Hirsel Estate, Coldstream

#17 of 37 in Parks in Scottish Borders
The Hirsel is a Category A Listed stately home near Coldstream in the Scottish Borders. It has been a seat of the Earls of Home since 1611, and the principal seat following the destruction of Hume Castle during the mid-17th century. It was the home of the former British Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the 14th Earl of Home.
A large mellow Georgian house of grey stone, most of which dates from the early 18th century, with an earlier portion dating from the early 17th century. Victorian alterations and additions were carried out by William Burn in 1851. David Bryce, George Henderson, and James Campbell Walker are also known to have worked here. Most of the Victorian additions were demolished during the mid 20th century. The interior contains a fine stone staircase in the centre portion.
The house is set within an outstanding designated English garden style late 18th to 19th century designed landscape which spans the valley of Leet Water. The landscape comprises informal parkland, woodland, and a large artificial lake (Hirsel Lake), and a late 19th century rhododendron and azalea woodland garden, Dundock Wood. The walled garden dates from the mid 18th century. In addition to forming an attractive setting for the category-A listed house, the grounds contain nationally important archaeological remains, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and two notable heritage trees.
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  • Excellent stop off, the grounds are beautiful. Tea room is okay could do with decent coffee. The shops around the quadrangle are worth a look.  more »
  • I travel through the Borders regularly but never have time to take it all in. This is a great stopping point for a break and refreshments on a trip to Edinburgh  more »
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