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Abbotsford House

| Abbotsford, Melrose TD6 9BQ, Scotland
+44 1896 752043
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Always a beautiful place to visit....

We frequently break our journey here as there is much to see and enjoy. The guides in the house... read more

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CumbrianLady2015
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Spent a lovely day at abbotsford last week the Visitors centre is worth spending time in All the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Amy S
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Edinburgh, 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
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Reviewed today

We frequently break our journey here as there is much to see and enjoy. The guides in the house really care that the visitor sees the house at its best. The present exhibition explores the link between Scott and Turner. The gardens are a delight...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent a lovely day at abbotsford last week the Visitors centre is worth spending time in All the people we meet who worked there were very clued up about the house and grounds

Thank Amy S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A beautiful day at Abbotsford house.arrived with my partner and two whippets.a lovely visitor centre which is a must before visiting the house of Walter Scott.lovely gardens and lots of walks.a day isn't long enough to explore.easily accessible and dog friendly.though no pets in the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a gem of a place, so tranquil. Staying in the area a visit here was a must, we are so glad we did. Just a short drive from Melrose we parked up and took a step back in time. We did the house tour...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took train from Edinburgh to Scottish Borders ( Tweedbank Station / end -of-line) on 2nd day of our 2 Day Rail Rover ticket. Again start your journey early to make some good time to see the home of Sir Walter Scott, "Abbotsford" - a...More

Thank PhilF7
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited last weekend on a lovely sunny day . The Visitor Centre is worth spending time in to gain some knowledge of the house prior to your visit The staff here are very welcoming and friendly ,as they are everywhere here . The house itself...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Abbotsford with my Mother and two Jack Russell Terriers. After a good walk with the dogs by the river on one of the many dog friendly walks on the estate we had lunch at the onsite restaurant Ochiltree. We thoroughly enjoyed our soups...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the audio tour and the gardens are lovely. The displays are detailed and stimulating . Special extended entrance availability which enables you to revisit throughout the year. Cafe/ restaurant is excellent.

Thank Gerri H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a cold, very wet day in April we decided to visit on of the historic houses dotted around the area where we were staying. Our choice was very limited because the only place open was Abbotsford House. Parking wasn't a problem and the shop...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Abbotsford is such a pretty place . The house is very interesting with original furniture There is a lovely tea room with a good variety of food & cakes. Below the tearoom is a good size gift shop. The gardens at Abbotsford are beautiful. Lovely...More

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Joan B
28 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
8 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
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marilyn217
24 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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