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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  • Abbotsford House wasn't open on the day we visited, but we decided to have a coffee and cake in the visitor centre. The purpose built centre is light and airy with a deck area for when the sun shines....  more »
  • A surprisingly interesting visit to the home of Sir Walter Scott, nineteenth century novelist, on the banks of the River Tweed near Melrose. A modern, well designed visitor centre, shop, cafe etc as t...  more »
  • The story of Sir Walter Scott - and Scotland - is fascinating (essential visit if you are Scottish). Told here at visit to his house - with top class audio guide - but you can just call in to the good...  more »
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  • We had a short visit and a guided tour. The tour guide told us more about the man Sir Walter Scott and enjoyed what she was doing
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