The Guardian picks The Five Turrets as one of the 10 coolest holiday rentals in Scotland

"With Scotland back on the holiday map, we pick exciting places to stay, from cabins and castles to treehouses and bothies."



A pair of fairytale castle turrets top off this Scottish baronial-style house, built in 1870. Unusual features at the Five Turrets continue inside, with a mezzanine library stacked with hundreds of books above the vast open living space (pictured), and a piano room, perfect for an evening belting out a few tunes.


A new decked garden area overlooks the hills and the Ettrick valley, which is veined by hiking, biking and horse riding trails. Also on the doorstep, as well as the pubs and bars of Selkirk, are the Yarrow valley’s fabulous hiking country, Bowhill House – a regal Georgian mansion with woodlands and an adventure playground – and Saint Mary’s loch, which is the largest in the Borders.


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