History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Georgian house at the heart of the walled garden is one of the finest town houses in Scotland and is available as a self-catering rental property by the National Trust for Scotland. The gardens cover three acres, with a kitchen garden area, wide lawns, a small orchard, and lushly planted flower beds.
A curving drive leads from an entrance gate, past colourful borders and clipped hedges, to the elegant Georgian house, built in 1807 by Robert Waugh. Waugh was a joiner by trade, a native of Melrose who went to Jamaica to make his fortune as a plantation owner. When he returned, he built the quietly refined Harmony House opposite the ruins of Melrose Abbey.
Waugh befriended Sir Walter Scott, who lived at nearby Abbotsford, and gave Scott financial assistance after the cost of building his house left him almost penniless. In 1820 the house was sold to the Pitman family, who owned it until 1996. The last owner, Mrs Christian Pitman, bequeathed the property to the National Trust for Scotland so that their house and garden would be available for everyone to enjoy.
We had the pleasure of visiting Harmony gardens while we waited for the abbey to open. It was a delight; full of rich colour and with plenty of room for our extremely active youngsters to run around. Though small, there is plenty to keep you interested whether you are a keen gardener or just enjoy a quiet ramble in pretty surroundings or a peaceful place to relax. Lovely!
About Harmony Garden
Address: St Mary's Road, Melrose, Borders, Scotland, TD6 9LJ
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: In the heart of Melrose opposite the abbey
Website: Harmony Garden
Phone: 01896 822493
National Trust for Scotland
OS: NT545 344
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Melrose Abbey - 0.3 miles (Abbey)
Priorwood Garden - 0.3 miles (Garden)
Eildon Hills - 1.4 miles (Countryside)
Abbotsford House - 2.3 miles (Historic House)
Dryburgh Abbey - 3.3 miles (Abbey)
Mertoun House Gardens - 4.8 miles (Garden)
Smailholm Tower - 5.7 miles (Historic Building)
Halliwell's House Museum - 5.9 miles (Museum)
Nearest Accommodation to Harmony Garden:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Priorwood Garden & Gift Shop
Tel: 01896 822 283