Barns Tower

Peebles, Scottish Borders

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


1 bedroom


Sleeps 3


Edinburgh is 22 miles, Peebles is down the road, Neidpath Castle is your back garden! 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 oozing original features and every modern comfort. Enter the iron ‘yett’, wind up the narrow stone stair, and there is the well-equipped kitchen; then up a wooden spiral stair to the sitting room, with its child’s bed in the alcove and 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. After a day on the fairways or fishing the ‘queen of salmon rivers’, raise a glass on your terrace with its table for two. Set off for a pint down the pub or choose a cosy night in, in front of the crackling fire.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available - minimum 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £78
Weekly price
from £545
Extra bed/sofabed available £50 per person per week.
1 Tower for 3
From £781 bedroom


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The neighbourhood

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.