Melrose, Scottish Borders
01896 663979

A pleasure, and privilege, to stay in Sir Walter Scott's family house with views over the Regency gardens and the River Tweed


8 beds


8 bedrooms


Sleeps 16

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The famous author completed his ‘flibbertigibbet of a house’ in 1824, and his huge collection of books, weaponry and artefacts can still be visited in the collection. You stay in the Hope Scott Wing, created by Scott’s granddaughter to give the family greater privacy following his death.

The drawing room is vast with two big windows and a door to the garden; settle here in front of the fireplace with a book from the extensive library. There’s an industrial kitchen downstairs for caterers and a superb kitchen for you to use. Bedrooms (spread across two of your three floors) are large and light with really pleasing views, bathrooms have Scottish fine soaps and thick towels.

Barbecue in your own courtyard, prowl the gardens and river bank when all the visitors are gone – perhaps with a picnic. This is one of our Community Champions.

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We think you'll love

  • Playing on the full-sized billiard table in the games room
  • Having the fragrant herbaceous borders, walks along the river, Rapunzel tower and kitchen garden all to yourselves on light evenings
  • Reading one of Scott's novels and gazing over the views he created
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You should know

  • Dogs are only allowed at basement level - they have their own front door
  • Not all the bathrooms are en suite
  • There will be visitors wandering about the estate during the day


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.


Nightly price
from £532
Weekly price
from £3723
Short breaks available: 3-night stays from £2487.
1 House for 16
From £5328 beds8 bedrooms


Gather together your loved ones and come to this beautiful, fairytale house and garden. It's incredibly romantic and full of history.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

If you don't want to go far there are gentle strolls, tours of the house and Ochiltree's café for light lunches and afternoon teas. You're deep in the Borders, with Melrose just over a mile away for stocking up and Galasheils a bit futher for a good pub, shops and restaurants. Walkers can join the Southern Upland Way for a coast-to-coast route or the Borders Abbey Way for circular walks.

Local points of interest from Abbotsford

  • Wander out the Drawing Room door to experience exclusive after-hours access to Sir Walter Scott's beautiful Regency Walled Gardens, breath taking in every season.
  • Enjoy free entrance to Sir Walter Scott’s ‘conundrum castle’, where you can admire his magnificent library, marvel at his eclectic collection of armoury and curiosities and view the very desk he wrote the famous Waverley novels on.
  • In the heart of the Scottish Borders, there is a wide array of outdoor activities on your doorstep. Fish on the famous banks of the River Tweed, perfect your swing at one of our local golf courses, take a clay shooting lesson or try alpaca trekking.
  • Discover the history of the region whilst visiting awe-inspiring castles, captivating abbeys and quaint market towns including Melrose, only a 10-minute drive from Abbotsford.
  • Explore the picturesque Scottish landscape by enjoying one of the many walking trails in the Scottish Borders including the renowned three summits of the Eildon Hills and completing sections of the famous Borders Abbey Way, which passes through the estate.
  • Only an hour from Scotland’s beautiful capital city you can soak in more of Scotland’s unique history visiting Edinburgh Castle and Sir Walter Scott’s Monument or shop till you drop along the famous Royal Mile.



Since 2007, The Abbotsford Trust has cared for the house, chapel, gardens, estate and collections created by Sir Walter Scott and his descendants. They are an independent charity led by a group of voluntary Trustees, have a small staff team and are supported in every aspect of their work by a dedicated group of more than 150 volunteers. They also offer guided tours of the house and gardens.