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Tower of Hallbar
Reviewed 29 July 2013

We stayed here with our kids and had an absolutely wonderful time. The staff was great in all the planning ahead of time and the trip went exactly as planned. The place is flawless - there is nothing I would change. A unique balance of history and comfort that left us with many found memories. We're actually going back again next year. The Tower is tough to find off the road, but once you do it's nice to be so hard to get to. At night it's pitch black and quiet all around which adds to the ambiance. It's hard to believe it's so close to major cities. The cottage is also a great feature and has tons of room.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

Played (illegally I must say) for years when I was young in this tower (it was a wreck then), but we were still able to get inside it and go up to the roof, I wonder if they kept any origonal slate tiles, where many a name was carved, as was in some of the stones, still remember the magnificent views. Sadly at 60 and not very agile I would not be able to stay there, but perhaps one day when I am visiting my childhood village I may get the opertunity to call in. Does anyone know if they do day time lunches?.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
4  Thank marinapoole
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

We had a wonderful 4 nights at the tower. It is very atmosperic and has been refurbished sensitively to incorporate all you'd need without ruining its character. Very steep steps and low doorways ("mind your head!") are all part of the fun! Sitting in the great hall each night with a whisky in front of the log fire was one of the best ways to spend an evening we've ever found. Only one minor criticism - the sofas are rather unsupportive (all the other furniture was top notch).

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank pbw_fw
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

We spent a wonderful week in the tower. It was built as a safe house to protect the occupants from "marauding hordes" and when you live there for a week you realise it would have been difficult to invade. It has been restored and makes for a comfortable stay whilst retaining a lot of character. The stone steps up to each floor are very steep and I could not understand why I had so much difficulty walking up and down them. I then read that when it was built (16th Century) the steps were intentionally designed to "trip" anyone not familiar with them so they are different depths, different heights... make sure you hold on to the hand rail! It took my 13 year old Niece to find the master bedroom - you have to go to the very top of the tower, take a door on to the ramparts and walk outside to another door in which you find the room! It is steeped in history and on the 1st floor is a beautiful living room complete with wood burning stove and a fabulous hand painted ceiling. We spent every evening playing scrabble and other board games and the kids didnt ask for the TV once.
The kitchen has no windows , has a vaulted stone ceiling, and just about fits 7 round the table so "cosy" though well kitted out with oven, dishwasher and even a full size freezer.
The tower is not for the elderly or people who don't like steep steps, very low doorways (watch your head!!) or anything a bit different. HOWEVER, Included in the price is a one-bedroom, single floor cottage next door to the tower (which iis perfect for elderly/disabled with a large walk in bathroom etc) and there are phones in every room of the tower and the cottage that interconnect and allows you to easily contact any room you need. It is cosy, atmospheric and makes the perfect 'getaway'. Yes, there are a few cobwebs and you would hate it if your idea of the perfect stay is a modern, characterless hotel but it is romantic, cosy and authentic. I had a huge sense of privilege to be able to live and sleep in a piece of real history. A real treat!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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7  Thank Bowen_Family
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Reviewed 18 March 2010

wonderful tower- extremley well furnished and very comfortable. We just loved it, as did all the children. You do have to be agile and careful for the very many stairs but the view of the stars from the balcony was worth it- as was the very comfortable bed!

Vivat trust managed by very nice people doing a very worthwhile service too!

Cobwebs and dust probably should not have been there but actually added to the ambiance! (there was a problem when we were there and I am sure it would be spotless for other guests)

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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3  Thank fibiScotland
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Reviewed 13 October 2006

The Tower of Hallbar is a wonderful location for a holiday. The stairs are very steep and in places uneven, so its not ideal for the elderly or the very young obviously but for everybody else, its well worth the strain!
The atmosphere and sheer beauty of the place has to be seen to be believed and The Vivat Trust have catered for every possible need. Looking out for foxes first thing or standing up on the ramparts at night listening for owls, you will share in the Towers magic.
Simply beautiful. I hope to return.

Stayed: October 2006
4  Thank historic-dreamer
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Reviewed 6 November 2005

Have stayed 4 times, fantastic! ive got 3 kids and they also love it, stairs are a challange so you need to be fit and kids responsible enough to go up and down. Would go back its very Harry Potter!
having a cottage is a bonus as well, housekeeper very nice and friendly. well worth a visit nothing else like it.

  • Stayed: November 2004
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6  Thank buttsScotland
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Address: Braidwood, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > South Lanarkshire > Braidwood
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Braidwood
Number of rooms: 3
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Tower Of Hallbar Braidwood, Scotland - South Lanarkshire

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