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Aikwood Tower and enclosed garden

Aikwood Tower and enclosed garden

Steeped in history

Steeped in history

View into the Aga kitchen and dining area

View into the Aga kitchen and dining area

Dining area with room for all

Dining area with room for all

Great Hall Fire

Great Hall Fire

Great Hall - roaring fire and comfortable sofas

Great Hall - roaring fire and comfortable sofas

Study used by Lord Steel of Aikwood

Study used by Lord Steel of Aikwood

Buccleuch Bedroom

Buccleuch Bedroom

Steel Bedroom

Steel Bedroom

Scott Bathroom

Scott Bathroom

Scott Bedroom

Scott Bedroom

Wizard Bedroom

Wizard Bedroom

The Harden Bedroom

The Harden Bedroom

Gallery & Mezzanine Level

Gallery & Mezzanine Level

Library

Library

Laich Hall (games & function room)

Laich Hall (games & function room)

Garden gate entrance

Garden gate entrance

Aikwood Tower - Driveway & Entrance

Aikwood Tower - Driveway & Entrance

Aikwood Tower Garden

Aikwood Tower Garden

Winter View of Aikwood Tower

Winter View of Aikwood Tower

Aikwood Tower and enclosed garden

Aikwood Tower and enclosed garden

Steeped in history

Steeped in history

View into the Aga kitchen and dining area

View into the Aga kitchen and dining area

Dining area with room for all

Dining area with room for all

Great Hall Fire

Great Hall Fire

Great Hall - roaring fire and comfortable sofas

Great Hall - roaring fire and comfortable sofas

Study used by Lord Steel of Aikwood

Study used by Lord Steel of Aikwood

Buccleuch Bedroom

Buccleuch Bedroom

Steel Bedroom

Steel Bedroom

Scott Bathroom

Scott Bathroom

Scott Bedroom

Scott Bedroom

Wizard Bedroom

Wizard Bedroom

The Harden Bedroom

The Harden Bedroom

Gallery & Mezzanine Level

Gallery & Mezzanine Level

Library

Library

Laich Hall (games & function room)

Laich Hall (games & function room)

Garden gate entrance

Garden gate entrance

Aikwood Tower - Driveway & Entrance

Aikwood Tower - Driveway & Entrance

Aikwood Tower Garden

Aikwood Tower Garden

Winter View of Aikwood Tower

Winter View of Aikwood Tower

Aikwood Tower

Scotland, TD7 5HJ

A Scottish bolthole for love, laughter & adventure

  • Luxury boutique accommodation for 10 guests
  • 500 years of history sensitively restored
  • Roaring, cosy fire in the Great Hall
  • Child and dog friendly enclosed garden
  • Games room: giant Jenga, table tennis, board games
  • Close to walks, cycling, fishing and horse riding
    • Sleeps 10Sleeps 10
    • Bedrooms 5Bedrooms 5
    • Bathrooms 6Bathrooms 6
    • Covid Refund GuaranteeCovid Refund Guarantee
    • Dogs AcceptedDogs Accepted
    • Dines 10Dines 10
    • WiFiWiFi
    • ParkingParking
    • Open fire / Log burnerOpen fire / Log burner
    • Visit Scotland 5 star graded

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Features

Sleeps 10

Sleeps 10

Bedrooms 5

Bedrooms 5

Dines 10

Dines 10

Covid Refund Guarantee

Covid Refund Guarantee

Dogs Accepted

Dogs Accepted

Enclosed Garden

Enclosed Garden

All Ensuite

All Ensuite

Child-Friendly

Child-Friendly

Games room

Games room

Space to play

Space to play

WiFi

WiFi

Parking

Parking

Open fire / Log burner

Open fire / Log burner

Barbecue

Barbecue

Supermarket delivery available

Supermarket delivery available

Private chef available

Private chef available

Catering available

Catering available

Credit cards accepted

Credit cards accepted

Ready meals available

Ready meals available

Weddings

Weddings

National Trail (within 1 mile)

National Trail (within 1 mile)

Large groups welcome

Large groups welcome

About & Contact

A Scottish bolthole for love, laughter & adventure

Aikwood Tower is a grade A-listed traditional Border Peel Tower, abounding with 500 years of history and medieval castle charm. Sensitively restored and renovated in a sumptuous twenty-first century style it is now a warm and welcoming exclusive use home from home offering some of the best luxury self-catered accommodation in Scotland.

Entering via the walled garden and west door, Aikwood Tower’s endearing quirks of architecture and craftsmanship are immediately apparent as the Kerry-handed (left turning) spiral staircase lies before you.

