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The Five Turrets

Selkirk, Scottish Borders

A grade II listed building in the Scottish Baronial style, this fabulous four bedroom property combines fairytale turrets with creative pops of colour. Perfect for family and friends time and an ideal base for more active adventures.

The Five Turrets

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Overview

A grade II listed building in the Scottish Baronial style, this fabulous four bedroom property combines fairytale turrets with creative pops of colour. Perfect for family and friends time and an ideal base for more active adventures.

A contemporary twist breathes new life into this beautiful heritage property

Once home to a booming Tweed industry, The Five Turret's architecture celebrates the rich history of the area and its connection to celebrated writer and Sheriff, Sir Walter Scott.

The property is credit to the vision of the owners with artistic touches and warming textiles which have been used to enhance rather than dominate.

Bold colours have been used to great effect here, carefully balanced with heritage shades and reclaimed oak flooring which gives the property a relaxed, yet on-trend vibe.

The large open plan living area with soaring roof is the heart and soul of the home, beautifully bright in summer but wonderfully atmospheric on those wintry evenings when you can dim the lights down low and throw another log on the wood burner. 

The dining space takes advantage of the views across the Ettrick and Yarrow hillside while the kitchen has plenty of quality features which will keep the cooks in the party happy – from divine bakes to heart-warming casseroles.

An oak and glass staircase leads up to the mezzanine level with an extensive library and Smart TV so there are plenty of relaxation spaces to suit grown-ups and children alike. And for those who enjoy a little tinkling of the ivories, the piano in the reception hall is ready, tuned and waiting!

When sleep beckons, the property benefits from four bedrooms - two ground floor rooms with shared shower room, and a further two bedrooms with bathroom on the first floor. Each features quality Egyptian cotton linen, award-winning Casper mattresses and working shutters. 

The Ettrick room benefits from a window seat for taking in the view; the Tweed enjoys a birds-eye view of one of the rear turrets; Teviot enjoys an extensive outlook across the Ettrick Valley; while Yarrow has its very own tiny inner turret.

Outside the property leads down to a private garden with fruit trees which guests are welcome to pick during season. There’s also plenty of secure storage space for bikes and sporting kit for those who plan some outdoor adventures.

Finally the owners have been working hard with local providers to develop a range of bespoke itineraries for guests who are looking for something a little bit different. From personal chefs to private gin tastings, classic tours, land rover safaris, and even alpaca trekking - all can be readily arranged in the immediate area for your enjoyment.

Property details

Ground floor

Access into porch/boot room with hanging space.

Large hall with seating area and piano.

Open plan living space comprising sitting room with two large sofas and dining space with seating for eight.

Kitchen includes induction hob, steam baking oven, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, flat bed microwave, filter coffee maker, selection of cook books. There is a washing machine and dryer in a utility cupboard in the sitting room.

Small utility room with belfast sink.

Bedroom one - the Ettrick room with zip and link beds which can be adapted to 6' super king bed or twin as required, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail.

Bedroom two - the Tweed room with zip and link beds which can be adapted to 6' super king bed or twin as required, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail, window seat.

Bathroom one with large shower unit with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Mezzanine level

Mezzanine floor with three large sofas, 49" Ultra HD Smart TV which is Netflix enabled (own account required), Blu-ray DVD player, extensive library of books.

First floor

Bedroom three - the Teviot room with 4'6" double bed, side tables, chest of drawers, built-in wardrobe.

Bathroom two with bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom four - the Yarrow room with 5'2" king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail. Steps into a tiny turret with window.

Outside

There is a small area to the front of the property with cafe table and chairs. This leads down a series of steps to a lower garden with small lawn, fruit trees, patio area and garden furniture. The garden is not fully enclosed at this time.

Parking

Private parking for two cars sits to the side of the property. Otherwise on-street parking for any additional vehicles.

Babies & Children

The Five Turrets extends a warm welcome to families, however guests should note that there is a mezzanine floor leading directly from the main sitting area therefore younger children will require careful supervision in this area. It is not possible to gate the stair due to the nature of the glazed panels therefore guests should give consideration to the property set up before booking. The owner would be pleased to assist with any queries you may have.

 

 

Dogs

Sorry, dogs are not allowed at this property.

