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Preserving History: Uncovering the Architectural Gems of Bowden and its Stately Homes

Bowden House B&B is perfectly positioned for exploring the beautiful stately homes of the Scottish Borders. Whether you’re on a walking holiday, or have come in a car or camper, it’s well worth spending a day or two visiting the unique architecture and majestic stately homes that surround Melrose and beyond.



Abbotsford House: Sir Walter Scott's famous residence

Abbotsford House is a true gem in the Scottish Borders, offering a unique glimpse into the life and legacy of one of Scotland's most celebrated writers, Sir Walter Scott. This historic house, a stones’ throw from Bowden House B&B, showcases the architectural splendour and personal artifacts of the renowned author. Explore the grand rooms filled with Scott's extensive collection of art, literature, and antiquities, and discover the study where he penned his literary masterpieces. The stunning gardens, woodland trails and views over the River Tweed provide a serene setting for visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty that inspired Scott's creative genius. Embark on a journey through history as you unravel the captivating tales of Sir Walter Scott and experience the magic of Abbotsford House.


Traquair House, Scotland's Oldest Inhabited Residence

Step into a living piece of Scottish history at Traquair House in Innerleithen. With a history spanning nearly a millennium, Traquair House offers an enchanting experience for visitors of all ages. Follow in the footsteps of Scottish kings as you ascend the turnpike staircase, unravelling tales of daring escapes by priests during perilous times. Marvel at the remarkable collections of intricate embroideries, historic letters, and fascinating relics that transport you to bygone eras.


Outside are vast grounds and woodlands, with a maze and adventure playground, making it a perfect family day out. Afterwards, treat yourselves to lunch or traditional tea at the 1745 Cottage Restaurant.


Manderston House: An Edwardian Masterpiece

Nestled amidst 56 acres of meticulously manicured formal gardens in Duns, the heart of the Scottish Borders, Manderston House stands as a testament to the splendour of Edwardian architecture. Built in 1905 for Sir James Miller by the visionary architect John Kinross, no expense was spared in its creation. Every part of this house has something to offer: from the world's only silver staircase to the sumptuous state rooms and ballroom. Manderston House is an absolute must-see for those seeking an unforgettable journey through the opulence of the Edwardian era.


These are just some of the grand stately homes the Scottish Borders have to offer – spend a day or two exploring them then spend the evening soaking up the sweeping views from Bowden House B&B’s terrace, a charming 19th-century house in its own right.

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