Old Purves Hall
Originally a 16th century peel tower, this outstanding property has been sensitively restored to create an incredibly charismatic home, beautifully balancing the best of old and new.
An ideal luxury retreat for special celebrations, sporting parties or some family time
First and foremost, this is a together space, combining warmth and intimacy with attention to the finer things in life. An ideal luxury retreat for family gatherings, special celebrations and sporting lets, set amidst the rich rolling countryside of North Berwickshire.
Its rich heritage, fine architectural detailing and stunning interior are defining features and a fitting tribute to the architectural and design flair shown here.
Despite its grand proportions, Old Purves Hall has an easy flow with both sociable and private spaces designed to meet all the needs of a larger party. Access is directly into a new cedar clad extension, its clean, modern lines a striking juxtaposition to the original stonework of the 1650’s old towerhouse.
Inside there’s a large boot room for outdoor gear, while underfloor heating adds a warming touch, also likely to be much loved by any dogs in the party! A row of tiny cream jugs excavated from the site is a lovely nod to one of the property’s lives as a former toffee factory.
Original oak doors salvaged from the old Edinburgh Jail open into the inner reception hall with exposed stonework adding to the heritage of the space. This leads into an impressive drawing room with two distinct spaces for relaxation or entertaining.
The original oak beams and magnificent restored inglenook fireplace have immediate impact, while a separate space benefits from deep seating and a roaring open fire. Classic styling and carefully selected fabrics and furnishings add real warmth and colour.
The kitchen, with original fireplace recess, will perfectly suit both keen cooks and professional caterers alike, while the open plan dining area is a superb entertaining space for atmospheric dinner parties, framed by a fantastic abstract painting by Scottish landscape artist Oona Campbell.
The integrity of the building continues to shine through in the six beautifully appointed bedrooms and four bathrooms, accessed by a show-stopping staircase to the first and second floor. Preserved historical features such as the original timber panelled walls and shuttered windows sit comfortably with an elegant heritage colour palette, punctuated with a lively dash of colour.
The addition of a further sitting room on the second floor completes the picture with a wood burning stove and two sumptuous sheepskin beanbags for the ultimate restful indulgence.
Whether your interests lie in the great outdoors or simply rest and relaxation, Old Purves Hall is a perfect spot to escape to the peace of the country and enjoy a more sedate pace away from the hustle and bustle. The property sits in large attractive grounds bounded by mature woodland and the wider area provides excellent opportunities for shooting, fishing, walking and exploring the great outdoors.
Large access hall/bootroom - with hanging rail and space for outdoor wear and boots. Underfloor heating.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
Drying room with freezer and pulley.
Utility room with washing machine and dryer.
Open plan kitchen/dining comprising:
Kitchen (one step down from the inner hall) with large central island. Well equipped throughout with Range cooker with double oven and grill, five burner hob and hot plate, large double fridge with two freezer drawers (separate freezer just off the boot room), two dishwashers, microwave, hot cupboard.
Dining with large dining table with seating for twelve with provision for up to sixteen if required. Door to the garden.
Drawing room with two distinct seating areas naturally dividing the room. This includes a large sofa and armchairs set around the original inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove. Door directly to the gravelled side counrtyard. There is a separate TV nook with additional seating, open fire and a large wall mounted Smart TV.
Bedroom one is the Venetian room and also the master bedroom with feature fireplace, 6’ fixed super king bed, side tables, linen cupboard, built-in cupboard with hanging space, two armchairs.
Bathroom one with large bath (two steps up), large corner shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured to 3’ twin beds or 6’ super king, side tables, hanging hooks, feature fireplace.
Bedroom three is originally the 16th century drawing room with original wood panelled walls, fixed 6’ super king bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging hooks.
Bathroom two with large shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Sitting room with large double sofa (can convert to a sofa bed on request - additional charges would apply), two large sheepskin bean bags, flat screen TV, wood burning stove.
Bedroom four with fixed 5’ 2” king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging hooks.
Bathroom three with large bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom five with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin beds as required, side tables, wardrobe, chest of drawers, feature fireplace.
Bedroom six with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin beds as required, side tables, wardrobe, chest of drawers.
Bathroom four with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
The property sits in large attractive grounds bounded by mature woodland. This includes an enclosed lawned garden which is accessed from the kitchen/dining room. There is a patio with table, chairs and sunbeds, as well as a large gas barbecue and a fire pit.
The grounds extend to over 3 acres with woodland walks to the North of the property.
A converted stable in the grounds of the property has a table tennis table.
There is ample private parking to the front of the property for four to five cars.
