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Abbotsford Hope Scott Wing

Melrose, Scottish Borders

A stay in Sir Walter Scott's home represents a unique opportunity for families, friends or groups to experience a luxury getaway in the very heart of the Borders.

Abbotsford Hope Scott Wing

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Overview

Abbotsford House is the enduring legacy of Sir Walter Scott, one of the greatest writers of the early 19th century.

The magnificent home of Sir Walter Scott

A stay in the Hope Scott Wing represents a unique opportunity for families, friends or groups to experience a very special getaway in the very heart of the landscape which inspired the writings of Scotland’s most celebrated poet and novelist, including the Waverley Novels and The Lay of the Minstrel.

Sitting on the banks of the River Tweed, Scott’s outstanding ‘Conundrum Castle’ has undergone sympathetic restoration as part of a multi-million pound heritage programme, including the refurbishment of the Hope Scott Wing to create luxury accommodation for up to 14 guests. It is a perfect location for those seeking a peaceful escape from it all and an ideal venue for private parties, special celebrations, weddings and corporate events.

The Wing is available to rent as an exclusive use venue and features seven luxury bedrooms, each individually styled with beautiful fabrics and furnishings to retain the intimacy and integrity of a private country home.

Particular highlights include the Hope Scott bedroom with a sumptuous four poster bed; the Princess Alice room with a highly unusual window and fireplace feature; and Lady Scott’s room with original burr maple marriage suite.

Property details

Lower ground floor

Spacious kitchen/breakfast room - this was the original serving kitchen for the main house with many unique features retained. Handmade cabinets with marble work surfaces and large island unit. Well-equipped with wine cooler, two dishwashers, range cooker, double gas hob, double oven with grill, coffee machine, toaster, double fridge/freezer. A large kitchen table seats ten comfortably, overlooking a private courtyard where guests can enjoy a morning coffee or a summer barbecue.

Boot room with storage space for outdoor kit, fishing rods, golf clubs etc.

Spacious lower hall is an ideal space for children to play, dogs or additional storage space if required.

Cloakroom with the original ‘Thunderbox’ WC.

Games room with billiard table.

Laundry facilities with washer and dryer.

Ground floor

Ornate wood panelled entrance hall which can be used as an area for drinks receptions.

Reception room with stunning feature window from the original conservatory. A herringbone wool sofa, tweed wing chairs and desk with PC.

The grand corridor lined with stunning artwork and books leads to a beautifully presented drawing room. Two large sofas and easy chairs set around an open fire provides a cosy spot to enjoy pre-dinner drinks. A treasured Bechstein piano is positioned in the window bay.

Reading room – originally the private drawing room of Lady Scott, an atmospheric room with book-lined walls and rich furnishings in velvet and wool - perfect for a little quiet contemplation overlooking the terrace garden.

Cloakroom with WC and basin.

Dining room - a spacious room for formal dining or celebratory dinners with wonderful views over the River Tweed seating up to 16 guests, or up to 40 guests for drinks receptions. This room also features the latest technology for business meetings and conferencing.

Kitchen - a compact service kitchen adjoining the formal dining room. Well-equipped with ceramic hob, electric oven, dishwasher, grill, microwave, toaster, coffee machine and fridge/freezer. Tableware features the Hope Scott monogram.

There are flat screen TVs in all the main public rooms and bedrooms. There is a fully interactive music system and AV equipment and video conferencing facilities. Sky TV and DVD players are also available.

Lockhart bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin beds as required.

En-suite with luxury fittings, bath with shower over, basin and WC.

Sophia bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin beds as required.

En-suite with roll top bath, separate shower unit, basin and WC.

First floor

Sitting room - a cosy sitting room for relaxation with sofas and chairs in elegant tweeds and linen. Games, including Scrabble, Monopoly and playing cards are provided.

Maxwell Scott bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin beds as required with views towards the River Tweed.

Spacious en-suite bathroom with roll top bath, luxury wet room shower, double basin and WC. 

Lady Scott’s bedroom features original art deco maple furniture, with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin beds as required.

Adjoining ‘secret’ Bedroom with queen sized maple bed - suitable for families.

Adjoining bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC.

The Hope Scott suite with sumptuous four poster bed and chaise longue from the mid-20th century.

Shared 'Jack and Jill' bathroom with original art deco bath and basins, separate shower unit and WC.

Hope Scott bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin as required with shared Jack and Jill bathroom as above.

Princess Alice bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king double or twin beds as required. Named after Princess Alice of Gloucester who was a regular visitor here. A unique fireplace and feature window offers views towards the original walled garden.

Adjoining bathroom with roll top bath, luxury shower unit, basin and WC.

Outside

Guests have use of a private patio garden and enclosed private courtyard with outdoor furniture, as well as access to the wider grounds of the property.

Parking

There is private parking to the front of the property.

Children & Babies

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

Up to three dogs are permitted but must be kept to the uncarpeted, lower ground floor area of the property.

Guest amenities

High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.

Heating

There is gas central heating throughout the property and underfloor heating in the lower ground floor level.

Location

Abbotsford is set within beautiful rolling parkland in the central Scottish Borders with the famous River Tweed right on its doorstep. Whether your interests lie in history, architecture, writing, culture, romance, the great outdoors, or simply rest and relaxation, the area has an abundance of things to see and do.

Starting at Abbotsford, there are a range of bespoke itineraries on offer including private tours of the house and estate which allow exclusive access to Scott’s extensive collections. There is an award winning visitor centre in the grounds with learning suite and exhibition space which will help you interpret the Scott legacy, or expert speakers can be arranged for those looking to immerse themselves in the rich history and heritage of the area. There is a shop selling a handpicked selection of finest quality gifts and products from the Scottish Borders and Scotland, including beautiful textiles, cashmere, tweeds and tartans from local mills and producers in the area. Ochiltrees is a stylish restaurant serving a menu of fresh seasonal produce throughout the day from simple morning coffees, light lunches or a scrumptious afternoon cream tea, but is also fully licensed and available for private evening bookings or wedding receptions.

Children here can enjoy their own little adventure on the playtrail, woodland walk, or fun audio tour where they can explore the house and discover its secrets along with Maida the dog and Hinse the cat! There are a range of family friendly events taking place throughout the course of the year and an Abbotsford Ranger is available for learning tours and walks of the grounds.

Activities

Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Local food and drink

Local food and drink

Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and Nannies

Babysitting and Nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Reviews

"This was a complicated trip to organise - three families with very different priorities. From the start, C&C made things work beautifully - everyone we dealt with was accommodating, helpful and kind. The Hope Scott Wing itself is just unbelievable - more than once we commented that we simply couldn't believe that regular people like us had the privilege of staying there (the value for the cost is simply astonishing). The rooms were spotless, incredibly comfortable, elegantly decorated, and oh! That sumptuous abundance of hot water! Both baths and showers were absolutely decadent. The property manager helped us make the absolute most of our time at Abbotsford. She helped us decide among options, plan a successful fishing adventure, find the perfect vintage clothing stores in Edinburgh, and remember that while the grocery store not 5 minutes away is open 24 hours, you have to get there before 10 if you need beer :) We all felt we'd made a friend in Scotland. Thank you, thank you, thank you for one of the most memorable, fun, rewarding and happy times we've had."

Collins family

"The accommodation was amazing. We had a party of 14, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. The staff were a huge help, leading up to our visit and then whilst we were there. Couldn't fault anything from start to finish - and would definitely consider booking something via Crabtree & Crabtree at some point in the future." 

Farr family
Location Rural - 3 miles from Melrose.
Dogs
  • Three dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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