Abbotsford House, Melrose

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Abbotsford is a historic country house in the Scottish Borders, near Melrose, on the south bank of the River Tweed. It was formerly the residence of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott. It is a Category A Listed Building.DescriptionThe nucleus of the estate was a small farm of 100acre, called Cartleyhole, nicknamed Clarty Hole, and was bought by Scott on the lapse of his lease of the neighbouring house of Ashestiel. He first built a small villa and named it Abbotsford, creating the name from a ford nearby where previously abbots of Melrose Abbey used to cross the river. Scott then built additions to the house and made it into a mansion, building into the walls many sculptured stones from ruined castles and abbeys of Scotland. In it he gathered a large library, a collection of ancient furniture, arms and armour, and other relics and curiosities, especially connected with Scottish history, notably the Celtic Torrs Pony-cap and Horns and the Woodwrae Stone, all now in the Museum of Scotland.The last and principal acquisition was that of Toftfield, purchased in 1817. The new house was then begun and completed in 1824.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Even Sir Walter Scott suffered it, but I suspect not for very long in this setting. Abbotsford House is an inspirational home and a testament to the abiding love evident in Sir Walter's descendants wh...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The House, especially the Park are worth a visit. It seems to take a trip back in time in one of the many historic homes. Nice visitors center where, in addition to the provided shop, there is also a small museum where you can admire some memorabilia without having to buy a ticket. Deserves.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very enthusiastic, helpful staff. Liked the audio tour and enjoyed the walk around the gardens. Brunch was tasty, but our sitting position was out of sight of waiting staff and we had to remind them o...  more »

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