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Abbotsford House

| Abbotsford, Melrose TD6 9BQ, Scotland
+44 1896 752043
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A Must Visit

The home 19th Century novelist Sir Walter Scott, it oozes old world charm and Scottish personality... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Abbots Bromley, United Kingdom
A superb residence

Situated in a beautiful setting and overlooking the R. Tweed, the house exudes a richness and taste... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2017
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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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
+44 1896 752043
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The home 19th Century novelist Sir Walter Scott, it oozes old world charm and Scottish personality. As a Californian I can tell you authoritatively that it far out classes and outshines Hearst Castle (granted it is 100 years older). Each room is beautifully furnished and...More

Thank timtruett
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Situated in a beautiful setting and overlooking the R. Tweed, the house exudes a richness and taste that seems to capture the spirit of Walter Scott. The tour is limited to a series of ground floor rooms and in that regard it was slightly brief...More

Thank MikenMissy
Reviewed 20 November 2017

We live locally and have enjoyed visits to the garden at Abbotsford along with tea and cake in the cafe. Last week we did the same, along with a friend visiting from Germany. I am sorry to say that it was not a very positive...More

3  Thank Morag A
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Having spent two days walking in the lammermuirs, the old legs needed a rest. My wife suggested visiting Abbotsford and I'm glad she did. The audio tour was excellent and I would recommend it to any visitor. The house contains an impressive selection of old...More

Thank Wol V
Reviewed 18 November 2017

A few miles away from Galashiels, spectacular location on the banks of the Tweed, well renovated, beautiful gardens. The house is a relatively limited tour, but although I was initially sceptical about the headphone audio tour, actually it works really well. Loved the Study, Library...More

Thank UKDiver2007
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Fantastic visit. Near to Melrose and easy to find. Abbortsford house was well worth a visit.Took a tour using the headphones -really gave you a feel for the place.most languages catered for. Super friendly guide welcomed us into the house. Didnt stay for lunch so...More

Thank June K
Reviewed 15 November 2017

The headphones are great you point the clicker at the objects and you get related information. The best room for me was Scott's Study, The grounds are a good short walk

Thank Graham I
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

We decided to visit on a whim, we are truly glad we did! The house and gardens are amazing, would love to see the gardens in the summer. The restaurant was amazing too, well worth a visit

Thank vulture4culture
Reviewed 13 November 2017

The woodlands path is a newly constructed footpath that flows through the woodlands along the River Tweed. It is accessible from Abbotsford House or from Galafoot Bridge on the Tweedbank side and was a sheer joy to walk there and have a wonderful connection with...More

3  Thank Jekr62
Reviewed 8 November 2017

What a real treat to visit Abbotsford House with the new visitor centre and restaurant. Sir Walter Scott's home is quite special with very friendly staff to welcome and host you. The audio choice for going through the house includes a first class version spoke...More

Thank jim r
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7 November 2017|
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Response from jeannick | 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
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
29 May 2017|
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Response from louiedebounce | Reviewed this property |
Telephone no: 01896 - 75 20 43