Crowned by a garret, cap house and a parapet walkway, this austere building rises four storeys high above the Braidwood Burn. Architectural features include crow-stepped gables, an oriel window, dovecote and gargoyles. A steep stone staircase connects all five floors of the tower with uneven treads, often known as trip-steps, built within the thickness of the 1.5 metre exterior wall. The Tower of Hallbar is set in five acres of native woodland, young orchards and meadows.
The fully fitted kitchen/dining room, with its overarching stone vault and adjacent cloakroom occupy the ground floor. The Great Hall, on the first floor, has a fine original fireplace with a wood-burning stove and oak furniture of the period. The substantial ceiling beams are enlivened with colourful paintings showing heraldic motifs, flowers and beasts of the forest. The bathroom and bedrooms are arranged over three floors. Above the Great Hall there is a well-appointed bathroom and charming single bedroom. On the floor above is a wonderfully atmospheric vaulted twin bedroom. The master bedroom, at the top of the tower, is reached by going out onto the parapet. Surrounding the tower is a pleasant garden, ideal for outside eating in the summer months.
The steep and uneven stairs in the tower are unsuitable for the elderly, infirm or very young children. The separate single level bothy cottage provides accommodation for 2 with 5 sleeping in the tower.