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Abbotsford House

| Abbotsford, Melrose TD6 9BQ, Scotland
+44 1896 752043
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Interesting historic house.

We had a lovely visit here & thoroughly enjoyed it. The house is so interesting & the gardens are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bernadette R
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Ashington, England, United Kingdom
Superb

The small but very interest museum part of the house was fascinating. The audio guide is a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
ShadowTours
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London
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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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| Abbotsford, Melrose TD6 9BQ, Scotland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a lovely visit here & thoroughly enjoyed it. The house is so interesting & the gardens are lovely even though we've had dry weather. The audio tour is well worth it as you really absorb the history of the house. Friendly, helpful staff,...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The small but very interest museum part of the house was fascinating. The audio guide is a necessity to get the most from the place. It’s staffed by cheerful and helpful volunteers who make you very welcome. There’s a good exhibition in the ticket office...More

Thank ShadowTours
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Reviewed 1 week ago

He purchased the farm and house in 1811 and changed the name to Abbotsford to commemorate the Melrose Monks. We were only interested in the grounds of this beautiful estate nestled in the Scottish borders on the River Tweed. The setting is captivating, so beautifully...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although you can only go around a few rooms of the house, these are very interesting. The audio guide is excellent. The visitors center is excellent in terms of the exhibition, facilities, shop and cafe/restaurant. Lovely walks in the grounds. Fascinating history. Excellent parking facilities...More

Thank Jennifer P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I can see why Sir Walter Scott was so happy in this house. Not many rooms to see but what there is are brilliant. The headset etc., are easy to use and the best one to have is the male...More

Thank Susan H
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review Susan. We are so happy to hear that you were able to make the most of your visit to Abbotsford and also enjoyed our current exhibition on JMW Turner and Scott. We will make sure to share...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Special meaning is attached to touring homes of authors I've read and Abbotsford is high on that list. The home's setting in the Borders scenic countryside, the exhibits in the welcome center and the formal gardens are a lovely prelude to the main attraction. Not...More

Thank CatLadyLive
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Abbotsford. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much and we will make sure to share your kind comments with our volunteer guides. We would very much look forward to welcoming...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There has been a major investment in a superb visitors' centre where there are first-rate introductory static and audio-visual displays. The excellent Ochiltree's Restaurant is on the first floor above the display area, reached by stairs or a lift.. The house contains amazing collections amassed...More

Thank Steve M
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

What an amazing review! We're absolutely delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your visit Steve. It's great that you were able to make the most of it and it would be our pleasure to welcome you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting house to visit with easy to follow audio guides to bring the history of the house back to life. Lovely gardens also and the restaurant has a fantastic outside terrace where you can sit and enjoy a bite to eat whilst being...More

Thank HertfordshireSue
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for the lovely review Sue. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Abbotsford and would very much look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best house tours I've been on. The audio guide is very good and the contents of the house is impressive. The garden and grounds are worth a view and the café offers good food and service, within the pleasant visitor centre.

Thank Christopher F
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit Christopher. It's wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you again in the future.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited after a stay in nearby St Boswells and were pleasantly surprised. In the most charming location, the house is a delight as are the volunteers. The audio guide was imaginative and interesting although we were disappointed we couldnt see more. The gardens are...More

Thank lynncarr2016
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the great review. It's wonderful to hear that you had such a good time visiting Abbotsford and we would very much look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Joan B
27 March 2018|
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Response from AbbotsfordScott | Property representative |
Hello Joan, Thanks for your question. Abbotsford is open from 10am to 4pm 7 days a week during March. From the Easter weekend onwards until October, we are open 10am to 5pm 7 days a week. You can also find further visitor... More
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BazNorthyorks
7 November 2017|
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Response from nicholas f | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, I was there for noon and it probably had been open a while; think it shut shop around 4-5pm; best check their website
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marilyn217
23 September 2017|
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Response from AbbotsfordScott | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. We do have disabled toilets on the premises; they are located on the ground floor of the visitor centre and on the first floor at Ochiltree’s café. Do let us know if you need any further... More
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