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DUNS CASTLE - beautiful 14th Century gem of the Scottish Borders - Hospitality steeped in history!

Sleeps23
Bedrooms 12
Bathrooms8
Space 0 sq. ft.
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

14th Century Scottish Castle with 12 bedrooms, sleeping up to 23 guests.

Duns Castle, located in the Scottish Borders just one hour south of Edinburgh, is the centrepiece of a beautiful 1200-acre estate and has been the seat of the Hay family for over 300 years. Steeped in history, the oldest part of the castle dates from 1320 and it was here that the Covenanters amassed their forces in 1639 to protect Scotland’s freedom of worship.

Today the property is a haven of beauty and tranquillity, an idyllic venue for weddings, private hire, holiday lets and corporate retreats, where guests can simply unwind and make the most of their stay. In partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the estate boasts its own nature reserve, complemented by extensive forest trails and bespoke outdoor activities including falconry, archery, clay pigeon, 4-wheel-drive experiences and nature tours. Inside the castle, guests can enjoy a host of pre-booked cultural experiences such as wine and whisky tastings and art classes. Guests staying in the castle can enjoy the castle’s full-size billiard table as well as tennis and lawn-croquet free of charge.

The castle, not open to the public, is in a private and secure setting affording the discretion and exclusivity guests may desire, yet within easy reach of the charming small town of Duns. Family owned since 1696 and chosen as a location for the award-winning film, Mrs. Brown (starring Judi Dench and Billy Connolly), Duns Castle has stunningly beautiful public rooms, 12 unique bedrooms (sleeping up to 23), a happy, warm atmosphere and great vistas and views for photographs. Additional accommodation is available in the 6 holiday cottages on the estate, all within easy walking distance of the castle, with 14 rooms (sleeping up to 26) bringing the total sleeping capacity of the estate to around 50 guests. The castle can comfortably seat 60 for dinner and the extensive lawns offer numerous possibilities for marquees and larger events.

Attractions within easy reach include Abbotsford House (the home of Sir Walter Scott), the Border towns of Kelso, Melrose and Jedburgh (with their respective Abbeys), Rosslyn Chapel (as featured in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code) and Edinburgh (home to some of the largest cultural festivals on Earth). Golf and fishing are nearby and secluded sandy beaches are less than 30 minutes away. There are also numerous stately homes in the Borders region that open to the public as well as plenty of local culture to enjoy.

Among the many qualities of Duns Castle Estate, guests often remark upon how they appreciate the ambiance of the family home and the warm welcome of their hosts, Alick and Aline Hay, who remain in the castle in their own quarters while not compromising the guests’ enjoyment of the majority of the castle. The staff are experienced and willing and the whole team seeks to provide truly memorable experiences of a bespoke nature.

Here guests relax, they enjoy the silence, the tranquility, the starry skies, the sight of the swans by day and sound of the owls by night. Here guests find their own rhythm, can disconnect from the fast pace of their regular lives, get close to nature and bathe in the beauty of it all.

Ideal for families, weddings, group holidays, bird-watchers, walkers, fishing enthusiasts and golfers.

Access to walks in the extensive grounds, which include woodland, hill vistas, a nature reserve, a splendid lake and a tennis court.

Dinner available in Duns Castle by prior booking from £40pp (under 14s from £20pp)

Special outdoor activities include croquet and tennis (free of charge) and falconry, fishing, archery, clay pigeon shooting and off-road driving (arranged at cost by prior request).

The village of Duns, offering a good selection of amenities (supermarket, shops, restaurants, library, public swimming pool, etc.), is only 10 minutes walk away.

Included: Parking, central heating, log fires and supply of logs (all fires tended by castle staff only), Bed linen, Towels, Freeview television, Electric cooker, Microwave, Dishwasher, Fridge-freezer, Washing machine. Cot and highchair by request. Limited free Wifi in the Reception areas.

Housekeeping: The owners, the Butler and other castle staff may occasionally need to access the rented areas of the castle for maintenance, administrative and house-keeping purposes but will remain discreet so as to not compromise guest privacy. The lighting, refuelling, maintenance and extinction of the log fires in the Dining Room and Drawing Room will be the sole responsibility of the castle staff. Guests are not permitted to add logs or other combustible items to the fires, nor to light any flames in the building, including the fireplaces in the bedrooms. 2 hours of daily housekeeping (09:30am-11:30am) are included for exclusive use bookings. For additional services, please contact the castle administrator.

Start dates for weekly bookings are flexible except for certain peak periods where shown (starting Fridays). For further information, please contact the Castle directly (www.dunscastle.co.uk). Smoking is not permitted inside the castle. No pets please.

Please note:

During their stay, guests will have exclusive use of the areas mentioned in the Property Details above.

The castle remains a family home during your stay and the owners occupy private quarters within the castle.

