Begin your journey on our Homes and Gardens Trail at one of the finest Georgian houses in Britain, Paxton House. Originally built for Patrick Home, Laird of Wedderburn and his intended bride, Sophie de Brant, Paxton House has a sad and interesting history. The house boasts a restored Georgian Kitchen, a renovated children’s nursery full of Victorian and Regency era toys and games and the largest private picture gallery in Scotland.
Situated in 80 acres of spectacular gardens, enjoy a game of croquet or a round of golf on the 9-hole putting green. Children will enjoy the two adventure play parks and a host of activities, games and treasure trails. Finish your visit with a delicious lunch in the Stables Tearoom, with a selection of breakfasts, lunches and sweet treats on offer.
From there, head on a short drive through the village of Allanton to reach the next stop on our Homes and Gardens Trail. Manderston House is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland, boasting 56 acres of stunning grounds and the only silver staircase in the world. Here you'll find a house that was extensively rebuilt and remodeled between 1901 and 1905 on an unlimited budget: and what emerged was the very best available at the time.
The house was the setting of the Channel 4 TV series The Edwardian Country House giving an unprecedented look at life ‘above’ and ‘below’ stairs in a manor house in 1905. Enjoy a walk around the stunning gardens and explore the magnificent architecture, furniture and grandeur of the house. Enjoy some of the most fascinating and unique collections in the world including Britain's first privately-owned Biscuit Tin Museum.
Finish the day with a short drive on the A8105 to Mellerstain House and Gardens in Gordon. Mellerstain House, the grand design among Scotland’s finest stately homes, has been open to the public for over 50 years. Discover the history of Mellerstain and enjoy the fabulous paintings, embroidery, china and furniture collections and be inspired by the friendly atmosphere and romantic location of one of Scotland’s greatest Georgian houses. Complete your visit with a stroll through the beautiful gardens and around the Mellerstain Lake.