Abbotsford centre looks on to Abbotsford House
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Abbotsford visitor centre preview

16 August 2012 Last updated at 16:21 BST

A new multi-million pound visitor centre will be opened next door to the home of one of Scotland's most famous authors.

The Abbotsford centre, near Melrose, will celebrate the life of Sir Walter Scott, whose home is undergoing a refurbishment programme.

BBC Scotland's Cameron Buttle went along for a special preview.