The estate has a number of cottages that are used either as long-term lets of as holiday lets and their occupants have the same rights as the public in Scotland to use the estate walks (excluding the private areas immediately around castle).

Duns Castle is often booked for Private Hire, Weddings, Meetings or Events and prospective clients may wish to view the property. Guests will be informed at least 24 hours in advance of any such viewings and every effort will be made to time these when most convenient for all concerned.

Events and other activities are occasionally hosted on the estate and at a suitable distance from the castle so as to not compromise guest privacy. Guests will be informed of any such events prior to their arrival.

For further details: www.dunscastle.co.uk and www.dunscastleholidaycottages.co.uk

More Details

Property Manager
Natalie (Castle Administrator)
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, french, italian
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within a day
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

Amenities

Duns Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
Meals:
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 0 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 60 people
Bathrooms:
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite Blue Four-Poster - toilet , tub , shower , Spacious with large bath, shower enclosure, toil
    Ensuite White Four-Poster - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath with shower, toilet and wash basin
    Corridor Bathroom #1 - toilet , tub , shower , South-facing. Bath, Shower enclosure, Toilet & W
    Corridor Bathroom #2 - toilet , tub , shower , Bath, Shower enclosure, Toilet & Wash basin
    Ensuite Blue Tower - toilet , tub , shower , Spacious with Bath, Shower enclosure, Toilet & W
    Yellow Tower Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath with shower and separate Toilet with Wash basin
    Russet Twin Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ergonomic (compact) Bath with Shower, Toilet & Wash ba
    Ensuite Pink Twin - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath with shower, Toilet and Wash basin
  • Duns Castle offers a total of 9 Bathrooms. Mezzanine Floor (situated between the ground floor and 1st Floor): 1 ensuite + 1 private bathroom. Second Floor: 3 ensuite + 2 family bathrooms. Third Floor: 1 ensuite + 1 private bathroom The Estate has its own private spring water supply that is filtered and tested.
Bedrooms:
  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • BLUE FOUR POSTER - 1 queen , 1 double , Double four-poster bed with ensuite bathroom
    BLUE DRESSING ROOM - 1 queen , 1 double , Double Bed, shares corridor bathroom #1
    WHITE FOUR POSTER - 1 queen , 1 double , Double four-poster bed with ensuite bathroom
    PINK FOUR POSTER - 1 queen , 1 double , Double four-poster bed, shares corridor bathroom #1
    PINK DRESSING ROOM - 1 queen , 1 double , Double bed, shares corridor bathroom #1
    GREEN DRESSING ROOM - 1 twin/ single , Single Bed, shares corridor bathroom #2
    GREEN FOUR POSTER - 1 queen , 1 double , Double four-poster bed, shares corridor bathroom #2
    YELLOW TWIN - 1 twin/ single , Twin bed with ensuite bathroom
    BLUE TOWER - 1 queen , 1 double , Double bed with ensuite bathroom
    YELLOW TOWER - 1 queen , 1 double , Double Bed with private bathroom
    RUSSET TWIN - 1 twin/ single , Twin bed with private, ergonomic bathroom
    PINK TWIN - 1 twin/ single , Twin Bed with ensuite bathroom
  • Duns Castle offers a total of 12 Bedrooms SECOND FLOOR: 8 Bedrooms (3 ensuite) + 2 family bathrooms - Blue Four Poster / Blue Dressing Room / White Four Poster / Pink Four Poster / Pink Dressing Room / Green Dressing Room / Green Four Poster / Yellow Twin. THIRD FLOOR: 2 Bedrooms (1 ensuite) + 1 private bathroom - Blue Tower / Yellow Tower. MEZZANINE FLOOR (situated between the ground floor and 1st Floor): 2 Bedrooms (1 ensuite) + 1 private bathroom - Russet Twin / Pink Twin. Please Note: - The Tower bedrooms, with magnificent views, are reached by a stone spiral stairway of a further 21 steps above the 2nd Floor. - All castle bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities and bathrobes. - The Estate has its own private spring water supply that is filtered and tested. - 2 Additional rooms (1 Twin and 1 Double) can be made available for larger groups for a supplement (contact Castle directly for information)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Notes:
PROPERTY DETAILS Total Rooms: 12 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, 13 Toilets, Entrance Hall, Main Hall, 2 Reception Rooms, 2 Function Rooms, Kitchen, Billiards Room. Ground Floor: Main Entrance, Cloakroom, 2 Function rooms (1 equipped with disco lights) including bar (optional), Grand Staircase to Main Hall. First Floor: Main Hall, Bar (optional), Dining Room, Kitchen, Drawing Room, WC, Stairs and Turret Stairwell leading to upper floors Main Hall: Grand Staircase, stone floor with rugs, beautiful ceiling, arched features and Minstrel Gallery, Bar (optional) - suitable as a reception area. Dining Room: Grand oak table (seating up to 34), large fireplace with Gothic carvings, ornate ceiling, 10 foot thick walls (the original part of the castle) with ornate panelling Kitchen: Equipped and offset from Dining Room in South-East Turret. Drawing Room: Spacious and comfortably decorated with wood burner, grand piano and bow window overlooking gardens and nature reserve to the North. Toilet & wash basin 2 Stairways (1 carpeted and the other a stone, spiral Turret Stairwell) leading to upper and lower floors Second Floor: 8 Bedrooms (3 ensuite), 2 family bathrooms. Third Floor: 2 Bedrooms (1 ensuite) + 1 private bathroom Mezzanine Floor (situated between the ground floor and 1st Floor): 2 Bedrooms (1 ensuite) + 1 private bathroom. The Estate has its own private spring water supply that is filtered and tested. Included: Parking, central heating, log fires and supply of logs (all fires tended by castle staff only), Bed linen, Towels, Freeview television, Electric cooker, Microwave, Dishwasher, Fridge-freezer, Washing machine. Cot and highchair by request. Housekeeping: The owners, the Butler and other castle staff may occasionally need to access the rented areas of the castle for maintenance, administrative and house-keeping purposes but will remain discreet so as to not compromise guest privacy. The lighting, refuelling, maintenance and extinction of the log fires in the Dining Room and Drawing Room will be the sole responsibility of the castle staff. Guests are not permitted to add logs or other combustible items to the fires, nor to light any flames in the building, including the fireplaces in the bedrooms. 2 hours of daily housekeeping (09:30am-11:30am) are included for exclusive use bookings. For additional services, please contact the castle administrator. Weekly bookings normally run Friday to Friday. For shorter breaks, please contact the Castle directly (www.dunscastle.co.uk). Smoking is not permitted inside the castle. No pets please. Please note: - During their stay, guests will have exclusive use of the areas mentioned in the Property Details above. - The castle remains a family home during your stay and the owners occupy private quarters within the castle. - The estate has a number of cottages that are used either as long-term lets of as holiday lets and their occupants are free to explore the estate (excluding the castle) and share access onto the estate. - Duns Castle is often booked for Private Hire, Weddings, Meetings or Events and prospective clients may wish to view the property. Guests will be informed at least 24 hours in advance of any such viewings and every effort will be made to time these when most convenient for all concerned. - Events and other activities are occasionally hosted on the estate and at a suitable distance from the castle so as to not compromise guest privacy. Guests will be informed of any such events prior to their arrival.

