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Visit Abbotsford House | Sir Walter Scott's home - Scottish Borders

Abbotsford is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, and author of timeless classics such as Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake.

In 1811 Sir Walter bought the property which was to become Abbotsford, set in the heart of the Scottish Borders, on the banks of the River Tweed. The building of Abbotsford took six years, and was completed in 1824.

William Atkinson was the chosen architect, and George Bulloch gave his advice on the furnishings, while local craftsmen carried out the work.

The house was opened to the public in 1833, five months after Sir Walter's death, and has been enjoyed by visitors ever since.
The house contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, (also Rob Roy's Gun and Montrose's Sword), and a library containing over 9,000 rare volumes.

Visit Abbotsford House | Sir Walter Scott's home - touring Scotland


Superb Georgian house, designed by William and Robert Adam, exquisite plaster ceilings, beautiful interior decoration, fine period furniture, marvellous art collection. The library is reputed to be Robert Adam’s finest creation. Open Easter 4 days, the 1st May – 30th September 12:30pm to 5pm daily (except Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays). Tea room, gift shop, groups by arrangement.
The Italian-styled terraced garden was laid out in 1909 by Sir Reginald Blomfield and commands a glorious view overlooking the lake to the Cheviot Hills in the distance

Facilities
Historic House, Gardens, Wheelchair Access, Tea Room, Car Park, Private Group Tours Available, School Tours Available, Dogs on Leads Allowed in Garden

Additional Services
WEDDINGS
For those of you who are searching for the perfect romantic wedding venue, we may be able to help. Mellerstain can provide the backdrop to your big day and offers the chance to stay in our exclusive bridal suites, to entertain in our splendid state rooms and enjoy an expertly customised marquee wedding that you and your friends will never forget.

Admission Adult Admission: £6.00 Child with adult Admission: £0.00 Student/Seniors: Admission: £6.00 Adult Admission (Garden Only): £3.00 Student/OAP Admission (Garden Only): £3.00 Group and school tour prices available on request


Visitors are able to view Sir Walter Scott's immense collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, and over 9,000 rare books.
Scott is buried at Dryburgh Abbey, one of four abbeys that once were influential in Borders life. The abbeys themselves were destroyed in 1544 by the invading armies of the English King Henry VIII, when Mary, Queen of Scots was a young child. Today, the ruins remain beautiful and poignant. A major visitor centre at Jedburgh Abbey explains the abbeys' former importance. The monks first developed the skill of working with wool, the forerunner of the textile industry that still thrives in the area today
Visitors can visit the Private Chapel, and wander through the beautiful grounds, gardens and along the woodland walk.
It was only after Scott was laid to rest at Dryburgh that the abbey was restored and cared for, gardens made and parkland trees planted.
The surrounding park, as beautiful and secluded as it is today, is very different from the pastoral setting Scott knew. When Scott was alive it was an expansive open field, grazed by sheep and cattle and dotted with blackthorn and gorse. Abbotsford House Abbotsford is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, and author of timeless classics such as Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake. In 1811 Sir Walter bought the property which was to become Abbotsford, set in the heart of the Scottish Borders, on the banks of the River Tweed. The building of Abbotsford took six years, and was completed in 1824. William Atkinson was the chosen architect, and George Bulloch gave his advice on the furnishings, while local craftsmen carried out the work. The house was opened to the public in 1833, five months after Sir Walter's death, and has been enjoyed by visitors ever since. The house contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, (also Rob Roy's Gun and Montrose's Sword), and a library containing over 9,000 rare volumes. Visitors will be able to see Sir Walter Scott's Study, Library, Drawing Room, Entrance Hall, Armouries and the Dining Room where he died on 21st September 1832. Browse in our Gift Shop where you will find a wide range of souvenirs to choose from. Relax in the delightful Tea Room or Walled Garden, or take a stroll in our Extensive Grounds, Garden or along the Woodland Walk. Visitors are able to view Sir Walter Scott's immense collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, and over 9,000 rare books. Visitors can visit the Private Chapel, and wander through the beautiful grounds, gardens and along the woodland walk. Scott is buried at Dryburgh Abbey, one of four abbeys that once were influential in Borders life. The abbeys themselves were destroyed in 1544 by the invading armies of the English King Henry VIII, when Mary, Queen of Scots was a young child. Today, the ruins remain beautiful and poignant.
  Sir Walter Scott's immense collection of historic relics, A major visitor centre at Jedburgh Abbey explains the abbeys' former importance. The monks first developed the skill of working with wool, the forerunner of the textile industry that still thrives in the area today.
Abbotsford is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, and author of timeless classics such as Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake.


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If you want to see where the English were defeated three times in one day then visit Neidpath Castle which towers over the River Tweed near Peebles. - Mary Stuart and Oliver Cromwell stayed there. Neidpath is one of many Scottish historic houses used as a film location. ‘The Bruce’ was a filmed at Neidpath, Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull was the location for ‘Entrapment’ and Floors Castle in Kelso was the home of Tarzan the Earl off Greystoke in ‘Greystoke”.
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