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Romantic Dumfries Tower House

Abbot’s Tower is a beautifully restored tower house in Dumfries combining the stunning features of the Scottish renaissance with the comforts of modern living. The restoration took twenty years and has been done to an extremely high standard. Period features including the oak entrance, stone staircases, exposed beams, gunloup windows and period fireplaces.

Accommodation lies over four floors accessible by stone turnpike staircases leading up the tower. The kitchen has an antique dresser and a range cooker, and as it sits on the first floor has good views out to the countryside. The formal entertaining room lies on the third floor and features its original fireplace and a useful pantry in the pepperpot turret. Views are far ranging: you can see the Peak District on a clear day. A secret staircase leads to the Garret, currently used as an attic bedroom.

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There are four bedrooms in the tower, arranged over four floors. The master has a fireplace, exposed beams and a window seat. A guest bedroom lies on the ground floor while the remaining rooms are in the garret and the caphouse (on the top floor), which provides access to the flagpole and the roof.

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Outside the property sits in around three-quarters of an acre and much of the grounds are set to woodland with shrubs and wild flowers. One side of the drive is planted with an orchard while the east side is laid to lawn. The modern courtyard reflects the archaeology which shows a barnkin used to be a feature of the property. A workshop has a spacious games room above it.

Abbots Tower is situated in a peaceful spot in Dumfries with distant views of the Solway Firth. New Abbey is less than a mile by road, and constitutes a pretty village which has two hotels and a village shop, primary school and a doctor’s surgery. Dumfries is just seven miles.

The guide price is £625,000. For further information please contact Strutt & Parker on 0131 226 2500 or visit

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