A Journey through Time: Historic Castles and Stately Homes in Bowden and the Scottish Borders
Embark on a journey through time as we explore the historic castles and stately homes that grace the picturesque landscapes of the Scottish Borders. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history, marvel at architectural wonders, and explore lush gardens that have stood for hundreds of years. Bowden House B&B is the perfect springboard for exploring the historic castles and stately homes of the Scottish Borders so join us as we uncover the hidden gems that make this place a treasure trove of history and heritage.
Mellerstain House, Gordon
Mellerstain House is a beautiful Georgian manor house set within spectacular grounds. Listed as one of Britain's best stately homes by The Telegraph - "A treasure, wonderful gardens and beautiful house!" it is a must-see destination for those seeking an authentic glimpse into the past.
Floors Castle, Kelso
Step into the largest inhabited castle in Scotland, Floors Castle, and be taken back to an era of grandeur and splendor. With its majestic presence and breathtaking surroundings, this remarkable fortress has been the ancestral home of the Dukes of Roxburghe since 1721. Walk amongst fine art, porcelain, and tapestries as you explore its regal rooms. The castle boasts some pretty spectacular views of the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills – not to be missed!
Smailholm Tower, Kelso
Built by a prominent laird in the 15th century, this 65-foot tower provides an immersive experience into the past with the roof and floor still in-tact in this four-storey tower house. As an ancestral home of the great Romantic novelist Sir Walter Scott, Scott learned the power of border ballads as a young infant living on the estate. Inside, there is a fascinating model of the Pringle residence and a charming collection of costume figures and tapestries telling the tale of Sir Walter Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders.
Smailholm Tower stands as a testament to the region's rich heritage, providing an immersive experience into the lives of those who came before us.
Traquair House, Innerleithen
Delve into nearly a thousand years of Scottish history at Traquair House, Scotland's oldest inhabited house. Wander through its storied halls, climb the turnpike staircase, and retrace the footsteps of ancient kings. Admire the remarkable collections of embroideries, letters, and relics that offer glimpses into bygone eras. Outside, the extensive grounds invite you to wander through enchanting woodlands, navigate the maze, or enjoy the adventure playground. Indulge in a spot of afternoon tea, or a meal at the charming 1745 Cottage Restaurant.
Manderston House, Duns
Prepare to be enchanted by the architectural masterpiece of Manderston House, an Edwardian gem nestled within 56 acres of formal gardens. See close-up the intricate craftsmanship and attention to detail that define this remarkable mansion. Explore sumptuous state rooms, including the world's only silver staircase, and gain insights into the opulent lifestyle of the Edwardian era. The original kitchens offer a glimpse into the past, showcasing innovative design and timeless functionality. A visit to Manderston House is an unforgettable journey through time.
Bowden House B&B is the perfect base for exploring the local area. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a nice day out, there’s something for everyone. If this isn’t enough, we’re always on hand to offer any other insider tips and off-the-beaten-track stops on the way to make your stay even more memorable. Book now or find out about our current offers.