Children & families
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Three dogs are permitted at Old Purves Hall. Dogs must be kept to the boot room until clean and dry and for sleeping, and then kept to the ground floor of the property only. They must be kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. An outside tap is available.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available with a booster to improve speeds. Mobile reception is poor inside the property due to the thickness of the walls. This improves outdoors.
Oil fired central heating throughout. Wood burning stove in the drawing room along with open fire. Wood burning stove in the second floor sitting room. Initial supply of logs provided. Underfloor heating in the boot room, inner hall, drawing room, kitchen/dining room and bathrooms.
For groups, corporate parties or special occasions, a number of catering options can be arranged for the period of your stay, including the services of a private cook with part or fully catered services, a homemade meal delivery service, or wine delivery in association with renowned merchants Corney & Barrow. Please contact us for details.
Nearby Greenlaw (4.5 miles) has a pub, a butchers and one or two shops for local provisions, however a greater choice can be found in the attractive, historic town of Kelso which sits just 10 miles from the house and offers a diverse mix of independent shops, a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants, and is also host to regular National Hunt race meetings for a great day out.
For eating out, the Wheatsheaf at Swinton (8 miles) or the Allanton Inn (10 miles) are both renowned for serving dishes full of fresh local flavours amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings. Alternatively for a perfect pint and lovely ambient surroundings, the newly refurbished Cross Inn at Paxton (14 miles) or the Firebrick at Lauder (15 miles) are developing a super reputation for their excellent local menu and friendly atmosphere. The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill (11.5 miles) also comes highly recommended with an elegant setting for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.
Old Purves Hall is an ideal destination for field sports, and sporting breaks can be arranged with shooting providers in the area. The region offers high quality walked-up and driven shooting for grouse, pheasant and partridge over a wide range of habitats taking in the picturesque valleys and heather clad hillsides.
There is nearby fishing on the River Whiteadder and a typical pattern sees a run of spring fish from February through to the end of April. From May there is superb sea trout fishing at night with the occasional salmon running throughout the summer. The traditional main run of salmon is at the end of the season with the larger fish entering the river from September onwards and you will find prime Tweed fishing beats within an easy twenty minute drive of the property.
There is excellent walking, cycling and riding in the area from gentle ambles to more challenging routes, including tracks across the Greenlaw Moor which are suitable for off-road bikes, or the Borderloop Cycling Route which is a long-distance journey taking in wonderful scenery and attractions all the way down to the coast. Alternatively join the route for a shorter stretch, taking in quiet roads and a variety of terrain which can be matched to your cycling skills and experience.
The final stretch of The Southern Upland Way runs from Lauder to Cockburnspath, and walkers can join this section at Longformacus (20 mins drive) for a short walk, or enjoy a full day’s trekking through the rolling scenery of the Lammermuir Hills, taking in the excellent viewpoints of the Twin Law Cairns all the way down to the spectacular cliff-top scenery of the heritage coastline.
For golf enthusiasts, Duns Golf Club is a scenic upland course situated at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, just a fifteen minute drive from the property. Alternatively the renowned Roxburghe Championship course near Kelso is 11 miles and the very pretty Hirsel course at Coldstream, 8 miles.
A half hour drive will take you to the stunning beaches of the heritage coastline, including Bamburgh, Holy Island and St. Abbs Head. Along the way, perhaps take time to soak in the rich history of the area by following the chain of castles and historic buildings that punctuate the landscape here - Thirlestane, Floors, Manderston and Mellerstain are all just a short drive away. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick.
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Historic houses and castles
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Children and families
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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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
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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.Find Out More
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Ancestral history research
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Spas and beauty treatments
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Beauty and spa treatments
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Babysitting and Nannies
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Cooks and Chefs
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A wonderful stay in a beautiful house!McCarton, Ali & Butterly Families
Thank you for a fabulous timeYvonne & Andy
What a wonderful, fantastic time we have had. Twelve of us in the family celebrating my son's 40th birthday! Accommodation first class. Home from home. Would recommend Old Purves Hall to anybody. Thank you very muchThe McGarrys & Butlers
An amazing 10th, 40th, and 70th weekend away!Mrs Mills
"Beautiful, large but homely house. Big enough for our family and their respective partners. Had a wonderful time and would definitely consider another stay. Thank you"Walduck Family
"Thank you for making our family Xmas very special. The Xmas decorations were wonderful. What a beautiful house, very nicely designed and equipped. Lovely big bedrooms and lots of space for everyone. We will be back"Mills/Gordon/Pinder Family
"Our extended family from 86 to 18 coming from London, Abingdon, Portland and Minneapolis, absolutely loved our time in the house and your care and hospitality! We hope to be back."Raylor Family
- Three dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Friday during high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The enclosed walled garden is a lovely spot for summer barbecues or some cosy chat around the fire pit."Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree