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Discovering Bowden: Exploring the Castles and Stately Homes of the Scottish Borders

Welcome to Bowden House, a hidden gem in the Scottish Borders. Many people visit the Scottish Borders for its breathtaking scenery, but there’s also a rich historical heritage to discover. Whether you're a history enthusiast or simply love exploring majestic castles and stately homes, there’s something for everyone. Join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of the Scottish borders, exploring its architectural splendour and captivating past, and see for yourself by booking a night (or few) at Bowden House!



Floors Castle, Kelso

Floors Castle is one for those who want a bit of splendour. Nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, this magnificent fortress has been the ancestral home of the Dukes of Roxburghe since its construction in 1721. Admire the opulent rooms adorned with fine art, porcelain, and tapestries. Immerse yourself in the sweeping views of the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills from the castle's vantage point. Don't forget to explore the extensive grounds and charmingly curated gardens, offering a tranquil escape and pleasant walk.


Mellerstain House, Gordon

Mellerstain House is a true masterpiece of Georgian architecture. Designed by the renowned Adam brothers, this elegant manor house presents a complete picture of the past, as it stood some 240 years ago. Delight in the harmonious blend of exquisite design, period furniture, and impressive art collections. The surrounding parkland and formal gardens offer a feast for the senses, with breathtaking vistas of the Cheviot Hills and an ornamental lake. As one of Britain's best stately homes, Mellerstain is a must-see destination for your stay at Bowden House.


Smailholm Tower, Kelso

Transport yourself to the 15th century as you ascend the battlements of Smailholm Tower. Built by a prominent Scottish Borders family, this 65-foot tower offers panoramic views of the picturesque countryside. Inside, discover a model of the Pringle residence and a charming collection of costume figures and tapestries that relate to Sir Walter Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders. Smailholm Tower is a testament to the region's rich heritage and offers a captivating glimpse into medieval life.


Traquair House, Innerleithen

Embark on a journey through nearly a thousand years of Scottish history at Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. Wander through its hallowed halls and climb the turnpike staircase, following in the footsteps of ancient kings. Marvel at the impressive collections of embroideries, letters, and relics that speak volumes about the past. Outside, lose yourself in the extensive grounds, enchanting woodlands, and the exciting maze and adventure playground, perfect for families. Treat yourself to a delightful meal or a relaxing cup of tea at the 1745 Cottage Restaurant.


Manderston House, Duns

Prepare to be enchanted by Manderston House – an architectural marvel set amidst 56 acres of formal gardens. This Edwardian mansion showcases the epitome of Edwardian opulence, full of intricate details and craftsmanship typical for the period. Explore sumptuous state rooms, including the only silver staircase in the world, and gain insights into life at the turn of the century. The original kitchens provide a fascinating glimpse into the past. A visit to Manderston House is an absolute must for architecture enthusiasts and history lovers alike.


Bowden House, a charming early 19th century house in its own right, is the perfect springboard for exploring the castles and stately homes of the Scottish Borders. We’ll be on hand to offer plenty more tips when you visit, making this the perfect place for a tranquil escape to the Scottish Borders.



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