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Abbotsford House

A Scots baronial house and garden, built by the novellist Sir Walter Scott c 1822. A series of protected garden enclosures behind the house draw upon Scots traditions. The River Tweed front of the house has military earthworks and a fine view. Loudon passed by in 1842, in bad health, and remarked that 'Sir Walter Scott's taste was antiquarian rather than artistic, and he has produced such a building and gardens as might have been expected from his peculiar partialities, and his facilities for obtaining fragments of antiquity'.

Melrose, Scottish Borders, Scotland, TD6 9BQ

April to late December. Daily.

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  • over 8 years by Scot 3 / 5

    The house is terrific and so is the setting. The Abbotsford garden is not quite as 'romantic' as I would like it to be.

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Walled Garden, Abbotsford House Photograph ©
View across the Tweed, Abbotsford House Photograph ©