The Hirsel Estate and House is the home of the 15th Earl of Home, the son of the Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home. The latter was in fact the 14th Earl but gave up that title on becoming Prime Minister for a short period in 1963. After stepping down, he later became Lord Home. The Hirsel Estate is run by the Douglas and Angus Estates and is situated on the edge, and within walking distance, of the town of Coldstream. The Hirsel House is a private area but there are several splendid walks through the Estate. There is a wooded area, which is well sign-posted, where hundreds of rhododendrons are a must to see in May each year. These are in the Dundock Woods and beside a Lake which has viewing points for the bird-watchers. The Highland Cattle are worth a look too. The Hirsel Homestead has a good car park, a cafeteria of good quality and craft and art shops. On accessing the estate from the town of Coldstream, visitors will see a statue of Sir Alec Douglas-Home.