A country house lying in the Scottish Borders, Bemersyde lies 1¼ miles (2 km) northeast of Newtown St. Boswells and close to the River Tweed. The house incorporates a rectangular tower, built around 1535, burned ten years later and subsequently restored. The tower was greatly extended in the 18th Century and Sir Walter Scott was a frequent visitor, much enjoying the view from nearby Bemersyde Hill (Scott's View). In 1921, the house was bought by the government and presented by a grateful nation to Field Marshal Douglas Haig, commander of the Western Front during World War I. The gardens are regularly open during the summer.