Abbotsford Hope Scott Wing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is private parking to the front of the property.
Children & Babies
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Up to three dogs are permitted but must be kept to the uncarpeted, lower ground floor area of the property.
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.
There is gas central heating throughout the property and underfloor heating in the lower ground floor level.
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.
For sightseeing, the area sits in the heart of myth and legend and visitors come from all over the world to soak up its rich historical connections. Visit the magnificent monastic ruins of Melrose Abbey founded in 1136, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Harmony Garden and Priorwood Garden or visit to the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre before an afternoon pottering in some of the best independent shops in the Borders.
A short drive will take you to Leaderfoot Viaduct, an outstanding 19 arch bridge spanning the Tweed before heading to Scott’s View - the inspiration for many of Sir Walter Scott’s writings with stunning panoramic views across the rolling Border heartland. Nearby is Smailholm Tower where Scott spent some of his childhood. After a lazy lunch, head up the three peaks of the Eildon Hills for a good work-out and yet more amazing views, and explore their association with the fabled Thomas the Rhymer, the Fairy Queen, King Arthur and Merlin. Alternatively the grand stately homes and gardens of nearby Bowhill, Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Thirlestane are all within a half hour drive.
For walking, there is an abundance of local trails and waymarked routes across the area, including six designated paths around Abbotsford ranging from 1.25 miles to 6.5 miles in length and following some of the original riverside and woodland paths laid-out by Scott himself. For long distance routes, Melrose is the starting point for St. Cuthbert’s Way, while the sublime Southern Upland Way or Borders Abbeys Way run right through this area - each with shorter routes for less experienced walkers or those with less time.
If your passion is country sports, the famous Tweed and its tributaries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling, with notable middle Tweed beats such as Boleside, Upper Pavilion and Middle Pavilion sitting right on the doorstep. Shooting, be it clays or game is also available locally, including nearby Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
For golf fans, the picturesque 9 hole Melrose Golf Club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills while the 18 hole courses at Galashiels and Torwoodlee both sit nearby. Alternatively choose from over 46 courses within a 30 mile radius including the stunning championship courses at Cardrona in Tweeddale or The Roxburghe at Kelso.
Cyclists will delight at the range of biking options across the wider area from long forest cruises to high energy burning climbs, including the 7Stanes biking centres at Innerleithen and Glentress which are just a half-hour drive away. For families, there is also a playpark and tennis courts in Melrose, while a multi-screen cinema, skate park and leisure pool can be found in Galashiels (3 miles), or riding stables and a forest adventure playground with huge slides and zip wires at Bowhill House & Country Estate (7 miles).
Finally, why not come and stay at Abbotsford for the Borders Book Festival in June; soak up the sights and sounds of traditional Scotland at the International Pipeband Championships in August; follow the Textile & Heritage Trail in Hawick with everything from exceptional tweeds to finest quality cashmere; or for something truly exclusive you can even design your own tartan at Lochcarron of Scotland.
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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!Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
"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
- Three dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 3pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Enjoy the spectacular Borders views which inspired Sir Walter Scott's greatest works."Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree