Bowhill opens early with special treat

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BOWHILL HOUSE is revealing rooms to the public not seen in 30 years.

The stately home near Selkirk unlocked the Sir Walter Scott room and the Buccleuch family’s library when it opened three months earlier than usual, in time for the Easter weekend.

House manager Helen Currie said: “Bowhill has always offered visitors a wealth of art, history and holiday adventure but this year the public will be able to access rooms which have been off-limits for decades.”

The Walter Scott room features an exhibition on the Selkirk sheriff and novelist.

Mrs Currie added: “It lets visitors explore the links between Sir Walter Scott and the Buccleuch ancestors as well as looking at the detail of his life.

“People can see Scott’s pipe, quaich, desk seal and ink stand surrounded by artwork of the period such as pieces by Sir Henry Raeburn and Wilkie.”

The Bowhill library has also been opened up, giving visitors an insight into the personal family space of the Duke of Buccleuch and his family.

Mrs Currie said: “We’re delighted that these treasures are open to the public.”