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Chiefswood (also known as Burnfoot)788

Brief Description

The gardens at Chiefswood are associated with the early-19th-century house built by Sir Walter Scott. There are 19th- and 20th-century mixed woodlands and an ornamental walled garden which retains its 19th-century layout. A bog garden, shrubberies and rose garden all date to the period after 1959.


Sir Walter Scott enlarged Chiefswood for his daughter and son-in-law in about 1820. The house was tenanted from 1826 until the late-19th century and then saw a succession of owners. The woodland and walled garden were established by the mid-19th century. Further tree planting was carried out between 1949 and 1959. The property was bought by Professor Trevor-Roper, later Lord Dacre, in 1959. The present gardens have been created since 1959 by Lady Dacre.

Summerhouse, Sundial, Shrubbery, Rose Garden