Reviews

5/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

DUNS CASTLE - beautiful 14th Century gem of the Scottish Borders - Hospitality steeped in history!
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
5

Idéal pour nous ! Luxueux et sauvage.

  • 5 of 5

Nombreux petits-enfants, 6 en tout, vivant en couple. Que de monde pour un séjour idéal - juste ce qu'il nous fallait afin de souhaiter nos 50 années de mariage. Un château, le romantisme des chambres, le silence, la campagne et les animations : le bonheur à l'état pur. Tout ce que nous aurions souhaité...

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Minutes
Edinburgh
Nearest Golf
5 Minutes
Duns Golf Club
Nearest Train
20 Minutes
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Nearest Beach
30 Minutes
Coldingham Sands
Car: not necessary
Other Activities:

In addition to local Trout and Salmon fishing, there is much to see and do locally. There are golf courses suited to every style and level, secluded sandy beaches within 30 minutes drive, horse-riding, quad-biking and much more. Guests may also wish to visit local landmarks such as Abbotsford House (the home of Sir Walter Scott) and other stately homes such as Manderston House and Floors Castle, explore neighbouring market towns of Kelso, Melrose, Jedburgh or Hawick (famous for Cashmere) or arrange a tour of Glenkinchie Distillery or Rosslyn Chapel (made famous in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code). There are always many local cultural events taking place, including Reivers Week in July, The Duns Show in early August and the Borders Heritage Festival in September. With all of this and Edinburgh's famous International Festivals and Hogmanay celebrations, guests are spoiled for choice.

Duns Castle Estate is located on the edge of the small town of Duns in the Scottish Borders. The property is within easy reach of the cities and international airports of Edinburgh (1 hour), Newcastle (75 mins) and Glasgow (90 mins). Duns is only 20 minutes from Berwick-upon-Tweed, 3.5 hours by train from London (Kings Cross).

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Rates & Availability

Notes

  • Duns Castle is available for Private Hire with catering (either B&B arranged inhouse or Dinner + B&B with pre-booked caterer, chosen from castle's panel of preferred caterers) or on an entirely Self-Catering basis. In both cases, the guests have exclusive use of the castle except for the private quarters occupied by the owners.

  • Contractual booking deposit: 25.00% rent
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