An exciting new way to experience the home of Sir Walter Scott.
Following the re-opening of the main part of the historic house this summer after a multi-million pound restoration, the Hope Scott Wing of Abbotsford, where Scott and his descendants lived, has undergone a £1.25 million refurbishment to create luxury self-catering accommodation.
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.
The Wing is available to rent as a whole and 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 apartments feature numerous family belongings including original artworks, items of furniture, chandeliers, photographs, ornaments, antiques and curiosities but encompassing the 21st century facilities and technology guests expect including wifi, AV equipment and modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.
The Wing’s sitting room was originally the withdrawing room of Sir Walter’s wife Charlotte and features an elegant Bechstein boudoir piano owned by Dame Jean and Mrs Patricia Maxwell Scott. 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.
Other artworks in the Hope Scott Wing include numerous portraits of Sir Walter and other well-known figures including the Marquis of Montrose, Lady Hope, the Fourth Earl of Hopetoun, Lord Fairfax and, as well as scenes of Scott’s beloved Scottish Borders.
On the ground floor, the kitchen is a stunning modern country design by Laurence McIntosh, with charcoal grey and cream floor tiles to represent Sir Walter Scott’s tartan. Elsewhere on this floor, there’s a spacious bootroom and drying area and a reinforced glass panel on the floor where visitors can look down into the spot-lit well that was previously used by Abbotsford’s inhabitants. There is under-floor heating in this part of the house – a modern version of the technical advance that was used by Scott when he built Abbotsford in the early 19th century. Scott’s version was powered by a small gas works on site and while some of the pipes were discovered during the house restoration, this no longer exists.
Guests can also enjoy a billiard room, a private courtyard and a private patio garden as well as a number of additional options for guests including fishing, shooting and golf breaks, themed weekends and classes such as cookery, art, photography and flower-arranging. Transport can be arranged, in addition to butlers, chauffeurs, housekeeping staff, nannies and cook.
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