, and is the central gathering area of the Tower. It has a huge open fire and has been furnished with velvet sofas and modern artwork. This is the place to be on a cold day with a roaring fire.
The latest addition to the property is a renovated cart shed. This lovely space is ideal for larger functions such as weddings and parties and has 3 stone walls and a fourth wall of mainly glass ensuring the room is nice and bright, and giving great views out towards the Tower. This glass wall folds out on warm days for an al-fresco effect.
There are 4 double bedrooms in the main tower and 1 in the extended building, with either en-suite facilities or a separate bathroom. All are comfortably decorated in a contemporary style which contrasts with the heritage of the building.
This is a truly charming and unusual venue for those looking for somewhere with a history.
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