Former home of Sir Walter Scott for sale for £5.5m


THE FORMER home of legendary novelist Sir Walter Scott has gone on sale for offers over £5.5 million.

Ashiestiel, in the town of Clovenfords, Scottish Borders, is where Scott wrote some of his most famous works.

The writer lived in the property on the banks of the River Tweed for eight years before moving on to nearby Abbotsford.


The house provided the inspiration for some of Scott’s most famous works (Savills)


Works including Lay of the Last Minstrel, The Lady of the Lake, and Marmion were penned at the nine bedroom mansion and river walks around the property are said to have provided Scott with writing inspiration.

And now the property where he stayed from 1804 to 1812 is on the market for offers over £5.5 million.

For the money, the new owners will get 863 acres of land, our reception rooms and nine bedrooms.

Grade A listed Ashiestiel also comes with 1¾ miles single bank salmon fishing and its own equestrian facilities.


Sir Walter Scott rented the house for eight years


The 1¾ miles of single bank salmon and sea trout fishing on the Tweed returns a five year average of 47 salmon and nine sea trout and offers the new owners the chance to go on the same weekend walks as Scott once did.

The historic house also possesses six further estate dwellings and an in-hand stock farm, which is currently managed by way of a simple grazing agreement.

World-famous author Scott rented Ashiestiel for the eight years he lived there and the house includes the Marmion Room, where he penned many works,

The room was named after the famous poem about the Battle of Flodden which was written by him during his time at Ashiestiel.


The stunning house comes with all mod cons (Savills)


It was also whilst living there that he penned The Lay of the Last Minstrel, the work that really propelled him to fame, in 1805.

His work, Lady of the Lake, sold 25,000 copies in just eight months in 1810, which broke all records for poetry sales at the time.

Savills, the real estate service selling the property, say: “Ashiestiel stands in a glorious private position above the River Tweed in the heart of the unspoilt Scottish Borders.

“Ashiestiel is an exceptional estate of high amenity value and occupies a spectacular position high above the south bank of the River Tweed. The historic Grade A listed house possesses elegant and well proportioned accommodation and there are six further estate dwellings, all standing in a total of 863 acres,

“Ashiestiel was home to Sir Walter Scott from 1804 until he purchased Abbotsford and moved there in 1812. Scott’s eight years at Ashiestiel were among the happiest of his life.”