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Sleeps 8 adults
+ 2 children
Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Pets 2 Welcome Region Berwickshire Town/village Duns

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Unique Luxury Castle, Duns

If you require modern comforts wherever you stay, then it can be found at this beautifully restored Scottish castle, which combines luxury with loveliness.

Located in the Lammermuir Hills to the south of Edinburgh can be found this distinctive Peel Tower, which has been restored in recent years to provide upmarket castle accommodation. With dates that go back to 1350, this is predominantly a 15th century tower with unusual rounded corners and oblong in shape. Its dimensions are 40 foot by 26 foot with thick walls, to a height of 65 foot, with four storeys, all accessed by the turnpike stairs.

The front door is located on the west side of the castle and leads directly into the impressive dining room with kitchen, with under-floor heating and a wood-burning stove, so a warm welcome awaits. The Great Hall is located on the second floor where there is a magnificent drawing room with a feature fireplace, which is a very comfortable place to be settled after a day’s sightseeing or walking. A smaller sitting room is located in the suite on the first floor, and the accommodation is on this floor, the third floor and the fourth floor, with four well-appointed bedrooms and three modern bathrooms. This is a castle that has been made-over to a luxury standard with modern comforts whilst retaining the essence of yesteryear and ancient history. All of which makes this is an ideal base to discover Edinburgh and the Lothian and Borders area, and a perfect retreat to take the time to enjoy the charm of this wonderful castle.

A warm welcome awaits in the elegant drawing roomCrack open the champagne in this special castleOne of the armorial crests on the feature fireplaceTo the rear of the drawing room is the little snug which makes a fine retreatThere is plenty of space to dine in comfort and styleThe kitchen and dining area are located on the ground floorThe kitchen is well equipped and beautifully modernisedThere are plenty of logs, if the under-floor heating and central heating are not enoughThe stone turnpike stairs add to the sense of dramaMind that last step to the fourth floor

Living Space

Reception rooms

The elegant drawing room is located on the second floor and takes up the whole floor space. With an impressive feature open fire, with decorated mantle with armorial crests, the room is full of large comfortable sofas and armchairs. The interior decoration is stylish and elegant, and this is very much a room for grown-ups. To the rear of the room is a snug area with desk, library of books and a wood-burning stove, which is ideal for some quiet reflection. There is a small bar area with glasses and a wine fridge. On the floor below is an en-suite sitting room with a comfortable sofa-bed, to the first floor bedroom, between the bedroom and the bathroom.

Kitchen / Dining

On entering the castle, you are led into the large expansive dining room with kitchen. Whilst the walls are thick, it is not a vaulted room and there is plenty of headroom. The dining area houses an impressive large wooden table with matching chairs, which can seat up to 10 people in great comfort. This room has under-floor heating and a wood-burning stove, so should be a very warm room, and with this heat is very pet friendly. The kitchen area has a substantial range-master cooker with 5 gas hobs and an electric double oven. There is plenty of storage for dry good and refrigerated items. Outside of the castle is a building that houses a laundry room, where you will find the washing machine and tumble dryer.

  • Board Games
  • Catering quotes available on request
  • CD Player
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooker, Electric, double oven, Commercial Gas Hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Fridge, Wine Cooler
  • Heating, Central
  • Heating, underfloor
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing facilities
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Laundry room
  • Castle, stunning
  • Bikes available
  • Mobile reception
  • Welcome Basket
  • Garden
The first floor bedroom suiteEn-suite bathroom to the first floor bedroomDouble sofa bed, in bedroom suite 1This third floor bedroom is the master bedroomWith plenty of space to relaxEn-suite bathroom to the master bedroomHere you will find the Brown room, a small double roomThe Blue room is a small double bedroomThe shared bathroom on the fourth floor has twin basinsComplementaries included

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 8 + 2

Accommodation is provided for a group of 8 adults and 2 children in 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, as follows:

First Floor – “White room”, is a double bedroom, with a super king size double bed, with en-suite sitting room, with sofa-bed, suitable for 2 children, with an en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin.

Third floor – “Master bedroom”, is a double bedroom, with a super king size double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath only, separate shower cabinet , w.c and wash hand basin.

Fourth floor – “Brown room”, is a small double bedroom, with a super king size double bed; “Blue room”, is a small double bedroom, with a king size double bed; bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and twin wash hand basins.

  • 2 Super King Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 King Size Double Bedroom With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Super King Size Double Room With Shared Bathroom
  • Sofa-bed Available For 2 Children
On arrival you can drive up to the doorThe front door is located on the west side of the castleWith a short drive and a walled garden area to the frontWe're pretty sure you won't want to leave this Scottish Holiday Home

Grounds & Surrounds

Set within 2 acres of grounds, the castle is surrounded by a lawn and accesses a private garden area, which is a former walled vegetable and decorative garden. Beyond this is a working farm and a private house, but there is good privacy with the surrounding trees. Positioned on a hill, south of the Lammermuir Hills, it is in a rural setting between Haddington and Duns, 44 miles from Edinburgh airport. Duns, which is 10 miles away, is the nearest place where you can find a supermarket, hotels and pubs. This area is perfect for walkers with the Southern Upland Way in the vicinity and great access to the Lammermuirs. Golf courses are plentiful in the East Lothian area, with championship courses at Gullane and North Berwick. Edinburgh is 35 miles away, with the historic Edinburgh Castle a highlight. This is the ideal venue for golfing break or just to gather a group of friends in a stunning castle environment with an emphasis on quality.

Conditions

Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, logs for the fire, electricity and heating are included within the rental.

Notes & Warnings

Weddings are currently not allowed, except for groups of 8 or less who are using the castle on a normal booking basis.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair, please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting these items so these are put one out for you on arrival.

This property does not allow stag or hen groups.

Pets are allowed and must be contained to the ground floor only.

LocationDuns

Duns is a traditional market town of the Scottish Borders, with an interesting history, having been part of England, and in the middle of various cross-border wars, before ending up in Scotland as it is today. As a town it has a pretty main square with its’ Mercat Cross as the central point, with various coffee shops, banks and village shops. A larger Coop supermarket is available here, along with two fuel stations. The Jim Clark Museum is located in Duns, as this is the hometown of the former Formula One champion, and is a popular focal point for car enthusiast and bikers. Also on offer at Duns is a parkland golf course which is situated on the south section of the Lammermuir Hills.

Berwickshire

The most easterly of the borders counties, Berwickshire offers beautiful countryside and dramatic coastline. Sea fishing is popular and can be found in a number of places including Coldingham Bay, boasting a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. St Abbs Head Nature Reserve is set on a magnificent cliff landscapes, and is home to large colonies of birds. Along the coast is the harbour town of Eyemouth, with a rich fishing and smuggling heritage. The counties larger settlements include Coldstream, sitting on the north banks of the river Tweed (with England to the south) had a turbulent history and is home to a museum, highlighting its involvement in the historical conflict between Scotland and England. The county is home to a number of historical houses; in the town of Duns you will find the lavish Edwardian country house, Manderston. At Gordon is Mellerstain House and Gardens, one of Scotland’s most exquisite stately homes, and a must see if in the area. Paxton House, near Berwick upon Tweed (but just on the Scottish side of the border) is a classic example of regency living, and has an impressive furniture collection. The fairytale Thirlestane Castle can be found in Lauder.

Scottish Borders

Popular as a short break destination, the Scottish Borders offer peace and tranquillity in the beautiful landscapes, and traditional towns and villages. Behind the scenes, the Borders tell of a turbulent history; there is much to learn of the Scottish wars from this area. Fishing, golf, walking and cycling can be found in abundance, so make sure you see the best of the region!

Southern Scotland

Stretching across the border with England, and reaching up to the central belt from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the Southern Scotland region is a popular location for short break holidays. Although you may not find the monumental mountain ranges of the Highlands, don’t think that this region lacks the traditional Scottish landscapes. The famous 7Stanes mountain biking routes can be found across the Border counties and Dumfries and Galloway, as there is an abundance of hills, glens and forests to challenge even experienced bikers. The region has plenty of fishing opportunities too, most popular perhaps is the River Tweed, well known for its salmon, and miles of coastline, ideal for walking and bird spotting. Golf can be found in abundance in this area too. For gentler activities, visit the Four Borders Abbeys, magnificent tributes to the religious history of the area, at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.   

Area Berwickshire Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 10 miles Nearest supermarket 10 miles Nearest pub 10 miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh 44 miles
Nearest Train Station
Dunbar 15 miles
Berwick upon Tweed 23 miles
Lovely country scenes between the castle and DunsThe church at Cranshaws is at the bottom of the hill

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