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Aikwood Tower

Selkirk, Scottish Borders

If you fancy being the pampered princess in the tower for the weekend or the king of your very own castle for the week, Aikwood Tower near Selkirk will make all your dreams come true. 

Aikwood Tower

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Overview

Built in the 1540s, Aikwood Tower sits in a lofty position guarding the entrance to the Ettrick Valley, amongst some of the most ruggedly beautiful and unspoiled countryside in the Scottish Borders.

Fancy being a pampered princess or the king of your very own castle?

The tower has been lovingly renovated throughout by the current owners to create a unique and fabulously atmospheric home for holidays and special events either on a self-catered or fully-staffed basis. The interior style is one of understated luxury, remaining perfectly in-tune with the ancient building whilst every little detail, from the luxurious designer beds to the wealth of mod-cons available, ensures guests want for nothing. There are quirky features at every turn including vaulted stone ceilings, original oak doors, vast stone fireplaces and the delightful Kerry-handed (left turning) spiral staircase which forms the backbone of the tower.

The surrounding countryside is no less impressive. Aikwood Tower is set within the rolling hills and ancient woodlands of the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys with endless opportunities for walking, mountain biking and riding as well as river kayaking. Keen wildlife watchers and photographers will have no end of possible subjects amongst the abundant local wildlife including the majestic ospreys that have recently returned to the region.

Property details

Ground floor

Entrance hall with vaulted ceiling and magnificent original doors. This provides an excellent space for storing and drying outdoor clothing.

Lower Laich Hall with table tennis table, large table with benches and French doors into the garden. A spacious room ideal for more formal dining and celebratory dinners. The hall also offers ample function space for drinks receptions, intimate wedding receptions and corporate events.

Double cloakroom with WC and basin.

Kitchen with vaulted ceiling, AGA, hot plate, two fridges, toaster, microwave and Nespresso machine.

Adjacent dining area with vaulted ceiling, impressive large oak burr table with seating for 10.

First Floor - accessed by the spiral staircase

Laird’s Study with panelled ceiling and wood burning stove offers peace and quiet to catch up with work or enjoy classic gramophone or MP3 recordings.

The Great Hall with an impressive, large open fire offers a comfortable and cosy area for guests to enjoy a glass of wine before dinner, play games or relax with a good book.

Gallery with large TV and DVD player and books. There is an adjoining area fitted with a bar with basin and desk with laptop.

Buccleuch bathroom with roll top bath with shower over, WC, basin and original fireplace.

Buccleuch bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin as preferred, large wardrobe, and original fireplace.

Steel bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin as preferred, original fireplace and staircase.

En-suite bathroom with bath, WC and basin.

Wet room with large rainforest shower head.

Sir Walter Scott bedroom with king size bed and chest of drawers.

En-suite bathroom with roll top bath and handheld shower, WC and basin.

Wizard bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin as preferred and wooden ceiling beams.

En-suite shower room with walk in shower, WC and basin.

First floor - accessed by separate staircase

Harden bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin as preferred.

En-suite bathroom with bath with shower over, WC and basin.

Outside

The front of the tower leads directly to a pretty, southwest facing, walled garden including a sunny terrace for outside dining, croquet lawn and orchard. The garden is fully enclosed and ideal for children to play. 

Parking

There is a large gravelled parking area to the rear of the tower.

Children & Babies

A travel cot and highchair are available on request. An inflatable child bed (suitable for 8/10 year olds) is available free of charge.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at Aikwood Tower at a charge of £25. We would ask that they are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas and off the furniture. Dogs must be kept under control when walking on the wider estate.

Guest amenities

Luxurious Swedish brand ‘DUX®' beds are provided in all rooms to ensure a good night's sleep. Towels, bathrobes and slippers are provided for each guest. Guest toiletries are also provided. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

There is Wi-Fi available at Aikwood Tower. The mobile coverage is good outside and on the top floor but can be patchy elsewhere in the tower.

Heating

Aikwood Tower has overnight storage heaters with electric heaters in a few rooms. There is also a large open fire in the Great Hall, wood burning stove in the study and the AGA in the kitchen. Logs are provided for the fire.

Location

Nearby Selkirk is a traditional Border's town famous for its textiles with many of the original woollen mills still in operation today. The beguiling town of Melrose is also nearby, home of rugby 7s and offering some of the best shopping in the Borders with a good selection of unusual, independent shops, boutiques, antique shops and galleries. Further afield, the Georgian grandeur of Edinburgh is an easy day trip.

Activities

Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Local food and drink

Local food and drink

Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Babysitting and Nannies

Babysitting and Nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Reviews

"We had a great time and the owners were so welcoming and kind. With the exception of two days there, the weather was absolutely beautiful. We will remember this time always." 

Lee family

"Holiday excellent. Aikwood Tower is very well equipped, warm and comfortable, one of the best places we have stayed in." 

Watson family
Location Rural - 4 miles from Selkirk.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Gathering round the vast stone fireplace in the Great Hall for family games and pre-dinner drinks. The little things we love...
"Gathering round the vast stone fireplace in the Great Hall for family games and pre-dinner drinks."
Lynn, Crabtree & Crabtree
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