Turret Mansion House

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Sleeps: 24 Bedrooms: 11 Bathrooms: 9
Oliver Approved


Wedding Venue Manor Great Value
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request


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Turret Mansion House is a truly delightful, classic country house with views  across the stunning Scottish Borders countryside, yet only 26 miles from Edinburgh. This wonderful Baronial style country house, was once the former home of the Gladstone Family made famous by Prime Minister William Gladstone. Set in 10 acres of grounds the beautifully furnished home has a classic country house feel with a modern twist. The estate provides elegant surroundings with all the luxury and comfort of a stately home.

11 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms provide an ideal luxury retreat for family gatherings, weddings, parties and business dinners. A butler and housekeeper are available on request.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Turret Mansion House used to be a country house hotel, and some of the decor may not be to everyone's taste
  • No swimming pool or gym facilities

This home is a part of our Great Value and Heritage Collection!

This is a historic home, and as such:

  • It has probably been standing for over 100 years, which means it's full of historic value and charm but it may also have one or two quirks!
  • Some of the decor and furnishings may not be brand new, but that should not detract from your holiday experience in this unique setting that allows you to take a step back in time!

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Games Room Indoor Games Pool/Snooker Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating

Ground Floor
- Dining room for 24 people
- Living room with fire place and sitting for 10 poeple
- Second dining room with reading area
- Second living room with fire place and sitting for 10 poeple
- Games room with pool table
- Fully equipped kitchen with dining area for 18 people, microwave, oven, hob fridge and freezer, coffee machine and music room
- Cardhu bedroom with double bed, laundry area, access to the garden and toilet
- Macallan bedroom with double bed

First Floor
- Bathroom with shower
- Bathroom with bathtub
- Dalmore bedroom with king-size bed and a single bed
- Lochnagar bedroom with double bed, single bed and fire place
- Fettercairn bedroom with double bed
- Jura small single bedroom with single bed
- Glenkinchie bedroom with double bed and two single beds
- Balvenie bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower
- Bowmore bedroom with double bed, two single beds and en-suite bathroom with shower
- Tomatin bedroom with double bed, single bed and en-suite bathroom with bathtub
- Talikser bedroom with queen-size bed, fire place, stairs to a dressing / reading area and en-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower

Exterior Grounds
- 10 acre private estate
- Large garden and patio area
- Portable barbecue
- Field with sheeps
- Children's play area

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi connection
- Central heating
- Satellite TV
- Cot and highchair
- Board games


About the surrounding area of Turret Mansion House
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The estate enjoys a superb rural position with fine southerly views. There are many walks in the area and the nearby Tweed cycleway, which follows the course of the river to Berwick, commences at Biggar. The market town of Biggar has a wide range of local shops, recreational facilities, schools and restaurants. There are also several golf courses within easy reach.

Despite its peaceful location, it is well placed for easy access to the M74 and routes to the South and North and the A702 to Edinburgh. Edinburgh is only 26 miles away (half an hour drive) Glasgow 32 miles, Peebles 17 miles.

Local activities include: Riding and pony trekking. Historic border towns such as Peebles. Scottish Textiles Museum. New Lanark. Fishing on Tweed and tributaries. Cycle the Tweed cycleway. Many golf courses. Edinburgh 26 miles.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Edinburgh

(31 miles)

Nearest Village Biggar

(1.5 miles)

Nearest Shop Biggar

(1.5 miles)

Nearest Restaurant Biggar

(1.5 miles)

Nearest Bar/Pub Biggar

(1.5 miles)

Nearest Golf Biggar Golf Club

(1.5 miles)

Nearest Town/City Edinburgh

(26 miles)


Luxury self-catering holiday accommodation in the Scottish Borders

Get ready for a fabulous adventure in the Scottish Borders! This slice of heaven tucked away in the southern part of Scotland is a treasure chest of rich history, jaw-dropping landscapes and the cutest little towns and villages you ever saw. Pick one of our luxurious properties, grab your map, pack your bags and dive into the adventure!

First on the list of must-see wonders is the magnificent Melrose Abbey, a historic monastery dating back to the 12th century. It boasts Gothic architecture that will make your jaw drop. This is where Robert the Bruce's heart decided to take its eternal nap. You will wander through the atmospheric ruins, marvel at intricate stone carvings and let the sense of history soak into your very soul.

The Eildon Hills are your ticket to hiking paradise. These bad boys, with three distinctive peaks, offer views so breathtaking you will be convinced you have stepped into a postcard. Featuring patchwork fields, dense forests and the snaking River Tweed, you will quickly fall in love.

