The Five Turrets

Selkirk, Scottish Borders
+44 (0)7525 006350
Visit owner's website

£130 - £300
per night
£895 - £2100
per week

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


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome

£130 - £300 per night

£895 - £2100 per week

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


  • 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 £130
Weekly price
from £895
Damage deposit
Short breaks available: 3 nights from £640. 4 nights from £720.
1 House for 8
From £1306 beds4 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights. STL licence number and EPC rating: SLL000006 / E.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


What a fantastic place - accommodation + the Borders + even more fabulous views. What a week to come as well - beautiful sunshine + sunsets - a wonderful way to reach a new decade. Will definitely miss this place x

The Howards, Epping Forest

We've really enjoyed our week exploring the Borders for the first time. Loved the accommodation, loads of space for everyone, even made use of the piano! Enjoyed walks & recommend Electric Ettrick E-bike hire. Nice visits to Melrose & Jedburgh. Thank you!!

Mark, Deborah, Alec, Ewan, Erin, Joel & Natalia, London

Lovely home, quaint town and amazing views! We truly enjoyed our time at Five Turrets and exploring the Scottish Borders. Gethin was a fantastic host who was helpful, kind - much appreciated!

The Radi Family, Chicago

Such a lovely stay! Slept so well and loved spending time in the garden. The Ship Inn in Melrose was great for a pint, as was the abbey, gardens and lovely by the Tweed River. Spent a couple in Edinburgh - Park + Ride easy and convenient. Visited the French restaurant in Selkirk and used Tony's for a takeaway. Lovely holiday!

The Hopkins and Caliers, Daventry and Telford

A place which has the "wow" factor with stunning views across the town. Conveniently placed for the town centre and a great base for many trips down memory lane in the area I grew up in. Thank you and God bless!

The Alder 6, Aberdeen

We were in awe of this beautiful home from the moment we walked in. It is such a fabulous family space with a comfortable yet stylish interior. We immediately felt at home after a very warm welcome. We loved exploring the local area and enjoyed the Go Wild Scotland walk, which was a very gentle and pleasant stroll. Thank you!

The Holdens, Manchester

Wow! As this was a staycation we wanted something a little quirky! We loved this accommodation. Myself, husband, mum, dad along with our 2 kids. On arrival some lovely homemade bread, milk, bottle of Prosecco and local coffee. Honestly a really lovely touch. Towels, beds and utilities all clean and excellent. Actually loved my bed as so comfy. Mezzanine favourite with the boys as the footie was on. I could sit with my mum in the living area and still feel part of their excitement...pasta machine a real hit..Showers amazing along with the nice touches of toiletries...Overall,great accommodation

Geraldine, Glasgow

Just Wow! I think that covers The Five Turrets perfectly! We had a fantastic stay this week and the weather was perfect too. It was our first visit to the Scottish Borders and we will definitely be back. The Five Turrets has everything you could possibly require and all top quality; all of the online photos were exactly what you get. We felt at home straightway and it was the ideal place to relax. We are a family of five with two adults and three children aged 9, 13 and 18 and it was perfect for us all... The River walk was lovely...the four mile Cardrona forest trail ..was beautiful.

Claire, Tenterden

The Five Turrets is pure joy...The photographs do not really do this place justice. The space is much grander than it appears online. The tower in the top bedroom is a fabulous fairytale quirk....The location is a two minute walk from Selkirk's charming town centre but only five minutes from a beautiful park, loch and stately home. There is spectacular scenery and wildlife on the doorstep yet it is close to civilisation with superfast broadband...This is a stunningly renovated heritage property that has had an injection of modern luxury. We did not want to leave our fairytale Borders' bolthole

Gerri, London

A long weekend in Selkirk was made magical by a stay at The Five Turrets. The other reviews capture the building perfectly, but to repeat, the rooms are well apportioned with fantastic furniture and plenty of plates, cups, glasses and utensils to complete the stay. We arrange for a chef to come to the house and cook for us. A perfect meal which started off the weekend in the best way. We also arranged a visit to a local gin distillery. Both recommended by the owners. Thoroughly recommended.

Nick, Rugby

Staying in Five Turrets is like reliving history in a very modern way, the contrast of historical exterior and modern interior is outstanding, a moment you are looking at this brilliant old Coach house and next moment you are inside in this super modern kitchen with all possible amenities. Every room is special, every window has the most amazing view and every corner of the house would make you want to stay here longer. Scotland in itself is such a beautiful country and if you get to experience the beauty with the comfort of such lovely house what more can you ask for.

David and Suchi

A beautiful place brimming with character! It was the ideal place for our friends reunion, with the wonderfully spacious kitchen/living/dining area. Great location too, with restaurants a short walk and plenty to explore nearby!

Florence, Bristol

The house exceeded our expectations. The design of the house is just stunning and the owners have thought of everything- from a lovely woodburning stove, complete with all the logs to a library filled with books, to immaculate bathrooms and a kitchen- fitted with all the best appliances. We were very lucky with the weather and so were able to sit out the whole weekend in the sun in the lovely garden. Thank you so much for having us and no doubt we will be back very soon.


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

Wow! Our group of 7 had the most amazing time in The Five Turrets. It was the perfect venue to host a big birthday celebration. The interior is stunning, stylish, super comfortable and very well equipped. It was warm and cosy throughout, especially in front of the roaring log fire! Beds are the comfiest some of us have ever experienced! Lovely views out across the hills and a beautiful walk almost on the doorstep (round the Haining Estate) if you need a change of scenery.

Julie, Glasgow

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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.


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.