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Turret House, Abbey Court, Kelso, TD5 7JA.


A beautifully refurbished three-bedroom terraced property set in the heart of the popular town of Kelso with views out over the St Andrew’s Chapel. Turret House is known to be one of the oldest properties in the Town homing an abundance of period features which are maintained to a high standard. The accommodation comprises of three bedrooms, two reception rooms, one bathroom and a wonderful sun terrace to the rear. A unique proposition, one certainly not to be missed.

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Nicola Crombie
Sales Consultant

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Property Details & Description

Accommodation Comprises:

Ground floor

Entrance Vestibule, Hallway, WC, Large Storage Cupboard, Snug, Kitchen with adjoining Utility Room

First floor

Lounge, Guest Bedroom

Second Floor

Two Double Bedrooms one with built in storage, Main Bathroom, Airing Cupboard and storage cupboard/wardrobe.



On-street parking, Sun Terrace


Edinburgh 44 miles, Berwick-upon-Tweed 24 miles, Galashiels 17.5 miles, Melrose 16 miles, Tweedbank Railway Terminus 16 miles, Jedburgh 12 miles.

(All distances are approximate)


Turret House is situated in the centre of the historic and attractive Borders town of Kelso, which lies on the banks of the river Tweed. Floors Castle is close by, and Kelso plays host to the annual Border Union Agricultural Show and world-famous Ram Sales. Kelso has a wide range of shops, supermarkets, and services as well as excellent schooling including a private nursery, two good primary schools as well as a secondary school, with private schooling available at St Mary’s School (14.5 miles) in Melrose and Longridge Towers School (20.5 miles) just outside Berwick-upon Tweed. 

The area has much to offer in terms of rural pursuits and leisure facilities such as rugby, ice skating, hockey, horse riding, tennis, and football. There are lovely walks in the area and fishing is available on the rivers Tweed and Teviot with the famous Junction Pool. There are frequent National race meetings at Kelso Racecourse and the keen golfer is well catered for at the recently established 18-hole Schloss Roxburghe golf course.

 Edinburgh is within easy commuting reach by car via the A68 or A7, or by the Border Railway, with the station at Tweedbank a short 16 mile drive away and has a journey time to Edinburgh of around 55 minutes. Edinburgh international airport lies to the northwest of Kelso while Berwick-upon-Tweed, with its mainline rail link and the A1 lies approximately 24 miles to the east. Newcastle airport is approximately 64 miles to the south.


Built in the late 1600’s as a single storey half tenement cottage this property has an interesting history, converted into flats in the 1800s this is believed to be when the “Turret” was added. Bought by the National Trust in the late 1900s it was then leased to the Scottish Borders Council to form a museum. Having been through a complete programme of refurbishment in 1999 by the National Trust, this beautiful 3 storey Townhouse now offers uniquely presented, characterful family accommodation over three floors with many period features remaining including sash and case windows, original fireplaces, and stunning exposed beams. 

The property sits within an enviable town centre location with a wonderful south facing sun terrace to the rear with patio seating area, planted borders as well as a beautiful water feature. Gaining access through the front door into the welcoming foyer you are met with an exquisite spiral stone staircase (The Turret) providing access to the first and second floor. Following a naturally lit hallway, the ground floor is assembled by a cosy snug/family room with original stone fireplace, a WC with utility cupboard, second built in storage closet and a spacious family kitchen. Cleverly equipped, the kitchen has an abundance of cream wall and base units, an integrated dishwasher, single oven with 4 ring gas hob and extractor fan, a gas fire and space to accommodate a dining table with a comfortable 6 chairs . Perfect for hosting both informal and formal dining. 

Following the unique staircase to the first floor, the capacious lounge is reached with quadruple aspect sash and case windows, gas stove, outstanding views over the St Andrews Chapel and sun terrace access to the rear. Adjoining the lounge is a delightful double bedroom with private ensuite fitted with a large shower, WC and Hand basin, again a wonderful naturally lit space with central feature fireplace and dual aspect windows with functional shutters.

Completing this unique property are the two double bedrooms off the second floor landing both homing original fireplaces/stoves, the expertly equipped bathroom with bath and separate shower, heated towel rail, WC and hand basin and 2 expansive storage units one currently utilised as a built-in wardrobe. 

Whilst the property has no designated parking space, public carparks and on-street parking are available nearby.

As is evident from the photography, the property benefits from beautiful surroundings being within a short walk to the banks of the River Tweed and the beautiful former Kelso Abbey.



General Remarks & Information 


Viewing is strictly by appointment with the selling agents Rettie & Co, 1 Abbey Street, Melrose TD6 9PX.  Tel: 01896 824 070

Satellite Navigation

For those with the use of Satellite Navigation the postcode for this property is TD5 7JA.



(please download the application “what3words” for the exact location)



Entry & Possession

Entry and vacant possession will be by mutual agreement and arrangement.

Fixtures and Fittings

The following should be noted:

  1. The light fitting on the second-floor ceiling will not be included in the sale. 

  2. The integrated dishwasher and oven will remain in the property. 

  3. The blinds and curtains will not be included in the sale.

Listing and Conservation

Turret House is Category B listed and is located in a conservation area.


Mains electric, water and drainage.

Mains gas fired central heating.

Council Tax

Band E

EPC Rating

Band C

Home Report

A Home Report incorporating a Single Survey, Energy Performance Certificate and Property Questionnaire is available for parties genuinely interested in this property. Please contact us, either by telephone or via the website entry for this property, to request a copy. No charge is made for electronic copies; a paper copy can also be made available from our offices or by post, at a charge of £20 to cover reproduction and administrative costs.


Offers should be submitted in Scottish Legal Form to the selling agents Rettie & Co, 1 Abbey Street, Melrose TD6 9PX.  Tel: 01896 824 070.

Local Authority

Scottish Borders Council - Telephone: 01835 824 000.

Internet Web Site

This property and other properties offered by Rettie & Co can be viewed on our website at as well as our affiliated websites at and

Servitude Rights, Burdens & Wayleaves

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes whether contained in the title deeds or informally constituted and whether or not referred to above.

Particulars and Plans

These particulars and plan are believed to be correct, but they are in no way guaranteed.  Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation nor in any circumstances give grounds for action at law.


1. The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Rettie Borders LLP, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.


2. The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into contact in reliance on the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.


3. Any error, omission or misstatement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause for action.

Important Notice

Rettie Borders LLP, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:

1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either in writing or by word of mouth. Any information given is entirely without responsibility on the part of the agents or the sellers. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.


2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive and it should not be assumed that the property remains as photographed. Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale, or entitle any party to compensation or recourse to action at law. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents, including for its current use. Rettie Borders LLP have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise and ought to seek their own professional advice.


3. All descriptions or references to condition are given in good faith only. Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure accuracy, please check with us on any points of especial importance to you, especially if intending to travel some distance. No responsibility can be accepted for expenses incurred in inspecting properties which have been sold or withdrawn.

General Remarks
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