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Lessudden HouseLessudden House is a grand, four-storey former 'peel tower' (or fortified house) in the Scottish Borders which dates back to before the 16th century. It was rebuilt after being badly damaged in 1544 by the invading armies of Henry VIII.

An incredible amount of history contained within Lessudden’s four walls – the house has gone through English invasions and was home to Sir Walter Scott’s uncle and aunt’s family for 300 years. Today it is a family home, owned by Alasdair and Angela Douglas-Hamilton, who let out two of the bedrooms on a bed and breakfast basis.

The ‘new’ staircase (it was installed in the 17th century) leads up to two simple bedrooms with fresh white linen, creamy yellow walls and wooden panelling. As the name suggests, the master bedroom is the grander of the two, and has a double bed and a large en-suite bathroom. It also comes with its own adjoining sitting room with cosy floral sofas, plenty of books and an open fire – great for warming up in chilly Scottish climes. The second bedroom, Eildon View, has twin beds and a ‘pillow view’ of the rolling Eildon Hills.

Lessudden armsThe heavy antique furniture and oil paintings of various family members can, at first, seem a little on the austere side. But once you've settled in with a cup of tea and a slice of Angela’s cake or installed yourself by a crackling open fire for the evening, it's hard not to appreciate the family feel to this wonderfully atmospheric old house.






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