Elizabeth Nowakowski has been a part of the Castle Guide team for many years now. Her knowledge of the Castle and its contents is simply amazing. Elizabeth tells us about her favorite piece in the Castle.
"My favourite item in the Castle is the 17th Century Brussels Tapestry depicting the Triumph of the Gods. This tapestry hanging in the Drawing Room is one of the pieces inherited by the Duchess May, the American wife of the 8th Duke, when her mother died in 1929.
One can only wonder at the imagination required to picture and create such a classical scene, and the time taken by the weavers whose skill created, in such depth and detail, this wonderful artwork.
The tapestries are almost 400 years old and still look as good today as when they were originally made. However, the skill exercised by the artisans of the early 20th Century must also be appreciated by the observer, and these must have closely matched those of the originators, as it is almost impossible to tell that the Tapestries were cut to fit the alcoves within the room in which they now hang.
Each (piece) also tells of the ability and foresight of the 8th Duchess which must have been considerable, for her to have contemplated cutting the tapestries. However, this she did, and again one can only imagine the trepidation that must have been felt when they were actually being ‘cut’, yet the product now stands testament to all involved, their attention to detail, skill and dedication.
Today the visitors to the Castle have the pleasure of looking at these wonderful tapestries which depict many elements of the classic tales, telling the stories of Roman Mythology, which are bound to capture their imagination. And for those whose imagination is captured the story of the later history, leading to their current surroundings also adds to their attraction and aura."
Tenancy: The tenancy will be a Short Assured Tenancy under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. The Lease may be renewed at the end of the prescribed term of let but applicants should be aware that possession of the property can be recovered by the proprietor at the expiry of the Lease if required.
Entry and Duration: Entry shall be at such date as may be agreed. The duration of the Lease shall be for an initial period of not less than six months.
Rent: The rent shall be payable monthly in advance by Standing Order on the 1st of each month with a proportionate amount payable on entry.
Repairs: The proprietor shall maintain the premises wind and water tight and keep in repair the structure and exterior of the house (including drains, gutters and external pipes), the installations in the house for the supply of water and electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences) and installations for space heating and water heating with the exception of any repairs occasioned by any act, omission or negligence of the tenant. Internal decoration shall be the tenant’s responsibility.
Painting: The proprietor shall carry out external painting.
Deposit: A deposit of two months rent will be payable on entry. This will be repaid to the tenant on termination of the lease, provided all obligations of the lease are fulfilled and the property left in a satisfactory condition.
References: The Estate will require the applicant, in the event of them finding a property that they wish to rent, to complete a Credit Check before granting them a tenancy.
Other Conditions: All the other customary Roxburghe Estates conditions of let shall apply and a copy of the pro forma Lease can be inspected at the Estate Office by bona fide intending applicants.
Viewing: Arrangements to view the property may be made by contacting Victoria Roddie, Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso (Telephone 01573 223333)
Tenancy Application: Applications for the tenancy should be submitted on the accompanying form and delivered to Edward Johnson MRICS, Assistant Factor, at the address below.
Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 7SF