The Clock Tower, Bowhill
Set on the Bowhill Estate, the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, this two bedroom apartment is rich in history, surrounded by the ancient forest of the Ettrick Valley once favoured by Scottish Kings.
Connect with nature on endless forest trails and the sparkling waters of the nearby loch
Bowhill Estate has a huge amount to offer for those looking for outdoor time or simply some quiet time for rest and relaxation. Equally for art aficionados looking to soak up some rich culture, Bowhill House has an astonishing collection of fine art and antiques, while the formal and informal gardens offer stunning views across the Ettrick Valley.
The Clocktower forms part of the courtyard properties and sits just a stone’s throw from the Estate tearoom for a morning scone and jam during the Summer opening season.
Taking a central position directly under the original Clocktower, the apartment sits on two levels with a large bootroom and utility room on the ground floor which is ideal for muddy boots, outdoor kit and dogs.
On the second floor, the living accommodation sits to the right and left of the central stairwell. The sitting room is large and comfortable with generous seating and views over the estate grounds, while the kitchen has plenty of room to dine up to eight guests comfortably.
There are two bedrooms in the apartment - one master bedroom with super king bed with zip and link option, a large walk-in wardrobe, and a separate sofa bed which makes it ideal for families with children. This extends into a large en suite shower room. The second bedroom is a double with adjoining family bathroom.
Outdoors, guests can enjoy miles of waymarked trails for walking, cycling and dog walking from the meandering 7 mile Duchess’s Drive taking in the sights and sounds of the area, or for something a little less arduous, the 2 mile Loch’s Walk or the incredibly scenic Tree Trail are ideal for leisurely afternoon wanders.
The Estate benefits from an on-site Ranger who runs occasional walks and family activities, while fishing, horse-riding and Land Rover tours are all part of the nearby facilities here.
There are 4 external steps up to the entrance door.
Large utility room (3 steps down) with sink, washing machine, storage space and hanging rail.
Please note that while the stairs are not steep, there is no handrail.
Sitting room with views over the grounds and two large sofas, armchair, Smart TV, DVD player (no DVDs supplied), Bluetooth speaker and a selection of books and games.
Kitchen with electric oven, 4 ring hob, 3/4 dishwasher, large fridge/freezer and dining space for 8 guests.
Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be configured as a super king double or twin, side tables, dressing table, large walk-in wardrobe with hanging space and sofa which can convert to a double sofa bed on request. There is a charge of £50 for use of the sofa bed.
En-suite bathroom with large shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom two with 4'6" double bed, side tables, cupboard with hanging space and storage and chest of drawers. A single foldaway bed can be provided in this room on request for a charge of £35.
Family bathroom with bath and handheld mixer, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC.
There is no private outside space for guests. The inner courtyard at the entrance to the property is shared between 4 other apartments. There are benches at the tea rooms during seasonal opening times, or in the wider grounds or by the loch.
Parking is available in the Bowhill House Visitor Car Park during opening times which is a 2 minute walk from the property. Out of opening times and in the evenings, guests are able to park in the inner courtyard just outside the property.
It is important to note that cars cannot be parked in the courtyard during seasonal opening hours. Bowhill House is open daily from 10am to 5pm from the start of June to the end of August. It is also normally open through the Easter weekend.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor utility room until clean and dry and thereafter kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture.
Please note there is no private outside space. Dogs must be closely supervised and kept under control in the wider grounds.
Bed linen, towels and hand soap are provided. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Two complimentary passes can be provided to guests who wish to have a tour of the house. This is only available during the opening season.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided. Mobile coverage is poor on most networks within the property but this improves directly outside in the courtyard.
The property has oil heating which is thermostatically controlled.
The Clock Tower sits within the immediate grounds of Bowhill House which is open to the public, normally from the start of June until the end of August (daily from 10am to 5pm). It is also normally open through the Easter weekend. Guests looking for complete privacy during the day would therefore be advised to book outside the opening periods of the Estate.
Please note that the inner courtyard where The Clock Tower is located is a shared space with four other apartments. There is an outside courtyard with a tea room and outside seating which is open to the public during seasonal opening times (see above). Please refer to the parking arrangements with regard to access.
Please contact us should you require further information.
For light-bites, the nearby tea room is a perfect spot for a morning coffee and scone (seasonal opening applies) or the Waterwheel cafe at nearby Philiphaugh is a super stop-off for refreshments and a chance to see salmon leaping at the viewing centre. Try the Selkirk Deli for lovely coffee and lunches, or The Woll Restaurant in Ashkirk has a good reputation for serving excellent food full of fresh local flavours.
The historic market town of Selkirk is 3 miles away and provides a good range of local amenities, including a deli, bakery, butcher and small supermarket for holiday provisions.
You will also find a number of textile producers in the area including the Lochcarron Visitor Centre for lovers of cashmere and tweed, or head to Lindean Mill Glass which offers a super chance to skilled glass artisans at work. Alternatively a wonderful selection of independent shops can be found in Melrose (11 miles) or Galashiels (10 miles) for larger supermarkets, including a Marks & Spencers food outlet.
Bowhill Estate is perfect spot for walking and cycling and has miles of tracks in a stunning woodland setting. It also provides a chance to explore all that the wider estate has to offer including stunning formal and informal gardens, the outstanding painting collection of Bowhill House, or simply some time outdoors enjoying the forest trails and wonderful wildlife of the area. A riding centre is also located nearby for forest and moorland treks on well-schooled horses.
For wider walking routes, the beautiful valley of Ettrick and Yarrow affords plenty of choice in all directions, including the easy/moderate ‘Ettrickbridge Circular’ (4 miles) to the more challenging ‘Yarrowford Circular’ (10 miles) taking in the Three Brethren cairns which offer superb panoramic views from the summit. Other nearby trails include ‘The Loch’s Walk’ on Bowhill Estate (2 miles), the moderate ‘Duchess’s Drive’ (7 miles) or the strenuous ‘Ettrickhead Horseshoe’ (10 miles) which is a splendid high level walking experience.
There is good value fishing on the Yarrow or Ettrick Water described by Shooting Times & Country Magazine as, ‘one of the best-kept secrets in the fishing world’ and there are a number of lochs and reservoirs for stillwater fishing. For golf enthusiasts, The Woll in Ashkirk is a popular 18 hole course in a super parkland setting just a ten minute drive away, while the wider area offers a huge variety of courses to suit all levels.
St. Mary’s Loch is a relaxed spot to while-away an afternoon in scenic surroundings, or why not spend time exploring the rich history of the area - from the skirmishes of the Border Reivers, the remnants of fortified towers, or the story of James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd who became one of Scotland’s literary giants.
For cycling and mountain biking, scenic routes are on the doorstep including the 7 mile Bowhill route, and 8.5 mile Ettrickfoot & Yair trail which offer relatively flat rides taking in forest paths and river courses. The Ettrickbridge and Yarrow Cycle Trail sits nearby - a scenic, but hilly, 19.5 mile loop using mostly quiet roads and forest paths but offering spectacular views in reward for one or two leg-burning climbs!
The magnificent city of Edinburgh is a perfect day trip - you can hop on a train from Tweedbank (10 miles) where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite architecture of this beautiful city.
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- Two dogs welcome with a charge of £15 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The peace and tranquility of the nearby loch amidst lush green forest and walking trails."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree