Scott Tower is different than most castles and country houses in Scotland. Its charm lies in its intimacy. Entering via the walled garden and west door, guests will see Scott Tower’s endearing quirks of architecture and craftsmanship, as the Kerry-handed (left turning) spiral staircase lies before them.
The Great Hall, with a roaring fire and luxurious furnishings, provides a comfortable and informal atmosphere for guests to relax. Meal time conversations swirl around the vaulted ceiling of the dining room and kitchen. A small reading study with panelled ceiling offers tranquillity and a place read.
A good night's rest is important, so all Scott Tower bedrooms have Duxiana beds, the most technologically advanced sleep system in the world. There are four double bedrooms in the main tower, with the Master Bedroom as the highlight, and a fifth in the extending byre.
The lower floor of the open-plan byre provides ample function space for small wedding receptions, business meetings, celebratory dinners and other activities. The upper floor is where modern-day conveniences can be found: TV, DVD player, and business facilities with relaxing lounge seating. Complimentary internet access is available throughout Scott Tower.
The southwest facing walled garden is a true delight. Whether soaking up the sun on the terrace, playing croquet on the lawn or picking apples from the orchard trees, the garden is a magical place to enjoy. It is also a secure environment for little ones to experience camping out under the stars.
The exceptional sixteenth century Scott Tower has been lovingly renovated to accommodate up to ten overnight guests in authentic, relaxing and comfortable surroundings.
Every castle has its own Great Hall, and while Scott Tower is modest in size, it is as warm and beautiful as any in the land. Dominated by its rare jogged lintel fireplace with unusual stonemason's markings, the Great Hall is the central room for converging with other guests and whittling away a fine evening of laughter, storytelling and debate.
With exquisite furnishings, plush textures, animal skins on the stone floor and a large basket of logs to keep the fire going, guests are thrust into a magical space to enjoy lively nights and create new memories.
While fellow guests may be busying themselves in the Great Hall, kitchen, garden or elsewhere, the Laird's Study provides the perfect space for enjoying a good book. The library of political biographies has been personally chosen by Lord Steel as examples of inspiring thinking and focus upon leaders of great will and determination.
Whether it’s your day’s catch or fine beef from the local award-winning butcher, Scott Tower’s fully equipped kitchen and dining room is a fabulous place to prepare and enjoy the finest ingredients from the Larder of Britain.
The kitchen comes complete with AGA for self-catering guests to prepare their own meals, is in the vaulted ground floor of the tower. When guests are seated at the burr-oak dining table, conversation begins swirling around and contentment soon breeds.
An array of cookbooks is available for guests to create fantastic meals. A few classic recipes of Mrs Gladys Prickle, who entertained almost every day in this room, are certainly worth consideration.
The gallery situated above the laich hall is housed in the old byre extension to the main tower building. Thought to be almost as old as the tower itself, it is where the trappings of modern living can be found ensuring everyone’s entertained, no matter the weather.
With digital TV, DVD player and comfortable furniture to laze around on, kicking back to watch a late night film after a day in the great outdoors is a great way to unwind. There is also a desk, with laptop, for anyone needing to succumb to the necessities of modern day life. The gallery also houses a small bar for the mixologists among guests to shake up a fine martini or pour a warming dram.
The Laich Hall is named after the ancient Scots word for lower hall provides fun and games aplenty for houseguests and an inspiring function space for other events. From giant jenga to table tennis and monopoly to twister there is a mix of delightful pastimes to keep even the most competitive of guests busy. Pianists are welcome to jump on the ivory keys of the upright piano and keep the household entertained.
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Scott Tower is located 40 miles south of Edinburgh in the heart of the Ettrick Forest and offers some of the finest shooting and fishing in Scotland, among many other leisure activities.
Scott Tower is truly blessed by its location. With Shooting Times regularly listing the neighbouring Bowhill Estate pheasant shoot as one of the country’s Top 10, and the River Tweed with its legendary salmon fishing flowing nearby, country sports enthusiasts will be in their element.
The rolling hills and woodland trails of the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys are perfect for walking, mountain biking or horse riding, and their rivers are ideal for kayaking. Maps and suggested trails are available to help guests navigate around the countryside, as are local guides who can point out the rich diversity of flora, fauna and wildlife, including the majestic ospreys that have recently returned to the region.
Just 30 minutes away is the mountain biking Mecca of Glentress Forest, the UK's leading mountain biking centre with its wide variety of trails and challenging downhill runs.
The fantastic championship golf courses of Roxburghe, a woodland course, and Cardrona, a woodland/parkland course, are both nearby. Tennis courts are just a 5 minute drive away as well.
If guests want a personal yoga session or soothing massage to ease away the day's exertions, local practitioners are available to come to Scott Tower and can be arranged if required.
Rich and varied in its history and culture, the Scottish borders have much to explore, from Melrose Abbey to Samye Ling Bhuddist temple and the local towns' summer common festivities, from riding to rugby tournaments. With Edinburgh just an hour drive away, a large array of city delights is within easy striking distance.
The house can recommend local caterers who are available to make the most sumptuous dinner. - Full Scottish Breakfast £14 pp. - Lunch from £16 pp. - Dinner from £55 pp.
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:
-Maid service/extra cleaning
-Local day-trips or tours
-Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.
Weddings have a special place in Scott Tower’s history, with the original stone carving celebrating the marriage of Robert Scott of Aikwood and Elspeth Murray of Elibank in 1602s.
At Scott Towers, the big day is sure to live up to all expectations, creating a memorable occasion that will be remembered forever. Whether looking for a religious or civil ceremony or civil partnership, the recommended wedding planner, Lindsey Hunter, can help guests create a day to remember. She has extensive insight into the best local suppliers, from florists to photographers and beauticians to bands. She will be as hands-on or hands-off as the couple desires.
Scott Tower is ideal for intimate weddings with up to 60 guests. For larger weddings, a marquee can be erected on the courtyard. While accommodation at Scott Tower is limited, the owners have excellent relationships with local hoteliers and B&Bs who can provide special rates for other guests.
Corporate Events As any HR consultant will say, when taking time away from the office for team bonding, strategic planning or board meetings, it is important to locate an inspiring venue to focus the mind and promote creative thinking.
Scott Tower provides the beauty, peace and facilities to run an inspiring and rewarding business gathering. With high quality audiovisual equipment, ample breakout space for brainstorming and a number of motivational activities available, Scott Tower offers all that would be expected from a city centre business hotel, and so much more.
There is a wide selection of innovative events and performances that will be sure to make guests' time an extraordinary and memorable occasion.
Estimated rental rates, subject to change depending on requirements: 30 people £2200 50 people £3500 80 people £4500
- Security deposit: £500 deposit required at the time of booking. - Midweek stays from £550 per night (minimum 2 nights), Weekly stays are Friday to Friday. Please enquire for details. - Weekend bookings are for three nights, Friday to Monday. - Arrival time: 4pm onwards. - Departure time: 10am. - Pets: Please enquire. - Smoking: No smoking in the property. - It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
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