The Hirsel Estate extends to approximately 3,000 acres, comprising of mixed arable and livestock farming, forestry and residential property. The estate has beautiful woodland walks through kaleidoscopic colouring and breath-taking scents from the historic collection of rhododendron and azaleas in Dundock Wood. The Hirsel Lake provides a home to geese, swans, moorhen, coot, duck and grebe and is designated as an SSSI on the grounds of its National importance as site for overwintering wildfowl. Other amenities include the tea room, country museum, craft shops, gift shop and the Hirsel golf course.
The Hirsel is the seat of the Earls of Home who have been wardens of the east march of Scotland for centuries having taken ownership of the Hirsel in 1611. The Home family has not only served the community of Coldstream and the local area, but the Nation as well with Sir Alec Douglas-Home (the 14th Earl of Home) serving as Prime Minister in 1963. The Hirsel is currently under the stewardship of David, the 15th Earl of Home, and his immediate Family.