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History of Barns Tower

The earliest known owners of the Barns Estate were the Burnets of Burnetland near Broughton roughly 12 miles away. By 1400, without relinquishing Burnetland they had become well established in the Manor Valley and known under the new title of the Burnets of Barns. By 1760 they not only owned much of the Manor Valley but property in Peebles as well.

Barns Tower was built by William Burnet the 4th Laird of Barns and his wife Margaret Stewart of Shillinglaw - a family related to the Stuart earls of nearby Traquair. Their Initials W.B and M.S. are carved above one of the upper floor windows. The dates 1488 and 1489 are carved above the entrance door but are much too early for the date of construction, perhaps referring to the date the Burnets acquired the estate.

The records tells us that he turned out at the 'weapon show'* of 1627 (by which time he must have been aged 81) held at Kings Muir, Peebles "well horsed, with a buff coat and steel bonnet, lance and sword; accompanied by seven horsemen with lances and swords, with one footman with lance". (* A weapon show, known more traditionally in Scotland as a Wapenshaw, was a gathering once held in every district of Scotland, the purpose of which was demonstrate to the nobility that the arms of the men that owed them military service were in good condition and that the men were properly trained in their use. Scotland seldom had a standing army and these were the men that were required to fight in the event that an army had to be raised. The term is still occasionally used to refer to target shooting competitions.)


Staying at Barns Tower is the perfect getaway for two people, although there is room for a couple more in the box bed and trundle in the Sitting Room. The enormous sleigh bed is freshly made, lovely products from The Highland Soap Company await you, the fire is prepared ready for you to light, and a breakfast hamper is provided.

A complimentary tour of Neidpath Castle for stays of a week or more.

While away a few days going for breathtaking walks along the River Tweed, or up into the hills around. Nearby Peebles is full of charming shops and a small museum. Dawyck Gardens, Traquair House and biking at Glentress are all in the area.


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bathroom with shower
utility room
washing machine
tumble drayer
big box full of logs
big basin


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fully fitted kitchen
open fire
dinning table with four chairs


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TV with DVD and DVD's
comfy sofa
open fire
scottish bed
+ pull out bed


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King-size bed
two pairs of towel
roll top bath
shower gel/shampoo/lotion


barns tower floor plan

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Barns Tower lies about 4 miles west of Peebles in the Scottish Borders.


from Edinburgh 28 miles (time 00h45)
from Edinburgh Airport 31 miles (time 00h40)
from Glasgow 65 miles (time 01h15)
from Carlisle 74 miles (time 01h33)
from Galashiels 24 miles (time 00h30)
from Moffat 26 miles (time 00h45)


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