Floors Castle is a magnificent private house, home to the Duke of Roxburghe, first built in 1721 by William Adam, and much embellished in the 19th Century by William Playfair. It stands in a magnificent position on the River Tweed.
Sunday: Abbotsford, Melrose
Abbotsford is the romantic home of Sir Walter Scott, started in the early 19th Century, and added to over his life to the present building, also standing on the River Tweed.
Duration about two hours at each venue, for refreshments, tours round the houses, visits to the gardens.
We will also visit the new Jim Clark Museum at Duns
Jim Clark (1936 to 1968), best known for driving with Lotus, was Formula 1 World Champion in 1963 and 1965, and winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1965. The original tribute room is being extended and developed.
The Mansfield House Hotel, Weensland Road, Hawick, TD9 8LB.
Tel. +44(0)1450 360400
www.themansfieldhousehotel.co.uk for more information. There is ample secure private parking, huge woodland gardens and (well-behaved) dogs are welcome. Could you please book and pay directly and of course you will be welcome to add more nights to your stay if you wish.
A price of £100 per night (B&B) has been agreed for twin or double rooms, but remember to say you are BODA member and could you also let Michael Barton know on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can co-ordinate bookings. We will be co-ordinating meals and visit costs separately but the total costs for the 2 nights including hotels, one dinner and visits should be within £300 which we think is excellent value for money.
Please note that this weekend is limited to 12 cars, which is the maximum allowed in front of Floors Castle, and almost the capacity of the hotel. Family rooms or single occupancy can be arranged.