Huge roaring fires, a convivial kitchen and a well-equipped games room all lend themselves to you spending quality time with your family and friends. Start your day together over a morning coffee in the AGA-heated kitchen and finish with a wee dram in the early hours, in front of the Great Hall fire. The Laird’s Study provides the perfect space for enjoying some quiet time and a good book. There is also the Gallery above the Laich Hall with digital TV, WiFi and comfortable furniture to laze around on, kicking back to watch a late night film after a day out exploring.

Just a note of caution, while perfect for exploring, adventures and whisking yourself away to a different world, Aikwood Tower unfortunately isn’t suitable for guests who struggle with stairs.

Aikwood Tower has five en suite bedrooms and can sleep up to ten guests. The years of history combined with five-star interiors and contemporary boutique accommodation will surprise and charm you in every room. All the bedrooms are fitted out with Duxiana beds, the most technologically advanced sleep system in the world and are made for lazy holiday lie-ins! Four of the bedrooms can be made up as doubles or twins. Each room has a plentiful supply of towels, bathrobes and local Laura Thomas toiletries. Travel cots and inflatable toddler beds can also be provided.

Located in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the hidden gem of Scotland, Aikwood Tower is just over an hour’s drive south of Edinburgh and north of the border with England. Its position surrounded by the rolling hills, woodland trails and rivers of the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys is perfectly placed for unique holidays and short breaks of all kinds.

Rich and varied in its history and culture, the Scottish Borders has much to explore, from romantic abbey ruins and magnificent stately homes, to the local towns' summer Common Riding festivals and Rugby 7 tournaments.

The local area around Aikwood Tower offers some of the finest walking, cycling, shooting, fishing and horse-riding in Scotland, among many other leisure activities. Any outdoors enthusiast will be in their element, so no matter your age or adventure criteria, or whether it’s by foot, pedal or horseback you’ll be out and about, soaking up the fresh air and exploring this breathtaking part of the world.

Location & Attractions

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  • Cycling Cycling
  • Gardens Gardens
  • Heritage Heritage
  • Museums Museums
  • Pub/Restaurant Pub/Restaurant
  • Visitors Attraction Visitors Attraction
  • Walks Walks

Aikwood Tower

Selkirk
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Heritage Melrose Abbey

St Mary's Abbey, Melrose is a partly ruined monastery of the Cistercian order. Built in 1136 it is also the final resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce.

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Pub/Restaurant Seasons

Fabulous food in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The menus feature delicious fresh produce from handpicked local suppliers which genuinely reflect the best ingredients that are available throughout the changing seasons.

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Pub/Restaurant The Hoebridge

The restaurant’s focus is on creating small seasonal menus that change each month, serving customers the freshest local produce available.

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Pub/Restaurant Three Hills Coffee

Artisan coffee shop offering locally roasted coffee, delicious lunches and sweet treats.

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Walks Beirhope Alpaca Trekking

Meet and trek with the lovely Beirhope alpacas in the heart of the Cheviot Hills.

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Visitors Attraction Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland tells the story of our country’s history, heritage and culture. Hand stitched by over 1000 people it is now on display in this exhibition centre.

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Museums Jim Clark Museum

Jump into the driving seat and discover all about the life of Scotland’s first Formula One World Champion - one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.

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Heritage Trimontieum

Trimontium is the largest Roman fort and settlement north of Hadrian’s Wall. The museum (5 miles away) tells its story - the pivotal and turbulent history of this frontier post.

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Museums Trimontieum Museum

The museum tells the story of the Romans in the Scottish Borders and their relationship with the local population

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Visitors Attraction The Borders Distillery

Tours and tastings at the first whisky distillery in the region since 1837

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Cycling Glentress Forest

Glentress is rightly celebrated for some of the best mountain bike trails in the country, but there’s much more - visit for walking, tree-top adventures, wildlife and magnificent landscapes.

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Walks Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve

One of the UK’s highest waterfalls plunging down into the Moffat Water Valley. A paradise for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts.

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Gardens Kailzie Gardens

Stunning 19th century botanical gardens with woodland walks and osprey viewing centre.

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Meet the owner

Vicki Steel

Vicki and Rory Steel bought Aikwood Tower from Rory's parents in 2010 and have created a very special and luxury holiday home. It was important to them that Aikwood stayed in the family so that they and many more people could enjoy its history, peace, tranquility and space for having fun! If guests can tear themselves away from the cosy Great Hall fire, then there's clay-pigeon shooting, cycling, amazing walks and fishing all the doorstep, plus the beautiful bounty of the South of Scotland to explore.

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