We enjoyed a very relaxing journey down from Edinburgh through some stunning scenery. We never intended to visit the house, but were aware of the extensive work that has been carried out. We had read that there were various walks around the house and along by the river Tweed. We were also drawn to the on site restaurant! Firstly, there is good parking facilities now available. We went first into the visitor and purchased for £2 a map of the local walks. We chose one that went along by the tweed and up around the back of the house. Fairly easy going. The stretch in particular along by the waters edge was lovely. Finishing up back at the house, we went into the restaurant. Sitting outside, it had great views over to Abbotsford house itself. Service was perhaps a little on the slow side, however, everyone was extremely friendly and the positive way to look at it was that we didn't feel rushed! The food was very good. We had freshly baked scones with jam and cream and a large pot of tea. We thought the prices were very reasonable. We finished up by going through the gift shop. Some lovely, apparently Scottish made items for sale and a good selection. Thankfully tartan tat was pretty much banished. Overall, a great visit and one, in view of the positives mentioned, we would happily repeat.
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