Built around 1560 in the turbulent times of the Scottish reformation with secret rooms to safeguard the Abbot, the Tower is fascinating and has open views to the Solway coast and Criffel Hill.
Each romantic bedroom has armchairs for reading in and homemade lavender shortbread. One is richly decorated with tapestries, silks and velvets, the other has a Jacobean four-poster with tartan drapes plus a wood-burner. Breakfast is served in the Great Hall at the long refectory table by the fire and includes the aptly named ‘Tower Breakfast’ – a tower-shaped round of toast with haggis and Scottish dumpling topped with a poached egg; meat from Mogerleys, one of the oldest butchers in Scotland; pastries, granola, fruit, Greek yogurt and Laura’s lavender jam.
Laura and Scott are happy to tell you all about the history and give you a tour. Within the grounds there’s a small lavender farm and the Tower shop selling antiques and oddities.