FIND IN­SPI­RA­TION ON HOUSE POOL

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It was un­der the Marmion Oak, at the head of the House pool on the Tweed at Ashi­estiel, that Sir Wal­ter Scott wrote Marmion. He lived at Ashi­estiel from 1804, also writ­ing The Lady of the Lake and part of Waver­ley there; it was his favourite home and some think he might have re­mained had he been able to buy it, rather than pur­chas­ing Ab­bots­ford in 1812. Now the house, its farm and the fish­ing are to be sold. Over­look­ing the river at Cloven­fords, five miles from Galashiels and nine from Mel­rose in the Borders, Ashi­estiel was orig­i­nally a 17th cen­tury peel tower. It was en­larged and com­pleted in the 19th cen­tury and com­pletely re­fur­bished in 2011. There are four re­cep­tion rooms, seven bed­rooms, seven bath/ shower rooms, and two sec­ondary bed­rooms. The grounds in­clude two gate lodges, farm­house and three es­tate cot­tages. Out­side are a walled gar­den, eques­trian com­plex, mixed wood­land and in-hand stock farm. In all there are about 863 acres that also pro­vide a small pheas­ant shoot as well as duck, wood­cock, snipe, the oc­ca­sional walked-up grouse, and roe stalk­ing. The fish­ing ex­tends to ten miles of sin­gle bank with seven named pools and a ten-year average of 54 salmon and seven sea-trout. The beat car­ries six rods, which are let, with a sev­enth re­served for the house. Although fish are taken through­out the sea­son (Fe­bru­ary 1-Novem­ber 30), the main run of salmon is late sum­mer and au­tumn, with sea-trout ap­pear­ing in the early sum­mer. There is a fish­ing hut and shel­ter.

Salmon and sea-trout run the river. Rooms are beau­ti­fully ap­pointed. Lux­ury liv­ing be­side the UK’S most pro­duc­tive salmon river.

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