The Hirsel Estate is located on the west side of the town of Coldstream on the A698 heading towards Kelso. The Hirsel is a stately home that has been the seat of the Earls of Home since 1611 including Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the 14th Earl of Home, who was the former British Prime Minister.
The House is not open to the public but the grounds are open all year round. Admission is free although there is a charge for parking. In addition to the numerous woodland and lakeside walks located within the grounds are a number of craft shops, the Museum of Country Life and the wonderful tea room.
The lake is home to numerous ducks and geese in addition to many other birds that nest in the woods and around the lake. There are many woodland walks around the estate and in the spring snowdrops and daffodils can be found in abundance. In May Rhododendrons and Azaleas in Dundock Wood are a spectacular sight.
Before leaving the estate a visit to the excellent Hirsel Cottage Tea Room is recommended.
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