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Floors Castle, Kelso
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Floors Castle, in Roxburghshire, south-east Scotland, is the seat of the Duke of Roxburghe. Despite its name it is a country house rather than a fortress. It was built in the 1720s by the architect William Adam for Duke John, possibly incorporating an earlier tower house. In the 19th century it was embellished with turrets and battlements by William Playfair for Duke James. Floors has the common 18th-century layout of a main block with two symmetrical service wings. Floors Castle lies on the River Tweed and overlooks the Cheviot Hills.Floors Castle is now a category A listed building, and the grounds are listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, the national listing of significant gardens in Scotland. It is open to the public. The castle featured in the 1984 movie Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.HistoryBackgroundThe Ker family, Earls and Dukes of Roxburghe, have held lands in Roxburghshire since the 12th century. Their origins are not certain, but they were likely of Norman stock originally. Since the accession of Sir James Innes as Duke in 1812, they have used the double-barelled name "Innes-Ker".The name of Floors Castle is thought to come either from "flowers" (or the French fleurs), or from the "floors", or terraces, on which the castle is built.
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  • Had been a devotee of the whole Floors experience for 33 years,bringing my daughters up in the faith! We would regularly enjoy the grounds and gardens and together with visiting friends would spend su...  more »
  • Used to be kelso residents had free access to floors castle. No longer. Now have to buy an annual pass. Used to take visiting friends there for a walk. Not now. Won't be visiting again, apart from may...  more »
  • Whilst staying with friends in nearby Jedburgh my wife and I visited Floors Castle in Kelso last month (18.10.16) and thoroughly enjoyed walking through the gardens and in the water meadows, including...  more »
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  • I have been there twice to see The Massed Pipe Band and it was a very good day out. The house was lovely as were the grounds. The guides were also very helpful. I would certainly pay another visit.
  • Fascinating hisorical stately home Very impressive; well worth a visit
  • Lovely day out for all the family. Came for the Massed Pipe Band Day.
  • Imposing house with good cafe. Would have expected to see more rooms.
  • Such a cozy, homely stay in a stunning setting! Well worth a visit.