Guest amenities

High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Superfast fibre broadband is available. Mobile reception is generally good.

Heating

Gas central heating throughout. Wood burner with initial basket of logs. Further supplies must be purchased directly from the owner who will provide high quality kiln dried logs for use by guests.

Guest privacy

There is a lower ground floor apartment which sits under separate private ownership.

The property sits directly on the roadside in the town of Selkirk, however the aspect from the open plan living area enjoys far reaching views towards the rural landscape.

Location

The historic market town of Selkirk provides a good range of local amenities, including a deli, bakery, butcher and small supermarket for holiday provisions. The Fleece Bar & Kitchen is a good choice for eating out, or try the Three Hills Coffee Company on the High Street for a perfect artisan roast.

You will find a number of textile producers in the area including the Lochcarron Visitor Centre for lovers of cashmere and tweed, or head to Lindean Mill Glass which offers a super chance to skilled glass artisans at work.

Alternatively a wonderful selection of independent shops can be found in Melrose (8 miles) or Galashiels (7 miles) for larger supermarkets including a Marks & Spencers food outlet.

For light-bites, The Minstrel Tearoom at Bowhill Country Estate (3 miles) is an attractive spot, or the Waterwheel cafe at nearby Philiphaugh is a super stop for refreshments and a chance to see salmon leaping at the viewing centre. The Woll Restaurant in Ashkirk also has a good reputation for serving excellent food full of fresh local flavours.

Activities

For cycling and mountain biking, the Ettrickbridge and Yarrow Cycle Trail sits nearby - a scenic, but hilly, 19.5 mile loop using mostly quiet roads and forest paths but offering spectacular views in reward for one or two leg-burning climbs! Less demanding routes are within easy reach including the 7 mile Bowhill route, and 8.5 mile Ettrickfoot & Yair trail which offer relatively flat rides taking in forest paths and river courses.

For routes the whole family can enjoy, head to Bowhill Country Park just down the road which has miles of tracks in a stunning woodland setting in addition to a wonderful range of family friendly activities, including an amazing outdoor playground with exhilarating zip wires, and a new ranger-led holiday programme offering budding young adventurers hours of woodland fun. It also provides a chance to explore all that the wider estate has to offer including stunning gardens, the outstanding painting collection of Bowhill House, or simply some time outdoors enjoying the forest trails and wonderful wildlife of the area. A riding centre is also located nearby for forest and moorland treks on well-schooled horses.

For walking, the beautiful valleys of Ettrick and Yarrow affords plenty of choice in all directions, including the easy/moderate ‘Ettrickbridge Circular’ (4 miles) to the more challenging ‘Yarrowford Circular’ (10 miles) taking in the Three Brethren cairns which offer superb panoramic views from the summit. Other nearby trails include ‘The Loch’s Walk’ on Bowhill Estate (2 miles), the moderate ‘Duchess’s Drive’ (7 miles) or the strenuous ‘Ettrickhead Horseshoe’ (10 miles) which is a splendid high level walking experience.

There is good value fishing on the Yarrow or Ettrick Water described by Shooting Times & Country Magazine as, ‘one of the best-kept secrets in the fishing world’ and there are a number of lochs and reservoirs for stillwater fishing. For golf enthusiasts, The Woll in Ashkirk is a popular 18 hole course in a super parkland setting just a ten minute drive away, while the wider area offers a huge variety of courses to suit all levels.

St. Mary’s Loch is a relaxed spot to while-away an afternoon in scenic surroundings, or why not spend time exploring the rich history of the area - from the skirmishes of the Border Reivers, the remnants of fortified towers, or the story of James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd who became one of Scotland’s literary giants.

The magnificent city of Edinburgh is a perfect day trip - you can hop on a train from Tweedbank (6 miles) where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite architecture of this beautiful city.

 

Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Services

Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Babysitting and Nannies

Babysitting and Nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Location In the town of Selkirk.
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday during high season. Flexible during low season.
  • Arrival time: 3pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Dim the lights and enjoy the ambience of the mezzanine level - perfect for some relaxation time. The Little Things we Love....
"Dim the lights and enjoy the ambience of the mezzanine level - perfect for some relaxation time."
Gethin, owner of The Five Turrets