The castle is still a well-loved home to the Kerr Family and is therefore a warm and cosy place to stay. A romantic and historic building very well equipped to cater for all modern day comforts.
The Grand Hall
Built at the end of the Border Wars, the Grand Hall is the social centre of Ferniehirst. A main feature of the room is the large, ornate fireplace. Fine portraits of King James VI and members of the Kerr Family adorn the stone walls, while the hall’s oak tables, benches and pieces of ironwork have been hand-crafted locally. An attractive and unusual feature is the continuous, scallop-decorated corbel course that supports the ceiling joists.
The beautiful wood-panelled gallery above the spacious stone well staircase which leads to the Outer Hall and Grand Hall on the first floor.
This Inner Chamber, thought to have been the Laird’s Bedchamber in days gone by, was converted into a kitchen during the 1984-1987 refurbishment.
The Outer Hall houses an historical freize comprising ten panels. hand-painted by local artist, David Wilkinson, in 1987.
Turret Sitting Room
A cosy warm room to relax in with comfortable sofas and a log burner.
The Turret Library
A small circular apartment in the South east tower, the Turret Library boasts a beautiful wood-panelled ceiling and a fascinating collection of books and curiosities relating to Borders family histories. Lit by three deeply-recessed windows, and measuring only 7 feet six inches in diameter, it is one of the more private spaces in the castle.
As its name suggests it was once the children’s playroom. Now it is a cosy sitting room with kitchen facilities and a small adjacent turret room. Views extend over the landscaped grounds and local countryside.
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