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three miles east from Melrose, as far as Leaderfoot Viaduct, the view being closed by the
hills of Bemersyde in the distance. The Eildons lie to the south and west, and on the re-
maining sides the landscape is bounded by the hills enclosing the valleys of the Tweed and
Gala. The Skirmish Hill is a plateau of high ground in the centre of a large basin, sur-
rounded nearly on all sides by a circle of moderately high hills, near enough to moderate
the force of air currents. The hovise forms a square of about 140 feet on the side, with a
court in the centre. The front elevation to the soiith is in the old English style, with
projections, and relieved by a central tower 75 feet high. The public and private rooms,
numbering about 130, are elegant, commodious, and comfortable ; and the drawing and
dining rooms are fitted up with much taste. The baths are on the most approved principle,
and there is provision made for an abundant supply of water. There is ready communication j
with all parts of the house by telegraph on Grenet's system. Outside, the recreation grounds
are most ample, extending to 38 acres, and give access to over three-quarters of a mile of
the river Tweed. For amusement, there are croquet and bowling grounds; and attached
are coach-houses and stabling, for accommodation of visitors.
From the Kelso Chronicle.
Visitors to Melrose, and travellere by the North British Railway, must have noticed the
gradual growth of a stately edifice about a mile to the north of Melrose. This is the Waverley
Hydropathic Establishment, a noble and stately building, which is destined, we trust, to form
a sanatorium for the south of Scotland, as well as to many from remote parts of the country.
The situation is exceedingly suitable for such an institution. It is dry and airy, but well
sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds. It commands a splendid view to the south
and east, including the romantic three-peaked Eildon Hills, and some beautiful stretches of
the river Tweed, the valley of which lies open as far as Leaderfoot, and the view is bounded
by the heights of Bemersyde. The site of the building is the well-known Skirmish Hill,
where was fought one of the last Border frays of the district.
From the Border Advertiser.
Waverley Hydropathic Establishment is situated about one mile west of Melrose, and
one and a-half east from Abbotsford, on a plateau which gives the building a commanding
view of one of the loveliest portions of Tweeddale, while the adjacent hills shelter it from
storms, without approaching too near to confine it. The heights of Eildon, and the lower
ones falling into the Ehymer's Glen — one of Sir Walter Scott's most favourite walks — bound
the view to the south ; eastward the view lies over the Tweed, with Melrose in the fore-
ground — richly cultured and well-wooded grounds on the level, orchards and wooded slopes
running more than half way up the hills, with Bemersyde hill forming the sky-line four
miles distant. This includes one portion of the Tweed which Scott never passed without,
directing his carriage to be stopped, that he might look down upon the beautiful bend on
which Old Melrose stands. These four miles of district are crammed with historic and
literary associations, and the Roman footstep is deeply stamped npon it. Looking up the
vale of Tweed, towards the west, the eye runs along the wooded heights of Abbotsford,
which was the Magician's transformation out of heathy moorland. Every outline suggests
the working of that marvellous mind which beautified all it touched — whether the rugged
borderer of the olden times, or these hills on which he laboured so long and so lovingly. On
the other side of the valley are the Pavilion and Langlee estates, separated by Allyne Water,
Fairy Dean, the locale of '*'The Monastery."
From the Southern Reporter.
The Waverley Hydropathic Establishment, Skirmish Hill. Possibly a better site for
such an institution could not have been secured in Scotland — whether the beauty of the j
scenery, the historical and classic associations of the district, or the salubrity of the climate j
are considered. To the east lies the town of Melrose, and the long stretch of the Tweed |
winds through the valley until it is lost in the distance. Leaderfoot viaduct, with its nine-
teen arches, rising to a height of 130 feet above the river, and Bemersyde Hills close up the
view to the east ; the Eildons lie to the south ; and round towards the west are the hills
around and above Abbotsford, while to the west and north-west the hills of Tweeddale and
Gala water bound the horizon. The entire district teems with objects of natural beauty,
while every spot on which the eye rests is associated with some incident of historic or classic
interest — the ecclesiasticism and chivalry of the past, and the interest conferred by Scott in
the present. Tweed glides past so near that one listens to catch the murmur of the waters,
but here the spirit of the river seems to be at rest, or listening, like yourself, for the chants
from the old Abbey, and so hushes its voice until it is broken by the rush of the waters over
Melrose cauld. The salubrity of the district is well known, and the site of the institution
is happily chosen. The situation is open and airy, at a suflELcient distance from the hUls to
command the full sweep of the sun, and near enough to have the protection of the hills from
the wintry blasts. , ''"'

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