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Abbotsford House

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Address: Abbotsford House Abbotsford, Melrose TD6 9BQ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1896 752043
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Perhaps nowhere else in the world can evoke the power of the romantic past...

Perhaps nowhere else in the world can evoke the power of the romantic past more than Abbotsford, stunningly located on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.

Abbotsford sits at the heart of the landscape that inspired the poetry and novels of its creator, Sir Walter Scott. Unlike the homes of other great writers, this is a house that the writer himself designed and as such uniquely embodies a physical representation of the Romantic Movement that he helped to create. When you touch the bricks and mortar of Abbotsford, you are touching the soul of Scott.

Our new FREE to access Visitor Centre is home to a Stylish Restaurant, Gift Shop and Exhibition on the life and legacy of Sir Walter Scott.

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Excellent Bed and breakfast in the Hope Scott Wing.

Had a really lovely overnight stay in a beautiful room overlooking the river Tweed. Very warm welcome from Carol when we arrived. Totally impressed by the house. It was like going... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a really lovely overnight stay in a beautiful room overlooking the river Tweed. Very warm welcome from Carol when we arrived. Totally impressed by the house. It was like going back in time but with all the modern amenities.We were very lucky in only sharing with one other couple, so had the run of the house really. Felt as... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I live in Edinburgh, but hadn't visited the home of Sir Walter Scott. About an hours drive from where we live, there are plenty parking spaces for cars within an easy walk to the Visitor Centre. We didn't stop there (except to buy our tckets), but wandered down to the house to be welcomed by the staff... More 

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Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited yesterday on an "family open day". Lovely grounds (although would imagine even better in the summer) - all alongside the swiftly flowing River Tweed - lots of walks and excellent photo opportunities. The house itself - the first Scottish baronial of its type - although not many rooms to explore - those that you do have access to more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

13 of us and a couple of cooks took the Hope Scott wing of Abbotsford house for a long weekend. It was wonderful. The accommodation is very high standard: very comfortable and the kitchen was well-equipped. Also palatial. My bedroom looked out over a formal garden while the bathroom overlooked the river Tweed. It was very peaceful. On Saturday we... More 

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Jayne B, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this review

I am so glad that you had such an awesome stay in history at Abbotsford, it really is a unique, affordable and luxurious experience and one I hope you will repeat in the future. It is gratifying to note that you were able to also visit Edinburgh as it is so easily accessible from Abbotsford now that the train comes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove down about an hour from Edinburgh to the Borders (there is a station nearby). With my friend Rowena, we toured the little castle built by Walter Scott i the 1800s. The study and Library are fascinating, and the armoury and dining room are also of interest. I enjoyed the story of Will Bridie, a rogue who poached a... More 

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Jayne B, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this review

Thank you for this magnificent review of Abbotsford especially the quirky stories and unique atmosphere which permeates the home of the Great Scott. I was especially happy to hear your appreciation of the accessibility of our hidden gem from Edinburgh now - by car and by train you are here in less than an hour!! I do hope that we... More 

Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such an amazing experience. The gift shop and museum alone are worth the trip and then a self-guided tour of the house and grounds, accompanied by an audio device guide and we were lost in enchantment for hours. Super fancy audio guides allowed you to pick and choose the topics you wanted to know about in each room and you... More 

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Jayne B, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this review

You are very welcome! Thank you for this wonderful review and I am so glad that you had such a magical visit. There is quite a lot to take in during a visit but most areas are very accessible and we can always provide wheelchairs or provide assistance if some walks are a little challenging. Thank you again as your... More 

Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very welcoming staff on reception, reasonable entry prices (and free tickets to visit again within 12 months). Excellent audio facilities to enjoy a tour of Sir Walter Scott's House at your own pace. Lovely walks beside the River Tweed and a children's adventure playground. An very good restaurant at the visitor centre for snacks or full meals. Check their website... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just back from a weekend away at the Hope Scott wing at Abbotsford. Board meeting on Friday then directors and wives weekend away. Clay pigeon shooting at Braidwood, black tie dinner by Orde on Saturday and then a fantastic guided tour of the house by duty manager Julie on Sunday. Absolutely first class experience, couldn't rate it high enough.

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Jayne B, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this review

I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Abbotsford and managed to experience the truly diverse offer that we have here. I have passed your praise on to Julie who represents one of our many enthusiastic managers and guides who always succeed in really welcoming and bringing Abbotsford to life. Book your return trip soon ! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is easy to misunderstand the significance of historic figures and before coming to Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott was just a name among many (although I live in Scotland I am English). After seeing some of the house (parts are private) I understood that at one time, Scott was regarded as of equal significance to Goethe and Shakespeare, even if... More 

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Jayne B, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this review

Thank you for your inspiring review of Abbotsford, I was moved to feel how magical and informative your visit was and hope that you will spread the legacy of the Great Scott far and wide as he truly was a great man. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I only managed to spend about 1.5hours at the site, but it was enough to cover the main parts of the house, gardens and visitor centre. Exhibits across all spaces were well kept and informative for those keen on spending more time at each place, and I particularly liked the visitor's centre's exhibition as it was sophisticated. However, I did... More 

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Jayne B, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this review

Thank you for this very kind review and I am glad that you had the time to experience the, very diverse, offer that we have at Abbotsford. Whilst we do have a limited number of rooms open to the public they are so full of stories and interesting artefacts that you can spend at least an hour with our guides... More 

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