FIND INSPIRATION ON HOUSE POOL
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.