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Abbotsford House

| Abbotsford, Melrose TD6 9BQ, Scotland
+44 1896 752043
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Lovely day out

Super place to visit. Very interesting house with beaufiful grounds. Had coffee in the restaurant... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jlindatopping
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Inverness, United Kingdom
First class in every way

This house offers a visit which is excellent entertainment for a visitor. It begins in a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
JohnCEdinburgh
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Edinburgh
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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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| Abbotsford, Melrose TD6 9BQ, Scotland
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+44 1896 752043
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Super place to visit. Very interesting house with beaufiful grounds. Had coffee in the restaurant and would thoroughly recommend it. Lovely setting and very tasty home baking.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This house offers a visit which is excellent entertainment for a visitor. It begins in a scene-setting in the visitor centre, and continues with a warm, friendly welcome in the House reception. The audio guide is excellent. An actor in Walter Scott character takes you...More

Thank JohnCEdinburgh
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for this delightful review John! We're very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and would very much look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bit disappointed that there were only a handful of rooms to discover at the house .... half an hour of it to be Honest.... was looking forward to seeing much more but alas ....... visitor centre was expensive and the staff who worked here...More

1  Thank Diane B
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit Diane. We're sorry to hear that it didn't live up to your expectations. The reason that only the ground floor is open to the public is due to Scott's descendants extending and changing the layout...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent an afternoon at the site and could have spent a lot more. There is an excellent display at the Visitor centre and a good shop with a wide price range. The restaurant has a wide menu though service was rather slow. The walks looked...More

1  Thank RockyGateshead_UK
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to Abbotsford. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit and were able to explore all parts of the estate. We very much hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful history of the place,great area, and very helpful staff. Great experience!! Easy to find and easy to park

Thank Liviu B
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We're very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and would very much look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an afternoon here on our way up to the Highlands and thought it was brilliant. As we had a dog with us, we opted to just do the gardens and a walk and thought this was good value. We started off with lunch...More

Thank Jill S
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful rating Jill. We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed the gardens at Abbotsford and hope your dog had just as much of a good time. We would very much look forward to welcoming you all back in the future.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit regularly to walk our dogs in the lovely riverside and wooded areas with the new tracks which we really appreciate. We also enjoy the café particularly now that dogs are allowed in - I was always the one left outside with the mutts...More

1  Thank tabith t
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to Abbotsford. We are pleased to hear that you enjoy our new paths, and that the changes we have made to our policy on access to the Visitor Centre for dogs have allowed...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited as members of the Historic Houses Associaion free entry arrangement. The self guided audio tour was very informative. Possibly our only dissapointed was that the tour only covered a small number of ground floor rooms in what is a large building (other section...More

Thank tr250man
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit! We're very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and would very much look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As long-term supporters of the Abbotsford Trust we were delighted to accept the invitation on Thursday 29th March 2018 to attend the opening. Along with many other Friends of the Trust we enjoyed a wonderful day in glorious sunshine, following our choice of a walk...More

2  Thank worldtraveller045045
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for this delightful review! It's always a pleasure to hear from our friends and supporters and we're very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your visit for the woodland opening. We very much look forward to welcoming you both on...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only had time to visit the gardens and outside of the house and they are certainly worth a visit.

Thank DavidMay1945
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AbbotsfordScott, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to Abbotsford. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed it and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Joan B
27 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
7 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
23 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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