Abbotsford is the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist and poet of "Waverley", "Ivanhoe", and "Lady of the Lake". Join Abbotsford in celebrating the 250th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott throughout 2021 and 2022.
Abbotsford, the home of 19th century novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott, is one of the most famous houses in the world. Constructed on the ample proceeds of a literary career without parallel, it is an enduring monument to the tastes, talents and achievements of its creator, the ‘Great Scott’ who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels.
Wander through Scott’s study, where his books changed the world, marvel at his magnificent library with its richly carved ceiling, and admire his eclectic and world-class collection of arms, armour and curiosities, aided by a free audio tour.
Learn about Scott's life in the free exhibition, browse Abbotsford’s gift shop, enjoy seasonal food in Ochiltree’s café or simply relax in Scott’s beautiful Regency Walled Gardens and tranquil woodlands.
Throughout 2021 and 2022 Abbotsford, along with more than 50+ partner organisations, is celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Sir Walter Scott with an with an international programme of events. Visit www.WalterScott250.com to find out more.
Regency Walled Gardens
Relax in Abbotsford’s Regency Walled Gardens designed by Sir Walter Scott with advice from artists, architects and friends. They provide a harmonious transition between the luxury and comfort of the interiors of the house with wonders of nature in the wider estate through a series of secluded, richly detailed and sheltered ‘rooms’.
Visit the free exhibition on the life and legacy of Sir Walter Scott and follow the story of Scotland’s greatest storyteller for yourself.
From beautiful pieces of hand-painted jewellery to Scottish themed souvenirs, there is something for everyone at Abbotsford’s gift shop.
Dining at Abbotsford
Enjoy stunning views over the Walled Gardens and the historic house at Ochiltree’s café (named after Edie Ochiltree, a character from Scott’s novel The Antiquary). Ochiltrees’ chefs use the best local produce to create a fresh, seasonal menu, with hot and cold beverages, cakes, light bites and snacks, a lunch menu and afternoon tea. Ochiltree’s is open daily and is fully licensed.
Watch the children have fun in the Family Play Trail, which includes a wooden fortress with a seven-metre pyramid tower, a mini suspension bridge and a seven-metre tunnel slide.
Abbotsford’s Hope Scott Wing is the perfect luxury accommodation for groups of up to 16 guests on a self-catering basis. It retains the intimacy and integrity of what was the private home of Sir Walter Scott’s granddaughter, Charlotte Hope Scott, while introducing all the luxuries of modern-day comfort.
With seven luxury bedrooms, a grand dining room, a sumptuous drawing room, a billiard room and bespoke breakfast kitchen, the Hope Scott Wing is an ideal gathering place for families, groups of friends or colleagues celebrating a special occasion or for those simply looking to escape to the Scottish Borders in style.
Weddings & Special Occasions
Nestled in a secluded spot amidst the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders, Abbotsford is the ideal setting for you and your guests to celebrate your special day.
Their intimate wedding packages, which include your stay in their luxury accommodation, allows you to prepare for your special day in quiet calm and end it in lavish comfort. You can share your beautiful ceremony with up to 28 day-guests and the five-star Hope Scott Wing with up to 14 overnight guests.