Luxury accommodation at the home of Sir Walter Scott – Visitors to Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford home in the Scottish Borders now have the opportunity to stay in the historic property.
The Hope Scott Wing of Abbotsford, where Scott and his descendants lived, offers luxury self-catering accommodation for visitors from the UK and overseas.
The Hope Scott Wing was extended in the 1850s by Sir Walter’s granddaughter Charlotte Hope Scott, to create a family home that protected the privacy of Scott’s descendants after the writer’s historic rooms were opened to the public in 1833, five months after his death.
Available for visitors to rent as a whole, the wing includes seven luxury bedrooms, each individually styled to retain the intimacy and integrity of a private country home. Many original features have been retained and the Wing contains numerous family belongings including original artworks, items of furniture, chandeliers, photographs, ornaments, antiques and curiosities.
Rooms include a sumptuous sitting room, originally the withdrawing room of Sir Walter’s wife Charlotte, featuring a beautiful Bechstein boudoir piano owned by Dame Jean and Mrs Patricia Maxwell Scott, the last of Scott’s descendants to live in the house. Portraits of the two ladies hang on either side of the original fireplace, above which sits a renowned oil painting by Charles Martin Hardie depicting Scott’s meeting with Robert Burns.
The formal dining room, which seats 16, features one of Scott’s most treasured views over the River Tweed, and guests can also enjoy a billiard room, a library and a spacious interior-designed kitchen, a private courtyard and a private patio garden.
Jason Dyer, Chief Executive, The Abbotsford Trust, said: “Sir Walter Scott was a renowned host and with our new accommodation, we wanted to be able to offer visitors a sense of what it would have been like to be a valued guest in Scott’s own home. This will be a unique opportunity to experience both the surroundings that provide such an inspiration to Scott, and the home that he created and called his ‘Conundrum Castle’.
Abbotsford’s Hope Scott Wing sleeps 14 and is rented as a whole. A seven-night stay from 1 April to 31 October, and 16 December to 6 January costs £7,350 on a self-catering basis. From 1 November to 15 December, and 7 January to 31 March a seven-night stay costs £4,900. Three and four night stays can also be arranged.
Sporting breaks including fishing, shooting and golf can be arranged, in addition to butlers, chauffeurs, housekeeping staff, nannies, cooks and transport. Themed weekends and classes including cookery, art, photography and flower-arranging are also available.
Anyone wishing to book accommodation should either call: 01896 752 043, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.