Peebles, a town nestled along the River Tweed, enjoys streets so quaint they practically wink at you. Known for its independent shops and charming vibes, Peebles is your ideal base for exploring. Close by is Dawyck Botanic Garden, a horticultural wonderland with rare and exotic plants galore. For mountain biking fanatics, Glentress Forest is right around the corner, offering trails for all skill levels.

Galashiels, with its textile heritage and woollen mills, now hosts the amazing Borders Distillery. Whisky fans, this one is for you with tours and tastings awaiting your visit! If you are feeling literary, you can gallop over to Abbotsford House, the swanky former pad of Sir Walter Scott.

The scenic A708 road, also known as the "Queen's Way," takes you to the charming town of Moffat. Offering High streets that pop with vibrancy, a Woolen Mill that is the talk of the town and the Devil's Beef Tub, a dramatic hollow in the hills that adds a dash of mystery to your adventure, it is a great place.

St. Abbs, a fishing village on the coast, is a real-life fairy tale. Colourful cottages, rugged cliffs and a bustling harbour offer enchantment at its finest. Nature lovers, grab your binoculars for coastal walks and birdwatching, because the diverse marine life here is like a living, breathing National Geographic documentary.

So head to the Scottish Borders to explore ancient abbeys, conquer scenic hills and enjoy the charm of quaint towns and villages. This region is a captivating tapestry just begging to be explored!

Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Toys
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Butler - On request, your own dedicated butler can be arranged to serve drinks, light fires, tidy up etc. to ensure your stay is as comfortable as can be
  • Daily Housekeeping -Available on request, the house can be fully attended to by cleaners leaving you time to relax and enjoy yourself
  • Dining - Catering on request to provide anything from breakfast to simple home cooked meals to fine dining with chef and waiter service

Imagine hosting a sumptuous dinner in your very own country house. We have teamed up with an outstanding catering company to provide the ultimate in luxury dining for you and your guests. Whether it is a corporate, business or pleasure dining experience the meal will be tailored to you and your guests specific needs.

If you wish our butler and staff can be at your disposal to provide dinner and drinks service throughout the evening. You will also be served a fantastic traditional Scottish cooked breakfast for you and your guests the next morning. Prices start from £250 per person per night including dinner bed and breakfast.- minimum of 8 guests. All the luxury of a beautiful country house with your own staff to cater to all your needs.

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

With its rich history and impressive views, Turret Mansion House makes a wonderfully unique venue for your special day. Set just thirty minutes from Edinburgh, you will enjoy total privacy and tranquillity in the ten acres of private grounds, which will make a beautiful backdrop for the pictures you will treasure forever.

Wedding Reception

A reception with up to 200 people could be hosted at this property with a hired marquee in the grounds. For smaller groups, up to 40 people could be hosted for an informal, buffet style reception inside the Grand Hall of the house. Dancing could continue for up to 40 people in the Grand Hall with music playing until 1am or larger groups up to 200 people in the marquee with music until midnight. 

Wedding Ceremony

A blessing or humanist ceremony could take place in the grounds, in the marquee or smaller groups in the house.

Where to Stay

Up to 24 people can sleep at the property. Nearby, many more guests could stay within a 10-minute walk and all other guests could find accommodation within a 20-minute drive of the house. The owners can supply details of local transportation firms.

Wedding Planning
The venue can suggest a wedding planner, or the client may provide their own. The venue can suggest suppliers and help with most event needs.

The venue can suggest external suppliers, or the client may provide their own.

Other information
- The event fee varies based on the type of event and guest number. Events to end by 1am. Venue encourages relaxed events where clients are free to organise themselves what they like.
- There is no corkage charge.
- There is a 4-night minimum stay for weddings - except those during July & August where there is a 7-night minimum stay.
- Please note that the owners only accept up to 4 weddings per season due to the wear and tear impact on the grounds.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500
Arrival time 2pm onwards
Departure time 12am
Pets welcome? Yes
Smoking Allowed? No
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Energy costs included? Yes
Linen & towels included? Yes

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 9th 2023 - Dec 20th 2023 £3,902 £5,852 £7,803 £9,753 £13,650
- Christmas + New Year - - - £11,504 £16,100
Jan 3rd 2024 - Jan 5th 2024 £3,902 £5,852 £7,803 £9,753 £13,650
Jan 5th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 £3,902 £5,852 £7,803 £9,753 £13,650
- Christmas + New Year - - - £11,504 £16,100
Jan 3rd 2025 - Jun 11th 2025 £3,902 £5,852 £7,803 £9,753 £13,650

