The Five Turrets

Selkirk, Scottish Borders
Self-catering


Scottish Baronial-style house with valley views; stroll to good restaurants, explore the spectacular scenery and history of the Borders

Bed

6 beds

Bedroom

4 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 8

Children welcome

The Experience

Although this house was built in 1870 the interiors are very much 21st-century, with airy open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas to spread out in. There’s a mezzanine library with hundreds of books and Netflix to escape to and a piano in the entrance hall too.

Gethin and Carolynn live across the road and leave a welcome pack of seasonal local food. They can arrange a chef to cook for you if you want a special dinner, or tours of the Borders, a Land Rover safari, alpaca trekking and archery.

It’s a two-minute walk to shops and restaurants but as the garden overlooks Ettrick valley it feels quite rural. There’s plenty to do – cycling and hill walking through spectacular Southern Uplands scenery, fishing, golf. Hadrian’s Wall is within striking distance to the south; Edinburgh is an hour away to the north.

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We think you'll love

  • The sociable layout of the house
  • Exploring the history of the area
  • Having secure bike storage
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You should know

  • It’s not suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Not best for toddlers

Essentials

  • 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
  • Cot available

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £122
Weekly price
from £850
Damage deposit
£250
Surcharges
Short breaks available: 3 nights from £640. 4 nights from £720.
1 House for 8
From £1226 beds4 bedrooms

Reviews

A fabulous house, full of quirky and colourful furnishings and decor - beautiful handwoven wall hangings by owner Carolynn Shaw and photography by owner Gethin Chamberlain - great sense of space in the kitchen/dining/sitting area with vaulted celing and mezzanine library area - the perfect house to chill and enjoy the company of friends.

Mary, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

Five Turrets is on the edge of Selkirk, where Sir Walter Scott served as sheriff for 33 years – you can visit his former courtroom, now a museum, as well as the oldest building in the town, Halliwell’s House Museum. There are plenty of walks ranging from gentle to strenuous – ask your hosts for more information.

Local points of interest from Gethin Chamberlain

  • This is the home of the notorious Border Reivers, bloodthirsty brigands who terrorised the border lands for centuries. The dramatic fortified pele towers built to keep them at bay dot the landscape and many are open to visitors. Very Instagrammable too.
  • It's a great place to see ospreys and golden eagles. We work with local experts to offer wildlife safaris and we know where to find those elusive red squirrels too. Or head over to the coast and you can dive with seals or take a boat trip to see dolphins.
  • Prefer your wildlife on a plate? There's salmon, trout and grayling fishing nearby on the world famous River Tweed and the Ettrick Water. We work with a hugely experienced fisherman to provide access to the best beats. There's loch fishing too.
  • We've got some of the best hillwalking in Scotland and provide detailed routes from the doorstep. Try The Three Brethren for fabulous views. For cyclists, there's world-class mountain biking on the 7 Stanes trails at Peebles, Innerleithen and Newcastleton.
  • The local food and drink is superb. Visit the new Borders Distillery visitor centre in Hawick or enjoy a gin tasting session in the house with Selkirk Distillers. For a real treat, book a personal chef to prepare a special tasting menu in your own kitchen.
  • You'll find many more suggestions for things to do on our own website, all pinned to a detailed Google map to help you plan your visit. Let us know if you want advice or a tailored itinerary - we'll do our very best to help. www.fiveturrets.com/explore

Introducing

Gethin Chamberlain

Gethin and Carolynn spent six years in India before settling in Selkirk with their son Ieuan. They bought the property and renovated it to run as a family business to support Gethin's work as a human rights photojournalist and Carolynn's endeavours to turn her passion for weaving into a business. You'll find examples of Carolynn's beautiful work throughout the property, while some of Gethin's pictures decorate the walls. They want their guests to get the most out of their stay so are working with local businesses to provide the widest range of experiences possible.