Barns Tower

Peebles, Scottish Borders
+44 (0)7747 791931
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£150 - £200
per night
£950 - £1200
per week

Steeped in history and romance, with a great big sleigh bed and open fires, is this 14th-century defence tower above the river Tweed


3 beds


1 bedroom


Sleeps 3

Pets welcome

£150 - £200 per night

£950 - £1200 per week

The Experience

The castle has a colourful history that dates to 1190, and a bonus of staying here is you get a private tour. A couple of miles down the estate track, in an utterly tranquil position, is a historic hideaway of exceptional interest, a 14th-century defence tower, a bolthole for two with original features and every modern comfort. Enter the iron ‘yett’, wind up the narrow stone stair, and there is the well-equipped kitchen.

Up a wooden spiral stair to the sitting room, with its lovely open fire. Up again, to the romantic bedroom with a big sleigh bed under high rafters, and an open-plan bathroom and loo. High above the banks of the Tweed, the tower has small windows for green views to woods and down to river where brave souls can dip into the safe ‘swimming hole’ when the weather is kind.

It’s tempting to stay put but there’s plenty to do. After a day on the fairways, or fishing, raise a glass on your terrace for two.

Barns Tower - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Wild swimming in the river, walking for miles through the Tweed valley, coming back to sit by the fireside
  • The feeling of elopement and togetherness created by this romantic tower
  • Cooking in the kitchen with its open fire and dining table
Barns Tower - Gallery

You should know

  • Each floor is one room so plenty of stone steps with a rope handle
  • The second bedroom is a box bed in the sitting room


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £150
Weekly price
from £950
Extra bed/sofabed available £50 per person per week.
1 Tower for 3
From £1503 beds1 bedroom


Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


You have 'escaped' as soon as you step inside Barns Tower. It is the perfect romantic bolthole!

Louisa, Sawday's Inspector

What a fantastic home! We all had a wonderful stay, thank you.

Ian, Durham

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The neighbourhood

The tower is set in idyllic countryside, just minutes away from Peebles, and only 40 minutes from Edinburgh by car. Nearby there are many ancient settlements and hill forts to explore, as well as the legendary Dawyck Gardens, and the historic Traquair House and brewery. The fascinating Border towns of Melrose, Hawick and and St. Boswells are also within easy reach. There's a luxury spa in Stobo.

Local points of interest from Lulu Benson

  • Neidpath Castle is not open to the public, but you can have a private tour during your stay.
  • Dawyck Gardens with its famous arboretum is 10 minutes drive and Traquair House, with its maze and brewery and nearby.
  • Barns Tower is pet friendly.
  • Cocoa Black in Peebles won a national chocolate making prize and serves the best coffee and cakes imaginable.
  • The John Buchan Way is a beautiful walk right on your doorstep and a delight whether or not you are a fan of his books such as 'The 39 Steps' or 'John Burnet of Barns'. There is a collection of his books at The Tower.
  • The River Tweed runs through the Barns Estate and you are welcome to try your luck with a fishing rod whilst here.


Lulu Benson

The castle and estate came into the family in 1810. Lulu (a picture framer for many years and one-time co-owner of a famous boho boutique in Edinburgh) now manages the castle as a wedding venue and a film location along with the tower as a holiday let. She has a large family who descend often, and two spaniels.