There were 15 of us all staying at the Hope Scott Wing for a special family occasion. The accommodation was absolutely beautiful and in fantastic condition. The house catered for all ages and was truly magical. Carole and Ann couldn't have been more helpful when booking and showing us around the house. It was so good, we are already discussing booking again for next year!
We stayed here for a weekend as a group of retirement age friends for a reunion.
It was everything that we wanted, high class venue, lovely setting, excellent, accommodating manageress (who took in deliveries before we arrived and even recommended us a piper for our reunion) and lots of things to do in the area - eg Melrose, Dryburgh Abbey, Scott's View etc
We had a great time and would certainly recommend to anybody
1 Tweedbank station about 2 miles away, for trains to Edinburgh
2 plenty of taxis based in Galashiels minutes away, but a car is still a great asset
3 the bus did not go to Abbotsford but it dropped us close by
4 it is self catering so either cook for yourselves or organize a caterer
5 the kitchen facilities are excellent
6 the house although old is very well heated and there is plenty of hot water
7 there is level access from the car park and a lift, though some of the bedrooms though are approached by stairs
8 the refit done a few years ago was thoughtful and classy
9 the Tweed runs past at the end of the garden - so children would have to be supervised
10 the garden is lovely and there are plenty of walks roundabout
11 there is a good pub serving food at St Boswells, the Buccleuch Arms and there is also a lovely cafe/ bookshop/delicatessen called the Main Street Trading Company in the same village
12 it would be cosy in winter but lovely in the summer
Family ranging from 4 years to 91 years enjoyed a fabulous stay at the Wing. Children catered for with indoor and outdoor games and a lovely 'snug' area where they could 'hang out'. The older guests had the security of knowing a lift served all three floors. The bedrooms in the suites were so comfortable with fabulous bathrooms most with roll top baths and showers. A useful design is that all the suite areas have corridor doors that, if closed, gave zonal living. It meant the children could access their parents' room but nowhere else, meaning they couldn't get lost at night. The Wing itself blew us away. Three sitting rooms, a billiard room, huge dining kitchen with range cooker, two dishwashers, a wine chiller fridge, two fridge freezers, etc etc. Plus, formal dining room with its own well kitted kitchen attached. Plenty room for everyone to do what they wanted, where they wanted but mostly during the day we gathered in the kitchen and its courtyard, itself an excellent venue for our barbecue. Apart from the Wing itself, we enjoyed the facilities of the wider estate with walks by the river, in the woods and the youngsters and not so youngsters enjoyed romping and nerffing in the play area in the woods. Bonus was complimentary entry to the main house to view Scott's huge and eclectic collection
and also the Visitor Centre with its own exhibition that told the story of Scott and his Home. Delighted to find we had concessionary rates in the tastefully stocked Gift Shop too. Could go on and on but suffice to say it was luxury from beginning to end. Can't thank Carole and her team enough for looking after our guests, changing the bed configuration to suit us. Special thanks to Ann for giving one of the bedrooms special treatment for our niece's wedding anniversary. Luxury that just keep giving......
All our guests enjoyed the most beautiful accommodation ever, in the most romantic setting ever. We all had the 'time of our lives'. The helpful willingness of manager Carole was more than exemplary ...
Better does not exist!
I booked this venue for my wife's 50th birthday celebration and it was magical in every regard. The staff are just so lovely and helpful. The facilities second to none and the location breathtaking.
I would recommend this to anyone and intend to return one day
Our Norwegian visitors were amazed and almost speechless over the quality, comfort and beauty of the Hope Scott Wing (and they have high expectations!). We all loved the kitchen/dining area, which was so conducive to happy meals and general relaxation. The bedrooms also were highly praised for being so delightfully appointed. Abbotsford is well-placed for experiencing the Scottish Borders, and three car-loads of Norwegians headed for cashmere-buying in Hawick, as well as sightseeing elsewhere. The Bechstein in the drawing-room was a joy to play. It was undoubtedly, for the hostess, her best birthday experience ever, and we all left with very happy memories. The staff were so helpful and positive, and no detail had been overlooked in ensuring that high standards were maintained throughout.
We had booked a 2 night stay.
If you love being immersed in history and luxury surroundings then staying at this accommodation will not disappoint.
Being the recent private home of Sir Walter Scott's family you get to experience their lifestyle.
We had a most beautiful period bedroom with a luxurious large private bathroom that you could have had a waltz in !
The superb plentiful breakfast is served in a gorgeous large period dining room (only thing missing was the butler !)
On top of this we had access to a large sitting room,library,snooker room and the large gardens as well as Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford House !!
All this is perfectly complimented by the lovely welcome and excellent service provided by the House Manager Carole.(she even gave us a tour of the whole Hope Scott Wing before settling in)
The lovely town of Melrose and it's historical abbey are only a 10 minute drive away providing shops and restaurants.
The many other famous border towns and abbeys are all within easy drive.
Not only do you get to discover the history and beauty of the borders within the radius of this property but you get to come back and live in it as well !