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 9th 2023 - Dec 20th 2023 €4,267 €6,400 €8,533 €10,666 €14,928
- Christmas + New Year - - - €12,581 €17,608
Jan 3rd 2024 - Jan 5th 2024 €4,267 €6,400 €8,533 €10,666 €14,928
Jan 5th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 €4,267 €6,400 €8,533 €10,666 €14,928
- Christmas + New Year - - - €12,581 €17,608
Jan 3rd 2025 - Jun 11th 2025 €4,267 €6,400 €8,533 €10,666 €14,928

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 9th 2023 - Dec 20th 2023 $4,597 $6,895 $9,193 $11,492 $16,083
- Christmas + New Year - - - $13,554 $18,970
Jan 3rd 2024 - Jan 5th 2024 $4,597 $6,895 $9,193 $11,492 $16,083
Jan 5th 2024 - Dec 20th 2024 $4,597 $6,895 $9,193 $11,492 $16,083
- Christmas + New Year - - - $13,554 $18,970
Jan 3rd 2025 - Jun 11th 2025 $4,597 $6,895 $9,193 $11,492 $16,083

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile


Built in 1824 - Turret Mansion House has welcomed many notable guests during its time as a former hotel and private residence. Until 1832 the House formed part of a large estate belonging to Vice Admiral Charles Fleming of Biggar and Cumbernauld. At that time the House, known as Wester Toftcombs, the farm of Easter Toftcombs and Mid Toftcombs were bought by John Liddle of West Mains.
hese were tenanted by four generations of the Gladstone family, later made famous by the British Prime Minister, William Gladstone.

George Orwell resided at the house in May 1946 as a guest of his friend Georges Kopp who was his commander in the Spanish civil war. We are looking forward to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the publication of Nineteen Eighty Four with the Orwell Society at the house in October 2019. How long have you owned the property?
We have owned the house for 15 years we lived in it as our family home when our 3 kids were young and growing up - we had horses / sheep dogs/rabbits and cats and the children loved the huge grounds and the vast number of activities in the area. The first day we moved in we saw our middle child had drop her game boy and was  carrying the newly born lambs around the front paddock. It is such a beautiful relaxing house with the most fantastic views.


What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
As soon as we stepped through the impressive entrance into the front hall we looked up and saw the stunning gallery , with stained glass ceiling called  the rose gallery- it is now used as our dining hall seating up to 24 for dinner.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?  
The house was once owned by the gladstone family later made famous by prime minister - william gladstone- George Orwell author stayed in the house in 1946 and is the chosen venue for the orwell society reunion in 2019.

Do you have a favourite room in the property?   
My favourite room is the formal lounge - it is an extremely grand but very relaxing room with a gorgeous mantle piece with open fire and large comfortable sofas.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do? 
Visit the biggar museum/ puppet theatre and alk the local hills
Really eat?
Have a chef prepared dinner fully catered by our excellent staff at Toftcombs serving champagne and canapés in our gorgeous formal lounge.
What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?  
Get Tescos to deliver all your groceries ahead of your arrival  or sit back and let our butler service take care of all your dining needs.



  • Great!

    on 05/09/2022

    Fantastic place! Absolutely loved it. Would certainly come back again :-D

  • A home from home

    on 28/07/2022

    Great place! Large property which offers flexibility with all its communal areas. Ideal for families or friends. The house is well equipped, clean, tidy and comfortable. A home from home.

  • A memorable four days

    on 10/04/2022

    The big house and grounds provided a marvellous gathering point for a 23 member family reunion. Very comfortable. Excellent kitchen arrangements for catering a large party. Lots of different rooms for children and adults to split up into groups. Spacious grounds which the children loved. A most memorable four days. Thank you!

  • Perfect

    on 14/07/2019

    Wonderful and warm, comfortable and great location for the Border’s area and Edinburgh. Accommodated our 15 family perfectly.

  • Isaac the Butler

    on 16/07/2010

    And that brings me to Isaac. (THE BUTLER) who really did help make the weekend, his manners were impeccable and the service we got from him from the moment we arrived until we left was absolutely spot on. I have never been force fed so much bacon, eggs, blackpudding, haggis, beans and it goes on, in my life. We went to bed fairly late with Isaac still serving us drinks, and woke up to a clean house and the smell of breakfast and coffee. He was always suitably dressed, with a smile on his face and helped out with anything we needed, a thoroughly nice chap and great at his job. The caterers were excellent and produced very good food with us barely noticing they had even arrived.

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