Lochhouse Tower a 16th Century Borders Tower in Dumfries-shire was built in about 1533 and restored in the 1970’s with a complete refurbishment in 2014.
In his publication “The fortified house in Scotland”, the castle historian Nigel Tranter describes Lochhouse Tower as “a 16th century tower of some strength standing on a slight eminence, near the road, in low-lying ground a mile south of Moffat. It is rubble built, three storeys and an attic in height, with the basement with the usual wide splayed gun-loops just above”. The Tower was built for the Johnstone clan as one of their strong houses and the walls are proof of this as they are 6 ft (1.8m) thick and rounded on the angles.
Internally, you’ll find a vaulted ground floor with fitted kitchen and dining space. On the floor above is the traditional Great Hall, with exposed stone walls adorned with armoury. Above are three bedrooms (two doubles and one twin). Set within 5 acres of grounds, which includes a loch, this wonderful piece of history is available to let for self catering family holidays and would be a rare treat for anyone interested in Scotland’s historic past.
Even the famous painter Joseph William Mallord Turner took time to sketch Lochhouse with his notebook of castle sketches from1801 displayed in the Tate gallery.
If you’d like to rent Lochhouse Tower please contact the Property Manager Scotts Castle Holidays for more information.