Welcome to The Five Turrets, the gorgeous family-friendly holiday home at the heart of the beautiful Scottish Borders. Featured in The Guardian, Cosmopolitan & The Times, it's a Sunday Times top 25 UK holiday property.
Outside it's all fairytale castle good looks; inside it's a riot of colour, an extraordinary blend of style and substance comfortably sleeping eight people in four big bedrooms.
With a host of five star reviews it's the perfect luxury self catering alternative to a hotel for families and groups of friends. Named by The Times in its selection of best Scottish hideaways, it was shortlisted in the i travel awards. Prices start at just £695 for an exclusive use short break.
SCOTLAND BEGINS AT THE BORDER
The Five Turrets offers self-contained, family-friendly accommodation set amidst the stunning scenery of the Scottish Borders. Experience the real Scotland just an hour’s drive or train journey from Edinburgh and two hours north of Newcastle. There’s everything here for those seeking the full Scottish experience: sensational scenery, centuries of dramatic history, tartan and traditions, wildlife and whisky, walking and cycling, wellbeing and mindfulness, with glorious countryside on the doorstep. The real Scotland begins at the border.
We offer a money-back guarantee of a full refund if Scottish government travel restrictions prevent access to the property. We currently have one short break still available to book in August and some dates late November/December.
Our usual high standards of hygiene and thorough cleaning between bookings remain in place. For added guest reassurance, we have signed up to the We’re Good To Go Industry Standard and the Sawday's Clean & Safe Charter along with the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travels protocols developed in line with the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
All our additional hygiene measures can be found here. Full details of our money-back guarantee are in our terms and conditions. Guests are advised to acquaint themselves with the latest government rules and to act accordingly. The Scottish test and trace app can be downloaded here.
Missing the comforts of The Five Turrets? Want to get your hands on beautiful hand-weaving like the pieces that decorate every room of the property? Our online shop is now open so you can pick up one of Carolynn's latest creations crafted from sustainable sources in her Selkirk studio.
MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
The heart of this self-catering holiday home is a unique triple height living space, with sofas arranged around a fabulous wood burning stove, a huge dining table with commanding views over the stunning Scottish Borders and an open kitchen to captivate the keenest cook.
An oak and glass stair leads up to the mezzanine library, stocked with hundreds of books, more sofas and a smart 49 inch TV connected to the free superfast broadband available in every room.
Why choose the Scottish Borders?
Well, there's world-class cycling with secure bike storage on site (download our free Cycling Selkirk guide here), dramatic scenery and some of the best hillwalking in Scotland on the doorstep. Then there's the horse riding and the fishing on the River Tweed and golf at some great Scottish courses. And of course there's wildlife - golden eagles, ospreys, otters and red squirrels to name a few.
For families, there's plenty to keep children amused.
Climb and zip wire through the trees at the nearby Go Ape, fly birds of prey in the Kielder forest or whizz down a hillside on a grass sledge. It's a region steeped in history: William Wallace was appointed Guardian of Scotland in Selkirk and everywhere there are reminders of the region's colourful past as the home of the notorious and bloodthirsty Border Reivers.
We've teamed up with some of the finest local businesses in the Scottish Borders to provide guests with a range of exciting personalised packages.
Hire a personal chef to cook for your group, book a massage therapy, arrange a gin tasting session, rent an e-bike bike, fish on the Tweed, paddle board on a local loch or get ready for the next Bake Off with a cake decorating lesson: we've got it covered.
TIME FOR BED
When it is time to slip between the Egyptian cotton sheets, there are four warm and inviting bedrooms to choose from - two super kings (which we can also set up as twins) plus a king size and a double, all equipped with incredibly comfortable Casper original mattresses.
ONCE UPON A TIME
Built around 1870 in the Scottish Baronial style, this historic listed building was originally the coach house and billiard room for the neighbouring lodge.
Now it has been transformed into one of the best self-catering holiday rental properties in Scotland. It is ideally located at the heart of the Scottish Borders in the Royal Burgh of Selkirk, with road and nearby rail links to Edinburgh an hour to the north and England a short distance to the south.
And if that’s all too energetic, guests can put their feet up in the garden or retire to one of the local bars and restaurants for a bit of well-deserved rest and relaxation.
The self-catering holiday property is located near the centre of the town of Selkirk at the heart of the Scottish Borders on the main north-south A7 road, only an hour's drive south of Edinburgh and two hours north of Newcastle.
Edinburgh International airport is 45 miles away with pick-up available and the Borders Railway line runs up to Edinburgh from the terminus at Tweedbank, five miles away, with a regular bus service passing through between Carlisle and Edinburgh.